This year I had my first experience of academic art education, undertaking a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at The City Literary Institute, London. Though I’ve written at length my reflections on the course, I thought I would also go full disclosure and share the work I was assessed on during this course and the grades and feedback I received.Continue reading “Full Disclosure – inside a Foundation Year”
Despite cultivating my art practice in earnest since 2018, this year I embarked on my first year of full-time art education at an academic institution. This took the form of a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at The City Literary Institute. In some ways this felt ironic or like some kind of admission of failure, I had after all treated my first year of living in Spain as my own ‘self-directed foundation year’, even putting on my own show at the end of the year. But finding myself back in the UK, no longer part of an active art community and trying to move forward from the isolation of working through various lockdowns, the time felt right to embark on my first experience of something approaching ‘art school’. My last experience of formal art education had been taking GCSE art a very long time ago….Continue reading “Reflections on a Year of Art Education”
F*cking brilliant. A totally bombastic articulation of things which sadly still need to be said. A many-layered, nuanced show, crashing together epochs of references. And so much work, an immersive installation rich with detailed, damning observations in ceramic, sculpture, stained glass and video.Continue reading “Off With Her Head by Lindsey Mendick at Carl Freedman Gallery”
Tonight was the first art show I’ve been to in London which felt real. Real work – people trying to work something out, grappling with their materials to try and understand something, to get somewhere. Engaging with the work of trying to deconstruct some of the deeply embedded ideological fault lines in our society. Power structures that so often go unquestioned. But slowly, slowly, a critical mass of critical practitioners is blossoming.Continue reading “‘They/Them/Their: Naturally Not Binary’ at IMT Gallery”
Some great sculpture with materials that sing, I have found recently in London…Continue reading “Holly Hendry and Olivia Bax”
A show of hand-built ceramics, curated by Leonie Mir, as part of London Craft Week 2021. Some of my highlights …Continue reading “‘Cracked’ at Tristan Hoare Gallery”
A beautiful ammonite spiral, the arc of a giant seedpod, a softly lit room with spotlights highlighting all manner of incredible artefacts. Each item beguiling, glistening in the light and laced with all manner of geographic and historic provenance for the visitor’s delight. So many small marvels, yet why did this rendering of “The Natural World” by Oliver Hoare leave me feeling so queasy?Continue reading “‘The Natural World’ by Oliver Hoare”
I was recently drawn to the wonderful Freelands Foundation in Northwest London to visit their recent exhibition ‘Make’, all about thinking through making.Continue reading “‘Make’ at The Freelands Foundation”
Folkestone Triennial is the largest open-air display of public art in the UK. Every three years it brings together a diverse mix of international and local artists to make new site specific works. This year I went on a walking tour guided by Naomi Eaton-Baudains a producer working behind the scenes at the Triennial and also an artist in her own right.
Her tour was fascinating giving an insight into how Lewis Biggs, the curator works with the artists to develop pieces that respond to each location, considers the broader dialogue between pieces dotted throughout the town.Continue reading “Triennial tripping”
On a recent visit to The Beaney in Canterbury, Kent, I was really happy to discover several excellent examples of community art projects. I think it’s great that The Beaney works so actively with a broad range of community groups.
Here’s what I discovered …Continue reading “Community Art at The Beaney”