Projects



"I am involved in the visual arts in numerous ways beyond my own practice. This includes organising several multi-site projects involving dozens of artists, curating solo and group shows, undertaking both public and private commissioned work, giving talks on various art topics, and running a range of workshops for schools, community groups and artists." Janet Curley Cannon - Artist, Curator, Tutor




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ENGAGE! with Art

Janet and fellow artist Jane Glennie initiated and curated a free public art event occupying South Hill Park Arts Centre Grade II Listed Georgian Manor and surrounding park in July 2016. Appealing to all ages, the event included a trail of 24 site specific or interactive contemporary art installations and 22 art workshops and demonstrations. The weekend activities involved 30 artists from the southeast of England and attracted an audience of over 2,100. The event was made possible through an Arts Council England - Grant for the Arts Award and the support of South Hill Park Arts Trust Ltd. For more information please visit ENGAGE! with Art.

  
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Workshops

Janet runs workshops on mixed-media sculpture, collage, photo-manipulation software, digital and traditional printmaking for groups of all ages and skill levels. She also offers one-on-one mentoring and personalised Photoshop training for artists.

"Janet is an accomplished workshop leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the work space to enable artists (of all levels) to expand their skills set. Her experience as a practising artist is invaluable and her relaxed, supportive approach brings out the participants creativity."
Julie Shackson - Arts Educator

  
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ReOrsa

ReOrsa was established by Janet Curley Cannon (Director), Tonia Maddison and Jenny Parkes as an artist-led initiative to support and promote the work of non-commercial visual artists living in the Thames Valley, England. From 2006 until its closure in 2013 ReOrsa set-up and maintained artist studios in empty shops in Bracknell and invited over 70 regional artists to exhibit in solo or group shows in their non-commercial gallery space. ReOrsa managed periodic projects alongside the curated exhibitions such as site-specific installations, interventions in public areas and several artist professional development talks.

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Urban Boundaries

Urban developments continue to expand across the southeast of England as the green belt shrinks from pressure to provide more housing. In 2012 Janet used this as the topic for a series of interventions on boarded up shops in Bracknell town centre. There are holes, cracks and tears in the hoardings that give passers-by glimpses of what lies beyond these barricades. In this case they are presented with not a sea of houses but idealised images of the 'green belt' extending as far as we can see. The interventions play with the concepts of space, the imagined and actual boundaries of urban living, and ask the viewer to consider future planning implications on our green and open land.

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Animation Work

From 2005 to 2011 Janet explored the often labour intensive techniques and processes available to create still-frame, digitally hand drawn animations that could bring her urban landscapes to life. Her finished short video works have been selected for public screening across the UK at venues such as Gasworks Gallery London, Gateshead Central Train Station, and the BBC Big Screen programmes in Bristol and London. The animations have also been shown internationally at outdoor venues from Switzerland to the USA. A selection of her animations are online to view on You Tube.

  
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Commissions

Janet was selected for a public art commission by Havant Borough Council in 2006-07. The commission involved running workshops using digital photography and teaching basic Photoshop skills with several youth groups. The finished workshop images were used in large banners for the Leigh Park Community Centre and were the inspiration behind Janet's artwork for the Leigh Park Public Library. She has also completed several private commissions from drawings and illustrations to designing marketing posters and flyers for local community groups.

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