I co-organised two Raw Arts Festivals with the New
York Arts Magazine and am still in contact with the director of
World Arts Media (Tchera Niyego) to possibly co-organise and co-curate
The New York Arts Magazine have published the
following references about me:
Piers Midwinter is a visionary artist and the creator/director
of Raw Art Link and the legendary international Raw Arts Festivals.
The websites he has created have become standard reference points
and the critically acclaimed Raw Arts Festival is the first of its
kind and magnitude. Upon creating the first two festivals single-handedly
Piers then started collaborating with the New York Arts Magazine.
His achievements have pushed the creative envelope and have made
him a highly influential artist. In Midwinter's art, one comes face
to face with a wide pantheon of artistic expression, ranging from
dark black-humour to the highest spiritual yearning. All of which
is brought to light in glorious techni-color honesty through Midwinter's
highly imaginative paintings.
Raw Art Link: www.rawartlink.com
Raw Arts Festival - London 2004: www.rawartsfestival.co.uk
Raw Arts Festival - London 2005: www.raf2005.co.uk
Raw Arts Festival - Valencia 2006: www.raf2006.com
Raw Arts Festival - New York 2007: www.raf2007.com
JULY 20- AUGUST 20, ‘07 Beijing, China, June 15, 2007,
NY Arts Beijing Space is pleased to present Piers Midwinter
with an inter-active work-in-progress project. Piers Midwinter will
be the artist-in-residence to creating and curating a “fun” project,
that anyone can do, based around automatic writing which will be
slightly different from “Automatic writing” in the traditional way
we understand it as he aims to give a focus to the exhibition at
the end of the day. In essence, the British artist and creator of
“Raw Arts Festivals” will ask participants, (yes he is planning
to create an interactive event indeed) to start 'doodling' on either
paper or canvas etc. Participants will choose any subject matter
they wish to draw e.g. a flying hippopotamus colored with pink and
yellow polka-dots! Katarzyna Chocian is the guest artist-in-residency
in this project. Chocian graduated from the I.J Paderewski Music
College in Poland and continued her violin and music studies with
a Professor at The Royal Academy of Music in London. She obtained
a Diploma of Fellowship at The London College of Music and a Licentiate
Diploma in Music Education at The Trinity College London. She has
organized several music master classes and directed music events.
She currently teaches at the British School in Poland and is also
a self-taught artist.
For more information on this exhibition please call us at 86-10-84573298/
86-1343 951 8846 or contact us at www.nyartsbeijing.com.
The artist Piers Midwinter is the creator and director
of Raw Art Link and the Raw Arts Festivals. He believes that it's
important to stay true to oneself as an artist and that Raw Art
(Outsider/Self-taught/Visionary art etc.) comes closest to expressing
this. Midwinter has been interested in Raw Art since 1989 and in
2001 he set up Raw Art Link in order to create a?website which contained
links to all the things that interested him. It was probably the
first web portal dedicated to such a?task. Since then it has become
one of the world's premier Raw Art websites leading to setting up
events like the first Raw Arts Festival in 2004 (http://www.rawartsfestival.co.uk)
that became London's largest and best International exhibition of
self-taught art mounted to date. Midwinter is currently planning
a 2005 Raw Arts Festival in London (http://www.raf2005.co.uk).
Yahoo Business News recently published this
article about my upcoming festival in Los Angeles:
The Legendary Raw Arts Festival Heads to Los Angeles for March 2008
Wednesday January 9, 8:23 am ET The world's most prestigious non-mainstream
arts festival ... IPSWICH, England, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ --
The Raw Arts Festival is dedicated to exhibiting artworks by non-mainstream
artists. These artists can be Outsider, Folk, Raw or Self-taught.
Over the years the festival has exhibited a wide variety of non-mainstream
art, such as works created by homeless people, adults with autism
and also famous well established Outsider/Raw artists etc.
