On the behalf of the Hotwalls Studios and Portsmouth City Council, we are delighted to confirm that Studio 9 artist Alice Hume has been awarded funds from the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants. The grant will fund Interactive Weaves, a collaborative project that brings the public together with professional artists. Public involvement will be free of charge.
Interactive Weaves will begin on 19 April, and will continue to coincide with the Hotwalls Open Studios events on the third Sunday of each month. The project will culminate with an exhibition in the Round Tower from 18-20 September, offering participants the chance to see the complete works together. Each weave will adopt its own unique theme, and will be accompanied by live music and creative workshops.
Alice Hume, otherwise known as Vanderhume, joined the Hotwalls Studios in 2016 and quickly established herself as a reputable artist with an impressive client portfolio. Achievements include a solo exhibition at Aspex Gallery craft space in 2017-18 and nationwide commissions. Alice runs regular workshops, and has expanded her skills internationally at weaving schools in Sweden and Japan. Interactive Weaves will build upon these wide-ranging experiences. The name Vanderhume is a nod towards Alice’s ancestry of Flemish weavers-heritage that remains central to her work.
Alice’s funding success reflects the high quality of talent at the Hotwalls Studios. The collective now includes two members of the Royal Academy, and two artists backed by Arts Council England. Thanks to this investment, Interactive Weaves will offer artists and the public alike the chance to get involved with a new creative project. It will mark a celebration of creative talent at the Hotwalls Studios and in the city of Portsmouth. For more info, see the Hotwalls Studios Events Page and follow @Hotwalls Studios and @Vanderhume for more info. Details on each interactive weave can be found at hotwallsstudios.co.uk/events.
Studio Image by Sophie Twining.