NEWS

News From Home Newspaper - COMING SOON!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Soon my ongoing documentary project News From Home will have a publication. This project, which has taken place in 7 countries to date, will soon be published in a limited-edition 16 page newspaper. I have dedicated much of the past two years to this project and I am excited to give it a new audience and share its stories further. The final touches are being put on the newspaper now, with the distribution to be announced in the coming weeks. To find out more you can head to the project's Instagram page.

I am in a short documentary talking about my project Solidarity Sky

Monday, June 15, 2020

I was recently part of a short documentary where alongside my co-creator Anne Fehres I talked about one of my lastest project - Solidarity Sky. In the clip I talk about the inspiration for this project , how it came about and also what I hope to achieve with it.

New Textile Works - Thanks to Arts Tasmania Funding

Sunday, June 07, 2020

With assisstance from Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts, I have been able to purchase a variety of textile materials to experiment with. This was as part of The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary.

 

I have been really pleased with the new forms that are starting to appear and the new directions this is pushing my practice. I have been
particularly focusing on experiments with the Japanese practice of ‘boro’. Boro, meaning 'tattered', is the practice of repairing clothes/futons by sewing small pieces of scrap fabric over holes. The results of this experiments will be seen soon!

News From Home - Pardubice

Sunday, May 31, 2020

The seventh edition of ‘News From Home’ has just been completed. It took place in Pardubice in The Czech Republic, during May 2020.

During this period we travelled to this community virtually, creating works based on Pardubice as seen through ‘online spaces’. This postcard records this exploration, showing four scenes captured by the artists during a tour of the town through Google Earth.

This work raises the question: is a postcard created without ever visiting a place any less authentic than one created there but only showing it’s idyllic side? It is questions such as this that capture the aim of this project, to encourage alternative stories and representations of communities.

The four main works from the residency will be released in the coming days.

NEW PROJECT - Solidarity Sky

Saturday, May 30, 2020

I was able to secure funding from Stroom Den Haag (The Netherlands) this month, to help support the online project Solidarity Sky. Created in collaboration with Dutch artist Anne Fehres, this is a virtual community driven artwork with the aim of bringing people together through sharing personal images of the sky. On the website, users are invited to become the artist in this project, contributing their own ‘piece of sky’ that will join a larger ‘virtual sky’ made up of thousands of images from across the world.

This project is inspired by Anne Frank who, while in hiding from prosecution at the age of 13, wrote in her diary: I looked out of the open window...over all the roofs and on to the horizon, which was such a pale blue that it was hard to see the dividing line. "As long as this exists" I thought, "and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy"

What she captures in this quote is the power of the sky, despite circumstances, to hold our hopes, dreams and desires. Solidarity Sky aims to build on this sentiment. It intends to encourage creative participation, unite people across real and imagined borders and foster hope through shared visions of something we all hold common – the sky above our heads

Virtual Residency

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

It is strange times and travel is not possible, but my ongoing project 'News From Home' has a new destination. This time is travels to Pardubice, Czech Republic. How is this possible, when travel is not possible? All will be revealed on May 11th, when details of the latest News From Home project are announced on the project's Instagram page: @news_from_home

The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary - Arts Tasmania

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In April I was lucky enough to be selected by Arts Tasmania to recieve the The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary, to support the purchase of new materials for my project 'News From Home'.

 

Vita Ethel Brown (11 October 1916 – 15 December 2012) generously bequeathed funds to Arts Tasmania to assist emerging or returning artists to purchase equipment or materials. Vita life was very full and I love the description of her by one of her daughters: "Our mother was not like other mums. She was so different---independent, determined, and not afraid to speak her mind. She lived well before her time and lived life to the full. In later life it was out in the studio, in the garden or buzzing around in her little car getting involved in so many things.  Even  when  sadly she had to go to a nursing home she was asking for her car and planning her escape..."

I am privileged to recieve the Vita Brown Bequest Bursary and put creativity in to action, as Vita herself did!

An April Update

Saturday, April 11, 2020

All of the goals and plans I had at the beginning of the year, have now been disrupted by the COVOID-19 virus. A lot of my practice relies on travelling and interaction with people, and for the time being this is not possible. As a result I have cancelled residencies and projects and tried to adapt as best as possible. This a brought new challenges and hopefully new areas to grow creatively. So while it is disappointing, when many doors slam in your face, I like to think many more open. 

The future is uncertain, but the creative process goes on! I hope everyone is staying as happy and healthy as possible out there, and dealing with these challenges as best they can.

Selection for 'Sound of Our Cities' Project in Barcelona

Thursday, March 05, 2020

I am working with the Dutch artist Anne Fehres on a new audio project which will be presented at the 'Sounds of our Cities' event in Barcelona. This is an European project of Cultural Cooperation carried out between City of Roeselare, Dear Hunter, Aalborg University and Idensitat. It aims to explore urban areas, focusing on the locality, including local audiences and reflecting on cultural identity in relationship with the community. The central artistic activity of the project is the development of two sound art exhibitions, which will be embedded into specific sites in the urban environments. We are excited to be part of this project and work on some 'audio postcards' as part of the exhibition.

News From Home - exhibition in The Hague, The Netherlands

Monday, February 10, 2020

From February to May 2020, I am showing 13 works in the Hague, The Netherlands. These works are a selection from the projects undertaken in 2019, and feature pieces from Russia, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. The pieces can be found at Coffee Company Korte Poten in the middle of the city.

POSTCARDS are arriving across the world

Monday, February 03, 2020

Before the end of 2019 we sent out 44 postcards all around the world. These postcards were written on by locals of Petrozavodsk, Russia, during the opening of the exhibition of 'News From Home - Petrozavodsk'. During January 2020 we have been receiving many shares on social media of people receiving their postcards. So far they have made it to Korea, Austria, Spain, The Netherlands and Singapore - with more countries to come!

News From Home 2019 - Portfolio of Works

Saturday, January 18, 2020

As we enter the new year, it is a good chance to summarise 2019. Last year in my 'News From Home' project I worked in 6 different locations, held multiple artist talks, open studios and exhibitions. All of the work from throughout 2019 can now be seen in a summary portfolio. We plan to continue News From Home in 2020, but for now, have a look at what was achieved last year.

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