virtual reality, reality virtual? Matt Collishaw at Lacock Abbey

Matt Collishaw VR work, Threshold, at Lacock Abbey, National Trust Estate, Wiltshire. I’ve not felt compelled to write a review of any work lately, but today’s visit to Lacock Abbey fascinated me in many ways. I went specifically to see Matt Collishaw’s VR work about Talbot Fox, to inform my own learning about the potentialContinue reading “virtual reality, reality virtual? Matt Collishaw at Lacock Abbey”

1st encounter with live-relay theatre, reflection & comparison of 3 forms of audience experience of The Tempest

My first encounter with live-relay theatre. A personal reflection and comparison of three forms of audience experience when watching a play, in this case The Tempest by Shakespeare, depending on where we view it and the delivery method used. In recent years, new technology has allowed those living a long way from theatres to experienceContinue reading “1st encounter with live-relay theatre, reflection & comparison of 3 forms of audience experience of The Tempest”

Last chance to see Blackrock in The Forest of Dean

Note: This review is a personal one. I write to commission professionally, I write here, on my blog, because I enjoy the freedom of voice it offers me. (C) Carolyn Black The Blackrock Residency Programme 2016 is a partnership between Matt’s Gallery, London and Lydney Park Estate on the edge of the Forest of dean,Continue reading “Last chance to see Blackrock in The Forest of Dean”

Blackrock 2016 US & THEM

US & THEM is one of the artworks by Patrick Goddard. Residency artists: Patrick Goddard Sally O’Reilly Alison Turnbull In the newly converted gallery at Lydney Park Estate, Matt’s Gallery + BLACKROCK is also showing the work of Willie Doherty Last year Blackrock launched at Lydney Park in the Forest of Dean, so this years second offer was something to look forwardContinue reading “Blackrock 2016 US & THEM”

Autumn arrives & as the weather cools down the work activity warms up…

Settling back into my office in earnest, it’s time to consolidate plans for projects, get back in the saddle. It feels good. An interesting article came to my attention this morning and switched me into Story of Objects (SOO) mode: “Evoking the magic in everyday life” by Sally Bland. That is a good way toContinue reading “Autumn arrives & as the weather cools down the work activity warms up…”

Anticipation, expectation and delivery – a post-referendum interpretation of the visitor experience of the Berlin Biennial 2016

I recently attended the 2016 Berlin Bienniale, alongside ten other arts professionals from the region, with the support of a bursary provided by Visual Arts South West. Prior to going we read some of the reviews of the Biennial which were not very promising. The article in the Guardian by Jason Farago had the headlineContinue reading “Anticipation, expectation and delivery – a post-referendum interpretation of the visitor experience of the Berlin Biennial 2016”

Art in Gloucestershire – is it our turn? Drones in Cheltenham?

There was  a launch for ‘Surveillance’, a new work by Patrick Lowry, at the HardwIck Gallery in Cheltenham yesterday.  There was a great reading by Clare Thornton and talks by Chris Woods, author of Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars and Theo Price of COBRA. This is the second exhibition I’ve been to see in 2016 (I didContinue reading “Art in Gloucestershire – is it our turn? Drones in Cheltenham?”

Double Elephant Keynote: Redefining Print: 13th November 2015 Exeter Phoenix

The presentation began with: Who am I? Artist, one-time printmaker, producer of exhibitions in non-gallery locations, writer, project Manager, consultant Why am I here? I was contracted by Double Elephant to engage with the artists throughout their residency and observe the project as it evolved – writing as a commentary to the development of the final commissions.Continue reading “Double Elephant Keynote: Redefining Print: 13th November 2015 Exeter Phoenix”

The art commissioning journey from the inside – research-led works developed for The Burton Art Gallery & Museum – getting to grips with Bideford Black pigment

film still by Liberty Smith The Burton Art Gallery & Museum began the commissioning process for the Bideford Black: Next Generation show in 2014, when we – Carolyn Black of Flow Contemporary Arts and independent arts consultant Claire Gulliver – were appointed to project manage the process. Between the selection of the artists in theContinue reading “The art commissioning journey from the inside – research-led works developed for The Burton Art Gallery & Museum – getting to grips with Bideford Black pigment”