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An Encounter With a Gatekeeper

The other week I had a meeting with a gatekeeper and he tore my work to shreds. He wasn’t someone I’ve ever worked with or met before. (crucially he wasn’t in any way associated with any of the organisations I’m currently working with.) We were supposed to be meeting for ...

Fae Cutting wood on a bandsaw

Architecture Beyond Sight

The week's Course I went on the Architecture Beyond Sight course at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, with no expectations and I’ve gained far more than I could ever have imagined. The days spent at the institute of making and the British Library have given me a better understanding of ...

Heart

Letter to our next Prime Minister

Very soon we will have a new prime minister, and probably another round of DWP-related deaths. I have started up a radical mental health art-action programme called Section 136, where madness is questioned, and institutional monsters are confronted using art, love, rage and sheep. I have started the ball rolling by ...

Fragility

I’m writing this blog during my residency in Canada, recent opportunities have enabled me to explore my practice internationally. Last year I came to St Andrews New Brunswick as a KIRA resident artist at Kingsbrae garden and discovered Sunbury Shores studio. This year I’m at Sunbury Shores for five weeks, thanks ...

Surroundings Blog 6

My final ‘Surroundings’ installation/performance was installed on artist Susan Austin’s amazing 360°rig. It is a sculptural structure that provides a perfect platform for my 360°image projection, space for us musicians to perform in and accommodate the audience. A space the audience can walk into and around a good proportion of ...

The Autistic Balancing Act

In this post I’m talking about my experience of autism, not everyone with autism will have these feelings or experiences. Life is one big balancing act for everyone but being autistic I feel as though each thing I am trying to balance is bigger, heavier and harder to control. Trying to ...

642 – Gordon’s End

Tell a story starting with a ransom note 642 – Gordon’s End Walking back from the police station I consider the officers advice Accept no responsibility he said Tell the professionals who would Otherwise choose to do nothing That he’s out, he’s on the street Then watch them change Watch them change when they learn That no one really cares Watch ...

View across aharbour

Waiting for the drought to break

Twitter analytics tell me my tweets are down 59.6%, tweet impressions down 48.4% and my reach is 26.4k. Compare that to March 78.5K. The picture this data paints is indicative of where I feel I am at. Last March I was about to go away to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on ...

Done Is Beautiful: Things I’m Learning From Learning to Make Teapots

I am a perfectionist with a huge problem with procrastination. It’s funny to me that perfectionism is the problem they tell you to admit to in job interviews like it’s a good flaw that your future employers might want you to have. In my experience it’s a terrible flaw, in ...

painting of several figures with a blue tinge

Psychosis: Origins, Experience and Meaning or dreaming while awake

On Wednesday 26 June I went to a conference run by the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) in conjunction with Soteria Brighton, Hearing Voices and the Spiritual Crisis Network and felt compelled to write something about the day. I've seen Dr John Read from ...