Last week I spent an afternoon and evening in Folkestone; to have a meeting with Folkestone Triennial / The Creative Foundation to discuss the training I am going to deliver for their ‘hosts’ later on in August. This third Triennial opens on Saturday 30 August through to the [...]
I have spent this morning preparing to facilitate a discussion around the film Camille Claudel 1915. This is an informal event that takes place at Chapter in Cardiff, after a particular film linked to art, and is a great way for people from anywhere to come together to have a [...]
An update on what lightsgoingon has been doing the last four months…
Creating a series of short films that will act as a resource about contemporary art. Haven’t a clue what I am doing, but am working with the wonderful film maker Paul Gilbert; and have had access to the great museums and [...]
So, I’ve been puzzling over why I stopped delivering on the 52 photography project – the last post being back in February – four months ago! I have been busy, but possibly there is something else going on.
I set up lightsgoingon three years ago, and as part of creating a strategy to deliver via [...]
On Saturday 29 March, I spent the day at RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) in Exeter, training fifteen students from the University of Exeter, looking at ‘what is contemporary art?’, ‘who are Gilbert and George’; and looking at working with visitors to enhance their experience and enjoyment of the exhibition. This is an selection of [...]
artSOUTH – contemporary art and engagement
artSOUTH has come to an end (on 1st Dec), and the next few months will bring together a comprehensive evaluation – it’s a time for reflection on what happened as part of this ambitious programme of newly commissioned contemporary art across the south central region of England.
Venice Biennale in 2013 has a firm idea at its heart. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the Encyclopedic Palace – il Palazzo Enciclopedico – might have a long, and slightly off-putting title, but brings together a range of artists, those that have been around a long time – Carl Andre, Walter de Maria, a curated [...]
The artist as insider and outsider..
I found myself chairing a discussion this week, which had a panel of six people – three artists, two academics and the contemporary programme manager for the National Trust – all discussing how art may help to interpret less glamorous historic sites and to see if we [...]
Looking at art is such a great way to spend a day in London. I have always done this; for the past thirty years, I have devised days in London that resemble army manouevres: 10am – South London Gallery; 10.30- leave and go to Tate Britain, and so on. It’s my research, my work. [...]
Questions are all I get asked, from people trying to understand contemporary art. And it is questions that you can ask an artwork to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of what you are looking at.
A wee story
Back in 2005, I worked for Creative Partnerships in the Black Country, as the professional [...]
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5252 is a project I have set myself; since the beginning of 2013 I have been sending out, via social media and my website, info and an image of a photographer of my choice. I do this to highlight and explore the range of photography that also speaks to me, and I say why within each post.
52:Week 44, Sally Mann (1953), Untitled (Self-Portraits).Images (often controversial) of time, memory, loss and love pic.twitter.com/QE1rhieYL1
52:Week 43,Joel-Peter Witkin,Vienna Eye Phantom, Philadelphia, 1990. Images of taboo subjects:death, erotica,religion pic.twitter.com/lYGtERUeaN
52: Week 42:Beat Streuli, Birmingham, 2001. Capturing people in the street - creating urban contemporary flâneurs. pic.twitter.com/TvlaZ9bZG9