6 August 2022
I am so excited to be part of this gorgeous new exhibition, opening on 6 September at The Crypt Gallery in Kings Cross.
Generously sponsored by Suna Interior Design, the show is curated by Rebecca Tucker, Jill Desborough and Lee Eveson, and wonderfully supported by ArtCan.
The Private View will be on 6 September - more details to follow soon.
VIENNA CALLING - TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
6 August 2022
I am super excited to be travelling to Vienna shortly for this fantastic new show from Atelier Coolpool Vienna and ArtCan on 9 to 23 September.
With a nod to all the anniversary celebrations of ABBA this year, the show is called 'Take A Chance On Me'.
More details soon...
I'M ON TV!
24 July 2022
Whilst I can't pretend the programme was all about me, I had great fun watching this engaging and informative documentary about the RA Summer Exhibition. Presented by the one-and-only Joe Lycett, it was on BBC2, and can still be viewed on the BBC iPlayer app - "Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist".
My cyanotype "Aquarius" and I pop up a few times in the background. It was exciting to see Aquarius heading for the traditional judging stool, which has been part of the RA forever - a bit like the sorting hat at Hogwarts. Luckily, it was picked!
SHORTLISTED FOR THE VISUAL ARTISTS ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL ARTIST AWARD 2022
29 July 2022
It was a lovely surprise to learn that I have been shortlisted for this year's VAA Professional Artist Award!
Further rounds of judging will take place later in the year.
Watch this space, and wish me luck..!
THE PRIVATE VIEW DATE HAS BEEN RESET FOR 24 AUGUST
19 July 2022
Because of the unusually hot weather and the predicted ensuing transport chaos, the Private View for Chroma has been reconvened for Wednesday 24 August.
Tickets can still be booked via Eventbrite by searching for ArtCan Chroma. Previous bookings for 19 July are still valid, with no need to rebook.
Hope to see you there!
ST ANDREWS ECO HUB
1 July - 31 August 2022
I was delighted to be invited to display four of my cyanotypes in the Eco Hub, to help promote their plastic-free initiatives this summer!
The Eco Hub has all sorts of wonderful projects underway in their new premises in Kinnessburn Road, St Andrews. It has completely refurbished an old betting shop using reclaimed materials and soon it will also be adding a full refill facility in addition to the resources it already offers.
One of the amazing things the Eco Hub supports is the St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs on the West Sands (famous for being the beach in the opening sequence of Chariots Of Fire). I will be making a donation to the Wheelchairs for any of my works sold during their time on display in the Eco Hub.
EAST NEUK OPEN STUDIOS
2 - 3 July 2022
This year's Open Studios was fairly quiet, possibly due to a recent surge in Covid cases locally.
However, my visitors proved that it is quality, not quantity that counts!
I had so many lovely comments and I was very happy to also sell some of my work, including to one wonderful collector who arranged to come back after the event to make the purchase they had been considering.
Our next event will be at Bowhouse, by St Monans on the weekend of 5 November.
21 June 2022
Can you see the little red dot?
I am delighted that "Aquarius" has sold to an art collector before the RA Summer Exhibition opens to the public, from 21 June to 21 August.
SELECTED BY GRAYSON PERRY, CBE RA
14 June 2022
I could not be happier!
Aquarius was selected by the one-and-only Grayson Perry to hang in his excitingly vibrant yellow Gallery VIII in London's Royal Academy of Arts.
The Summer Exhibition is now open and runs until 21 August 2022.
SELECTED FOR THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2022
1 June 2022
I am beyond delighted! This cyanotype has been selected to hang in this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on the theme of 'Climate'.
Made using washed up old rubbish
(and with the invaluable participation of 'Dave')
this piece addresses climate change through our over-dependence on
- and refusal to address the consequences of -
an endless stream of single-use plastics.
ACTUALLY INTO THE ROYAL ACADEMY!
11 MAY 2022
On a very wet day, which seems appropriate for this year's theme of 'Climate', my cyanotype 'Aquarius' and I (ably assisted by David, whose image also appears in my work) made the slightly precarious bus journey into Piccadilly and through the hallowed portals of the Royal Academy!
We will find out on 1st June if we have made the final selection, or whether it is the bus home again...
EXHIBITION IN PARIS - WE ARE INTERNATIONAL!
1 MAY 2022
Paris has always been a favourite city of mine and I really could not be happier to be showing my work as part of a group show with the wonderful ArtCan, hosted by Kroll, in the 9th Arondissement of Paris from the beginning of May until December this year.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RA SUMMER EXHIBITION 2022
6 APRIL 2022
I am delighted to announce that I have had this piece selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition!
