May 2016: ‘Hammersmith’ 5mins. In response to extracts from Sean O’ Brien’s same-titled poem, ‘Hammersmith’ is an elegiac animation sweeping through 1950’s London, drawn from the iconic cinematography from the 1952 film, ‘Night And The City’. Commissioned by NCLA and Arts Council for the 2016 Newcastle Poetry FIlm Festival. Screenings: Cinema Museum London, June 2016
November 2015: ‘Material’ 20 minute film documenting the building of the online Bloodaxe Archive at Newcastle University.
February – November 2015: ‘Nowhere’ Development of group for Artists working with people with Dementia. International forum for discussion, research and development of principles and practice.
Gesture is communication that is also a kind of drawing in the air.
March 2015: ‘In the Air’ animated film commissioned for the ‘Poetry of the Archive’ project at Newcastle University. Screened at Newcastle Poetry Festival, Cork Short Film Festival 2015.
March 2015: ‘Bees’ 2 min film. National Poetry Competition 2014 – Commended: Beverley Nadin for the poem Bees; accompanying film directed by Kate Sweeney.
June 2014-15: Dementia and Imagination. Lead artist with Claire Ford on a research project with Manchester, Bangor and Newcastle Universities
March 2014: Love On A Night Like This: Poetryfilm commissioned by The Poetry Sociaty and Filmpoem, made in response to Josephine Abbott’s poem of the same name, that won 3rd place in the National Poetry Competition 2013 (announced 2014). Screening: Poetry Society website, The Southbank International Poetry Festival 2014
January 2014: Following the production of the film, ‘Proof‘, NCLA at Newcastle University were awarded an AHRC research grant to develop and create a ‘generous interface’ for the digitisation of the Bloodaxe Archive. I’ll be research associate on the ‘Poetics Of The Archive’ project – Mar’15.
November ’13 ‘Antiphonal’ was a chance to respond to a sound installation made by Tom Schofield, using the work of 12 regional poets commissioned to write about the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Lindisfarne. The sound and video work was installed at The Sanctuary Artspace in Gateshead and then in The London St Gallery, County Derry.
September – December ’13: ‘Songlines’ -A collaboration with Open Clasp Theatre company, Phyllis Christopher and Taryn Edmonds. Al multi-media installation created from interviews and conversations with women from all over the world who live in the North East. Exhibited in Byker, Middlesborough and Northern Stage Theatre Newcastle.
August ’13 returning / beginning. An email I received from Jennie Vickers, an artist who I did my art foundation degree with in 1995 in Manchester recently made me go back to my blog from California and I was quite surprised by what I was doing in it. Everything is there, all aspects – thoughts, sketches, videos, photos, links notes etc. That 6 month trip was an intense, specific amount of time and was the drive and focus for the blog. I wonder if I can regain that feeling?
The blog aimed to reflect the interconnectedness of everything – making, books, conversation, thoughts, images, experiences and how they pass through all aspects of my work. I am still concerned with thoughts and of how / whether I place myself consciously in my work.
July ’13: Storytelling with older people using photography has been amazing fun this year. The outcomes are very immanent and it’s so pleasant to make work with people that exists in the moment. I will elaborate more on this work in 2014.
June ’13: ‘Proof’ premiered at the Festival of The North East on the 6th June. ‘Proof’ is a 15 minute film I made with poets Tara Bergin and Anna Woodford, about the Bloodaxe Books publishing archive for Newcastle University who have recently purchased the archive (link to film on the NCLA website)
March ’13: The ‘DOVE Marine animations‘ (see link below) were shortlisted for The Ted Hughes award for New Works in Poetry. We didn’t win, good night though!
Oct ’12: ‘DOVE Marine animations‘ a collaboration with poet Colette Bryce, producing three animated poem/films in response to The Dove Marine laboratory in Cullercoats (link to films).
Sept ’12: ‘Summer Rain, Looped‘ an installation piece derived from the Summer Rain project (‘Summer Rain’ website) was exhibited at The Sanctuary Artspace, Gateshead.
May ’12: The Cornshed Sisters have just released their new album, with the artwork by me. The album is great and the artwork was recently featured as ‘album artwork of the week’ in the NME music magazine
Jan ’12: I have just returned from San Francisco. Here are links to my journal I began keeping when there, containing links to video, paintings and drawings.
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