Surrey Unearthed is a programme of ten linked projects exploring the natural materials beneath our feet through sculpture, installation, film, and writing. This exhibition will feature work by Amanda Loomes, Ackroyd & Harvey, Jonathan Parsons, Mary Branson, Jane Ponsford, Walter Bailey, Alison Carlier, Steven Edwards, Bryn Hallett and Amie Rai.
I am delighted that my works ‘Prime’, ‘Work on canvas #1’ and ‘Work on canvas #2’ have been selected for Oriel Davies Open 2018.
ODO18 Selectors: Sacha Craddock, writer and curator; Jane Simpson, artist and Director Galerie Simpson; Matthew Collings, Artist, Writer, critic and broadcaster; Steffan Jones-Hughes, Director, Oriel Davies and Alex Boyd Jones Curator, Oriel Davies. The five selectors worked hard to choose what they consider to be the most original and engaging work from hundreds of entries from all over the world.
Alice Briggs, Savinder Bual, Nicola Dale, Shona Davies, Katharine Fry, David Garner, Henriette Heimdal, Nicholas Holmes, Bruce Ingram, Cecile Johnson Soliz, Jack Kettlewell, Jon Klein, Dinu Li, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Gweni Llwyd, Amanda Loomes, Garry Loughlin, Rachel Magdeburg, Myles Mansfield, Myken McDowell, Nicholas McLeod, Dave Monaghan, J.A. Nicholls, Judith Rees, Lizi Sanchez, Louise Short, Nada Velickovic, Alice Walter
I will be showing ‘Self Portrait ’08’ in Altered States as part of the Waterloo Festival – June 11th – 18th 2018, Daily Mon – Sat 1 – 8pm and Sun 12 – 6pm, St John’s Crypt, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY. PV Monday 11th June 6 – 9pm.
Work has started on Surrey Unearthed and I am enjoying working with everyone at the sandpits at Oxted and Bletchingly.
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.