The theme for this year's exhibition is 'Climate', which is a subject very close to my heart.
This piece is 'Aquarius', made with found waste plastics and it is a commentary on the damaging effects of our lifestyle on our environment, from the littering of our oceans to the ever increasing use of fossil fuels and petrochemicals in the mass production of single-use plastics. Frequently used to briefly contain drinks, then destined to pollute our waters for generations to come.
INVITATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX AND ARTIST'S TALK
28 APRIL 2022
It was such a wonderful surprise to be invited to exhibit some of my work at the University of Essex's Art Exchange gallery and deliver an artist's talk on my work in the gallery on 29 April.
The exhibition addresses food waste and food justice.
Entitled '6.7 million tonnes: we have bin through a lot', this fascination group show featuring eight international artists runs until 27 May 2022.
ONLINE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
25 APRIL 2022
Not many people know that I also make sculptures from my beach-salvaged items, in addition to my more familiar cyanotypes.
I was particularly delighted to have been selected by curator and wonderful sculptor Cath Stocker to be part of her innovative virtual exhibition dedicated entirely to sculptures which have their inspiration in activism and offer new insights beyond what is immediately visible to the viewer.
Artivism In|Sight is hosted on the ArtCan website at www.artcan.org.uk and can be viewed in 360 degree virtual reality, complete with a beautiful soundscape recorded especially for this exhibition.
THE UNCOOK BOOK - COMING SOON!
12 April 20022
This exciting new book addressing climate issues, and taking a new look at them via both scientific and artistic perspectives, will be published this summer, and I am honoured to have had my work selected to feature in it!
All profits from the sale of The Uncook Book will be donated to Friends Of The Earth.
More information to follow soon...
EDITOR'S PICK IN THE VAA PROFESSIONAL ARTIST AWARD 2022
5 April 2022
What a lovely surprise to find my work featured by the Visual Artists Association as an Editor's Pick to promote their Professional Artist Award 2022.
It is fun to see my work transformed into a promotional flyer - I like it!
PRIVATE VIEW SUCCESS STORIES
24 February 2022
Thank you to all my lovely visitors and purchasers yesterday evening!
I was delighted to sell four cyanotypes, with interest in a couple more. I really appreciate your support!
I was also amazed and bemused to discover that someone had pinched my poster from outside the Gallery!
I am pleased to say that the poster has now been replaced and my show will continue to run until takedown on 11 March.
Opening times of The Southgate Club and Gallery are in the image above.
I will be at the Gallery from about 6:30 til 7:30pm on Saturday 5 March, following my cyanotype workshops in the afternoon (see separate news bulletin). Please let me know if you are planning to visit.
Please also contact me if you would like to arrange to meet there at other times.
24 February 2022
As part of the Enfield Winter Lights Festival, I will be running cyanotype workshops at The Southgate Club on Saturday 5th March.
By the time of going to press here, these are already all sold out!
Watch this space for news of the next ones...
SOLO EXHIBITION ANNOUNCED!
12 February 2022
I am delighted to announce my first solo exhibition in London.
"Winter Blues" will run from 12 February to 11 March at The Southgate Club and Gallery, as part of the Enfield Winter Lights festival.
Private View is on Wednesday 23 February from 6pm, as part of Southgate Art Evening.
Contact me for more details.
AS ONE DOOR CLOSES...
12 February 2022
Sadly, my time of the walls of FIELD has come to an end.
But watch this space for my next venture..!
FIELD - A NEW CULTURAL POP-UP IN ENFIELD TOWN
20 November 2021
I am absolutely delighted to have my very own feature wall at FIELD!
FIELD is a fabulous brand new cultural pop-up at Palace Shopping Centre in Enfield Town.
FIELD is an arts hub and shop showcasing artisanal and sustainable handmade art and design.
FIELD is run by Artist Hive Studios and it is part of the amazing Culture Palace Enfield community of pop-up initiatives
Come and find lots of gorgeous, ethical, hand-crafted art and gifts and enjoy creative workshops at FIELD, 51 Palace Gardens, EN2 6SN.
MAKE IT BLUE CHRISTMAS CARD
5 November 2021
I was delighted to have the privilege of being asked by Make It Blue UK to design a greetings card for their Christmas fundraiser to support mental health and well-being of live events professionals who lost their jobs because of Covid and have no government support.
The cards can be ordered online from http://www.makeitblue.uk, with all profits going to this very worthy cause.
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