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”

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”

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”

last chance to see artSOUTH as it comes to an end – full text of my review

In case you missed it, below is the full text for an article that is featured on Nom de Strip‘s website, where you can also see supporting images. artSOUTH closes soon, do check their website to see the remainder of the programme. Witnessing artSOUTH, uncovering the narratives Before artSOUTH opened, I discussed the exhibition inContinue reading “last chance to see artSOUTH as it comes to an end – full text of my review”

Visited Spike Island yesterday to have a look at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Good to see Bloomberg at Spike Island – fresh ideas and works that reflect what’s happening in our art colleges today. My overall response is mixed – the show almost divides into two distinct camps, one which I enjoy more than the other. The camps are primarily the physical, material presence of the objects/sculptures, (whichContinue reading “Visited Spike Island yesterday to have a look at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries”

The Barbican, Welcome Trust, Helen Chadwick & sunshine

Some days you just have to go and see some art. When a friend asked me what would I recommend he saw when in London I decided to join him, and it was fab. The main show at Barbican is Cage, Johns, Rauschenburg, Duchamp and Cunningham, which was enjoyable, though the atmosphere there is alwaysContinue reading “The Barbican, Welcome Trust, Helen Chadwick & sunshine”

Sisters on Saturday: Symposium at SVA, Stroud. Sue Thomas; Semiconductor: Squidsoup; Simon Ryder The New Natural

This Saturday 25th May is going to be a very interesting day. As part of the SITE Festival, artist Simon Ryder is hosting a symposium to consider the future of nature – what do we mean by ‘new nature’? Is nature only what we already know of, and some feel, have damaged irrepairably, or mightContinue reading “Sisters on Saturday: Symposium at SVA, Stroud. Sue Thomas; Semiconductor: Squidsoup; Simon Ryder The New Natural”

Is blogging like whittling a wooden spoon – using words to hone the form? or just stirring things up?

In a BBC video, woodcarver Barnaby Carder talks about his passion for whittling spoons. I love this video and have revisited it many times. Barnaby talks of ‘honing’ his skill and tells the story of how he came to be whittling in London; how he had travelled and then decided to settle into a shop,Continue reading “Is blogging like whittling a wooden spoon – using words to hone the form? or just stirring things up?”