Onto the next exciting adventure: my first solo exhibition!

So Ailene, what will you do with yourself now you’ve finished your Honours Diploma? What’s next?

Funny you should ask. I do happen to have the next adventure lined up: my first solo exhibition!

Between the 26 May and 26 June, I have one of the exhibition rooms at ArtsPost Galleries and Shop in Hamilton all to myself. All my heroines and elemental characters will be there: from the mermaids to the fire dancers to the flamenco dancer twirling in the sparking firelight. Paige’s Giselle series will be there of course. And, I have an exciting new series to unveil. My new project is a collaboration with a belly dancer, Elena. She (and her husband) tell one of the greatest love stories you’ve probably never heard of. Long ago, against the backdrop of the lavish Ottoman Empire, a Ruthenian slave girl captured the heart of a sultan. He named her Hürrem, “the cheerful one”, and wrote poems to her eyes. Intrigued? Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it!

There are 3 exhibitions at ArtsPost opening at the same time. Join us for the preview opening on Thursday 25th May at 5.30pm. I hope to see you there! And I’m hoping my gorgeous dancer models, Paige and Elena, can be there too so you can meet them in person.

Of dreams and hopes and love: a solo exhibition by Ailene Cuthbertson at ArtsPost, Hamilton from the 26 May to the 26 June
Of dreams and hopes and love: a solo exhibition by Ailene Cuthbertson at ArtsPost, Hamilton from the 26 May to the 26 June

I was going to leave you with a sneak preview of my new series but we had power outages over the weekend which isn’t helpful if you need to use a computer… So instead, here’s a photo I took of one of Paige’s framed prints, “Can’t help but dance.”

©2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, <i>Can't help but dance</i>. Photograph, 30 cm x 30 cm
©2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Can't help but dance. Photograph, 30 cm x 30 cm

I’ve been popping these up on Instagram and Facebook if you’d like to see more. They’re also good places to see what I’m working on (and the odd cute animal photo…)

Next time, I’ll show you what happens when I take a beautiful belly dancer in a scarlet lace and satin dress, and transform the Hamilton gardens into the 16th century Ottoman Empire.

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