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Measuring Up! Week 5

Hello and welcome to Week 5 of the Measuring Up project! It’s All Coming together! This week we moved from the rehearsal room into the studio. Jocelyn has completed the floor cloth and it was down and ready for me to explore. It is truly beautiful, based on a Mondrian design, there is ...

The first frost has fallen

The first frost has fallen, The leaves have turned golden, Days are becoming shorter, Squirrels are gathering their nuts, Winter clothes are back in the wardrobe, Hats and gloves are ready to be worn, Nights are becoming colder, Birds begin to fly south, Windy, wet weather seems to be constant, Wet leaves make a slippery ground, Hot chocolates become a ...

Measuring Up! Week Four

Hello and welcome to Week 4 of the Measuring Up project. This week we have been rehearsing and focusing on the Sign Language. Rachel, our sign language interpreter, is an actor with BSL Level 2 and we always knew that she would need some support from professional interpreters to ensure the ...

Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and in 2012 I made work that celebrated the London Olympics and the Paralympics but also Charles Dickens' bi-centenary, depicting Miss Havisham's Wedding Dress. It's now being brought out of storage for a new show, Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy at Bethlem Museum of ...

Measuring Up! Week Two

Welcome to week two of my blog, where I hope to share some of the more interesting developments in the creation of Measuring Up. Getting Stuck In! It’s been a full-on week. Matt, Charlotte and I have been in the rehearsal room every day developing new ideas, and have been joined at ...

A Together! 2012 artist, (a preofessional muscian) stands with a sound responsive lantern in each hand, whilst another Together!2012 artist improvises vocals usinga mic.

Engage and Interact workshops, Together! 2012 artists lead the way.

As part of my Engage and Interact,  there were two workshops with project partners Together! 2012 In this blog, I give an overview of what took place. The first workshop utilised the audio to light technology developed on the project by Charles Mathews and supported by Help Musicians. The ...

Measuring Up! Week One

Welcome to my new blog. It’s running for a limited period of six weeks and will cover the development, rehearsal and performance period of my new show Measuring Up!  I’m not planning to keep a diary but thought that each week I would try to look at the most interesting ...

Raymond Antrobus

Drafts Dogs and Detail: Writing poetry with Raymond Antrobus

Despite a serious decline in my health, I was determined that come hell or high water (and believe me the water got pretty high due to a lack of trains, a mix up with taxis and my own acute respiratory problems) I was going to make it to London to ...

painting of several figures with a blue tinge

Protest: out of the asylum and into the recovery plan

I am pleased to say that I am going to have a painting – albeit one made nearly 30 years ago – in an exhibition coming up, curated by DAO's own Dolly Sen. Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about? is on exhibition ...

messy sink with colourful ink splattered water pots

The Drawing Marathon – Week One

Last month, I went to the Royal Drawing School in London to take part in their 2 week Drawing Marathon. This experience was the core part of my Emergence Bursary from artist-network, Shape Arts and Disability Arts Online. There was a few reasons I wanted to go;

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