I have recently formed a collective Here Here! with artist Emily Wilkinson, based in Shrewsbury using art, walking and other creative activities to explore sites or social topics in collaboration with people.
We will be running two linked workshops on 8th and 15th November 2017 from the Unitarian Church in the High Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LR.
The first workshop will involve walking, making art and creative writing in response to places in Shrewsbury.
The walk will encourage you to:
• experience surroundings more attentively with curiosity, noticing the particular, awakening all senses and promoting well
• think differently about the place we live in
• develop art skills, making work for sharing and exhibition
• use walking to engage with and draw inspiration from surroundings.
The walk of about 1 hour will not be strenuous, but may involve steps/steep slopes in or near the town centre. Gather materials (such as objects, drawings, photos, tracings, rubbings, narrative and found text) and combine with thoughts/memories to create art in response to places experienced on the walk.
The second workshop will involve creation of collages using the gathered materials and based around mapping of the walk made in the first workshop on 8th November.
You are welcome to bring your own additional materials (and have a walk you’ve done in mind) if you were unable to attend the first workshop.
No particular art skills expected, but some basic assistance will be given to encourage experimentation. Art materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sketchbooks or other materials.
This workshop is by donation, suggested £5-£10 per workshop but it’s up to you! All bookings made via eventbrite.
For further details see:
Eden, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury
5th August to 26th August 2017
(11am to 5pm Tues – Sat)
One of my drawings, “When Adam Delved” was included in this show, curated by Katie Hodson.
“Eden is an exhibition comprised of selected submissions and invited art works. The exhibition explores the notion of “constructed paradise” through utopian and dystopian ideas, sited in response to its title. Urban aesthetics sit side by side with rural ideals, juxtaposing our fabricated urban environment with the naturally occurring. The exhibition explores the labour of the construction process – building, making, growing”
Other artists featured:
Paola Alessandri-Gray / Peter Barnard / Sarah Boulton / Charlotte Brisland / Coral Brookes / Melmel Chen / Maria Foskett / Jayne Gough / Kaori Homma / Jill Impey / Louisa Johnson / Bridget Kennedy / Dolly Kershaw / Rhianne Masters-Hopkins / Jenni Moffitt / Zoe Needle / Richard Reynolds / Joe Stogdale / Gunhild Thomson
Your Perfect High Street!
Art Workshop, Unitarian Church, Saturday 9th September 2017
Many people might think Shrewsbury’s High Street is near perfect as it is. Visitors to the Unitarian Church for the Heritage Open Day events were able to team up with me and have a go at designing their own perfect high street in an art workshop.
Thinking about what activities are important in the town’s main street, offering thoughts, ideas and memories and making scale model buildings, participants created a number of collaborative artworks for display.
Collage Now, VAN Street Gallery, Shrewsbury
Peter Williams and I are co-curated an exhibition at the VAN Street Gallery featuring my work alongside 10 other contemporary collage artists, including Anwar Shemza, Malcolm Tillis, Ted Eames, Peter Williams, Heather Prescott, Angela Martin, Bamber Hawes, Emily Wilkinson and Gretchen Christman-Johnson.
There were workshop events by several of the artists to encourage participation in collage.
In Parallel and Entwined, The Hive, Shrewsbury
New paintings and a selection of work from my In Parallel show at Participate Contemporary Artspace last year, plus my books “The Minutes” and “In Parallel and Entwined”.
During the exhibition I led a very enjoyable walking and art making workshop Space Explorers! More events to follow in future.
Books are available for purchase as follows:
“In Parallel and Entwined”
Available in paperback at £12 + p&p, see here for preview and purchase information.
Hardback £72.71 + p&p
See here for further details or to purchase.
“Land in Hand – The Making of Coton Hill Allotments”
Andrew Howe & Mairi Turner
Paper back £29.95 or hardback £38.50 + p&p
“We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet”
Andrew Howe & Colin Blundell