Thanks to all who attended the Canal Heritage Centre Lock Keeper's Cottage exhibition, our open event was excellent and we were lucky to be accompanied by the hugely talented Burnt Paw musician who provided us with the prefect musical Backdrop. My In Residence session also went well, a huge thanks to all who came along and purchased photographs/cards. The exhibition closes on September 12th but we will be moving a few pieces of work into the cafe area until September's end.
September 2nd - 30th I shall have an exhibition of nature based images at Attenborough Nature Centre Gallery Attenborough, Nottingham, both for viewing and purchasing - the exhibition will include a range of framed, large scale fabric hangings and delicate glass frames.
November I shall be taking part in the annual Cromford Xmas Market, this is an event that I love and enjoy supporting as Derbyshire feels very much like my second home, especially Cromford and Whatstandwell. The event is a nice warm up to the Festive season and it's always good to meet visitors and chat with friends no made in the Cromford area.
On a teaching level, my Journey of Discovery Photography Project attendees will be exhibiting their new work around the theme 'Reflection' late September at The White Lion Bar and Pub, Beeston. A new project starts beginning October. Beeston Snappers Collective are now in the closing stages of our CHC work and will be starting a new project soon.
Time then, to start planning and looking at the many different opportunities for the future and some more serious photography to accompany both series Hominis Interitus, Emotional Response Series and Vita in Morte series of work.
On a personal level, I'm looking very forward to and very ready for some down time via my annual holiday, 11 days in south Spain Andalusia - El Chorro Ronda and Jimera return visit and 5 days in The Lakes, Great Langdale to stay in a Tipi with wood burner!! Plenty of photographic opportunities but also time to rest and celebrate my 50th birthday! Very excited to have the whole of Cafe Roya vegetarian restaurant for celebrating my 50th with good friends, hopefully I have a big surprise also my friends for to enjoy!
Vita in Morte III
iOpening next weekend 24th June is the new Canalside Heritage Centre in Beeston Rylands, next to the canal at the lock, formerly weir /lock keeper's cottages. I, alongside my teaching group and our collective, Beeston Snappers, are proud to be the first to exhibit photographs taken before the space was renovated and in a state of dereliction.
Our exhibition runs through til August so there will be plenty of time to see the work hung - my photographs are based around the hints and traces of human presence still in existence when I photographed the space.
Other work includes, textures, exteriors and transformation. I am very excited to see the work in this brand new beautiful space - light and airy, with an outdoor balcony next to the weir gallery - and yet with a real feel of age and atmosphere in the ground space. Please do take the time to come along to this space as it's just beautiful!
We hope to have a viewing night also where friends, families and supporters of our work are welcome to attend - more info to follow but for now - a sneak preview of one of my larger images included in the exhibition.
40 x 20"
Photographic print on silk
So the time has come again for the ABC Art Trail - which takes place around Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell this weekend 3rd & 4th June 11a.m - 6p.m.
I will be exhibiting a large range of new and older photographs, work from different series, fabric hangings, glass frame prints, cards, prints and mini prints on a range of photo papers, in the reception and weather permitting, garden area of Beeston Dental Practice, 3 Devonshire Ave, Beeston NG9 1BS.
I will also be available to discuss my community photography project, canal heritage project, contributions to the Tim Andrew's Project and my recent science collaboration with Nottingham University Professor of Chemistry Steve Howdle for Creative Reactions - Pint of Science.
I look forward to welcoming members of the public to my venue and exhibition in what I hope to be a fun and interesting weekend. We also have a prize draw for the art trail, spend over £10 with an artist or maker and you will be automatically drawn into the raffle.
Come on along and say hello!
It's been a real honour to be involved with the Creative Reactions - Pint of Science Festival that takes place this week in Nottingham around various venues, with talks and the grand exhibition taking place in the Nottingham Contemporary.
I was asked to take part in this exhibition/collaboration a few months ago and with the varied scientists and their disciplines on offer to choose from, I was more than happy to seize the chance to work with Steve Howdle Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and his research team.
