Recent and Forthcoming Events
Mosses and Marshes Project
An Art Trail featuring sculptures and sounds of the Mosses and Marshes will be launched at Fenn’s and Whixall Moss on Saturday 3rd July 2021, and will be available until the end of October 2021.
You are invited to visit the Art Trail and meet the artists involved 11am to 3pm Sat 3rd.
The soundscapes were edited by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith and feature sound recordings of wildlife, water and trees, poetry, history and memories of life on and around the peatbog. The sculptures were created by artists, Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford. Read more.
The project was launched on Tuesday 2nd February, World Wetlands Day with video previews from our collaboration. Read more
The Mosses and Marshes project led by me and Kim V. Goldsmith (AUS) brings together artists, land managers and environmental specialists in the UK and Australia questioning how we think about and value natural environments through works centred on the raised peat bogs of Fenn’s Bettisfield and Whixall Mosses NNR on the border between England and Wales and the iconic Macquarie Marshes in New South Wales, Australia.
We are hugely grateful to Arts Council England for public funding from the National Lottery, and for support from UK partners Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England. This enables us to work with five other artists: Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford, Sue Challis, Kate Johnston and Lydia Halcrow, artist/curator Gudrun Filipska of Arts Territory Exchange, Mediaactive Projects CIC and local partners Wem Youth Club and Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
This first phase includes new artworks for public exhibition, workshops, walks and talks, and a project publication due for release prior to the first exhibition at Qube Gallery, Oswestry in October. Australian exhibitions will follow in 2022.
Future of Wetlands Webinar
I spoke about the Mosses and Marshes transglobal arts collaboration project at this CIWEM* event on Thurs 25th March.
Robert Duff, project manager for Natural England talked about the BogLIFE peatbog regeneration project and a Q&A discussion was led by Dave Pritchard, chair of CIWEM’s Art and Environment Network and chair of the Ramsar Culture Network
* Event hosted by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
Watch a recording of the event:
Avon Meadows: Beauty and Utility
I’m thrilled to be one of four artists commissioned by Meadow Arts to make an artwork and to work with community groups and or schools responding to the seasons and changing environment at Avon Meadows in Pershore.
Meadow Arts is working with the Floodplain Meadows Partnership which represents a number of key organisations and is hosted by the Open University, School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences.
My workshop about ecoprinting and markmaking with natural materials takes place 2pm Saturday 13th March 2021 on @meadowarts Instagram IGTV – see further details at https://www.meadowarts.org/events/ecoprinting-workshop
Read about my progress on my blog: No Time Like the Present.
Mapping the Pandemic and Post Covid Dreams – Living Maps
During the Summer of 2020, I was invited to contribute to Living Maps Network’s Mapping the Pandemic project by artist/curator Kimbal Quist Bumstead. I presented my collage of a Frankwell Utopia in an online event on Weds 22nd July 2020.
You can see a recording of the event here
The project featured in an article in Issue 9 of the Living Maps Review here:
My article Walking Territory: In and Out of Lockdown was also published in that edition, read it here:
Walking regularly in my local area of Frankwell in Shrewsbury during the Covid 19 lockdown, I began a process of mapping and creative activities leading to a series of five artist books and a collaborative project with other artists based in or connected with the area.
Four of the books are for sale, and two of them are sold in support of the Shrewsbury Food Hub, an environmental charity which redistributes surplus food from retailers in Shrewsbury to community groups that can make good use of it. This avoids food waste, saves community groups on average 30% of their food budget, helps alleviate food poverty and helps build a resilient community network of food knowledge and skills.
One of the digital drawings from my Inhabited series is included in this online exhibition.
I was delighted to join 27 other artists from 7 different countries in taking part in this online festival. The event was curated by Kim Goldsmith, who I am collaborating with in projects via Arts Territory Exchange. Some of my digital drawings from a series of work entitled “Where to?” were featured, along with the collaborative work made in 2019 with poet Graham Attenborough in response to our walk along the Rea Brook valley.
