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Delighted to have my work ‘Incidence’ selected for the ArtLacuna Prize.

The selection panel included Julia Alvarez, Sonia Boyce and Jamie Shovlin so that made it even more special to be included.

ArtLacuna is an artist collective space set up by Wimbledon College of Art MA alumni.

The lacuna, or lexical gap, represents a gap in translation, a place where multiple meanings are applied, where meanings shift and new interpretations can be made.

ArtLacuna Prize Exhibition
ArtLacuna Prize Exhibition

Great spot by the window. Also next to Jess Littlewood’s work which I am a big fan of.

ArtLacuna Prize Exhibition

ArtLacuna Prize Exhibition

Nice to meet up with old friends from previous exhibitions together – one of Euan G, Stewart’ s giant skulls here and also one of Hannah Williamson’s delicious tiny paintings.

ArtLacuna Prize exhibition

ArtLacuna Prize exhibition

The photograph ‘Moss’ is by Gina Soden who I recently saw in Natural Selection at the Fine Art Contemporary Society.

Hannah Williamson Pieta

Hannah Williamson Pieta

Loved this static projection by Laura Marker.

Laura Marker 'The Order of Things'

Laura Marker ‘The Order of Things’

Another favourite was the installation of 16 postcards by Holly Stevenson.

Holly Stevenson 'Naturally we are all going to have a palmy time'

Holly Stevenson ‘Naturally We Are All Going To Have A Palmy Time’

Tracey Payne’s installation in the back yard caused a lot of interest as it inflated and deflated (in the rain).

Tracey Payne 'Wishful Thinking (Falcon Road)'

Tracey Payne ‘Wishful Thinking (Falcon Road)’

A familiar face from SHOW 2013 – Nicola Thomas had a couple of her black on black etched prints here.

A new graduate from the RCA Printmaking course, was really nice to meet her.

Nicola Thomas - Carole #3 etched print

Nicola Thomas – Carole #3
etched print

The Private View was really busy despite the awful weather and hidden gallery location.

ArtLacuna Private View

ArtLacuna Private View

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After a couple of hours the announcement was finally made for the winner of the residency and solo show.

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Congratulations to Noemi Niederhauser who’s work appeared quite a quiet participant of the show, looking at her website I think she will put on a really interesting exhibition.

Prize Winner Noemi Niederhauser 'A sense of place'

Prize Winner Noemi Niederhauser ‘A sense of place’

I have had a fabulous three weeks of inductions at the RCA. This was all about learning processes, getting to know the technicians and finding our way around the workshops.

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First week was screenprinting.



Then a week of etching.



Followed by a week of lithography.



The technicians are amazing, approachable and enthusiastic, we couldn’t have asked for a better team to support us.

As the indomitable Alan Smith summed up – it was all about the transference of knowledge.

There was a lot of knowledge to transfer.

So we have had a feast laid out before us and now we must eat as much as we can before it is all taken away again.

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Much happier with the way my collagraph is going now that I have pulled back from all the colour I have been using.

Also I am getting much more detail in the image through careful inking. Thinking about all the changes that the earth has been through in deep time. So slowly.

Waiting for the forest to emerge.

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This is still work in progress which I intend to print over. I have been thinking about blocking off the image in parts with paper stencils before I print the collagraph to leave blank spaces to print on.

Making a template for hanging ‘Collected Thoughts’ at the Surrey Contemporary.

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This way I can just fix the paper up on the wall and tap the nails straight though.

I hadn’t been to the Robert Phillips Gallery in Walton on Thames before. It is a bit tucked away but a lovely space right on the river with a little café and terrace.

The gallery has high ceilings and lots of light.

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It was good to meet the other artists and chat about their work.

Stephanie Wright told me about the nervous excitement she feels when slicing through her thrown pot to reveal the figure inside and the alchemy of using glazes.

Stephanie Wright

Stephanie Wright

Dave Richards demonstrated his website documenting the Museum of Modern Zoology where new hybrid species have evolved via his imagination from a fusion of technology and the animate, like the Makagadikadi big cat which shares its aerodynamic structure with a racing car.

Dave Richards

Dave Richards

Jill Flower explained the inspiration behind her sculptures using recycled papers and stitch to convey the seven ages of man (and woman) through a literary journey.

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The Private View was really busy.  Over the tap tap tap of Mat Clark’s morse code installation on the obsolescence of the art object Alison Clarke from Surrey Arts welcomed everybody while Chairman of Surrey County Council, Mr David Munro thanked all the sponsors and wished he had a rosette to award to an artist like he did for the prize bull at the county show. The artists present were not sure how they felt about that.

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So glad we have at last had some sunshine, and ‘Subluminal’ which I have hung in our sunroom is doing its thing with the rays.

If I worked it out maybe it could even be a sundial.

Would be so great for the big piece ‘Incidence’ to have a wall that gets the sun rather than be in a bag under the bed.

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Had great inspiration on the themes of nature in the urban environment at the Soho Theatre in the witty and surreal play ‘Pastoral’ by Thomas Eccleshare.


Nature is fighting back. The forest is returning. The army have been called in but are being pushed back by the speed and strength of the growth.

The south is being abandoned as buildings collapse and roads are swallowed up and the only escape is to evacuate to the north behind the big plastic wall.


It’s everyman for himself when the only game for dinner is one hedgehog between 6.

The man from Ocado can only regret his perseverance to deliver his goods at all cost.

Great staging and wonderful delivery from Anna Calder-Marshall as Moll blessed with the freedom that comes with age to say what she thinks (about ‘the fats’  and other blights of our time)

The weeds bursting through Moll’s carpet did resonate with me – ‘Emergency’ made while at Goldsmiths had a similar idea at its core but in this case it was the rubbish from landfill mutating and bursting forth.

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Some musical inspiration from Flaming Lips.

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Photo by Chris Boland

Blinding light show and space age silver sculptures.  Photography at

Wayne Coyne was ill and couldn’t really sing. He gave a moving speech at the beginning to say in the scheme of things what was going on at the Roundhouse that night was insignificant when children were dying at the hands of a hurricane. Real nature this time.

Also on a higher plane the soulful voice of Eska and her thoughtful lyrics.

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‘Seeds of her memory grew up from the earth….she’s in the flowers….’