Join me at Teesside University, Middlesborough on Tuesday 19th January at 4pm. I will be speaking about my work as part of the Fine Art Department and Mima’s visiting lecture series . More details here.
Time flies: I realise I post much less frequently here than I used to and than I would like to. I have been away for much of the last three weeks and seem to have spanned a great deal of the country in the process. I had a wonderful few days teaching in Eastbourne (on the South coast) before Easter. As a group we explored the beach, collecting in different ways and then used what we had collected in a variety of techniques – great fun and a chance to explore an area I didn’t know.
Easter saw me in North Somerset (in the South West) with my family in the beautiful Mendip Hills. I snatched an opportunity for a bit of mud lurking – more on that another time.
Then we had a few days in the depths of Snowdonia, off grid and off everything else apart from a tent and whatever we could carry. We were blessed with the most amazing weather and managed to get the whole party (youngest 6) up to the top of Snowdon (the highest mountain in England and Wales) in glorious spring sunshine with a dramatic helicopter rescue (not one of us!) to add a bit of drama.
After a night at home I headed north to give a talk just over the Scottish border. I spent the morning on a windy walk overlooking Lindisfarne and its causeway in Northumberland. Serenaded by skylarks and calling waders the colours and creeks of the salt marsh were brought to life in the clear air.
After yesterday’s lecture (which was thankfully well-recieved despite a smaller than hoped for audience. The picture shows setting up – there weren’t this many empty seats!) and very successful performance by Matt Robinson of 15 Images I could relax a little.
It was strange seeing my animated images so large – this is the biggest yet. It really made for a completely immersive experience in the dark lecture theatre with comfy seats that you could relax into.
It was lovely to have a little time to go back over the road to the Museum and Art Gallery and see the Taking Time exhibition completed. I re-aquainted myself with Sue Lawty’s tiny stones, added a bit to the web of threads that invites additions, marvelled at Heidrun Schimmel’s stitches and admired Matthew Harris’s subtle textures. There will always be a textile bias for me I guess but there is so much else in this exhibition not mentioned specifically here that I really appreciate seeing for a second time. There is an entry on the Craftspace Taking Time blog about the Plymouth exhibition by Craftspace’s Emma Daker.
Now, I thought 15 Images was fairly experimental but some of the other performances in the Peninsular Arts Contemporary Music Festival so far have been wierd and wonderful to my inexperienced ears!