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Soil Culture

You should know this - 2015 is the official UN Year of Soil.

I am showing a new work produced at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in this touring show put together by CCANW.
It opens in Bristol at Create (on July 4 (from 6pm - do come) running till August 26.

Create Centre
Smeaton Road
Spike Island
Bristol
BS1 6XN

tel: 0117 925 0505
e: create.reception@bristol.gov.uk

Ye Olde Somewhere

Most ex-printmakers like us seldom see our old work getting the light of day, though of course in many private houses it's probably being enjoyed daily - in fact a buyer of one of my degree show prints from 1991 recently contacted me about buying another print 24 years later - and with a his (slightly) healthier bank balance!

So it was my good fortune to drop by GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow) to see 'Ripples in the Pond' a group show including two prints from 1992 by us - that's three years before we even started collaborating as Somewhere!

It's a fascinating show as it's conceived as a conversation between works by women on paper and moving image and was generated by partners Modern Edinburgh Film School, along with LUX Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library. There is a screening room along with lots of very diverse pieces.

Our two small prints were created at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, a wonderful place where we both worked at one point, and they then we acquired by Glasgow City Council (I can't remember how) and until now have lived in a planchest in storage, so it's great to see them again and to know that they have interested someone enough to draw them out into the public eye again.

And on a library table in the show, there is a copy of the lovely 'Guide to Somewhere' produced for last years show in Kettles Yard!

AND the show runs until April 2016 - so no excuses if you are in town!

More about the show can be found here.

Vintage Bata awning from Maryport, at Eastside Projects in Birmingham

Bata-ville at Eastside Projects in Birmingham

The nice folk at Eastside Projects sent us this picture of our Bata vintage shop awning as it was hung in The Birmingham Show, which comes down today.

Looks small but that's warehouse shows for you :-)

Birmingham on my mind

I was once a very young lecturer in Fine Art at what was University of Central England (i think it's now Birmingham City University?) in the late 1990's until 2003. My colleagues (some of the most fondly remembered died too young - Mike Holland, Pete Lloyd Lewis...) and students made lasting impressions on me, and the city of Birmingham itself was unrecognisable from what's there today - I still remember the fantastic basement diners where we had to get lunch - smoke-filled places where food was cheap and fast and greasy. Pret a Manger was still nearly a decade off.

So I'm very pleased to be showing in the city for the first time, and with former students (incl. the unforgettable 'you did what with the rabbit!?' Reuben Henry) and also former colleagues (David Burrows).

So, to see the faded glamour of our beautiful vintage Bata awning in this forthcoming show:

Eastside Projects / 86 Heath Mill Lane / Birmingham B9 4AR

31 January to 11 April 2015 (Public Preview - 30 January 2015/ 6–8pm)

Tel. 0121 771 1778
www.eastsideprojects.org

Wednesday to Saturday 12–5pm - Free entry

Past, Present, Somewhere - Kettles Yard, Cambridge 2014

One Week To Go….

There is a week left of our mini restrospective at Kettles Yard in Cambridge, do go and enjoy if you can.

It's a rarer than hens teeth chance to see collected old work of ours with some of the newest stuff we;ve produced in Cambridge in the last few years.

The show is open every day except Monday till Sunday 23rd Nov 11.30am - 5pm & it's free to get in.
All our films screen in a mini cinema each day:

Jaywick Escapes (48 mins, Cert. 15): 12pm,
Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future (93 mins): 1pm,
Living with the Tudors (83 mins): 3pm

"I don't do minimalism"

But I am learning to speak the second language of the white gallery (after a very long break since the Northern Art Prize show in 2007), here during the Kettles Yard install in Cambridge - our show 'Past, Present, Somewhere' opens from Sat Sept 13th....

Somewhere We Don't Know

Gathering up of Somewhere

Just one week to go till I mobilise southwards with a car full of wonders to contribute to our forthcoming show at Cambridge's lovely Kettles Yard. These things range from home-made jam to a kilt. Now that I type that it doesnt sound like much of a range.

Designer Koby Barhad has taken the show design by storm and is producing lovely things for walls and bits of paper - this scan was for one of his things, so you will be as thrilled as we are with the results I'm sure.

Opens to the public September 13 - lucky for some :-)

Our Bata-ville installation
Part archive, part exhibition

Knee pads for the North

AT LAST I’m on the train after a grueling 4 day ‘hang’ of our Leeds show for the Northern Art Prize. We are really pleased with the final result, but boy was it a slog.

It all came flooding back to me on day one when we arrived to find progress on our space a ‘little delayed’ about 6 hours into day one I was already reacquainted enough with the familiar pain of installing an exhibition to remember why we haven’t really had one for years! Making films can be exhausting hard work and emotionally grueling but it can also have ‘highs’ that I have yet to encounter whilst scrabbling around on a grubby gallery floor or trying to fix something to a high wall with inappropriate fixtures.

The worst thing is your knees … within about an hour of arriving Karen wished she’d bought her knee pads (which we did in the end purchase when we used to regularly install and de-install our huge Island model!) as you seem to spend an awful lot of time on the floor moving things about. You never have the right screwdriver and I think someone might even have pinched my tape measure.

Still as Matthew Olden would say ‘mustn’t grumble’ it’s finally up and it looks great even if we do say so ourselves.

A MASSIVE THANKS is due to the East Tilbury Bata Resource & Reminiscence Centre who have lent us much of their precious archive for the show, mixed in with the Bata-ville materials it’s made for a really interesting screening space/archive. Also due are thanks to Tim for helping with the hang and Sue Giovanni for her patient work on our new film ‘Little Deluxe Living’ finished late the night before we left for Leeds. Thanks to go to Andrew & John at Leeds City Art Gallery who soldiered on helping with our rather ‘unusual’ hang right up until the Private View wine started to flow.

Wish us luck, we’ve gone completely over board on effort for the show and there is a prize – as Karen keeps reminding me – “we’re in it to win it”!

Then at 2.00 everyday it becomes a mini cinema
for a screening of the full length documentary

Photo: Nina Pope

Look at them go in Leeds!

This is the hot trade happening on 'the honesty table' last night at the opening of the Northern Art Prize show ...

We had great veg. from the local Leeds & District Gardeners Federation (thanks to Dan Robinson for bringing this in), Rice from Toge, Karen's umeboshi, Jerusalem Artichokes from Tim's Dad's allotment, Japanese Zouri & more ... it looked & tasted great.

Get down to the gallery for your fresh produce while stocks last ... or better still take some of your own down and sell it from the table.

You can now read more about what's on the table on it's own page here.

Curiously the tables were specially made for us by a great company in East London called Unto This Last - each with 6 special money slots. I say curiously as this project (all part of 7 Samurai) has become for Karen & I about a set of strange coincidences ... in this instance the Ruskin connection that inspires the company name, as Karen lives in Ruskin's former farm house ... anyway it's a long story all now in the short film 'Little Deluxe Living' showing with the table.

The Toge house prototype model
now en route for Switzerland

The Return of the Seven Samurai

Next Thursday (Feb 1st) sees the opening of a glamourous Swiss gallery show of work produced in our Seven Samurai and other recent Grizedale Arts projects:

INFO
Galerie Lucy Mackintosh
Avenue des Acacias 7
CH-1006 Lausanne

Téléphone +41 (0)21 601 88 88
Fax +41 (0)21 601 88 89
galerie@lucymackintosh.ch

One of the exhibits is the prototype of our 'Titschy / Kitschy' Japanese house miniature by Lilliput Lane...