I`m an artist living and working in Shanklin on The Isle of Wight.

 

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Winter at Quay Arts

At Quay Arts in Newport over the 2017 winter period there is an exhibition of ‘winter’ themed work. About seventeen artists are involved and a couple of my pieces are on display. The exhibition opened yesterday and looks terrific, pop along if you can.

Theatre of One

 

The other day I up to London for an exhibition.

My best girl friend Belinda was having her first¬† photography exhibition at La Galleria, Pall Mall. I’ve know Belinda for ever.

After studying photography she carved out a career as a very successful fashion model, its only recently that she’s moved back behind the camera again.

She’s produced a collection of self portraits inspired by and¬† interpreting her visions and dreams She works alone, producing sketches, making costumes and props and sourcing locations. She sets the scene and takes the pictures herself, in fact you can sometimes see the hand held remote.

It was a fabulous exhibition incorporating specialty created film, music and spoken word as well as the photos, some of which were huge.

Shanklin Town Council Elections – Thursday May 4th

I am letting you know that I am re-standing for Shanklin Town Council Elections on Thursday 4th  May.  I was co-opted onto the Council around 18 months ago and will be a candidate for election in the Shanklin South Ward.

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I am standing as an independent.  Shanklin Town Council has traditionally not been about party politics.  This enables us to ensure that we are able to get things done for the benefit of all Shanklin residents.  With the Council elections going on the same day and with some town council candidates also standing as party representatives for the IOW Council there is a danger that this could give the Shanklin elections a political bias which could be detrimental to the town.

With more aspects of the Council’s work being devolved locally the role of the town council is becoming increasingly important.  I can offer stability as I am already a council member, enthusiasm and drive to ensure Shanklin continues to thrive.  I have spent seventeen years in the tourism industry and know how important tourism is for Shanklin’s success.  I have recently sold my guest house to move onto new challenges and I have moved to the Shanklin South area I wish to continue to represent.  I am now self-employed as a professional artist.   I hope this also gives me a creative vision towards the future of Shanklin. Public money may be tight on the island but with energy, determination and imagination we can get things done.

Please include Karl Stedman in your choices for Shanklin Town Council Election ‚Äď South Ward. I would be grateful if you could share with Shanklin South voters.¬† I am not intending to produce a leaflet as I do not feel it is appropriate and it is less recycling for you!

An evening at Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Yesterday evening I was very lucky to have an after hours guided walk around the wonderful Ventnor Botanical Gardens. It was the perfect weather to enjoy the magnificent planting and made very ¬†special by being shown around by a passionate gardener eager to point out the rare and unusual blooms. There have been a number of changes since I was last there, the main one being that it’s no longer run by the IOW Council. The gardens are managed by only a few full-time staff with the help of volunteers and they are achieving amazing things. The micro climate at Ventnor means that plants grow here that don’t elsewhere in the British Isles.