June Projects

June flew by for me with a host of projects on the go in tandem, allowing only snatched moments in our fantastic tropical weather – one of the best summers I’ve known in UK.

Art in the community

I spent 4 days with PRU teenagers in a short residency at Bridgwater and Taunton College as part of Somerset Art Works Young ProspectUs Project.  We created mutant creatures inspired by insects and sea creatures, experimenting with reclaimed and found materials including aluminium cans, bottle tops, copper pipe, wire, found plastic and metal objects. It was a unique experience, great fun working with the PRU staff and students and hugely rewarding to see the youngsters lose their inhibitions to master skills like soldering.  ‘…turning down a mountain biking trip to do a second session soldering metal was what this project is all about: creating great artefacts with a professional artist … within an environment they felt safe, providing an experience that strengthens their resilience as they move on from school to college’ (Lisa Robertson, Deputy Head of PRU Centre).  The work will go on display to Taunton Flower Show in August.

My last project with All Hallows students involved making headdresses for an exhibition ‘All the Fun’ at Silk Mill, Frome.  The theme was carnival and circus.  I worked with students in Years 4-8, making the sculptures from found, reclaimed and discarded materials, based on endangered wildlife, particularly sea creatures.  The project was inspired by the issue of waste, our plastic oceans, and the plight of creatures such as albatrosses and turtles who are suffering from the effects of our rubbish, ‘a stand against plastic pollution so we can see our sea creatures thrive once again’ (Tia West, Year 8). ‘Making my headdress was great fun!’ (Louis Roberts, Year 6).

I was involved in a recent Up Late event ‘Drawn to the Museum’ at the Holburne Museum (29/6) – a collaboration with Bath Spa University.  The event involved MA students, artists and speakers engaging with the public at the museum.   We set up pop up exhibitions of our work, focusing on drawing.  I attended an inspiring talk by Tania Kovats who makes drawings, casts trees, and explores water as her subject.  I also ran a life drawing session with a clothed model doing quick poses in the grounds, where members of the public and students joined in, it was fun!

I worked with The Rubbish Art Project and members of the Shepton Mallet community making a sheep out of reclaimed steel, chicken wire and various ‘trash’ materials as a community project for the town.

Plans are afoot for a Halloween Harvest Scrap Sculpture Community Project, based on harvest and the cycle of life.  I hope to created 3 large-scale metal sculptural works for a public event on Halloween, to be installed at Shepton Mallet market cross. The work may be filmed by a TV series Scrap Kings for Discovery.

Inspiring exhibitions

A couple of intense research trips to London were inspirational.  As part of my MA Degree course, a tour de force trip led by Andrea Medjesi-Jones (Bath Spa Uni MA course leader) introduced us to several new galleries including the smart spacious Marian Goodman Gallery.  An installation by Leonor Antunes (Portuguese) consisted of suspended ‘wormlike forms’ made of immaculately stitched leather, wrapped rope and brass tubing, interspersed with sculptural glass lights hung close to the ground.  The organic linear forms are repeated on both gallery levels, interrupted by reflective screens – all based on work by Anni Albers and Mary Martin.  Amongst others we visited Hauser & Wirth, Alison Jacques Gallery (Michelle Stuart: The Nature of Time), Herald Street Gallery and Maureen Paley (Oscar Tuazon: Fire).

I returned to London to see the results of the Tate Exchange project ‘Inventory of Behaviours’ at Tate Modern, a project in which I was invited to take part with a set of ‘instructions’.  While there, I visited Lee Bul’s, ‘Crashing’ at the Hayward – a mix of sculpture, installation, sound, film, and performances from the ‘80s.

Theatrical hybrids and fictional landscapes combining industrial and organic materials fill the spaces in a dramatic show.  Bul, from South Korea, confronts political persecution in her country, references disasters, questions cultural attitudes to the female body, and the pursuit of perfection through her re-appropriation of architecture and bodily forms.  She explores our ‘fear and fascination with… the uncanny’.   It was all fascinating, though I felt more affinity with her less glitzy other worldly soft sculptural monster works, especially ‘Monster Pink’, a reconstruction of a 1998 piece, and her stitched cocoons, made from various fabric.  In Scale of Tongue (2017-18) a hidden fan created a gentle motion in the fabric.

Sarah Sze’s ‘Image in Debris’ installation at Victoria Miro is extraordinary.  The darkened room is lit by a mesmerizing set of flickering moving images – luminescent blue satellite images of cities at night, reminiscent of bio-luminescent microorganisms, celestial imagery, a cheetah running in slow motion, the elements – layered on the wall and on small torn paper fragments supported by a delicate framework of thin rods.   Drips of dried paint catch the light. Everyday objects, particularly office supplies, are placed around the installation. This is all accompanied by sounds of clunks, gentle whirring, drips, clicks. The magnitude of our universe becomes a mad invention.

