After several years in Arundel, (West Sussex UK) we are currently relocating to a lovely new and more spacious studio and workshop just North of Worthing on the edge of the South Downs National Park near Cissbury Ring.

There’s a great deal of redevelopment needing to take place before we can move in so for now we are mostly all packed up into storage containers but we have some serious plans afoot so watch this space for progress reports…

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More exciting news, we are thrilled to currently have a collection of paintings for sale in the wonderful Store Street Gallery, 32 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BS.

Click here to visit their website.

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We are delighted to have been featured in Saatchi Art’s ‘New This Week’ Collection!

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View our artworks available on Saatchi Art here

 

 

Let me tell you some stories…

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…of Love, Loss and Longing

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Come and hear Veronique Maria (artist) talk about 
‘LOVE AND THE ARTS – A search for communion through intimacy and creativity’
with Anna McNay (art critic)
at
The House of St Barnabas, W1D 4NQ
Thursday 31st May 6.30-7.30pm

(in association with LGBTQI+ Winter Pride Events 2018)

The event is FREE but please book your place by emailing: art@hosb.org.uk

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Curator Kezia Davies interviews art critic Anna McNay and artist Veronique Maria about their forthcoming Conversation: ‘Love and the Arts’

To read the transcript of the interview please click here

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AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW

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New prints by Veronique Maria

 We’ve found that you love the original Gratitude Mandala paintings so much, we’re now offering them as signed, limited edition giclée prints (edition of 25).
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Each Veronique Maria print is made to order using specialist fine art printing processes, 315gsm smooth archival paper and richly pigmented archival inks.
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Sizes vary.  Prices range from £210 – £360.
Other fine art prints by Veronique Maria also available.

 

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BEYOND THE BINARIES  2018 Emerald Winter Pride Arts Programme

In partnership with The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ

Art Critic Anna McNay in conversation with artist Veronique Maria 

31 May (6.30 – 7.30pm)
Conversation: Love and the Arts
Bazalgette Room – The House of St Barnabas

Art critic Anna McNay, in conversation with artist Veronique Maria, regarding an artist’s search for communion through intimacy and creativity.
FREE but please book your place by emailing: art@hosb.org.uk

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www.winterpride.co.uk
Winter Pride Art Awards Blog

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Image – Japanese prayers tied outside a Zen Buddhist Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

Opportunities to strengthen the connection between spiritual practice and art practice are (for the most part) always appreciated but I have to say that the ‘gift of difficult circumstances’ is never the less a tricky pill for me to swallow.

Over the last 18 months birth, death, grief and serious personal injury have forced me to stay home and face my vulnerability, existential aloneness and mortality in new and profound ways.

Whilst these situations help us see the bigger picture they can also feel as if they are never ending and at times we can feel overwhelmed. I certainly did.

My recent spinal injuries and prolonged periods of being alone, and on heavy duty pain killers left me wondering whether ‘this is it’. There were times that I feared there’d be no way out of this, and that it would be down hill from here.

More than ever before, this period of time was, for me, a time to focus on the present moment and to find gratitude for even the smallest of achievements. These tiny treasures to be grateful for included such things as getting out of bed, and being able to stand up. Later they progressed into doing small tasks such as making a cup of tea.

At first, in the midst of this storm, I found myself swinging between extremes. On the one hand I’d be grasping, trying to hold on, and therefore suffering. On the other hand I’d be finding it in me to surrender to my powerlessness and as a result of that I’d find a place in me of peace.

Over time the pendulum of extremes calmed down. Eventually, more and more, I found a place where I could hold both poles more comfortably and steadily. Discovering this place was obviously where the gift was for me. I recognised it as a place of learning.

And then after seven months of excruciating emotional and physical pain, oscillating between sitting in a place of spirit and then of form, and back again, and most of the time being house bound, …..as if by some force of magic, I found I was able to travel to Japan and then join my local Buddhist Sangha (community) for a poetry writing retreat!

 

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Image – Hydrangeas, Rivendell Retreat Centre, East Sussex, UK

 

In Japan we (the Walrus Leadership Tribe) were immersed in the Japanese culture.  This had been gifted to us through the generosity of Kikuo and Jonathan (two of our tribe members) who had planned an incredibly rich and interpersonal experience with local people and the environment in and around Kamakura. (South of Tokyo)

The schedule was full. I won’t mention all the details here but some of the highlights for me were the opportunity to live with Zen Buddhist Monks in a temple, making veggie Sushi with secondary school boys and their teachers, presenting projects and ideas to the Kamacom business community and hearing a monk’s view on a massive inter faith prayer gathering when disaster hit the town a few years ago. We also learnt some ancient Japanese dance movements and saw Mount Fuji. There were so so many experiences…..

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Image – Japanese prayers tied outside a Zen Buddhist Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

 

The experiences that inspired me the most were about a sense of community and ‘coming together’. I found that the people were always patient, kind, respectful and appreciative regardless of cramped conditions and everyday pressures. This was in stark  contrast to our Western ways. Their attitude is incredibly calm, careful and considerate. Regardless of the external environments people always have time and are grateful.

