So….. it’s over!

IMG_20180905_173816_278Well that was an interesting couple of weeks! My first solo show has now finished. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it exceeded my expectations. I sold quite a few pieces and got some wonderfully positive feedback. I guess I’ve got to get my head down now and start producing work for my next show……yes there’ll be another!


Karl Stedman Solo Show!

After organising a couple of group shows this year I’ve now got my own solo show.

The show is a collection of some of my pen and ink drawings and some of my rolled paper abstract pieces.

We had a little private view on Friday evening and then the show opened properly on Saturday for two weeks.

Karl Stedman Solo Show, The Clayden Gallery, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight. Saturday 1st until Saturday 15th September.IMG_20180901_085100

LGBTQ art exhibition

Over the last few months I’ve been working with some professional artists from the Isle of Wight who identify as standing under the LGBTQ umbrella on an exhibition to coincide with IW Pride. This is the first exhibition of this kind to have been put together on the Island. The artists have been very supportive and generous lending work for the exhibition, much of which has not been shown before and a lot which has been produced especially for this exhibition. Last week I hung the pieces which is not as easy as you might think, it’s not just a case of hammering in some nails and hanging the pictures off them!

The exhibition opened yesterday in the Clayden Gallery at Quay Arts in Newport and will be on display for seven weeks. Later in the week is arriving work from the Emerald Winter Pride Award exhibition which has been on display in London.

I’m going to be hanging this work in the Seminar room at Quay Arts on Thursday and Friday and the official launch of both these exciting exhibitions will be on Friday evening.

Quay Arts have been very supportive of IW Pride allowing us to put on the Island artists exhibition, the Emerald exhibition, show displays of work in the bar, cafe as well as an LGBTQ play in the theatre, perhaps the Isle of Wight isn’t stuck in the 70’s as some cynical people claim!

As well as the two LGBTQ exhibitions there’s also an exhibition called Bloom which will run for a couple of weeks. I’ve actually got work in all three! (talk about blowing my own trumpet!)



Exhibition at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice Art Gallery

I’m delighted to invite you all to an exhibition of my artwork at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice Art Gallery at Halberry Lane in Newport on The Isle of Wight. The exhibition is on for the next month or so and is open between 9 and 5pm daily.

I’m particularly pleased to be able to show my artwork here as its such a special place and very important to so many in our Island community.

I’m showing my pen and ink drawings, prints of which are available to buy. The prints are signed and mounted ready to frame, with profits going to the Hospice.


I’m also showing some of my autobiographical abstract rolled paper pieces.



Please pop along to see, and hopefully buy, some artwork. You can have something nice to eat and and drink in the lovely cafe and visit the Chelsea garden. It’s a warm and very welcoming place run by wonderful people who do an incredible job.

On Sunday 13 May there is…..Walk the Wight for Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

The walk raises money which enables the Hospice to develop their services for Islanders and their families. It’s at the very heart of their fundraising efforts and really unites the Island.

There is the long walk all the way around the Island which is probably suited for people fitter than me, but there is also a eight mile walk from Sandown to Shide (from Sandown bay to the centre of the Island) This year we’ve signed up for this shorter walk and we’re hoping for nice weather. It should be a wonderful experience and on a personal level I’ll be walking in memory of my parents.



For many years I kept a diary. I wrote every day and wrote about everything that had happened, what I’d done, where I’d been, who I’d seen, my thoughts…..everything. I wrote it all down on paper which I put in files, separating the different months with coloured spacers. A different coloured spacer for every month, a different coloured file for each year. I kept the files in a big box. The idea was that I’d be able to look back and see what I’d done on a particular day or week or month. As the box got fuller with files I thought in might be easier if I got bigger files, they would be month files rather than year files……I’d have twelve files one for each month.

I kept this going for quite some time until one day I realized that apart from it taking up a lot of my time each day, I had twelve massive files taking up a lot of space and more importantly and disturbingly I was spending my time looking back, looking at my past.

Obviously what has happened in our past shapes our present and in many ways our future but constantly dwelling in the past isn’t healthy, and it certainly wasn’t doing me any good.

So what to do?

I made the decision to stop writing the diary!

I had stopped writing it but was I going to do with the files? I didn’t  want anyone else to read them, I couldn’t just put them in the bin, I couldn’t burn them (people round here are offended by the smell of bonfires!) So I shredded them……….

This is January……..WP_20180224_08_58_36_Pro_2_kindlephoto-1035087217or should I say, this is twelve years of January!

This is twelve years of January’s from my diary, shredded and  hand rolled. Each disk is wrapped in the shredded coloured paper spacers that had separated the months.

The diaries don’t exist any more or rather they exist but they can’t be read in the same way!

So, I didn’t win

So, I didn’t win, but I’m still pretty pleased to have got to the finals in a field of over seven hundred applicants, and I think ‘All One’ looks pretty good hanging at The House of St Barnabas in Soho Square.


This is a new piece I’ve been working on just back from the framer. I’m quite pleased with it and have called it ‘Infusion’