Pecking Order – a film & a text

Lights on lights off. Credit to Martin Creed – his work made an empty room into a place to inhabit and be aware of one’s own presence in the world. My thinking around lights on and lights off has not come from an indoor lightbulb moment, but rather a streetlight one. And its relationship withContinue reading “Pecking Order – a film & a text”

Hambling, Wollstonecraft & statues – might it be humour?

Firstly, the thoughts I share here are merely that. I have not seen Hambling’s work that is ‘for’ Wollstonecraft, nor have I seen the Aldeburgh work. I only know them from images. I would not usually comment on works I have not actually seen ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, but on this occasion IContinue reading “Hambling, Wollstonecraft & statues – might it be humour?”

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”

Farewell to Place by Magdalena Jetelova – reflections from an abandoned phd about the sculpture trail

(I have credited the photographers where I know who it was.) I worked for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust for several years and developed a fondness for Place by Magdalena Jetelova. Today Place (more commonly known locally as The Giants Chair) was dismantled and later in the week will be converted into charcoal, anContinue reading “Farewell to Place by Magdalena Jetelova – reflections from an abandoned phd about the sculpture trail”

Autumn: find your Flow – seek new horizons, plot, plan, fundraise – 4 mentoring slots available

As the evenings draw in it’s a good time to start pondering the next steps for your practice. G4A grant applications submitted soon will bear fruit (if successful) in the New Year and motivate you during the short winter days and the long cold nights. Maybe it’s because the evening light is still hanging onContinue reading “Autumn: find your Flow – seek new horizons, plot, plan, fundraise – 4 mentoring slots available”

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/

just started using Medium.com – and invite you to contribute to my collection ‘reflective practice’

The past year or so has been busy setting up Flow and has also been a great opportunity to write more, explore more and think more. Reflective practice if you will. As I recently mentioned in the article on Arts Professional, the use of emotional words in arts policy is definitely on the rise. PersonallyContinue reading “just started using Medium.com – and invite you to contribute to my collection ‘reflective practice’”

feeling like I’ve been struck by lightning like Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio – mind buzzing, tingling allover!

*also published yesterday, but some settings weren’t correct BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorldJan 18 Lightning strike damages thumb of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue http://bbc.in/1dhf3rP  pic.twitter.com/IxYIBy2oQj What an amazing photograph! I saw it on my iphone on Twitter yesterday – the first Twitter communication for a week, having been hidden away at Totleigh Barton – anContinue reading “feeling like I’ve been struck by lightning like Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio – mind buzzing, tingling allover!”

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”