I made 2 visits to the Chemistry department at Nottingham Uni and was kindly shown the labs where research into making polymers from natural objects - Birch Tree Bark from Sweden, Seeds from an ethiopian plant, orange and lemon peel taking place. I was shown the process involved and the finished product without the use of petrochemicals in the polymer formation/ and formula, this to me is key and a very exciting development for the future of plastic - indeed Industry is starting to take an interest in biodegradable plastics and rightly so, indeed, I hope this is the plastic of the future for both environmental reasons and our future generations, wildlife's health and wellbeing. Tomorrow I am looking forward to our Sci - Art discussion, panel questions and answer session at the Contemporary and Thursday I am very excited to be able to see the exhibition in all of its entirety.
My work being exhibited consists of 4 pieces forming their own narrative namely,
An Ode to Petrochemicals
All tickets have been sold for both events which is a great success to those who have worked tirelessly to set up the event and festival.I will update with images of the event as it unfolds but for now sleep beckons ready for tomorrow night's discussions,
'The Buddhist teaching on non-attachment is ultimately about realizing the truth of yourself. That is, realizing that you're an expression of the entire cosmos. That you're in the cosmos, that the entire cosmos is in you in a very real and observable way, and that there is no separating the two (and everything that comes with the realization). And the teaching on non-attachment is about living in such a way that you live without such obstructions that keep you from realizing this. So just as you can hold a picked flower in your hand, being well aware that the flower will wilt and die in a matter of days, taking in the smell and beauty of the flower, you can live your entire life savoring every moment knowing that in each moment everything can (and often does) change.
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It feels like winter has been a long one, I love the greys and bleak winter weather but I have to say I am more than happy to see the rays of sunshine breaking through bringing rebirth and renewal to our planet and dark days. Lots of positive things have been happening with regards to my photography and my photography project 'A Journey of Discovery Through Photography' teaching side of things. So the main thing is to get this news out to you out there!
February 21st - we held our Exhibition preview for the attendees of A Journey of Discovery which proved to be a huge success and the work produced for exhibition by the attendees is wonderful - extremely proud of all of their hard work. The exhibition is open until the middle of March at Middle St Resource Centre Beeston. The project is going really well with many people attending and a very good atmosphere and supportive environment between attendees
I've been approached to take part in a science collaboration through Creative Reactions and am looking forward to hear back from the team as to who I will be paired with for this exciting Festival in May. I've chosen 3 areas of interest, Urban Ecology, Renewables and Spider's Ecology - time will tell which scientist I will get to collaborate with from the University of Nottingham.
April 21st - 28th I am very excited to be exhibiting new and old work, alongside a range of international artists at the Out There Exhibition P Spowage Gallery, Byard Lane Nottingham. Our preview night is April 21st 6.30pm - 8pm all welcome.
June 3rd and 4th weekend brings Open Studios in Beeston as part of the ABC Art Trail where I am more than happy to be exhibiting at the venue where I do some part time work also, Beeston Dental Practice reception and garden area - I will have a huge range of new and older work in exhibition and on sale - much of my larger scale work will be on show and new work from my experimental series 'Hominis Interitus' given that I have a large space to hang work, I will also be selling prints, cards and a range mini prints.
My teaching work with Beeston Snappers is also bearing further fruit whereby we have created a body of work for the new Canal Heritage Centre in Beeston Rylands - firstly from a photo shoot that was carried out at the old Lock Keepers Cottage last year. The work will be in Exhibition later summer - more news to follow.
On a personal level, I've had some gutting news about the land where my little hideaway studio space/caravan in Derbyshire is based, the land was sold in October 2016 to a company who will be redeveloping the land. This has truly been such terrible news as the land is a rarity, very untouched and wild with many different species of wildlife flora and fauna and has been a huge inspiration for my art - but from chaos I do believe new creativity can arise. We all have to move our vans to new spaces, there's an action group about the way the company have treated us all on the site - Haytop Caravan Owners Action Group - Please take the time to look at what the action group are doing.
So this is news for now but much more to follow - for now it's time to enjoy the bright sunshine and spring flowers on this gorgeous spring day!
So the grey days of midwinter have descended on us and for me, the perfect weather for photographing, mainly because I like the bleakness of winter and the subdued colours prsesent this time of year. I've been busy with practical and work related activity so haven't had a huge amount of spare time for art related activity. I was thinking at the beginning of the year that I would take some time for reflection and consolidation of my work but it would seem that already, I am committing to some very interesting future projects.