We have a show coming up at CMR Gallery, Redruth – seven of us are exhibiting our ‘interim’ work mid-way through the course, and everyone is welcome to the opening night on Friday 19th April (7-9pm) or during the weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am-4pm).
Artists taking part are: Sophie Anderson, Karl Arbuthnot, Claire Burchell, James Kinder, Laura Menzies, Katri Paakkari and myself. The work includes painting, video, installation, sculpture and performance. More information on the artists and their work will be posted on the new blog for the MA Fine Art Contemporary Practice course http://mafineartfalmouth2013.wordpress.com
I will be showing a video installation that explores contemporary images from Godolphin House and estate – one of the oldest in the county, with a previously powerful role in mining, politics and the monarchy.
I’m in the process of getting a series of photographs printed for the forthcoming ‘Love at The Poly’ show in Falmouth.
The work looks at the bedroom interiors of the former Cornwall Motel – there’s more information on the ‘Love at The Poly’ website, which has just been launched. ‘Love at The Poly’ will take over all the galleries in the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society building and will feature the work of current students and recent graduates of Falmouth University.
My work for the MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Practice at UCF is increasingly focused on ‘place’, particularly from the perspective of the outsider. The environment I am working is so culturally loaded it is impossible not to end up being influenced by it… but at the moment it’s the derelict, forgotten or everyday places that I’m interested in, rather than the areas of outstanding natural beauty. I’m also looking at the history of constructed ‘natural’ landscapes – the plants alien to the place they inhabit; the design and building work behind the scenes; the entrances/exits/boundaries that define different pieces of land.
These photos aren’t great quality but they’re research shots for some photo/video/painting work that I hope will come together as installation pieces…
Here are some photos from the studio from July-September 2012: a series of small paintings on board is developing, based on photos and mixed media drawings I made early this Summer. I’ve been enjoying a return to using oil paint, although I’m also still working on paper with Indian ink, acrylic and enamel spray paint.
I am also starting to explore the lens-based media facilities at University College Falmouth, as I’ve started the MA Fine Art there. I hope to have developed some multi-disciplinary work in time for the MA interim show in January 2013.
For now, the focus is on finishing the small paintings and some related works on paper in time for Krowji’s Christmas Open Studios, which are Friday 30 November until Sunday 2 December.
Accompanying The Dip Circle installation at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, there will be a booklet printed in a limited edition of 500. This will be distributed at the Maritime Museum, The Poly (The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society) and Falmouth Art Gallery throughout the Falmouth Splash Festival 7-16 September 2012.
Here is a link to a pdf version of the booklet, which omits some archive images in the original due to copyright restrictions.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall have kindly agreed to site The Dip Circle on the exterior of their viewing tower, facing Falmouth town.
Nick Malyon of Neon Neon is constructing the piece and I am writing an interpretation booklet, which will explain the concept behind the work and present some historical archive material from a range of sources.
As well as the initial Arts Council grant funding from Falmouth Art Gallery for the project,the booklet element has also been supported through a grant from Feast, an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation. This has enabled me to use some images from the Royal Museums Greenwich and the Science Museum, to complement the images kindly donated by the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society local history and research archive. Information has also been gleaned from the archive at the Bartlett Library in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
I’m delighted that my proposal for a site-specific installation has been commissioned along with the work of five other South-West artists, as part of the forthcoming Splash Festival from 7-16 September 2012. Still finalising details but my piece will involve light, text and archive images related to scientific and cultural developments in Falmouth in the 1800’s. The installations have been selected by Louise Connell, Director of Falmouth Art Gallery and Charlotte Williams, artist & curator.
Splash is funded by the Falmouth BID and the festival will feature guest appearances by writer Michael Morpurgo and artist/writer Michael Foreman, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe award-winning play Allotment and artist David Kemp in diverse events such as a Book Fest, living heritage walks, contemporary dance and theatre. There’s more information about the programme on the blog:
A lot of driving about tonight as I went to Falmouth to see my work in the ‘Bombshell’ women’s vintage film and contemporary art festival at The Poly (the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic, to give it it’s grander title), then over to Penzance for the opening night at Cornwall Contemporary art gallery of the mixed-media collaborative TAap.