Monday, 5 March 2012

NEW BLOG

I now have a new blog which aims to document my creative practice and new avenues of exploration. This will be a place to unravel the threads of thinking and highlight inspiration; to investigate and explore materials and processes; to detail the slow, methodical journey of making.

Visit methodinthemaking to find out more...




Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Chain reaction, HIVE



Chain Reaction is the new artistic venture for HIVE, the collective of artists that I am part of.

Chain Reaction is a process based project exploring the practical, the textural, the ephemeral and the lyrical. Working collaboratively and in response to one another, we will develop evolving pieces of work, which re-discover and re-examine the processes of creativity, and the production of ideas and outputs. Engaging a rotating schedule of collaboration, discussion and response, the project enables us as a group to produce experimental process-based pieces of work which draw upon our interest in the stimulation of ideas and development of artistic enquiry.

For more information and to see the developing work, visit hivecollective.org/chain-reaction/ and select the individual artist pages.

HIVE: up North


Jaume Plensa, YSP


Jaume Plensa 'Twenty-Nine Palms'


Barbara Hepworth plaster models, Hepworth Wakefield


After a busy year with HIVE, working towards our exhibition and working together on the 75 school project, we decided it was time for some much needed rest and inspiration. We planned a weekend break to Yorkshire for us 4 artists plus Keeley (who exhibited with us) and Aimee (Arts Development Officer and now firm friend).

On the Saturday, we visited the wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a favourite of mine, which had a brilliant exhibition of work by the internationally renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. His work was simply breathtaking: huge sculptures in metal, glass, bronze and alabaster that played with the senses. His quote "The real concern is for sculpture again to become a source of beauty, posing the great fundamental questions" resonated deeply with me as this is a direction I wish my practice to take - creating art that is beautiful and focusing on sculpture as the main output for my future work.

On the Sunday, we visited the newly opened Hepworth Wakefield, a purpose built architectural gem of a gallery that houses changing exhibitions of contemporary artists and celebrates the life and work of Wakefield's own Barbara Hepworth. Alongside Henry Moore, Hepworth is a stalwart of British sculpture and rightly so. I have always admired her work but to see it up close was so rewarding. Her making processes were particularly inspirational and have pushed me to learn more about direct carving into wood and stone, and work with plaster as an artistic medium.

Summer Workshops

Over the summer holidays in 2011 I delivered a series of workshops for both Solihull Arts Complex and mac.

Play in Two Days at Solihull Arts Complex was an opportunity for young people to try drama and prop making for a simplified version of Roald Dahl's 'The Witches'. I facilitated the visual arts sessions showing the young people how to make animal and witches masks for their character roles and props such as huge potion bottles. After two days of rehearsals and making, the participants performed their play to family and friends.

Summer Art Play at mac saw me working outdoors in the Arena. Each day, a different creative activity was offered to under 5's and their families. From big floor painting and mark-making to huge weaving, mud building, land art and den making there was something for everyone and only one day inside because of rain!

Arts Co-ordinator, Kingshurst Arts Space & Solihull Gallery


For over a year I have been working with Solihull Arts Team as an Arts Co-ordinator, primarily helping to run Kingshurst Arts Space. This is a community art project making use of an empty shop at Kingshurst Parade, turning the shop into a space with free activities for all ages and offering local people opportunities to take part in longer term projects, community focused events and initiatives.

I help to devise the changing programme of activities throughout the year, support artists with their sessions and oversee the general day-to-day running of the space. I also have set up and run the Community Gardening session and have helped develop an Early Years session with a local volunteer. It is a very rewarding role and I really feel we are making a difference in the community.

My freelance work for Solihull Council also allows me to plan and deliver gallery education in the only contemporary art space in the borough - Solihull Gallery. My duties have included developing education packs and activity booklets for each exhibition, devising talks and workshops for visiting schools and promoting our services to all the schools within the local area. Working closely with the schools, we hope to develop the gallery education programme so that it becomes a regular income stream and basis for new school based art projects in the future.