The Art of Activism – An Exhibition by Friends of the Earth

Hope you’re all well and enjoying life! Friends of the Earth has partnered with theprintspace and The Guardian to host a month-long art exhibition focused on acts of resistance that give us hope and inspiration in the face of the climate crisis.

Friends of the Earth invited the global creative community to submit artworks inspired by the whimsical, darkly humorous placards that people make for demonstrations and show that the voices of activists are heard, people power works and change is possible. You’re invited to join The Art of Activism on the launch night for the first look at the exhibition.

What to expect

A multi-artist exhibition highlighting that climate activists are brave, ingenious and resilient. This is an informal night, bringing together the art and activist world – there will be no talks or presentations, just a chance to view the art for the first time and meet like-minded people fighting climate breakdown. You can also expect works from artists including Jeremy Deller and Katharine Hamnett. The evening is free of charge, but please register for a ticket to avoid disappointment.

Prints will be available to purchase following the launch via Guardian Print Shop raising funds for Friends of the Earth to support their campaigning work in areas such as fighting climate breakdown, doubling tree cover and stopping fracking.

Speaking on the event, Stuart Waplington, CEO of thePrintSpace said, 

“The climate crisis is real and immediate. Change must happen now if we are to have a hope of achieving a sustainable society. At theprintspace it’s fair to say we have had a massive realisation that this problem is so urgent that it requires everyone to act immediately. As Greta Thunberg says, I don’t want your hope, I want you to panic.”

For further info please visit the Friends of the Earth (EWNI) website.

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Singer- Songwriter Nancy G Looks Forward to the Release of ‘Adriadne’s Lullaby’

Nancy Goudinaki (photograph by David Les Hinton)

It’s always a pleasure to touch base with artists I’ve interviewed and can call friends to see what they’re currently up to.  In 2012 I wrote a blog about the talented vocalist Nancy Goudinaki (aka Nancy G) and reviewed her first album entitled ‘I Wanna Be Your Star.’ I’m happy to say she’s been back in the studio, recording her second album. The first track to be released is ‘Ariadne’s Lullaby.’  Check out my recent interview with her for Occhi Magazine where she talks about the track and inspiration for the new album entitled ‘ I Can Play.’ Wishing you all a great day!

OPEN Ealing Arts in Ealing Broadway, London

OPEN Ealing, David Emmanuel Noel, David Emmanuel Noel Art, Artist David Emmanuel NoelTrusting all is well with you and yours! As a Director and Trustee of OPEN Ealing, I’m happy to share news of the organisation’s new pop up shop in the heart of Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre.

OPEN Ealing was founded in July 2010 by a group of local artists and residents of the London borough of Ealing, with the support of local organisations such as Pathways, A2Dominion and community groups West Ealing Neighbours and Ealing Arts + Leisure. The aim is to provide cultural space and exciting arts programmes to the community by bringing artists, performers, art groups and residents together, promoting creativity, providing education and creating new opportunities. In recent years, OPEN Ealing has been looking for a new permanent physical space to call home. However, during the months of September and August, OPEN Ealing will host artwork and workshops by local artist at its  pop up shop on Oak Road at the Entrance of the Shopping Centre. If you live in the Ealing area please drop by. For further information on OPEN Ealing and its future programmes please visit https://www.openealing.com

Wishing you a great weekend!

The London Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT)

David Emmanuel Noel, David Emmanuel Noel Art, Artist David Emmanuel NoelSaying hi, hoping you’re all well and enjoying what life should offer. Firstly, I apologise for an absence in communication. Summer so far has been packed with life’s usual ups and downs as well as artistic activities to organise on both sides of the pond! I’ve also been in the studio, working on new pieces.  This includes the one above, entitled ‘ Blowing a Kiss.’

One project I’m happy to announce I’ll participate in is the west London Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) on the 6-8th and 13-15th September. I will be exhibiting a few abstract works as part of the Phoenix Arts Group’s contribution to this years event. I’m returning to west London and exhibiting work for the first time in over 5 years!

BEAT offers a window into the world of local artists! In September 2015 a number of like-minded artists from several local Ealing-based art groups met to form the origins of BEAT. The plan was to create a local platform for local artists to showcase their work to the public through the medium of an annual Art Trail.

Local artists open their homes and  studios to exhibit and sell their work. BEAT happens over the course of two weekends every year, during which a map is provided for the general public to find where they can visit around the Borough to see the exhibitions.

More info to come from me but, in the meantime, please visit the BEAT website. Enjoy the rest of your day and I wish you all a safe, happy and creative week ahead!

Mental Health Awareness Week- Art, Climate Change and Well Being

Climates of Motion, David Emmanuel Noel
Climates of Motion 2

Hoping you’re all well and enjoying life. It’s been a busy few weeks, head down working on a few projects and paintings. I’ve included two recent works which form part of my Fusion Series. The works will to be exhibited shortly.

The Fusion Series is an experimentation of colour, using a variety of acrylic paints and ink, encouraging you to  think about the relationships between tones and textures in paintings, how they provoke emotions and support mental well being.

A variety of health professionals accept that our healthcare environment has a significant impact on a patient’s perception of their medical care and, in some cases, their actual recovery. Health professionals continue to explore the psychology of colour and how chosen hues on walls, floors and furniture can have a positive, or indeed negative, effect on a person’s health and wellbeing.

Continuing the original theme, the attached works have been influenced by a growing body of evidence that climate change induced mental health issues are increasing. It is particularly worrying to know this is a growing issue with teenagers.

I will endeavour to share evidence and updates in future posts.

Stay well!

Climates of Motion, David Emmanuel Noel
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What Do Artists Do All Day?

I’m often asked what do I do on my average day. In truth, each day is very different! I came across this two part BBC Arts video of the award winning British artist Tracey Emin. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting and inspiring to watch. Irrespective of your artistic preferences, she highlights some important points on pursuing a career as an artist. Moreover, the dedication to her craft is very well illustrated. Enjoy!

Time Waits For No One

Saying hi to all! Again, I look at today’s date and can’t believe how quickly this year is going. However, some things remain unchanged, particularly in the world of politics, social justice and the pressing need to address our climate change crisis. If anything, time is running out! What will happen by this time next year I wonder? I say listening to the Rolling Stone’s track of the same title. Will the UK Government agree a Brexit proposal by then? Will ‘the Donald’ still be US President? What are your views?

The time also signifies a year since the official release of the album “Pictures at an African Exhibition.’ I decided to mark it by posting a short video, describing my experience of working on the project and collaborating with Darryl Yokley. Wishing you all a prosperous week!