Berlinde de Bruyckere’s sculpture ‘Quan’, 2010, in Bumped Bodies at the Whitechapel Gallery is a contorted, bruised human figure buried in a cushion, built up from several layers of wax over an iron structure.  It makes one feel uncomfortable, even repulsed, but I was in captivated by the wax skin tones and powerful form she has created.

Closer to home, at Hauser & Wirth Somerset ‘Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky’, is a beautifully curated exhibition.  His delicate balanced mobiles and stabiles and their shadows fully occupy the space. Conversations between artworks, recurring forms and his upcycled jewelry, some seen in UK for the first time, offer scope for new ideas.

Participation in Manifesta12

I am very excited to have been selected to take part in a 10 day workshop in Palermo soon as part of Manifesta12, supported by Bath Spa University Enterprise Showcase Fund. The project ‘Ingruttati Palermo Planetary Garden’ research and fabrication workshop will involve a group of international artists, geographers, urban landscape architects and students who will be exploring the extraordinary hidden underground networks of the qanat waterways.  Metaphorically similar to the mysterious powers of mycelium – also an underground system, which can stretch thousands of miles within one organism, the waterways reflect science’s recent discovery of vast reservoirs of water contained hundreds of miles beneath earth’s surface.   This will be a wonderful opportunity for me to take part in the prestigious international art event, and to develop the aspect of my practice involving collaborative art projects in the community on an international level.

My website will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of months – look out for the rebrand!

 

 

Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions and Projects 2018

I am excited to be involved in the following exhibitions and projects this year:

MA Walcot Chapel Residency, Bath; 12-18 February

The Cotswold Sculpture Park, The Paddock, Somerford Keynes, Cirencester GL7 6FE;  1 April – 30thSeptember, 10.30am-5pm (closed Tues and Wed), admission £5.  http://www.elementalsculpturepark.com/

Sound Bites Talks on Beatrix Potter’s ‘Absidia’ drawing, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, 10 March  & 27 April, 2pm; part of ‘The Land We Live in – The Land We Left Behind’ exhibition.

Talk ‘Art from Scrap’ at The Ocean Matters, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol (organised by Bath Spa university); 4.30pm, 26 May.  Event: 26-27 May.  Exhibition will be extended for longer.  A1 mounted photographic prints of various artworks displayed to highlight the plight of our oceans. https://oceanmatters.weebly.com #oceanmatterstoartanddesign

‘ABC Bath’ (Art Breeds Conscience), Walcot St and surrounds, Bath; 11 – 31 May. Initiated by MA Curatorial Practice student Beatriz Nogueira, the project aims to bring environmentally friendly art onto the streets and parks of Bath, in the hope that it will encourage its audience to question current issues – waste, factory farming, pollution of our air, land and seas. Instagram – @abcbath; Twitter – @AbcBath; Website – bathabc.wordpress.com

Continuum, FAB Festival (Fringe Arts Bath), 6 New Bond Street Place, Bath; 25 May (opening night)- 10 June;11am – 6pm daily.  Artwork by MA students from Bath Spa University. Varied practices including sculpture, painting, installation and performance.  The exhibition addresses the issue of change.  I will be working on a piece, which will grow throughout the festival period.

WE ARE ALL … FOUR WORDS MEETS PARIS 1968, Media Wall, The Commons Building, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Bath.  1-17 May.  500 submitted/selected slogans animated into a one-hour sequence with programmed screenings and talks  http://alandunn67.co.uk/weareall.html @MediaWallBSU

WE ARE ALL poster

I am delighted to be involved with The Rubbish Art Project, old HSBC Bank, Shepton Mallet, a new venture creating art with the community for the town using scrap materials. Various workshops will run from May onwards (tbc), most dependent on fundraising.

SAW Residency working with PRU teenagers, Bridgwater and Taunton College; 19 – 27June, making artworks from reclaimed materials particularly metals.

Involved in making work with All Hallows Prep School pupils for an exhibition ‘All the Fun’, Silk Mill, Frome; 23 June

Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Street; 25 June – 3 Aug

I am excited to be taking part in ‘Ingruttati Palermo’, Manifesta12 5x5x5. Organised by HydroCity, it is a 10 day research and fabrication workshop in Palermo, part of Manifesta12, linked to the Planetary Garden.  My involvement is supported by Bath Spa University Enterprise Showcase Fund.   The project will involve a group of international artists, geographers, urban landscape architects and students who will be exploring the extraordinary hidden underground networks of the qanat waterways.

Evolver Prize, ACE Arts, Somerton; 28 July – 25 August

MA Show, Sion Hill, Bath Spa University; 21 – 26 Sept

Line and Point, Centrespace, Bristol; 25 Oct – 1 Nov

I hope you can attend some of these events.  The list will be updated when necessary.

