Monday 18 March 2013

A Glimpse of Miles & Dacombe Back in Derbyshire

An excellent if chilly, grey day spent with Jo Dacombe in Derbyshire making temporary installations on the station platforms at  at Whatstandwell and Langwith Whaley Thorns.

The images are drawings on postcard sized acrylic sheet and were made from the images we took during The Ticket Exchange and in response to the replies we got in out Mailbox after the event.

A full account of the day will appear here soon!

Saturday 16 March 2013

Illuminate - The Community Mural

As part of Priory Lower School's Arts Council Funded Illuminate project we held a community day where parents and children could come and add their portrait to the mural for the Reception play area. Initially the plan was to paint straight onto the fence but the arrival of more snow on the Monday morning meant it would be impossible for the primer to dry. Illuminate's amazing Project Coordinator, Paula Wakeling managed to source and have delivered, 14 marine ply boards and the afternoon was spent cutting and priming them ready for the following morning.

Michael Miles cutting the boards to size

Ivor and Sheila Hind priming

The day started quite quietly, mid-morning MP Richard Fuller came and joined the children for a spot of painting. By the afternoon we were almost overwhelmed with the amount of visitors and after school all the members of staff came to add their portraits instead of having a staff meeting. There were many intense conversations about hair colour and lip shape, plus the complexity of getting the nose looking nose-like and many wails of "Carole, can you just....."! 

Having worked on community projects for many years now drop-in sessions are not my favourite, it's hard to meet, greet and inform all the waves of new arrivals and chaos can ensue, 

by the end of the day parts of the mural were looking a bit disorderly and it was clear we would need more than a day to get the project finished.

Thankfully we were given more time to bring all the panels together

by mid-morning the next day Mrs Youngman was overheard saying 

" I see Carole's been working her magic!"

By Thursday all the panels had been painted and many people had been involved, there was a lovely energy coming from staff, pupils and parents, the children were so proud of their work and the Reception teacher kept coming back to check on our progress "I love! I just love it!"

Can you spot me with my wonderful mural painting Ninja's aka Mr and Mrs Hind who most definitely earned their paint brush wings. So many people gave so much help and their spirit illuminated a very cold, grey week! We will be installing the panels, weather permitting, soon and there will be a celebration of the whole Illuminate project in May.

Tuesday 5 March 2013


Brought together by Nick Finn, the Godmonkey Skyhook Amalgamation gave their third performance at the Core during the Artists Showcase. The band had wonderful support from the amazing team at the Core. There were a few technical glitches so we had to use alternative video clips to those created by the band, many of whom are also visual artists, many thanks to Millie Beanz for coming to the rescue.

"For anyone who wants to find out what our audio/visual project The GodMonkey SkyHook Amalgamation is all about, Andy Eathorne found the time to film our show at the Core Theatre ,while playing bass and creating huge random noises from his own specially invented machine invented machines, well done to everyone, big team effort !!" Nick Finn

The Godmonkey Skyhook Amalgamation (in low res) at The Core Theatre 01.03.13

We are just beginning!

Saturday 2 March 2013

Cubist Collage and Dancing Doves

My second project in Bedford was with Year Four who were looking at Cubist collages inspired by MOMA's 2011 exhibition Picasso Guitars 1912 - 1914. We began by looking at Picasso's preparatory drawings and the children made their own drawings. Drawing exploded, multi-dimensional objects was quite a challenge but once we moved on to using collage materials they became much more confident about playing with space.

The following week we took Picasso's Dove drawings as our inspiration

and created 3D models from empty milk bottles.