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The Opening Reception of Supporting Material is on 14th September 5 – 7pm at the Herbert Read Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury. All welcome.
Spiky Black opened in Chalkwell Park on the 14th June 2017. The audio work can be heard at www.netpark.zone. Enjoy!
New audio artwork makes link between punk and the ancient art of breeding roses
Launch Date: Wed 14 June: 5pm-8pm
Open Day: Sat 17 June: 11am-3pm + 12noon: Artists’ talk & Q&A
Venue: Metal, Rose Garden and Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Southend SS0 8NB
Spiky Black is a new site-specific audio artwork made for NetPark by artists Alison Carlier and Amanda Loomes. It responds to the historic Rose Garden in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea which has been a feature and source of local pride since 1908.
Whilst developing the year-long project the artists have spent time in residence with Metal and worked closely with Chalkwell Park’s gardeners, one of whom (recently retired) inspired the title and concept for the artwork. He grew up a punk and now imagines creating and naming a rose ‘Spiky Black’ in memory of his youth.
Working with the words of rose growers from around the UK including Peter Beales rose nursery in Norfolk, Spiky Black playfully shifts register from the pragmatic to the poetic, incorporating language sourced from punk bands, historic rose catalogues, horticultural terminology and first person interviews. It provides a transformative audio layer to the rose garden experience, giving listeners an intimate and alternative insight into the thoughts and language of those committed to growing roses.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
I will be showing a 10 minute extract from ‘Keepers’ at The London Group Film Night 2 on Friday 26th May at the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute, 11 South Grove, London, N6 6BS. £5 on the door including popcorn!
I will be showing ‘Concrete Castle’ as part of the Shoreham Sculpture Trail – one of the largest Sculpture Trails the UK has ever seen. More information can be found at The London Group. 17th & 18th June 11am – 5pm, £10 Day, £15 Weekend, TN14 7SB.
‘THE MESH’ Small Group Exhibition by London Group members who use digital techniques in their practice.
17th March to 21st May, open daily, FREE.
Watermans Art Centre, 40 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DS
PV Friday 17th March 6-9pm
My new film Keepers commissioned by The National Trust at Lyme in Cheshire will be shown from the 16 September – 26 October. The installation will be in the Still Room in the courtyard of the house, open each day from 11am – 4.30pm.
I am delighted to have been asked to participate in the Artquest Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre proposed by lead artists Josie Cockram and Anita Delaney. I look forward to discussions with them and Victoria Adam, Gabriel Stones, Isabel Mallet, Richard Lockett, Lauren Godfrey, Jamie Bracken Lobb, Mat Jenner and Paul Gwilliam. More information can be seen at PEER FORUM.
I will be showing ‘Multi-story’ in Part 2 of The London Group Open from the 27 October to 6 November at The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, London, SE1 8TJ. The exhibition is open 2 – 6pm daily. I am also giving an artist’s talk on the 2 November between 6.30 – 8.30pm.