Fun A Day Dundee 2016 Exhibition

Dundee has been participating in the Fun A Day project since 2011, first introduced here, by artist Morgan Cahn due to its popularity in America. Fun A Day Dundee is now in its 5th year, with a simple premise to follow: choose a project (e.g. take a photo, draw a picture, bake a cake, go walking, etc.) which can be achieved every day in January. The results of the creative efforts are exhibited in a group show the following month, providing an opportunity for artists and non-artists to share their work with the public.
This year we have had a large number of participants posting their work daily on Twitter, Instagram and on our Facebook page. One participant; photographer Dylan Drummond, set about taking surreal, and fantastically entertaining, photographic Self Portraits every day. He described his experience as “a challenge and also very satisfying creating the images and having an audience for them.” Many participants used Fun A Day this year as a chance to inject some fun and creativity into an activity they do regularly, as well as it being a motivational tool to produce new art work, build on skills for enjoyable projects, and simply, to do something new and fun that brightened up their January.
Yoga teachers Penny and Morgan explored some playful yoga postures in January, describing their reasons for their project as “creating a bit of space for freedom, fun and relationship.” They add; “We’re taking a pause from our daily lives and coming together to explore playful yoga postures. We love to do our yoga and hope to show you how yoga can be gravity defying, but most of all fun!” For the exhibition Penny and Morgan are displaying photographs of their impressive, combined yoga poses.
There is a the wide variety of work that is featured in the show, with painting, prints, photographs, sculpture, textiles, poetry, and much more being featured. Musician; Ed Muirhead, has taken part in Fun A Day Dundee several times, combining art with his talents in music, and this year has produced a series of paintings along side new song lyrics. He shares that painting with “fresh colours” each day, whether he “felt like it or not”, created “a positive experience once again, to create new things at the start of a new year.” The project can be challenging, but Fun A Day Dundee focuses on participants enjoying their work, and chooses quality of experience over the quantity of work produced.
Fun A Day Dundee strives to encourage participants to network and support each other during the project, which they clearly succeeded in, through online comments, discussions, and shares of artwork. We find the art work very inspirational, and it’s clear to see the extensive scale of effort put into individual projects this year. The exhibition highlights the talent and determination found in individuals in and around Dundee.
Dundee designer; Judy Scott, has already continued her project into February claiming that she doesn’t think she can stop now. Her project embodied “a colour mark making, collage and mixed media filled January. To focus on positivity, happiness and moving forward to a fabulous uplifting 2016.” We think we will take a leaf from Judy’s book, and continue our quest of securing a creative and fun filled new year.
Thank you to all the amazing and creative people who participated, and to all those who visited the show, it was a success!
Until next January…
Fun A Day Dundee
Sam Baxter / Becca Greig

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Fun Exhibition!

A big well done to all the participants so far for creating such interesting and original work throughout January. We are coming close to the exhibition, and encourage everyone to visit this weekend and check it out! We are preparing for our submissions this week, and look forward to seeing all you Dundee FUN Go-er’s shortly!

PREVIEW EXHIBITION this Friday at 6pm – WASPS artist studios, Meadow Mill, Dundee. Running 10am – 5pm all weekend.

 

Highlights: Start of January!

So far we have enjoyed seeing colourful, thought provoking, beautiful & intriguing work for Fun A Day Dundee. We hope that it inspires more people to try something new/ FUN this month, and throughout the rest of the year! Here are a selection of images from just some of our Fun Makers so far:

Fun Makers Pictured: (in order)

  1. Sally Owen – TWIGGED
  2. Violet Raven Creations – Blackout Poem
  3. Judy Scott – NEON PLAY
  4. Louise Kirby / Kirbyrecipies
  5.  Becca Greig
  6. Ed 
  7. Dylan Drummond – Month of self portraits
  8. Rebecca / woollyjones 
  9. Chisholm Puppets
  10. Sam McPherson
  11. Cally’s Bonny Claith
  12. Penny & Morgan – Yoga Pose A Day
  13. Lauren Herd – Fun A Day Tombola

Yoga Pose A Day

 

Penny and Morgan are doing a yoga pose every day for Fun A Day, Morgan even incorporated one of these amazing partner poses into her class last night with the Fun being the intention of the class!

Fun A Day 2016 begins!

Happy New Year fun a dayers! is everyone feeling creative? or just a bit hung over? maybe start with something small today if that’s the case but start your year with a bit of creative fun however you are feeling and we cant wait to see the results. Feel free to share your progress with us on facebook and twitter. You can also still sign up throughout the month.

happy Fun Year everyone!

 

Fun Time

It’s officially the end of 2015, and we are two days away from a bright, happy, FUN new year! We want to share the FUN we have had in previous years, where creativity, goals, and networking, help kick off a Happy New Year!

Don’t worry if you haven’t landed on an idea fully yet, there’s still time to test a few ideas and land on something you find you will enjoy producing during January. Check out our Fun Photos for some inspiration from previous years, and even our Facebook page, and Twitter feed for current news and work!

How you choose to record your #FunADay project is up to you. You definitely don’t need to upload it online every day, but we welcome anyone that wants to upload their work online (in a blog/Tumblr/Flickr/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook), to let us now and share it with us using the #FunADay and #Dundee hashtags. Previous Fun Makers have found that uploading something everyday has helped them keep track and see how their project is progressing.

Thanks to everyone who has already registered on eventbrite, and if you’re a little late to signing up – no problem! Just let us know by January the 12th at the latest so we can be sure to make room for you at the exhibition. If you have any further questions drop us an email at FunADayDundee@gmail.com, on Twitter, or Facebook.

We would love to hear/ see how projects are evolving during the month, so please do share with us your FUN activities via social media, or even send us some images and text and we will feature you on this blog.

Happy Fun Year!!