Frances Jayne Newman fine art

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Ceramic plate and mug designs for the
Bloomsbury Festival.

See some of the designs transferred on to the plates and mugs by following this link

With the backing of The Friends of UCLH, who fund many of the art workshops that take place at UCLH and the National Hospital for Neurology & Neuro surgery, we  participated in this year's Bloomsbury Festival, which will took place on the weekend of 22 - 23 October 2011.

The Bloomsbury Festival is a cross-cultural event organised by Hidden Cities and supported by the Wellcome Trust, UCL, the School of Advanced Study, Camden Council, Bloomsbury Colleges, Arts Council England and The British Museum that seeks to highlight the richness and diversity of the Bloomsbury community.

Our tent at the festival show-cased the work we produce in the art workshops, drew attention to our role in the life of Bloomsbury and raised awareness of the groups that fund us. 

As part of our input into the event (and as a fun exercise in the workshops) we approached Cosmo China, who are a collective of artists who have been hand-decorating bone china in the heart of Bloomsbury for over twenty years, and they very kindly donated a number of blank plates and mugs.

Patients then created their designs which will be hand painted onto the blanks and then fired.

We are took as inspiration the work of the artists known as the Bloomsbury Group and the Omega Workshop who worked in the area almost 100 years ago and whose ethos was to decorate objects used in daily life with the creative visions of an artist rather than a designer.