Earlier this summer I launched my very first Kickstarter in the hopes of showing my work at Open Out festival in Tromsø, Norway, where 2 of my artworks had been selected for a group exhibition.
74 backers pledged £4,909 of my £4,265 goal which allowed me to courier both of my massive paintings, Tintorest and FREAK (Minturnae), to the festival over 2000 miles away, as well as allowing me to fly to Norway to visit the festival myself.
This was my first international exhibition and I reckon the show was a real success, being bumped up to a solo show for a 2 week run at the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, which is the country's most northernmost art gallery. In addition I met some wonderful people and got to experience the beauty (and extremely high beer prices) of Norway and this would not have been possible were it not for my backers.
Pledges ranged from £1 to a whopping £2,300!! But whatever the pledge, a HUGE thank you to every one of my backers for taking the time to back the campaign, for supporting me, and for allowing me to reach this next stage of my career. You are all wonderful.
Tusen takk (thanks) to:
Professor Johnny Golding
Tom Lawes and the gang at The Electric Cinema
The Creative Fund (CA)
Terri Mc Sweeney
Dr. Mattia Paganelli
Dr. Joseph Lilley
Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife (Jon Bell).