Beyond The Wall Collaboration

Six months ago we began a project looking at context and responses to found objects from the Riverside House ironworks site in Stourbridge. Five artists were sent objects curated by the learners who are regenerating the site. The responses to each object have now been returned:

Object 1:

Object 2:

Object 3:

Object 4:

Object 5:

We will also be receiving responses from learners at @ShetlandCollege and Bill Laybourne has created a series of sound responses which will also feature in the exhibition.

There has been interesting discussion already as to how these objects and the work in response to them will be curated for exhibition at the Artists Workhouse in December by the learners who gave us to them to work from. Watch this space.


High Street

Following on from #DrawingAugust this year I began noticing the amount of empty and forgotten buildings on the high street of my local town…..this began to inspire some digital exchange and has led to a bigger idea which I now want to pursue further.

Three of the images produced have today found their new homes as photo tiles placed at the building that inspired the original artwork. I wonder if these images will remain as ‘unnoticed’ as the empty shops…

Brindley Village Exhibition 2018

Almost three years since I first stumbled across the eerie site of what was a WW1 military hospital on Cannock Chase, a permanent archive and touring exhibition has been created this month at the Museum of Cannock Chase to celebrate the memories of the mining community who made the place home between the 1940’s and 1950’s.

It has been a real privilege to work with residents of the village and to be given permission to use their archive photographs to recreate images of ‘then and now’ as well as other digital work to complement the exhibition.

The exhibition runs until 12th October and then it will be touring local libraries; there has been a lot of interest locally in a part of our local history that would of otherwise been totally reclaimed by the forest.

As part of the private view, children produced simple collograph prints based on the hut structures and these were placed back at the village site.

Plans are afoot to produce a digital record of the exhibition and information about the village by the Brindley Village Legacy Group here:

Many thanks to the residents whose images were reproduced as part of the exhibited work.

Having the summer holidays for me is the only block of time in a full time teaching career that I get to make work and reflect. I have decided to return to using my original WordPress account and blog rather than the static website I had converted to over the last two years at as it fits better with the way that my practice works; short chunks of time where I can make and share….hence the new blog post.

Changing career direction and completing an MEd in special needs education alongside that has taken priority this year, plus the culmination of a three year project at the Brindley Village site this month feels like a good time to pause and decide on what is next. So expect further ramblings and updates before the energy of the new academic year begins…

Form; drawing in space

I have been starting to look at how digital drawing may or may not become a tool in my ‘quick-I’ve-got-5-minutes’ toolbox. Having produced a set of sketches in Brushes based upon the idea of subterranean structures, I wanted a way to use these marks in a physical sense.    

 Printing onto acetate allowed me to play with layering the markmaking further, and wanting to make this into a more three-dimensional form, I cut up and stitched together pieces of acetate drawing to make a cube and a simple ‘house’ form.  


 As with other drawings for previous projects (collab with Sarah Brown Wills, sketchbook circle with Elinor Brass) where structure has led to making ‘form’ with the drawings, I still feel compelled to explore how these 3D maquettes could become environments in their own right. So my next collaboration with artist Bo Jones will seek to explore just that…..