Friday 27 January 2017

art social

This week I spent an enjoyable half hour engaging in an activity led by the Art Social young people's group at The Hepworth Wakefield. Art Social selected and placed four artworks in Gallery 1, producing interpretation text and poems to accompany the work. They invited gallery visitors to create their own poems using pre-written words. Below is my poem in response to A Picnic.

The Eva Rothschild sculpture brought back memories, as she was the first contemporary artist to exhibit in the gallery when THW opened in May 2011.

 Eva Rothschild,  Wandering Palm, 2011
Jesmonite, aluminium, patent leather

Albert Wainwright, A Picnic 1928
Ink & wash, watercolour on paper

Thursday 26 January 2017

out & about 2017

I'm on the cusp of Out & About 2017! In 2014 I was lead artist on the project, so am recycling, redeveloping & reinventing for todays participants.

Working with three Wakefield secondary schools we are, literally, getting out & about. During the project we will consider Hepworth and her legacy, natural landscape, designed landscape, sculpture in the gallery and sculpture in the landscape. Our exploration is made easy with the wealth of sites and venues on our doorstop: Brimham Rocks, Nostell Priory, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I'm looking forward to lacing up my walking boots, layering up (we are working outside!) and inviting pupils and parents to play, explore, share and create together.

With heartfelt thanks to The Hepworth Wakefield for inviting me to work on Out & About 2017. 

 Prompts in the 'discover for yourself' activity backpack

 Clore Learning Studios at THW

Shiny new!

Monday 23 January 2017


My latest commissioned embroidery, tricking people into thinking it's a pencil drawing. Washed, ironed & ready for framing. 

Branch, 2017 (commission)
Hand embroidery on handkerchief that belonged to my aunt
Polyester thread, cotton