My residency at Grove Projects ran from 9-14 July 2018 with an exhibition on the final day. It was a wonderful opportunity to create new work in a different environment. The residency programme is run by Barbara and David Dougan. Thanks to them for inviting and hosting me.
David has recently published ‘Bury St Edmunds the town built on a myth’ which analyses the legend of St Edmund, the history of the Abbey and the town. This and a tour of the town including the Abbey ruins were my introduction to the location.
This drawing takes a text about Abbot Samson from David’s book. Samson was elected Abbot in 1182 and kept a book of accounts called the Kalendar for raising rents from local people. The drawing includes contemporary details, the view of a local park, a patio table and a beetle that fell on my head one morning.
I also consulted ‘Opus de Miraculus Sancti Edmundi’ by Abbot Samson, originally in Latin but with the miracles helpfully glossed into English by the editor. The miracles of St Edmund were part of the Mediaeval belief system and were used as propaganda for the Abbey. I’m interested in current belief systems and propaganda and their oppressive effects.
I did drawings and took photographs in the town on market day and combined them with text about the miracles, especially in this drawing, ‘Marketplace of Miracles’.
Photos of other drawings and the exhibition installation below:
Jointly with Jennifer Partridge, I am involved with a project curated by Cally Trench called ‘Only the Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127’.
Cally has created a website of work from the artists involved.
An exhibition of the project was held from 20th – 24th June at OHOS, The Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL.
There was an Open Day on Saturday 23rd June 12 noon – 6pm which included events, readings and a banquet.
More here on a-n.
Photo from the Open Day of the artists with their work, one wearing his No.1 art event shirt again.
I had three drawings in the SFSA Drawing Open at No Format Gallery in Deptford in May 2018: ‘Lovejoys’, ‘Bin’ and ‘Experiment’. More information here.
A photo from the Private View.
My work was included in the OHOS Open Studios Exhibition, ‘Imago’ in May 2018. More details here. I showed two drawings, ‘As it turned out’ and ‘Street Scene with Sea Creatures and Widgets’ which are featured in the Work section of this website here.
Tate Britain’s Library and Archive Show and Tell by AMBruno took place on 5th May in the Library and Archive Reading Rooms. It included books from all the AMBruno collections. I gave a talk about the ‘Words’ collection and did a joint reading of the text from ‘Shunt’ with Sophie Loss and Lydia Julien.
More information at the AMBruno website and the Tate website.
Reading with Lydia and Sophie.
Photo by Judy Goldhill.
A boat on the canal in north London was the venue for this event and exhibition, curated by Rekha Sameer for the Tunnel Artists’ Collective on 30th October. I showed a new drawing and read recent poetry.
OHOS Open Studios Exhibition: ‘Fire & Water’ 9th-15th May.
I showed four new drawings. More information on Facebook here.
On 17th January, I read new poems written especially for this exhibition. A booklet of the poems was available for sale. (Copies still available for £5. Contact me if you’d like one.)
Thanks to Vanja Karas for this photo of me reading:
‘Homunculus’ is a group exhibition curated by Rekha Sameer, ‘in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by mass migration.’ The exhibition included work by many talented artists and the venue is of great interest in its own right.
Facebook event page here
More info about Asylum here
The venue is:
Asylum, Caroline Gardens Chapel, London SE15 2SQ
17 January 2016 12:00 – 20:00
My drawing ‘Crab Hunters’ (2014) will be on show at the Desire Lines Exhibition in Reading during May. I’ll be reading some new poems at the Reception on Tuesday 19th May, and look forward to seeing everyone there.
18 – 24 May 2015
Mon-Fri 3-7, Sat-Sun 11-5.
Meet the artists reception: Tues 19th, 7-9pm
The Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 1HL
Exhibition of work on the ground floor of Brock Keep by OHOS artists as part of West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios. Tours of studios on upper floors.
My drawings from the 365 Drawings Project will be on show at Galerie d’Anières in Switzerland during May 2015
Exhibition open 6th to 17th May 2015
Galerie d’Anières 18 rue Centrale, 1247 Anières, Switzerland
More details here