‘Blue Monkey Network presents’ : Unfinished Business – Sheila Hay
Thursday 28th May, 6 – 8pm

at Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ
Artists – all welcome


FREE to Blue Monkey Network members; £5 non-members
Refreshments will be available (contributions welcome) or please feel free to bring a bottle.


Our occasional Unfinished Business events offer the opportunity to get a behind the scenes insight into the research and development of artists’ work, focusing on the development of a single piece of work, still in progress, by a Blue Monkey member.
Unfinished Business provides an opportunity to consider different artists’ approaches to their starting points and ways of developing their work and its context, exploring academic research, material testing, reading, dreaming, changes of plan, timing, blind alleys, red herrings, breakthroughs,  searching out help, sourcing stuff, chucking stuff out, gathering together, presentation…


Our Unfinished Business presenter this month is Sheila Hay. Sheila is a ceramic artist who pushes the boundaries of craft and art. Her work has great respect for the traditional craft of ceramics but uses the materials in innovative and unexpected ways. A natural experimenter, her work ranges from the functional to sculptural and installation work.

Sheila has worked and exhibited in Italy and America as well as the U.K. Her work has been exhibited in the East Sussex Open on a number of occasions.


She will be talking about the development of her current work “ TYPICAL WOMAN, a self portrait” which considers the idea of portraiture through a collection of made and found objects and the narratives they reveal.


There will be plenty of time to discuss how we approach our work and share experiences about the mysterious, exciting and vulnerable state, of a work in progress.

Blue Monkey Network
Blue Monkey Network is an artist network run by artists for artists, in partnership with Towner, BMN aims to provide opportunities for professional and creative development for East Sussex artists.


Photograph: Sheila Hay, Shoot installed at the East Sussex Open 2012. Photo Alison Bettles.