This September I was lucky enough to be awarded a three week residency at Cove Park, supported by the Fenton Arts Trust. I spent my time here gathering inspiration and experimenting with ideas for some new stop-frame animations. My studio and living space overlooked the beautiful views of Loch Long.
Best Bogus Botanical Garden, heliumcowboy
Bäckerbreitergang 75, 20355 Hamburg
24 March – 13 April 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1–7 PM, Saturday 2–6 PM and by appointment.
Real to Reel, Crafts Council Film Festival
Picturehouse Central, London
2, 3 and 4 May 2017
6.30 - 8.30pm
The Laid Table, Keramiker Helene Schjødts
Classensgade 14, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
2 - 18 May 2017
Tuesday - Friday 12-5 PM, Saturday - Sunday 12-4 PM
5 Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7LB
Opening TBC late Spring 2017
A Landscape of Objects, Forde Abbey House and Gardens
Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU
For more information on all these events, scroll down
Real to Reel
2, 3 and 4 May 2017
6.30 - 8.30pm
My animations The Wilds of 5 Lely Court and In the Meadow have been selected for Real to Real Film Festival.
Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine it is the UK’s first film festival devoted to craft, will showcase the breadth and depth of talent and technique that spans the UK’s craft and moving image communities. The festival aims to give a platform to the wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process in the broadest sense.
Ranging from documentaries about extraordinary artists to hand-crafted animations and conceptual artworks selected films focus on material either as subject matter or as intrinsic part of the filming process.
The Festival will return to Picturehouse Central for a three evening takeover on 2, 3 and 4 May 2017. Expect a selection of films that capture skill in action, unveil hidden processes and invite us to look again at materials and those who shape them.
For more information and tickets:
Residency: 14th - 20th May 2017
Exhibition: September 2017
'A Landscape of Objects'
Forde Abbey House and Gardens
Chard TA20 4LU
In May myself and artist Kaori Tatebayashi will be undertaking a week long research residency at Forde Abbey in Somerset as part of A Landscape of Objects curated by Flow Gallery and commissioned by Somerset Art Works and funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Lottery programme.
From my research on this residency I will then produce a body of work that will be exhibited in the Abbey in September as part of Somerset Art Weeks.
Myself, Kaori and artists Anne Marie O’Sullivan, Tom McWalter, Eleanor Lakelin and Vezzini &Chen, who will also be exhibiting there, visited a few weeks ago. Its such a beautiful place and I am really excited to be able to have a week exploring the gardens and building and developing ideas for new pieces.
I am extremely excited that the V&A purchased my piece Hedgerow. It was purchased at Collect by the Ceramics Department, though could be put on display anywhere in the museum.
24 March – 13 April 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1–7 PM, Saturday 2–6 PM and
heliumcowboy, Bäckerbreitergang 75, 20355 Hamburg
A selection of my pieces are currently on show in The Best Bogus Botanical Garden at heliumcowboy Gallery in Hamburg.
Curated by emerging curators from London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery:
Rosie Jenkins, Eline Verstegen and Chiara Villa the exhibition aims to foreground art practices that explore this shifting relationship humans have with nature. More specifically, the participating artists Giovanni Castell (GER), Lisa Creagh (UK), Sakir Gökçebag (TUR), Janaina Mello Landini (BRA), Liz Orton (UK), Jens Rausch (GER), Maren Simon (GER), Katie Spragg (UK), and Sadie Weis (USA) simulate the very nature we have become distanced from, either by manipulating organic elements in new forms, or by inventing their own materials.
Septemeber 2016 - March 2017
Event at Tate Modern, 5th Floor, Switch House
Friday 10th March
In September along with Mary O’Malley and Eva Masterman, as Collective Matter, we were commissioned by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership to develop a project 'Material Action' for Tate Exchange. This project brought together three galleries from South London; Gasworks, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall and Pump House Gallery and offered opportunities for 14-25 year olds to work with clay and share their stories of their local area.
It was a huge project, we produced a range of workshops and events including the creation of a huge collaborative clay cityscape in the Beaconsfield arch, an storytelling exchange recording people's stories of where they live, brick-making workshops with secondary school pupils and a youth club in the Patmore Estate with the results displayed in an installation at Pump House Gallery, a panel discussion that brought together the three partner galleries and artistic communities to explore the wider critical landscape of the project and kintsugi and digital handmade workshops where new heirlooms were made at Gasworks.
A final event was held at Tate Modern on the 10th of March where we showed off the results of the six month project and recreated three of the clay workshops in the Tate Exchange space.
To see some of the stories we collected and find out more information, visit the project website:
Four of my smaller sculptures and two of my films have been selected, from over 600 submissions, to be exhibited at Talente, a show to to promote young designers in all areas of the craft sector at the Handwerk & Design International Trade Fair in Munich, Germany.
8th - 14th March 2017
GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH , Willy-Brandt-Allee 1, 81829 München
For more information about the show and to see other exhibitors visit:
In February I had the opportunity to show a collection of new pieces in my own 'Spotlight' space, with Flow Gallery at the Crafts Council's art fair for contemporary objects.
The Collect Spotlights are: "a handful of galleries have been selected to exhibit experimental work displayed in innovative ways that seeks to challenge, excite and create discussion around the aisles of the fair."
I showed my film installation While Away, inviting visitors to take a moment out of the busy fair and lie back in my chair with a film of porcelain grass bouncing gently over their heads and the soundtrack of Hyde Park on headphones. This exhibited alongside three new works; that continued my exploration of ways of immersing the viewer in a moment. Each piece represented a different natural landscape; hedgerow, forest and meadow, the scenes inspired by my observations and experiences whilst on a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in September 2016.
18th -22nd January 2016
Business Design Centre, Islington; londonartfair.co.uk
I have created two new works that will be exhibited by Cynthia Corbett Gallery at the London Art Fair in January 2017.
This new work, Victorian Legacy, used the device of the glass dome to explore our relationship to nature depending on social and cultural factors - what makes us class something as a weed or invasive or not?
In October 2016, I received a scholarship to attend the American Crafts Council Conference Present Tense. Here a got an introduction to the state of craft in America and was able to consider the common concerns shared with us in the UK. I met some great people, especially the other scholarship attendees, most of whom were at a similar stage in their careers.
I also used the opportunity to explore the landscape of middle USA, driving across Nebraska to Colorado and staying in the Rocky Mountains.
I spent most of September 2016 in the beautiful, rural Scottish countryside on a residency at SSW. I used time to walk, think and write in the surrounding landscape as well as running a workshop and engaging in conversations with local people, staff and fellow residents to explore what the word 'wild' means to them (in contrast to my interpretation of it as someone from an urban place.)
I also visited a nearby manganese mine to collect stones to be smelted for their ore for the Turf to Tools project, explored the Cairngorms, hung out in the whiskey barrel sauna, collected too many stones to bring home and begun experimenting with new types of clay and techniques.
The research I did during this residency has gone on to inspire new work, in particular a series of three peephole boxes I made for Collect 2017.
The September/October issue of Crafts Magazine, featured editor Grant Gibson's interview with me and his discussion about my work, following my degree show a few months earlier.
Read the digital version here:
In September 2016 I was selected to exhibited with Future Heritage at Decorex. The stand is curated by Corinne Julius and showcases a select group of makers who presented new work and processes that can be commissioned by interior designers and architects for use in their projects.
I created a series of new works especially for the show, visiting Syon Park where the show is held and drawing grasses and meadows in the surrounding gardens and then creating them in porcelain.
I also had the opportunity to show my large scale installation Wildness and my series of stop-frame animations in a new context.
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