I am currently organising a group exhibition for three days at the Pen Museum in Birmingham, as part of Museums at Night. We will temporarily become part of the museum intertwining amongst the exhibits, with over ten artists covering performance art, video, live ink making, sculpture, writing and drawing. I am writing up a proposal for a grant from the Arts council, then I can make something.
I put together an oscillator today. It makes some fairly harsh droney sounds - which is always satisfying. The circuit will form the basis of some kind of group instrument/installation in the near future...
It sounds like this:
My friends and I have a new website up and running so go and visit oldbearpress.com to see my portfolio page. I did the drawings for the wesite and my friend Heather coded it.
We also had a stall at the Bluecoat Chamebers on Saturday and had a great day with some lovely people.
Have finished the printroom inductions so can now begin to get down to some experimentation.Feeling like a kid in a candy shop - which idea to persue 1st? that is the question. Perhaps some very elementary trials to see what works and what does not.
Roderick. K. Newlands MA (RCA) and myself are currently creating work in response to Cyprus in support of the 'European Capital of Culture 2017' developments of which Paphos won the title bid. To view art works and hear of future exhibitions both in the UK and Cyprus please visit 'TAKE2' at www.facebook.com/take2artists.
Looking back it's seems like a long time ago that I sat writing my AA2A application. After the form, the interview, the funding application, and the inductions, I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into some of my project work.
My project for the scheme is based around my Hooked collection, which was initially part of my graduate collection. After graduating, I focused on developing products and jewellery, using my unique combination of techniques. I then turned my attention to further developing the art and sculpture side of my practice, starting with my Cellular and Cell Cultures collections. This resulted in a solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft and Design. Images of this exhibition can be see here:
I am looking forward to seeing this work in many more venues over the next year. However I now want to develop another one of my collections, Hooked, in the same way. Since I graduated I have had many ideas around this collection of work, ways to push the techniques and refine the processes, to create new avenues for exploration. I am looking forward to allowing experimentation dictate the my development, but my main aim is to create bigger work than I currently do in this collection. My current equipment and facilities mean that I am limited in the size of work I can produce, which is why the AA2A will be so crucial in pushing my plans forward.
I have started this project in the same way I always do- lots of drawing and researching other creative work. You can keep up to date with this on my Pinterest board, where I‘ll be adding my inspirations as a digital sketchbook:
I’ll be starting my sessions at my university, the University of Derby, by meeting with the technicians in the departments to discuss my project ideas, and what I want to use the equipment for. I’m also looking forward to burying my head in the library, and getting lost amongst the books! So until I find my way out, see you later!!
I had already met Sarah Hedly while walking around the university a few weeks ago and she came to view my studio and art work. Today having arranged to do some mono-printing at university it was a pleasant surprise to meet Kim then Sophie as they both co-incidently were also accessing the print room it was interesting to talk about how they want to develop their art practice while on the AA2A course at Coventry University and hope to catch up with them again soon.
I had an exciting meeting this morning with a couple of Interactive Design students at University of Plymouth about turning my conjoined balaclava into a wearable piece of technology...
Talks of motion sensors to indicate personal space and linking up a live feed of the wearer's experience were just a few ideas brought up today.