Wednesday, 25 September 2013


A really positive day working at the Colchester Institute the MA Sculpture students – morning was a presentation around public art and the afternoon was individual tutorials – it all felt good talking sculpture – discussions ranged from the abject and Kiki Smith to the sublime and Mariele Neudecker via amongst others Bachelard, Jospeh Beuys, Pitt Rivers, ritual, symbolism, skill and witchcraft! Meanwhile the book structure workshop/session at Camberwell for the MA Book Arts students followed by a bookness – what is a book presentation was really interesting with cultural hiccups left right and centre which is always an interesting thing to reflect on.....language...the digital invite to the show at NUA is out.

Saturday, 21 September 2013


i've managed to catch up with one or two films - the art of getting by - a wonderful angst of a film to watch with your teenage children and the place beyond the pines - - from the initial extended shot from behind Goslings back with the final reveal  - the experiences of parents getting by and how they impact on their children - the flying road sequence a generation apart was wonderful.. and then there is jj barrie!!

Friday, 20 September 2013


a week of organising at NUA - finalising timetables, developing the Virtual Learning Environment and tidying my desk! We are ready and waiting – all we need now are the students. My day at Camberwell was most excellent – with the first symposium under our belts it was good to see the previous work of the students as well as their aspirations for the course. It will be good. I managed to see some exhibitions after – the show at the photography gallery is very worthy – a slice of the mass observation project - lots of possible research starting points.  Richard Serra at The Alan Cristea Gallery was sublime the quality of the black was something to behold and dive into .......................uuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmhhhhhhhh.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


day 1 with the new students on the MA Book Art Course at Camberwell – looking at the show from the previous year which is in its last week and talking about the individual students specific journey from initial project proposal to final show. The afternoon was a presentation around the idea of reflective practice and how the journal can be used to support this thinking which in turn will both aid the creation of the students own project proposal and support and map their practice throughout the course.  A link - meanwhile ..........back in time

Thursday, 5 September 2013


Last night was the Private View of the MAs at Camberwell – the Book Art Show looked very good and the feedback was all positive. I had a really warm feeling whilst watching past present and future students discussing ideas and making connections. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


a short break and back from France and straight back to work - so forget the Roman ruins in Vaison-la-Romaine, The Michelin star food at Le Moulin A Huile, wine and sun - the highlight from the break was the cardboard museum in Valeras. I have an interesting double bill of book reconsiderations connected by an internal dialogue triggered by outside events - the reluctant fundamentalist by Moshsin Hamid and the good father by Noah Hawley