Had a brilliant time up in the lakes this weekend at Kendal Mountain Festival watching adventure films and listening to people talk about what they love to do. I would like to thank KMF for asking me to play a part of it this year, it was quite surreal to see my drawings and handwriting everywhere I looked! I hope that my homage to the centenary of the climb Central Buttress was well received, it was an honour to mark the occasion. I was incredibly inspired by the wealth of ingenuity in film making and storytelling, from big productions to individuals with go pros, I left the festival wanting to run into the mountains to find a big rock to climb on.
Hung some drawings up on Monday at the The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. They'll be up until the end of November and up over the Kendal Mountain Festival. Keep an eye out for this years program its got my scribbles all over it...
"It’s part of maturity, to project upon your life goals and project upon your life realized dreams and a result that you want. It’s part of becoming whole … just like a childish game. It’s honest — it’s an honest game, because … you want your life to hold hope and possibility.
It’s just that, when you get to the real meat of life, is that life has its own rhythm and you cannot impose your own structure upon it — you have to listen to what it tells you, and you have to listen to what your path tells you. It’s not earth that you move with a tractor — life is not like that. Life is more like earth that you learn about and plant seeds in… It’s something you have to have a relationship with in order to experience — you can’t mold it — you can’t control it…"
Saw this and thought it was a worthwhile exercise. "The art club is not art therapy – quite deliberately not. It is about people being artists together." http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/05/homeless-art-club-royal-academy-london
EXCITING NEWS!! I've been lucky enough to be commissioned by the YHA to produce a piece of artwork for permanent exhibition in their newly renovated Black Sail hostel. I feel genuinely touched and ecstatic to be given this unique opportunity. Black Sail is a very special place and I can't think of a more fitting place to hang my work.
Last Saturday saw the first collective exhibition/ poetry reading/ drunk dancing event organised by myself and friend Claire Jane Carter. In the run up to the evening we had no idea what to expect, how the readings were going to be received, how many people would turn up...we were blown away by the response. Well over a hundred people showed up and despite trying, we couldn't even squeeze them all into my little shop. Evidently the people of Sheffield hold landscape very close to their hearts and even though the majority of people may never have been to a poetry reading or would consider themselves particularly arty, from the general vibe of the night, its fair to say everyone had a good time.
Heres a few snaps from the evening. The art is going to remain up in the shop until the 22nd feb, the readers however have gone home.