Congratulations to Arran Mackintosh of Portsmouth, UK!
The Seapoint International Artist Residency (S.I.A.R.) in Kittery Point, ME is pleased to announce Arran Mackintosh of Portsmouth, UK has been selected as the winner of the “3 Days 1 Artist” art competition. The competition required a submission of a proposal for a work of art in any medium to be started and completed in just 3 days at S.I.A.R., with a public exhibition at Drift Gallery, in Kittery, ME at the end of the artist’s stay.
Submissions arrived from around the globe, however Mackintosh’s proposed project and its unique connection to the area intrigued S.I.A.R. Director, Ali Goodwin. She received the following note from Mackintosh, “I’m an Illustrator hailing from the fair city of ‘Old’ Portsmouth in ‘Old’ England. I would like to embark upon creating an illustrated scroll-book of the equally magnificent Maine and New Hampshire coastline. I’d like to incorporate the history of the ocean and the peoples who have journeyed across it to arrive there. I’ve just spent much of this summer working on a similar project in my hometown, drawing the landmark coastline of Portsmouth, UK. It would be an incredible opportunity to do the same for the other coastline across the great sea between us!”
After several conversations with Mackintosh about his proposal, Goodwin was won over by his enthusiasm for the 3 day challenge, and his talent as an illustrator. “Many cultures used the early method of creating scrolls as a way to document history in text and drawings for public review. Mackintosh brings a contemporary hand to this ancient art form, tying the two historically rich cities of Portsmouth together again. We’re excited to be able to offer an opportunity for a cultural exchange more than 350 years after colonists from England sailed ‘across the great sea between us,’ and founded Portsmouth, New Hampshire. ”
Arran Mackintosh will arrive at S.I.A.R. on Thursday, November 15th. An informal ‘Meet the Artist’ gathering will be held at the Press Room in downtown Portsmouth, NH on Friday, November 16th at 7pm, with an opening exhibition reception of “3 Days 1 Artist” on Monday, November 19th from 5-8pm at Drift Gallery located at 7 Shapleigh Rd., Kittery, ME. The exhibition will run until December 20th and all works are available for purchase. It is free and open to the public.
More of Arran’s work can be seen on his website at