Makers Fair @ DIY Space for London

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Delighted to present a talk on the subject of Arts & Wellbeing Practice at the Maker’s Fair held in the DIY Space for London, Sunday 12th May.

There will also be a zine making workshop presented by Lu Williams, a ‘Being an entrepreneur Artist and Maker in London’ talk by Tere Chad, plus makers stalls selling zines, illustrations, prints, ceramics, jewellery, and more.

The DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road, who offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social spaces, as well as space for screenings, talks and performances. DIY for London operates via a members’ club model so that everyone has an equal say in how the place is run. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together). Providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated.

Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University

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I am pleased to announce that my Artist’s Book entitled ‘Sequence’ has been acquired by the Women’s Art Library, Special Collections at Goldsmiths University, London.

The Women’s Art Library began as an artists’ initiative that developed into an arts organization publishing catalogues and books as well as a magazine from the early 1980s to 2002. The main purpose however was to provide a place for women artists to deposit unique documentation of their work. WAL collected personal files that functioned together as an alternative public space to view and experience women’s art. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection.

As part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections, the Women’s Art Library continues to collect slides, artist’s books, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms.

Wellcome Library

unnamedI am pleased to announce that The Wellcome Library Artist’s Book Collection has recently acquired a copy of my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’.

The library has also acquired a copy of my MA Research Paper, entitled: ‘How does the Materiality of the Artist’s Book Help to Augment an Understanding With Respect to Creating a Narrative About Memory and Identity? which is now available via the Wellcome Library catalogue: Links below.

PAGES New Voices: A Gathering of Artists’ Books Tour

Unknown-1In February my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’ was acquired at the 22nd Annual International Contemporary Artists Book Fair held at the Tetley in Leeds and is part of the PAGES New Voices collection of Artists’ Books, which has started a short tour of three Yorkshire venues at the Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (Below).

PAGES is coordinated by artists and researchers John McDowall and Chris Taylor. Founded in 1998 and operating around the hub of an annual Artists’ Book Fair, the initiative has provided numerous and wide-ranging opportunities for the development and awareness of the book as primary medium in art practice. Manifestations such as exhibitions, workshops, open calls and curated projects have facilitated experimentation, dissemination and engagement for audience and makers. In 2019 in association with the Fair’s host venue, TheTetley, and with the support of Arts Council England, PAGES has under taken a series of major new projects.

Tetley Collection of Book Artists

ROAR, Rotherham:
Talk on Wednesday 13 March at 6.30.
The books will be on display until Thursday 21 March.
http://rotherhamroar.com

Doncaster Art Gallery & Museum:
Talk on Saturday March 23 at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Friday 29 March.
http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/doncaster-museum-and-art-gallery

The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley:
Talk on Saturday 30 March at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Saturday 6 April
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www.cooper-gallery.com

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Camaradas MX-UK 2019 Exhibition

I have been invited by Rafael MC to take part in The Mexican Embassy’s Camaradas MX-UK / Comrades UK-MX 2019 Exhibition due to take place at the Menier Gallery, London, March 12th-16th. I will produce a concrete poetry Diptych featuring a poem I wrote in 2009 entitled: Holiness of the Heart which was inspired by John Keats quote: ‘I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the hearts affections and the truth of imagination’. 

It will be accompanied by a limited edition Artists Book / Zine featuring the poems translations into French, Spanish and Italian.

The purpose of the poem is to remind people of one’s spiritual wellbeing through the medium of language, which is pivotal in the areas of human rights protection, good governance, peace building, reconciliation, and sustainable development.

The wing-shaped diptych is a concrete poetry art piece inspired by another of my favourite quotes by Luciano De Crescenzo: “We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another”.

The Blue Notebook journal for Artists’ Books

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Cover design: Tom Sowden

Vol 13 No 2 includes essays and articles:

• The British Library – Artists’ Books Now – Vol 1 – Here and Now, review by Cat Miller;

• Documenting Life Stories through Artists’ Books by Ana Paula Estrada;

• The book as performance by Amir Brito Cador;

• The Sketchbook and the Collider by Ian Andrews;

• Mark To Impress: Utilising New Tools by Maria G Pisano – Memory Press

The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books Vol 13 Nos 1 and 2. Publication dates: October 2018 and April 2019.

£10- from UWE online store: https://store.uwe.ac.uk/product-catalogue/publications/impact-press-publications/the-blue-notebook-journal-for-artists-books-vol-13-1-2

Heart-Supported Mind

Heart-Supported Mind – Poetry Cafe – Sunday 27th January 2019

Twilight is the inky blue-black, steely-cool lens of the logical mind

The rational left-hemisphere that’s always asking: Who? What? Where? When? And Why?

Generally, over-focusing 24-7 upon all the little things one should have said, or could have done

Inner-narratives on constant rewind, sometimes for years, decades or even lifetimes

Retrospective key frames in ones timeline robbed of fun

Completely oblivious or unaware, that one was born with a Right-Hemisphere

Offering an additional lens of self-compassion, via heart-supported mind

Like a prism of decision-making processes that are mutually beneficent and kind

Via a hemispherical union, of left and right, both online at the same time

Co-operating as a ‘Whole Mind’

Balancing the polarity of individuation via an authentic heart connection:

With each other, the natural world, the cosmos and ‘The All There Is’

As a direct extension of Source-Energy, each of us, a little piece of Primordial-Qi

A metaphysical integration, providing meaning, purpose and Inner-Peace

Awakening ones third-eye, that can scry a previously unknown spectrum

Discover a parallel dimension

Refracting the piercing white light of inner-sight

The other side of the rainbow crescent moon