 

London Canal Festivals – floating sculptures

This week I went to London with a packed truck filled with 9 large Diatom sculptures, Anthony Wilson’s Egret sculpture, my dog and a friend to install the work for a series of London Festivals over the summer.  My Diatoms will form part of a collection of floating sculptures along the canal for the ‘Rubbish Art Project’ – work made from recycled materials.  The work will travel along the canal to different sites to tie in with each Festival.  Initially installed at The Art Pavilion, Mile End for the big launch this evening (Friday 13th…), the itinerary is:  

14-15 July, Regent’s Canal Festival (see map below – my Diatoms will be at site 7)

 21-22 July, Shoreditch Festival

24 July – 29 August, London Pleasure Gardens (near Olympic stadium)

 02 September, Angel Canal Festival

 16 September, London Wildlife Trust-Camley Street Natural Park

Some of the life rings were donated to me by Bristol’s Harbour Master, after my Diatoms were displayed at Bristol’s Big Green Week in June, in which I was a Green Capital Artist in Residence.  The largest Diatom includes some wire and plastic tentacles added by Rachel Macleay – a fellow Scraptor.

Here they are being installed at their first London site – The Art Pavilion, Mile End:

Exhibitions 2012

This list has been added to over the months, together with images of the exhibitions:

‘Precious and Primal’ Solo Exhibition at Casespace, Bruton Museum, 26 High Street, Bruton Somerset BA10 0AA  1-29 February (Open Tues, Wed, Fri 11-1pm; Sat 11-3pm)

Black Swan Open Art 2012 Exhibition, Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB  11th February – 31st March (Private View 10th Feb, 6-8pm)

Mercedes Pop-up Art Exhibition, Mercedes Showroom, Taunton  10th/11th March

Environment Exhibition, Hawthorns, 8-12 Northload Street, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ  21 – 29th  April (in support of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation – raffle to raise funds)

Delamore Arts, Cornwood, Devon PL21 9QT  1 – 31st May 2012

Showborough Sculpture Garden Exhibition, Showborough House, Twyning Gloucestershire GL20 6DN 3rd May – 17th June (open 10.30am – 4pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun & Bank Holiday Mon)

Swans of Wells, Bishops Palace moat and surrounds, Wells May – September (decorated ‘Candela’ Swan for sponsors All Hallows Prep School)

Art in the Garden 2012, The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire  19th May – 27th October

Summers Place/Sotheby’s Auction, The Walled Garden, Stane St, Billingshurst, W.Sussex RH14 9AB 18th – 24th May

Green Capital Residency Exhibition, Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Cumberland Basin, Bristol BS1 6XN   6th June – 27th July and harbour by Arnolfini, Bristol   6-17th June

Reading Room, Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA 6th June – 1st July (sketchbooks)

Woodland Sculpture Trail, Goblin Combe, Cleeve BS49 4PQ 15/16/17th June

NGS Open Garden & Art Exhibition, East Burford House, West Compton, Pilton, Somerset BA4 4PA 24/25th June, 11-5

ArtsLink Summer Show, Newland Gallery, Old Hall, 101 Newland, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3DU 29th/30th June

The Bishop’s Palace Summer Exhibition 2012, Wells, Somerset BA5 1UN  July – Sept

The Blue House Sculpture Exhibition (part of Frome Festival), The Bridge, Somerset, Frome BA11 1AP  6-15th July

Rubbish Art Project (work displayed on London waterways until the end of the Olympics, including Regent’s Canal Festival, Shoreditch Festival, Barbican, Angel Canal Festival, London Pleasure Gardens and London Wildlife Centre) 13th July – Sept   (For further details see London Canal Festivals post)

Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL, Teignmouth seafront, Devon 18th July – 2nd September

Sculpture in the Gardens 2012, Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent  TN23 3BP  21st July – 12th August, open daily 2-5.30pm

Binham Grange Summer Exhibition, Nr Minehead, Somerset TA24 6HX  11th August – 2nd September, open daily 10.30am-5pm.   Wire workshop Thursday 16th – for details see Gallery4Art website & to book contact me: (01749) 880394

Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios, Laundry Cottage, 13 Cooks Lane, West Cranmore, Shepton Mallet Somerset BA4 4RH  15th – 30th Sept

Quartz 2012, Queen’s College, Trull Road, Taunton TA1 4QS  26th Sept – 6th Oct

Black Swan Arts SMALL Exhibition, 2 Bridge St, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB  1-24th Dec ’12

Ginger Fig Gallery’s 5th birthday themed exhibition ‘The birds and the bees’, 1b Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER  25th Jan – 9th Feb ’13

Scraptorzoic Era by the Scraptors, at The Magdalen Project, Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset TA20 4PA   2013 onwards