Saturday, 28 February 2015

Art Against The Housing Crisis

'0 Bed Flat. £285 Per Week'
'Alls Bills Included, Access to Unlimited Fibre Optic Broadband. Room in Shared Flat £500pcm'
'Bargain! Two Bedroom £400 Per Week'
'Contemporary Spacious First Floor Double Room. £575'
'Cool 2 Double Bedroom with Spacious Lounge'
'Double Glazing, Double Bedroom One Bed Flat! £400 Per Week'
'Four Bed Maisonette, £600 Per Week'
'Luxury Double Room in Houseshare. £750 Per Week'
Modern Studio Apartment, Neutral Deco and Laminated Floorboards Throughout. £170 Per Week'
'Nice and bright Double Room in Shared House, Laminate Flooring and Great Look.  £737 Per Month'
'No DSS'
'Stunning Two Bedrooms Apartment £475 Per Week'

A collection of studies from 2014.

Someone suggested that it would be a good idea to think of a hashtag for this project....  All I've come up with so far is #ArtAgainstThe HousingCrisis - it seems a bit long, but I think I will go with that for now.

I've been working on the Housing series for a couple of years now, and I still don't feel that I have a body of work which is ready to exhibit.  I'm still experimenting with different ideas and developing the paintings, and I think it's really important to give myself as much time as it takes.  I've often thought about starting to prepare for a solo exhibition to show all of this work, but I don't want to have the pressure of a deadline, I'm learning so much about painting at the moment, and I need the time to allow the paintings to develop, to make mistakes and throw paintings in the bin if necessary!

I recently had a tutorial with Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley of Zeitgeist Art Projects, they were very supportive and suggested that instead of a solo show perhaps I could curate an exhibition on the theme of the Housing Crisis.

So I'm starting to plan a group exhibition, I'm really looking forward to finding other artists who are responding to what's happening with housing in London at the moment.  The show is provisionally titled 'The Poor Door'.  More info about this coming soon.

Monday, 2 February 2015

2014 Round Up

Somehow it’s February already, but here’s my round up of 2014…

In 2014 I chose not to exhibit very much, and instead focus on developing my work in the studio. 2014 also involved lots of change, leaving A-side B-side Gallery, starting a new part time job with Acme Studios, and my son starting school.

I started the year by working on a commission to paint around the Bar Area in The Star by Hackney Downs Pub. My favourite thing about this was discovering Sign Writers One Shot paints…ooh - they are amazing.

I made the difficult decision to leave A-side B-side gallery, it was a lot of work and I found it wasn’t giving me the time and energy to focus on my own practice.   Catherine Magnani and I held our last exhibition on the 1st floor of Hackney Downs Studios in January, then gave up the lease.  We both continue to share the responsibility of running the studios at A-side B-side, and since then Catherine has re-launched the gallery as a successful solo project in new premises.

March and April
Finally with a bit more time to be in the studio, I focused again on my own painting, spending Spring and early Summer working on small studies for my housing series.

Another commission from the Star pubs! I worked with Interior Designer Lady Ray to illustrate her design concept for the refurbishment of The Jackdaw Pub in Homerton.  And later in the summer, I did the sign writing for the exterior.

Twinkle Troughton and I joined forces once again, this time we created our very own Revolution themed Launderette for The Art Car Boot Fair.


I worked with Jealous Gallery to produce two new editions for my ‘Revolution’ screen print, in neon pink and yellow. These were on sale at The Art Car Boot Fair, and at the Moniker Art Fair in the autumn.

July and August
I finally finished making a brand new website!

Let me know what you think:

A studio revamp in our space in Homerton, and feeling very excited to be starting a new part time job with Acme Studios.  Acme is a housing association with charitable status, it provides affordable studios for non commercial fine artists.

Again I collaborated with interior designer Lady Ray and we formed: ‘R Girls Electric?’ we worked together to create a series of limited edition Light Art pieces.  This project was lots of fun and a nice change, there is a possibility we will make more of these light pieces in the future.  Our first collection was exhibited in Brixton in November.

My painting: ‘Lovely Period Style New Build, £380 per week’ was selected for ZAP Open 2014.  Selected anonymously from 547 entries, I was amongst 22 other artists.  Our work was exhibited in a group show at the Zeitgeist gallery in New Cross.

Feeling encouraged and inspired by taking part in the ZAP Open, I spent December planning and preparing for the next phase of works for the Housing Series.  After painting small for most of 2014, I decided it was time to paint big.  Wanting to experiment with different grounds for these paintings, I have started working with old sheets and duvet covers found in charity shops.

2015 will be about continuing to develop my series of paintings which comment on the Housing Crisis in London.  
I am intending to curate a group show on this theme in the Autumn.  I have also just started working with a documentary film maker who is creating a video diary for me, this will document the project as it progresses.  The first entry is being edited now and will be uploaded here soon.