We've been busy bees here at Artfinder these past couple of weeks. Not only have we been working hard in the run up to our exhibition for The Great British Bee Count later this month, we've also been taking part in Brighton Artists Open Houses, transforming My Hotels' Mercury Room into The Brighton gARTen.
Today we're catching up with street artist Hannah Adamaszek, who transformed the meeting room in an incredible (if very tiring!) 14 hours.
Brighton-based Hannah has been working as a street artist for 10 years and has become well known in the UK and internationally, recently winning the Most Outstanding Artwork at Femme Fierce, Europe’s largest women’s street art festival.
How did you get started with street art?
For as long as I can remember I've always drawn and painted - my dad is an artist. I studied photography at university, but then switched courses to fine art after the first year, which I hated as much, if not more, than photography! The course put me off painting and I didn't pick up a paintbrush for six or seven years after that. Instead I went travelling, lived abroad, including some time in Australia.
I started again around 10 years ago. I worked with a brilliant local gallery, Ginger Moo in Crawley, on a community project, transforming a subway on a design concept around voyage and journeys. After that, Curious Duke Gallery in London gave me my first solo show in 2013. It's now 3 years since I quit my job to go full time, and I haven't looked back.
How did you come up with the concept for this project?
I had actually been thinking about taking part in Artists Open Houses this year, so when Artfinder and My Hotels approached me I was really excited! My work deals a lot with the tropical and the exotic - and ways of bringing those things into our every day lives - so the opportunity to create a junglescape inside a hotel meeting room really appealed! I've never done parrots before, but their vibrancy and colour has always interested me - so it grew from there really. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the other 11 artists involved and to help curate an exhibition of their work.
What do you have coming up for the future?
I've actually just got back from exhibiting at Stroke Art Fair in Munich, which was fantastic. I'm also working with Ginger Moo again soon, on a project on an industrial estate in Crawley.
You can visit Hannah's work in The Brighton gARTen this Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 May and again on 28 and 29 May.