A.P.T Gallery in Deptford is seeking your support to publish an artist book by Robert Welch. Welch is a London based painter who has been exhibiting in the UK and abroad for the past thirty years. He is an artist-member of A.P.T (Art in Perpetuity Trust), and has had a studio with us since 1996.
In December 2011 Robert suffered a stroke, resulting in a loss of coherent speech. Encouraged by his partner Paula and his daughter Betty he began working on a series of drawings, whilst still in hospital. Friends brought in art materials when they came to visit and initially Robert could barely hold a pencil, but, as he regained control, though not sensation, he began to make different marks, and tried various ways of combining them.
In November 2013 Robert showed this body of work, along with some new paintings, at A.P.T Gallery, in an exhibition entitled 'A Sore Head'. The works were accompanied by comments he had dictated to his speech therapist, reflecting on the experience of being in hospital for eight weeks. They documented the thought processes that explained how the drawings developed over that time.
The publication that we are hoping to produce will be a representation of this exhibition in book form, featuring the full body of work alongside these texts. The book will serve to examine the fundamental nature of creative practice, showing the artist's process in a stripped back form, that came about from a life changing moment.
About the Book
The book we hope to produce will be approximately A4 in size, with many of the drawings being reproduced close to life-size. It will be full colour throughout with a soft-back cover. Robert's drawings will be reproduced with utmost care and linked with his texts in a simple, pared down layout. The book will contain an introductory text written by Mali Morris, a fellow artist-member of A.P.T, and friend of Robert and his family.
We aim to produce a paperback publication with an edition of 500. To cover the cost of design and production we hope to raise £5500. If further funds are raised we will use them to cover additional costs that would otherwise have to be met through future sales.
We need your help!
We have chosen to fund this project through Kickstarter as we feel it allows you to become truly invested and engaged in its success. For those with an interest in Robert's work, in the experience of recovery, and the subject of creativity, it is a very positive way of making this publication possible.
As a way of thanking you for backing the project we will invite you to the book launch at A.P.T Gallery in April 2015 where you will be able to meet Robert in person and purchase a copy if your pledge does not include this. We are also offering a limited edition digital screen print, and for one investor Robert has donated an original drawing to the project.
If you would simply like to give a little to the project to show your support, you can pledge £5 and we will publicly thank you through all of our social media platforms and invite you to the book launch at A.P.T Gallery.
By pledging £20 you will also receive a copy of the finished book signed by Robert himself.
By pledging £40 you will get all of the above and we will also print your name inside the book with special thanks.
If you pledge £80 you will receive the drawing above reproduced as a limited edition risographic print. This will be printed 1:1 scale in an edition of 100.
There will also be one original framed work on offer for an investor who pledges £300. This is an amazing opportunity to own a piece of work by Robert whilst supporting the project.
Risks and challenges
A.P.T Gallery has experience producing publications to accompany exhibitions and will be supporting Robert to realise the project. We have succeeded in bringing in projects on budget, always prepared for any unexpected costs. We would ensure that the book is produced to the highest standard, should we reach our target.
We are working with an experienced book designer, Adrian Sharman, who will be responsible for the design and overseeing the production of the publication. If our fundraising is successful we have scheduled the launch of the finished book for April 2015.
So all that's left is to ask you to please help us to make this exciting project a reality by donating what you can!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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