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GUITARIST MAKER ALEX BISHOP MOVES INTO STUDIO AS THE LATEST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
POSTED: 24/03/2016 16:12:59
The Pound arts centre in Corsham is delighted to welcome talented craftsman and musician Alex Bishop, as its latest artist in residence.

Alex, who is Chippenham based, was awarded the residency in January and will be based in the North Wiltshire arts centre for two years. Alex is a guitar maker and has made Studio Two at The Pound his workshop base.

He says "my passion as a guitar maker comes from a life-long obsession with making things. From a young age I have always tried to manipulate objects and materials in order to create something entirely different. I find that working with wood is a way for me to connect with nature. The simple act of shaping wood to make something functional or beautiful brings me endless satisfaction."

The talented guitarist will also be running lessons in 1930s jazz guitar and a workshop on making a 1900s parlour guitar, as well as scheduling regular Gypsy Jazz Jam Nights in the Café Bar at The Pound.  

Alex's residency will run until 2018. He will be joining artist, Caroline Rudge, who is also based in The Pound's purpose built studios.

Alex says "being awarded artist in residence at The Pound has provided me with an unparalleled opportunity to develop my skills as a guitar maker, and to further establish my business as a craftsperson in the South West. The studio space is excellent and the possibility of working as part of an established community focusing on art and music provides exciting new opportunities."
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