Artist Support Pledge #2

Due to the C19 virus many artists (including myself) have found themselves with shows cancelled, teaching gone and technical support jobs disappeared overnight as the lockdown takes effect. So following the lead of @artistsupportpledge on Instagram, I am taking the pledge.

‘It’s a simple concept, you post images of you work you are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Every time you reach £1000 of sales you pledge to buy another artists work for £200. This creates a small but dynamic market where all can contribute whatever their level of success. This is a culture dependent on the honesty and generosity of our artistic communities at every level’.

So here I go: I’ll be posting a small selection of 46x46cm limited edition prints, initially inspired by the River Test but then wider afield, and pledge that I will re-invest in other artists work, helping to support and sustain the wider arts ecology at this challenging time.

PLEDGE 02 – ‘Surface Tensions: Flow’ (a 3D drawing made in virtual reality), unframed digital print (edition of 10) on archival paper, 46x46cm, signed, numbered, with Certificate of Origin, £100.

So if you are in the position to do so please do support artists in this way. When I reach the £1000 I will reveal the artist and work I have supported in return. To buy contact me via DM on Instagram or via ‘contact’ on this site.

Bedrock & Paradox

Bedrock & Paradox smallTaking its title from Edward Abbey’s book ‘Desert Solitaire’, I’ve got an exhibition coming up at the University of Exeter’s Innovation Centre. The show opens on 23rd. More details to follow shortly…


TestcardF1000I have been meaning to write a post around the word ‘hiatus’ for some time, as it seemed to be the best word to describe where I am with my work at the moment: and then the EU referendum hit! This has brought up so much sadness, many contradictory thoughts and strong emotions, much soul searching – and will undoubtedly feed into my next piece of work. But in the meanwhile… a hiatus… in work, in life and in this blog. [Image]

Where it all becomes fluid

Chalk organic flint smToday I’m setting up for the show in The Hardwick Gallery. This is the second time in the past few months that I have relocated by studio into a gallery for a short period; and I’m finding it a good way of working. Bringing all the different elements together – drawings, materials, videos – here in the clean and clear space of the gallery, gives me the freedom to think and work that is just not possible in the studio. Too many established habits there! It’s strange: for so long I have shied away from the gallery environment exactly because of it ‘white cube’ effect, of its isolation from the world outside. Now, it is just that artificiality which I am after. The next couple of weeks I am working here with sound/music, in collaboration with the flautist Tadek. Just with that in mind, the most solid of objects seem to vibrate, fluctuate, become fluid. Looking at this flint, it is moving, turning into something else, just so slowly that I can’t see it. But then isn’t that the nature of fluidity; as much to do with the timeframe you are working with as to do with the material itself – my slow is a geologist’s fast.

Score for a Flautist

ChalkScore1000This month I am really looking forward to my short residency and collaboration at the Hardwick Gallery, 7th to 18th March, called Score for a Flautist. I will be working with Tadek to create an improvised soundtrack/performance for the ‘Deep Time Chalk Futures’ project. More info is on the Hardwick website. There might be a presentation of the work on the second Thursday, that is the 17th, 5–7pm, but this is yet to be confirmed. I will keep you posted.

Life goes where the energy flows

Holiday over smSummer’s over! Time to get back to work. Had my time by the lake, eating cake drinking coffee, swinging in the hammock reading (and struggling at times with) Nick Lane’s The Vital Question. If he is to be believed then genes and natural selection are just a side show (so much for all that zoology I studied at Uni!), its chemistry that rules the roost. Life goes where the energy flows. Quite appropriate really, as I enter an autumn working with the chemistry of chalk; how it can act as a litmus to climate change. But time for just one more trip down to the lake. It’s windy at the moment, storm brewing, snails on the path, but the water is still warm. Roddy, you might recognise your Mexican hammock!

Open Studio…ish

Open studios smIt is the Stroud Open Studios this and next weekend – do come! Eighty two artists will be showing their work, and in the case of Stroud a studio can be anything from an old industrial building, a shed at the bottom of a lovely Cotswold garden, someone’s front kitchen, or one of the studios here at Stroud Valleys Artspace. Often, it is just as much fun seeing the location as the work: when the weather is good (and there are plenty of chances to snack along the way) what more could you wish for! As for here, that is Studio 15 at SVA, this is what you will see: I won’t be around in person but then this blog is my Open Studio, and that is all year round. So, a small request, if you know of one person who might be interested in this online Open Studio then please do suggest they drop by for a look. Thanks, and have a great weekend! PS: don’t forget to vote. (For those of you abroad, it is Polling Day here in the UK)