At the moment Place Mill has to remain closed in accordance with the council policy on Covid-19. Hopefully, we will be opening soon on the second phase. As soon as we hear anything, we will post it here. In the meantime, why not take a virtual tour of the mill, filmed by Clive in 2017.
Time flies! It has now been confirmed that I will be at Place Mill Gallery on Christchurch Quay as Artist in Residence for the 2020 season, beginning on Easter Friday, April 10th. (Please see note above)
Hopefully, you can come down and see my latest paintings – including ‘Untamed’, ‘Geoff Giraffe’, Seascape’ & ‘Solitude’ at Christchurch Quay – we open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00am until 1.00pm and 2.00pm until 5.00pm (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) until Sunday October 4th. There will be a mix of originals, limited edition prints, open prints, table mats, coasters and unique greetings cards.
The exhibition year for January/February 2020 got off to a fabulous start -health and weather excepted – at The Ark, Compton Acres near Canford Cliffs Village in Poole. It was great to see so many familiar faces, and the new paintings were received very well. Indeed, one of my latest, ‘Sunny Wooded Walk’, has now sold. As always, we were made very welcome by the team, Monica, Rachel, Mel and Delma. They will make you most welcome too and if you have not had the chance to visit then pop it on the list of things to do. As well as Gifted Moments at The Ark with a great array of gifts, the plant centre is excellent and there is an award winning cafe on site, as well as the magnificent Japanese themed Gardens themselves of course.
My partner Clive’s short story ‘The Lost Sole’ is doing very well -it is about a characterful shoe that has been washed away to sea, and has been adapted into a short animation film suited to both adults and children. The trailer is available on YouTube and if you like it, you can buy the film for 99p from www.clivemjenns.co.uk or Vimeo. It has already won five awards, including Flicks Film Festival, Feel the Reel, Top Shorts and Independent Shorts Awards!
A lot of people from all over the country who saw me featured in the BBC’s ‘Home Away from Home’ series where Devon (Paignton) was pitched against Dorset (Christchurch) came down to see what Place Mill on Christchurch Quay looked like for real, where my painting activity was filmed. For those who didn’t see it– Christchurch came out on top, with my painting activity getting top marks!
I also featured on Louis Theroux’s new documentary on BBC 2 in October 2016 – this was regarding my traumatic time as a Jimmy Savile victim when I was a teenager, whilst recovering from severe burns to my hands at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Also, October 2017, I was interviewed on stage by Dame Esther Rantzen in connection with Childline and the NSPCC to help raise awareness whilst discussing my own ordeal at the hands of Savile and a senior medical professional. This was featured also in the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
Have recently launched a series of lovely high quality melamine table mats and coasters from my paintings – local scenes, sunsets and animals. They are now available at all the exhibitions and online and can be bought individually or as sets or mix and match…..whichever suits.
Myself and Place Mill are featured in a new book that came out recently called ‘Lesser Known Christchurch’ by Steve Roberts. The ISBN number is 9781906651-268. It is published by Roving Press and costs £11.99. If you would like more details, please email us and we’ll let you know any more information. It gives some of the unusual tales of Christchurch people and places.
Whilst on the subject of books, in case you missed it…
Clive has completed topiary gardener Keith Howkins’ life story called ‘The Garden House on the Corner. the story of a Berkshire lad’ and is available now (ISBN 9781906631512)through Amazon and all good book shops. For more information on the book or to order a signed copy while stocks last, please visit his website at www.clivemjenns.co.uk
Hope you are enjoying the new easy to ‘navigate and buy’ website. Will be adding any new paintings and news at our earliest opportunity. We are very pleased with the site and hope it gives an ‘added dimension’ to my work.
If you do have a commission in mind for the coming year or next, please let me know in good time.
Hopefully, see you at one of the exhibitions and it goes without saying, but thank you very much for buying any paintings, prints or cards and don’t forget to just come in for a chat.
IMPORTANT NOTICE 30/6/20 At the moment Place Mill has to remain closed in accordance with the council policy on Covid-19….