The Festival has been held annually since August 2004, when the
first festival exhibited in London at the Candid Arts Trust in a
massive 50,000 square foot gallery located in the heart of London
just north of Kings Cross in Angel. The Festival has come along
way since then. It has exhibited at the Candid Arts Trust again
in 2005, Valencia, Spain in October 2006 and New York, USA in January
2007. In that time, the festival has succeeded in gaining vast quantities
of publicity from many of the major publications world-wide including
Art Fairs International, Metro, New York Arts Magazine, Raw Vision,
The Times, Yahoo news and many others. It has gained widespread
international critical acclaim. The first two festivals have been
recognized as being 'London's largest and best International
exhibition of self-taught art mounted to date.' The 2006 Festival
held in Valencia, Spain was referenced as being 'Spain's
first non-mainstream art festival' and the Festival held in New
York was referenced as being the 'First major non- mainstream
arts Festival to offer a fresh alternative to the New York Outsider
Many of the artists who have exhibited at the Festival
have now become well-established artists in their own right. The
Los Angeles festival is yet again attracting applications
from world-class raw artists. Dover Abrams (USA) is an artist and
co-curator of the infamous Infusion Gallery in Los Angeles; Akiko
Kitami (USA) has exhibited her art works at the prestigious Ward
Nasse Gallery in New York; Franco Meloni (Italy) has exhibited his
artworks worldwide and is due for a stunning solo exhibition at
the Broadway Gallery in New York; and Piers Midwinter (UK) -- the
creator and director of the Raw Arts Festival -- has exhibited his
artworks worldwide and has recently been an artist in residence
for a whole month in Beijing, China, at the space owned by
the New York Arts Magazine. Ben Reche (UK) and Brian Steimel (USA)
have also exhibited their artworks worldwide. Brian has participated
in the Carnival of Samhain and Ben has artworks featured
on the Saatchi on-line website. All of these artists have
exhibited previously with the Raw Arts Festival and have received
widespread publicity as a result.
The Festival is also exhibiting some exciting upcoming artists such
as Beth Cornell (USA), who has widely exhibited her art in Arizona,
USA. Beth grew up with Folk Art all around her in Pennsylvania and
has thus been heavily influenced by self-taught art. Los Angeles
is an exciting place for the Festival to travel too. It is well
known as being a major centre for Outsider, Folk, Raw, Surrealist
and Low brow art, etc. The extraordinary Watts Towers created by
Simon Rodia are located here. In 1992, the Los Angeles County Museum
of Art presented a groundbreaking exhibition titled 'Parallel Visions.'
This traced the connections between modern artists and their self-taught
colleagues. It played a major role in establishing the field of
'Outsider' art as it exists today. Los Angeles also plays host to
a number of organizations dedicated to helping non-mainstream artists
such as the 'International House of Blues Foundation' and 'The Los
Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum.'
The Raw Arts Festival 2008 aims to continue the development of raw
art in Los Angeles. In stark contrast to many other Outsider/Raw
art exhibitions which are often organized by art galleries, the
Raw Arts Festival offers artists from all over the world the most
prestigious venue for exhibiting there art without 'strings attached.'
Artists are thus free and this has resulted in some truly glorious
art being exhibited and a truly electric atmosphere being created
at the legendary private views. Many artists have traveled world-wide
just to participate in the proceedings and to take away with them
memories of meeting other great artists etc. The traveling nature
of the Festival has ensured that it does not become institutionalized.
More than any other Festival worldwide, the Raw Arts Festival stays
true to its free, spontaneous roots and thus pays homage to the
artists that flock to it. This year, the Festival will exhibit at
the Infusion Gallery, which is located in downtown Los Angeles.
The Gallery is the brainchild of artist/curator Dover Abrams and
his wife/artist/gallery coordinator Jill. It is a reasonably large
space located on Los Angeles' Gallery Row. As always, the festival
has guaranteed widespread publicity for the upcoming show in March.
The show will last for one month. It thus provides visitors to Los
Angeles a good opportunity to see something fresh and to invest
in some highly valuable art.
The Infusion Gallery is located at: 719 South Spring Street, Los
Angeles, California 90014, USA.
The show will exhibit from March 2nd to March 26th 2008.
The gallery is open from Tuesday through to Saturday, between
For information on the Infusion gallery, please visit: www.infusiongallery.com
For information on the festival and how to apply, please send an
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on my latest Raw Arts Festival which will
be held in Los Angeles can be found at: www.rawartsfestival.co.uk
Raw Arts Festival 2008
The Raw Arts Festival has been held annually for the past 4 years
in London (twice), Valencia and New York. It has grown each year
in size and popularity, and 2008 is proving to be no different.
Find out all about the upcoming festival in Los Angeles by following
the links in the menu above.
I am currently earning a living teaching ICT (I am
also in charge of the ICT department) at the British School in Warsaw,
Poland. You can my mugshot at: http://www.thebritishschool.pl/index.php?section=46
Source: Raw Arts Festival Piers Midwinter, G.C.G.I, B.A (Hons),
P.G.C.E (Post 16). Piers studied Fine Art at City and Guilds of
London Art School, gaining a Foundation and a Graduate-ship from
the City and Guilds Institute. He has a BA (Hons) degree from Middlesex
University in Art Practice and the Community, Information Technology
and Education Studies. He was been awarded prizes at Art school
and at University for Excellence in the Local Community. In 2000,
he became a qualified teacher gaining a PGCE (post 16) in ICT from
the Institute of Education. In July 2007, he became qualified to
teach the ITGS International Baccalaureate. He has had over 5 year’s
employment in the South East of England teaching Art and ICT. In
his spare time, he has collaborated with the New York Arts magazine
to mount international arts festivals. Piers has been at the British
School since April 2007.