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August - September 2020 - Are you in the North Lincolnshire & Humber area?

Join in with a series of bird illustration workshops to make a new publication and sculpture for North Lincolnshire Museum - click here for more information.

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The Most Faithful Bearer of Man's Message, The Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, 2020

The exhibition and publication launch took place on the 11th March. We worked with local people and visitors to create illustrations of the Museum’s RJ Lloyd Ceramics Collection. The collection is made up of over 500 ceramic pieces of predominantly North Devon Slipware dating from the late 1600’s to the 1970’s. We ran workshops in lino printing, drawing and collage with both adults and young people, who produced around 200 illustrations during the course of our residency. We designed and printed a risograph publication containing all of the illustrations and an exhibition of the prints, drawings and collages alongside the ceramics that inspired them. A number of the illustrations were turned into large vinyl prints that were displayed on the gallery walls.

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Specular Reflecular, Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham & Trust New Art, 2020

Specular Reflecular opened at Moseley Road Baths on the 4th March. We worked with hundreds of local people to create a hand-painted animation that celebrates Moseley Road Baths and the community that surrounds it. People from a wide range of backgrounds and ages attended workshops and made individual frames for the animation by painting over live-action footage of local swimmers. Each frame reflects the personality and style of its local creator. Combined, they create an ever-changing collage of colours, light and water.

The piece was shown the Gala Pool at Moseley Road Baths, which has undergone recent refurbishment and will be used as a community event space. The second pool holds water and is used by a wide range of groups and individuals for swimming.

Thank you to the organisations who have hosted workshops and made this project possible: The National Trust / Trust New Art, Moseley Road Baths, including swimming groups, staff & volunteers and Chat & Splash group, Balsall Heath Library, MAC, Clifton Primary School & Parents Group, Percy Shurmer Academy, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Balsall Heath Children Action Team Support, Bahu Trust, The GAP and Artefact. Special thanks to Moseley Shoals swimming group for letting us film them for the source footage. Interpretation and logo Design by Kerry Leslie.

Photos by James Benwell (West Midlands Photo Collective Instagram / Facebook)

Part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts and is funded by Arts Council England.

The soundtrack to the animation is now available to stream or download free from Bandcamp.

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The Wooden Node - new green edition for the Coventry Biennial 2019

We have made a new edition of our collaborative publication The Wooden Node. The publication, along with a selection of prints from the project are on show at the Coventry Biennial. 4th Oct - 24th Nov 2019

This edition is currently sold out.

Set in a world after the breakdown of technology, "The Wooden Node" tells the story of the spread of a new kind of fungus and how it adapts to its circumstances. The fungus begins by manipulating insects and animals and ends up shaping the actions of a whole village of people as they fall under its thrall. Wooden sculptures and intelligent fungal networks meet in the landscape of the Infocalypse - the information apocalypse.

The original project was made with Lismore Castle Arts in Ireland and Two Chairs and Meadows Bee Farm in Vermont.

This second edition is risograph printed by ourselves in green ink.

Mosswerk

We are currently working on a commission for the University of Birmingham Arts and Science Festival Sculpture Commission. We will be building a wooden structure, covered with organic imagery created with staff and students at University of Birmingham as well as the public, through a series of workshops. The workshop schedule will be announced soon.

The structure will be treated to encourage the growth of moss and other similar plants. We are interested in these tiny, often overlooked plants, and hope the sculpture will focus attention on their distinctive forms and ecological role.

The Wooden Node

2018, artists publication, commissioned by Lismore Castle Arts and Two Chairs in partnership with Meadows Bee Farm

Our recent publication is a sci fi story illustrated by participants at workshops we held with Lismore Castle Arts in Ireland and Two Chairs in Vermont, USA.

Riso printed by Rope Press in Birmingham.

For The Wooden Node we worked with participants in Lismore, Ireland and Windham, Vermont, USA. We ran lino printing workshops and asked the participants to make illustrations based on ideas we had for the story. Set in a world after the breakdown of technology, The Wooden Node tells the story of the spread of a new kind of fungus and how it adapts to its circumstances. The fungus begins by manipulating insects and animals and ends up shaping the actions of a whole village of people as they fall under its influence. Wooden sculptures and intelligent fungal networks meet in the landscape of the Infocalypse - the information apocalypse.

The workshops were organised with Lismore Castle Arts in Ireland, where we also held an exhibition of the prints created there, and with Two Chairs and Meadows Bee Farm in Vermont.

As part of the project we created a multiple that reflected the themes of the story. It was sold on our Kickstarter page to raise funds for the Vermont part of the project.

Rhoose Art Project

We are currently working on the Rhoose Art Project, working with local people in the town of Rhoose, Wales to create new pieces of public art for the Golwg Y Mor housing estate. The project is commissioned by Studio Response for Taylor Wimpey Homes, in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council. See the project Facebook page for more info.