Article about The Promise and PARADISE in new edition of CCQ

CCQ is an arts journal published in Wales. My first article is in this edition, available from all good gallery bookstores. It’s a quality publication and a great read. My piece is a preview of Arnolfini show The Promise and Trust New Art show at Tyntesfield, called PARADISE. More next month too. See http://ccqmagazine.com/

b-side at the seaside

b-side runs until 14th September, do go to Portland and see it, it’s the best year ever. Going to the b-side Festival in Portland, Dorset, was a real treat. It was launched by the peal of the bells in the lovely old St. George Church next to Tout Quarry, followed by a soundwork by DuncanContinue reading “b-side at the seaside”

Canal & River Trust, waterways, people, passion and museums

I attended the Canal & River Trust AGM on Friday in Birmingham’s beautiful new library. The Trust is only two years old, so very early days for them. Whilst their key business is about public engagement they have had a huge number of maintenance works to do as well. It is remarkable what they haveContinue reading “Canal & River Trust, waterways, people, passion and museums”

the flush of delight when someone I mentor is awarded a grant warms the cockles!

I have to share this news, but confidentiality won’t allow me to say who it is – but well done you! It’s an absolute privilege to mentor the people I do – they are committed and serious about their practice and work really hard to survive, despite all odds these days….. I know how itContinue reading “the flush of delight when someone I mentor is awarded a grant warms the cockles!”

inspirational TED talk – Simon Anholt – being good is more important than being best

Today I saw the TED talk by Simon Anholt for the first time, and now I’ve watched it 3 times. It’s brilliant thinking. What he talks about makes absolute sense to me and is  a coming together of other interesting speakers on globalisation, empathy and  collaboration. John Lennon and ‘Imagine’; ‘Outrospection’ by Roman Krznaric; Flow by Mihaly CzikszentmihalyiContinue reading “inspirational TED talk – Simon Anholt – being good is more important than being best”

Introduction to #redefiningprint – 4 artists, 1 print studio & an open brief – exciting!

Last week I spent a couple of days with the four artists who have been commissioned to work at Double Elephant Print studio in Exeter for the next 18 months and explore the processes on offer there. The artists are Katy Connor, Bryony Gillard, Mark Leahy and Clare Thornton. They hail from very diverse backgroundsContinue reading “Introduction to #redefiningprint – 4 artists, 1 print studio & an open brief – exciting!”

WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE UK?

Now the local elections are over, we have to plan for the general next year. Flow Contemporary Arts, together with many arts and cultural organisations across the UK, are seeking to champion the role of culture in our society. We need your support to make sure our future government understands why the arts are importantContinue reading “WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE UK?”

review of Mycophilia by Louise Short at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth

Please share this with others, it’s such a wonderful show. Mycophilia is the first of two shows being presented in the Ceredigion Museum temporary gallery space by Short&Forward and runs from April 17 to May 31st 2014. Alice Forward’s exhibition Swarm Society will run from June 12th till 2nd August and her works resonate wellContinue reading “review of Mycophilia by Louise Short at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth”

how things happen: I’ve got an installation to installate

By accident, I have just read a 2009 article: “Demolish a wall? No problem”, by Jonathan Jones in the Guardian. I have no idea why when I opened the Guardian online on my computer today it opened on that page. I’ve certainly not read it before because I would remember it. I think it isContinue reading “how things happen: I’ve got an installation to installate”