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 [...]
One of the questions I always get asked by people goes something like this:
YOU know about art stuff don’t you? So that Tracey Emin’s bed – what’s that all about? She’s having a laugh isn’t she (at us, the public, the ones that don’t know about contemporary art)..
Or another version::
I spent last Friday looking at art, starting off at ROOM to see the Shelagh Wakely retrospective. Beautiful, fragile and poetic; all about material, and very well suited to the spaces. ROOM is literally two floors in a house, so any work within it caries a sense of the domestic and of [...]
In the last few weeks, I have been reflecting a lot on what I do. Lightsgoingon has been in existence for nearly two years, and it has been a full-on time, delivering lots of training within the cultural sector; and talks about contemporary art to a range of volunteers, staff and people wanting to more, [...]
Today I fly to India for four weeks and am due back on 11 December. After months of talking about and looking at contemporary art – Liverpool Biennial, Documenta, Tatton Biennial, Exlab – I am going to be looking solely at some beaches, blue sky, lush greenery and the dust, the colour of India. Maybe [...]
Just back from the Penzance Convention – three and a bit days away, in Cornwall, with many people I haven’t seen for ages. The Convention brought together people – thinkers, curators, writers, artists, and scientists – from all over the place to focus on the theme of extraction, with Cornwall as its [...]
Anya Gallaccio was associated with the Young British Artists movement in the ’90′s, working with materials – flowers, fruit, ice – which, when placed in unfamiliar contexts to their original use, inevitably decay. A kind of beauty that will never last, but lead to a death.Her work is less a straightforward comment [...]
World Aids Day
The 1st December – today – is designated World Aids day. It exists to keep us aware of the facts of HIV. Many people do not understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, or the reality of living with HIV today. People living with HIV can also still [...]
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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 17 Rineke Dijkstra, Self-Portrait, 1991. Images of individuals caught in transitional states of being pic.twitter.com/7A8ylsCwLg
Spent yesterday in Scotland- fantastic exhibition at National Museums of Scotland -The Library,by Ilana Halperin pic.twitter.com/fx3kdWW0D6