Find out more here
A Stitch in Time
I’m excited that some of my collaborative work with Gareth Jones is featured with 13 other Arts Territory Exchange artists in this show in Beijing.
Bear Witness: The Lie of the Land
A new short film by Jill Impey and myself was launched at the Wellington Arts Festival in October 2019, with showings also at Ironbridge Gorge Festival and to Cinderloo 1821 members. The film explores the story of the Cinderloo Uprising, Shropshire’s Peterloo, which took place almost 200 years ago in Old Park, Dawley, and how it links with the landscape of today. After brief discussion and refreshments, you are invited to take part in the following fun activities to help create collaborative artworks and song taking inspiration from the film:
Following the film, we held a mapping workshop with Amanda Hillier using collage, printmaking and creative writing, while singer/songwriter Kate Allan pooled ideas to compose and perform a new song on themes related to Cinderloo and Dawley’s untold history
VAN at 20, Theatre Severn Gallery
Three of my Rea Brook Edges paintings are featured in this exhibition celebrating 20 years of the Shropshire Visual Art Network
VAN Winter Exhibition
I have two paintings (“Exit”and “Windows” from my In Parallel series this exhibition at the University Centre, Shrewsbury.
A Walk in Time
On November 9th 2019, I led a workshop exploring Urban Ruins in Worcester in a large collage of photographs and surface textures at the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum as part of the events for Meadow Arts exhibition Living Ruins
Scaffolds of Nature Exhibition
Three of my paintings “Whixall Forms”, “Rising” and “Biomorph V” featured in this exhibition, curated by Emily Wilkinson.
Encounters 2 Exhibition
I was paired with poet Graham Attenborough for this project.
Scour II Art Walks
I led two walks and art workshops in May and August 2019 for the Scour II: Museum in the Landscape project, led by artists Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford. I later used some of the collages, artwork, photographs and writing created during the walks and workshops in a new zine called Arrow , mapping the landscape of the Arrow river valley in Redditch.
Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography
I took part in the 2019 4WCOP by running an event “Acts of Resistance” from Empire House in Dewsbury on Saturday 7th September 2019. Saturday’s events were staged in association with Creative Scene, and my event fits in with their Paper Peace project.
Arts Territory Exchange
In 2019, I commenced two remote collaborations with artists via the Arts Territory Exchange Programme (aTE), which comprises a global network of artists and art practices which respond to the geography of their territory of production.
The first of these is a project which extends an ongoing collaboration with Gareth Jones, artist/academic who is based in Osaka, Japan.
In the second project, I am working with Kim Goldsmith, artist and media and marketing communications consultant, based in New South Wales, Australia.
Both projects are yielding some exciting possibilities for art works over the coming months. Follow progress on my blog.
VAN Summer Exhibition
Three of my Traces laser cut relief paintings from my In Parallel series are on show over the Summer at University Centre Shrewsbury, Frankwell.
Lawn and Meadow, Participate Contemporary Artspace
Three of my paintings inspired by a walk along the Rea Brook Valley in Shrewsbury were featured in this exhibition selected by guest curator Mel Evans and the team at Participate. Read more in my blog here.
The exhibition ran from Tuesday 24th July – Saturday 11th August.
Beyond the Pedestrian, University of Liverpool, 26th July 2018
I was delighted to give a short presentation about my walking projects and taking part in a round-table discussion at this one-day interdisciplinary event focused on walking research, practice and culture, organised by Dr Morag Rose.
Brownfield Research Centre,
Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Some of my work was featured in this excellent exhibition and series of artist residencies and related events at Airspace from 15th June to 22nd July 2018.
Further details here.
Six of my paintings and collages and two poems were on show in the Encounters exhibition at the VAN Gallery, Shoplatch in Shrewsbury from 20th March to 28th April 2018.
The exhibition featured around 20 pairs of visual artists and poets, responding to each others’ work. I was in three pairings:
Working as a painter with:
Kate Innes (novelist/poet)
Ursula Troche (poet/photographer/psychogeographer)
And as a writer with:
Paul Baines (painter)
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.