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

The Rubbish Art Project, old HSBC Bank, Shepton Mallet, a new venture creating art with the community for the town using scrap materials.

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

Making headdresses 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

Ingruttati Palermo’, Manifesta12 collateral event 5x5x5. 10 day workshop and exhibition as part of Manifesta Biennale (supported by Bath Spa University Enterprise Showcase Fund). The exhibition is in Crypt of Chiesa Parrocchiale SantaAgnese, Piazza Danisinni, 90134 Palermo, Sicily and runs throughout Manifesta12, 27 July – 4 November 2018 (by appointment)

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

Up Late, Holburne Museum – collaboration with Bath Spa University; Friday 31 August, 5-9pm

MA Show, Bath School of Art & Design, Sion Hill, Bath BA1 5SF; 22 – 26 Sept, 9am-5pm. Private View Fri 21 Sept, 6-9pm, all welcome!

Visions of Science, Andrew Brownsword Gallery, The Edge, Bath University, BA2 7PD, open 15 Sept – 13 Oct Tues-Sat, 11-5

Line and Point, Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol BS1 1EA; 27 Oct – 31 Oct, 10am-6pm daily.  Private View Fri 26 Oct, 6-9pm.  All welcome!

Residency and Solo Exhibiiton (title TBC), The Cells, Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge, April – May 2019

Incendiary, Landsdown Gallery and SVA, Stroud, 4-10 February 2019

Marks Hall Sculpture, Essex, 20 July – 1 September 2019

Reformation, Bishops Palace, Wells, July – October 2019

More info to follow

Organogenesis

Another artist recently said of my work:  “Rather fun organogenesis going on”.   I wish I’d coined that term myself – what a great new word.  Thanks ReTech for that (maker of inventive reclaimed sculptural lamps with a difference – have a look).

It suggests notions of taking things back to their basic elements, reconstructing primal life forms, vitalism, rebirth (an essential part of life’s cycle), idealism as a more primitive, spiritual concept.  The wonders of what’s going on amidst all our ‘sound and fury’.  Micro in tandem with macro.  A simple ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ message.  Let’s appreciate and care for the real things in life more (and do less blogging!)  Construct not destruct.  Mend the world and return to a new beginning – a Utopia.  That would be nice.

So many of us are caught and wrapped up in modern life’s pressures.  I’m happy to be doing what I feel is my calling, but I do wonder where time goes, how to balance a hectic workload with quality time enjoying life’s greats – and earn a good crust.  Fast and furious… I guess we are just ants keeping busy.

I’ve installed more exhibitions this year than ever before and it’s only half way through.  Last week I set up some of my work in Bishops Palace Gardens, Wells for their Summer Show.  (Exhibiting with Ian Marlow, Jo Jones and Cathy Judge).  The venue is one of my top favourites in Somerset.  Adjacent to Wells Cathedral you enter via a drawbridge.  Huge earthy red ruins are surrounded by a moat, waterfalls, stunning views from well pools to the Cathedral and a rose garden with scents from Eden.  My cocoons are now hanging from the ‘Tree of Heaven’.  Going back to Organogenesis – it seems appropriate.  The Exhibition runs from 1st July – mid September, open 10-5.  Normal admission charges apply.

Just need a little more sun for the summer please…

Back is broken

I had probably over-booked myself for this past month.  Looking towards July, I dared not envisage the potential horrors of meeting so many deadlines, doing a good job, juggling work and home life… and surviving!

It’s certainly been a challenge.  My health has suffered a bit.  But a lot has been achieved and I won a prize along the way (Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street)!  I really did think I’d broken my back (or near enough) at the end of last Friday’s stint at the Larmer Tree Festival, when Elaine (friend & helper) and I completed decorating my Chameleon sculpture with bottle tops – having worked on it all day with loads of kind, enthusiastic, hard-working adult participants, as part of the ‘Adornable Art’ drop-in workshops.  It was the culmination of a hectic week/fortnight/month for me, and we staggered away relieved, joyful, but on the verge of collapse!

Yesterday, after collecting Chameleon at the end of the Larmer Tree Festival, I took it to its next destination – the Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL – installing it in my favourite spot on Teignmouth seafront, with a view of the pier and sea.  My giant recycled Spider had pride of place there last year and I think Chameleon will be happy crouching there for the Summer.  My son and dog came with me and it felt like a mini break – walking along the seafront, collecting huge swathes of seaweed, flotsam and jetsam and breathing the sea air.

Several Exhibitions and Trails featuring my work are now ongoing or starting soon:  Blue Cedar Gallery, Glastonbury ’til end July;  Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street ’til 13 Aug;  Gants Mill, Bruton ’til end Aug; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL, Teignmouth seafront ’til end Aug; Binham Grange Summer Exhibition, Minehead 6-29 Aug;  Sculpture Trail at Stourhead National Trust Estate, Wiltshire 1-30 Sept;  SAW at Stoberry Park, Wells 18 Sept-2 Oct;  Quartz Art Exhibition, Taunton 28 Sept – 6 Oct.

I have some exciting commission work next week in Kidderminster, creating two large insect sculptures with public participation.  It will mean a fair amount of commuting each day, but I feel I’ve broken the back of a gigantic dinosaur month!

 

 

 

 

 

PS  Had some great feedback from Larmer Tree:

 “…I think this was everyone’s fave WS – they all loved it and couldn’t stop talking about – I kept hearing about it on the grapevine, and when I saw it in situ it looked FANTASTIC – I was so, so pleased to see how well it all worked out, it’s one of the most impressive pieces of Adornable Art we’ve had in ages, so many thanks for that!”

Merrygoround

It’s that dizzy time of year again!  I often say I’ll never do a Fair again, but find it hard to say no when they land on my plate!  The last two weekends kept me very busy with stands at the Sustainability Show, Taunton and SalvoFair, Knebworth.

The Sustainability Show (organised by What’s On in Somerset) was busy from the moment it opened. Our Scraptor Stand attracted plenty of attention and exciting new possibilities. Two of the exhibitors expressed strong interest in having a Scraptor sculpture trail on their land  and a friend of mine offered a barnful of old machinery for sculptural purposes.

My stand at the SalvoFair represented just my work.  With help from friends and my son, I operated a ‘working’ stand for 3 days, where people could see my work and me creating a new piece.  The Fair was packed with thousands of visitors and the most incredible selection of salvage/antique items.  I sold work and made numerous contacts, so it was worth the exhaustion!

The Merrygoround continues in July when loads of events coincide: Gallery4Art (of which I’m a member) have a stand in the Taunton Somerset Show (9/10th); our Scraptor group have a stand at the Green Fair, Frome (10th);  a couple of my pieces will be shown at the Bruton Church Fete – to which I’ve contributed a framed drawing (9th); I have an exhibition at the Blue Cedar Gallery, Glastonbury (throughout July); featuring in the Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield; running workshops at St Dunstans School, Glastonbury; an Adornable Art workshop at the Larmer Tree Festival (15th July); my giant Chameleon features in the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail (18th July-end Aug); creating 2 site-specific sculptures at Stackpool, Kidderminster with public participation; and if there’s time I’ll be making a large scrap steel arch for the Stourhead Sculpture Trail.  Hope I don’t fall off the ride!