For me, this past year has been exceptional – hugely important to my creative development, and personally. High and low life-changing events have caused great shifts in my practice.
Focusing on the highs, I was delighted to have gained a distinction in my Masters in Fine Art, and thrilled to have recently been selected for a Royal Society of Sculptors Gilbert Bayes Award. I am greatly looking forward to the mentoring sessions and other development opportunities, and very happy to be a part of the RSS.
In the last few weeks I have been re-calibrating. This has included sorting my studio space, planning new projects, running workshops, invigilating at Hauser & Wirth, starting a commission, visiting exhibitions in London, and making a giant octopus sculpture to lead the Shepton lantern parade (22 Dec) in collaboration with the Rubbish Art Project and local community, using colourful recycled plastic and wire.
I have some exciting exhibitions and projects lined up for next year:
Coming soon: my large piece ‘Glut’ will be shown at ‘Incendiary’, Landsdown Gallery/SVA, Stroud, 4-10 February 2019
I’ll also be working towards creating a site-specific body of work for a Residency and Solo Exhibition in the Cells, Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge, April – May 2019. The cells will provide an interesting test space in which to explore new ideas and processes. Alongside this, I’ll be running workshops. The work will potentially lead to another project later in the year in Shepton Mallet prison – more info on this and other exhibitions later.
My website is currently having a major facelift – the new face should be ready in January. Meanwhile, if you’d like to keep in touch, do join me on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook (links below):
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All the best for a happy, peaceful, fulfilling Christmas and New Year!