The Perfect Week

It started with an email on Bank Holiday monday – Professor Kate Rigby confirming I have been awarded a Research Studentship in Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University. This will be a practice-based PhD in conjunction with Contemporary Arts Practice.

My primary supervisor, Professor Owain Jones, contacted me on the tuesday to invite me to collaborate with him on an essay regarding located subjectivity and islands, to form part of an anthology of essays on subjects relating to visual culture and the northern British archipelago. I then spent the evening with 3 outrageously inspiring women from the village who are cooking up a community project that will see pop-up kitchens, potluck suppers and family cookery classes rolled out across 2017.

On wednesday I finally got to run the much anticipated photography workshops with homeless people from George House, using Union Corner as our base and Millbay as our subject. More than anything we did a lot of laughing! It was unforgettable. Plymouth Art Weekender here we come. I was also able to remotely collaborate with Professor Alan Boldon from the University of Brighton as he made brilliant suggestions by email about how to show my work currently forming part of the DRHA conference Place, Ecology and the Digital at Brighton University.

On thursday I found myself in an awkward photoshoot with my MP Dr. Sarah Wollaston. Having been part of the team that put our Parish Plan together over the last few months, it was launched at a public meeting she was holding in the village. I wasn’t expecting to be photographed (and I didn’t vote for her). However, it was another unforgettable experience. I was also able to finally submit my blog entry to accompany the screening of 2 of my pieces being included in the Special Video Exhibition section of Breathing Art in the 7th Geumgang Nature Art  in Korea, along with 73 other artists from all around the world.

And on friday , for the first time, I attended the luscious lunch that Artdotearth organise every first friday of the month at Space at Dartington. It was great to catch up with people I knew and to meet artists I hadn’t met before, and it was truly inspiring to hear Katrina Brown and Rachael Allain talk about their work.

Today I’m mostly eagerly anticipating my Hebridean holiday in 8 days time – I shall be on Barra for my birthday, snorkelling with seals. Oh! And I’ve been sent the catalogue and website details of the Cambridge based exhibition that I’m taking part in throughout October – Art Language Location. Tomorrow I’m having a lie-in. Honest.

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George House Workshop

Lucky it’s raining so hard today! Following last weeks photography project with residents of George House – the charity and hostel for the homeless between The Red House and Karst in Plymouth I have 350 images to work through.  Two groups spent a couple of hours each down at Millbay, with me, some digital cameras and a dog called Pip. We talked and laughed – which Princess yacht would we prefer? What memories of Drake Island did we have? Which watery reflection was the most eye-catching? During the afternoon session we watched the massive Brittany Ferry leave port. Next week I shall take my selection back to share with them and together we will edit down so that the ones we exhibit for Plymouth Art Weekender best represent the people who took part. Here is one image I took that day.

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