Story of Objects update – film collage & callout

The Story of Objects represents a return to practice, not in making objects, but in discussing them. SOO has evolved both from my work as a visual arts producer and my thinking as an artist, accompanied by a deep interest in how we engage with art. I am intrigued by how visitors encounter art inContinue reading “Story of Objects update – film collage & callout”

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”

The Forest of Dean, the rural & the arts

I’m delighted to hear that Arts Council England and The Forestry Commission have signed an MOU to work together to support contemporary arts in woodland areas. Some of you may be aware I worked for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust for several years as their Project Director – I enjoyed every minute of it.Continue reading “The Forest of Dean, the rural & the arts”

Story of Objects as a learning tool – changing the way we think about ‘things’

The recent research I have done has revealed that talking about objects we love, shared within a small group of people in a safe environment, can be life-changing (at its best) and very enjoyable (at its least). It is a great way to develop storytelling techniques and to express our feelings and intellectual approach toContinue reading “Story of Objects as a learning tool – changing the way we think about ‘things’”

20 days since last blogpost – busy times!

Where does the time go? Here I am doing a blog post on a Bank Holiday Monday, just because I can, and because, for a few hours, the sun has been low key too…. I’m writing a lot lately, so I’ve been updating my website a little to reflect that shift – regular visitors mightContinue reading “20 days since last blogpost – busy times!”

Feeling Unsettled by Social Making, in a good way

The Social Making symposium was devised by Take a Part in partnership with Plymouth University and hosted by Radiant Space. There were several overarching themes that evolved as the Social Making symposium rolled out over two days. Those relating to unsettling, succession and time caught my attention. Arnstein’s Ladder was also discussed, there’s an articleContinue reading “Feeling Unsettled by Social Making, in a good way”

chasing rainbows – found in my files, a year later and little change!

This was written just over a year ago on 24th January 2014…..just found it….it’s rather sweet – and still rings true! chasing rainbows… I am chasing rainbows every day, negotiating  the rough terrain of resilience, trying not to trip over my own criteria, catch my toe in the terminologies, tumble down a hill helplessly.  IContinue reading “chasing rainbows – found in my files, a year later and little change!”

Qwaypurlake – a day of sharing & transparency & privilege at Hauser & Wirth

Qwaypurlake – at Hauser & Wirth I only write reviews of exhibitions when I’m commissioned to do so, allowing my blogposts to share personal perspectives, leaving me free to meander. The work I’m doing with other organisations often affects the way I view artworks and yesterday was no exception. I now find myself reflecting on theContinue reading “Qwaypurlake – a day of sharing & transparency & privilege at Hauser & Wirth”

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”