Recent and Forthcoming Events
Mosses and Marshes Project
I was introduced to Kim V. Goldsmith (Dubbo, Australia) through international remote collaboration organisation, Arts Territory Exchange and we have been developing ideas over the past two years around exploring the ecologies of the landscapes near where we live and work.
Together we have launched a crowdfunding campaign, aiming to raise a minimum of £2,500 to exhibit artworks created in two of the world’s internationally recognised wetlands — 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.
We are now working to secure exhibition venues for the second half of 2021 and into 2022, within the communities where the works were created, as well as nationally and internationally.
Funds raised through donations will be used to cover exhibition expenses in UK and Australia – such as venue hire, equipment hire and printings costs.
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.