 

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Image – A flower garden in the centre of a shopping area in Tokyo, Japan.

I might have suffered a nasty culture shock on my return to the UK had it not been for the fact that the very week I landed, I went, straight away, with my jet lag, to a retreat with my local Buddhist Sangha. It was curiously interesting timing, since the retreat was all about integrating spiritual practice with creative practice and the vehicle for this was Japanese poetry!

Firstly we learnt how to write individual Haiku. Then we created a collective Renga.

Renga is about a collective engagement with the creative process. It is not about an outcome. For us it was also about creating within a Buddhist context.

Sharing the outcome with you here seems in some ways to be sliding off the point a bit but I want to give you a flavour of Japan and hope that the photos here, along with the poem below, might sum up this month and these past months quite nicely.

As Renga is a joint creation and we all collectively participated in it’s creation it’s everyones and no ones.

Whether we are in a Renga or making work in a solitary studio I believe all creativity is not an individuals works but in someway an outpouring from a greater collective source.

Sometimes this might be from a inter-personal level, sometimes from a transpersonal level and I believe that it is our responsibility as artists to be alert to this and make appropriate choices.

Either way, I simply love the philosophy and message of the Renga.

 

 

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Image – Japanese prayers tied outside a Zen Buddhist Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

 

The Renga…….

 

the skin of a snake

 

we walk in silence down the holloway –

open to the sky

 

blood in my veins,

a sunlit shuffle

how do I do this?

 

swimming upwards I count

the bubbles

 

clouds in stripes

jumbo jet flies to Bali

 

my thoughts
lost to ice –
crystals on the floor

 

squirrel hides in tree hole

frenzied shopping mall

 

the white bunker of dreams –

where is the doorway

now?

 

shadows of people

I used to know

 

turn on the light step

step

over our clothes

 

your worn shoes so sturdy

still I keep them

 

along sheep’s head ridge

who

is leading?

 

on the windowsill

the skin of a snake

 

she is on the turn –

burnished, blazing,

grumpy

 

dragon’s dance, lanterns lit

moon cake anyone?

 

swinging at the top of the wheel

see our old house

by the bend in the river

 

between infinite paths of wonder, holding to broken branches,

they whisper love songs

 

exposed bare root

suspended

under the crust

 

droplets on leaf

shining

 

a drowsy bee

does what it can

with the flowers on the Afghan rug

 

mixing the right tone of yellow

for the buttercup

 

 

a nijuuin renga | Rivendell, East Sussex | May, 2017

participants: Subhadassi (Master) Jen Rouse, Lauren Davis, Tejasiddhi, Vimalabandhu, Laura Power, Kavyashri, Valentina Cartei, Eliza Payne, NgYinWan, Lorraine Moore, Esther Cann, Bruno Basilio, Veronique Maria, Penny Lloyd

R8 Walrus | Tokyo and Kamakura Japan | May, 2017

participants: Jorgen, Sue, Veronique, Kikuo, Jonathan, David, Tjessica, Hanne, Reimar, Ben

 

 ‘WAKING UP’

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A SPRINGTIME RETREAT DAY

(please note this is NOT an ‘art’ workshop)

Saturday – 11th MARCH 2017

Arundel, West Sussex

A gentle day for reflection, to deepen your relationship with your creative self.
…..an intimate, one day retreat.

No previous experience is necessary.

In the safe, supportive environment of my home in Arundel, West Sussex, this retreat day is designed to help you begin to ‘wake up’ to your self, and to the year, the day and the moment, so that you can more fully re-member your self and your open to your creativity.

With ‘spring‘ in mind, and using a variety of visualisations, meditations, experiential exercises along with some group dialogue, you will be encouraged to slow down, listen deeply to yourself and the world you inhabit, and take time to explore all that is emerging – your dreams, aspirations and the potential of all new beginnings.

You will leave the workshop feeling more centred, refreshed and connected to the fullness of your self and your creative potential.
Easy Free Parking.
Accessibility (please ask)
Teas and coffees provided.
Please bring:
1.) your essential drawing and writing materials for note taking
2.) some vegetarian/vegan food to share at lunchtime.
Together we will create a collective feast and a delicious day.  😉

These courses will help you:

take time to be with yourself

understand yourself more deeply

feel more connected

listen more carefully to your inner voice

trust and respond to your intuition  

feel more secure and confident in yourself and your creativity 

manage transitions and changes with greater ease

develop a deeper understanding of your truest nature 

GETTING HERE – Arundel, West Sussex.

DRIVING: we are close to the A27 and the A259

TRAINS run directly from London Victoria to Arundel Station. (approx 80 mins) and along the south coast line from Portsmouth and/or Brighton to Ford Station. Taxis are available from Arundel Station. For taxis from Ford please book ahead with the Arundel taxi company.

BOOKING and ENQUIRIES

email veroniquemaria@icloud.com
Groups are small – places on these courses are limited.
Please book early to avoid disappointment.