Wednesday 26 July 2023

care collaboration commission

Thrilled to share that I'm working with Ruth Singer on one of three Care Collaboration commissions within Ruth's new Cultures of Care Arts Council England funded project.

My starting point is the Hope Robinson Letters Collection, on display at Erewash Museum, Ilkeston. I was very moved by particular items in the display and these have sparked ideas that I'm excited to develop.

Detail of Blossom & Thorn, installation by Ruth at the Timber Festival, July 2023

air arts workshops

In March I responded to a call out from air arts and was delighted to be selected to provide lunchtime workshops for staff at Royal Derby Hospital.

I was particularly interested as the brief asked artists to respond to the UHDB Medical Museum collection - a unique archive of over 1000 objects that provides an insight to the history of medicine and Derby and Burton hospitals. The brief also requested that an element of celebration and/or the colour blue be included to mark the 75th Birthday of the NHS on the 5th of July 2023. 

Below are the items I picked from the collection. I've developed a lunchtime mono-print drawing and block-printing activity that I really hope staff will enjoy.

Derbyshire General Infirmary
Birds eye view of the proposed new buildings - architectural blueprint
Bloomsbury & Young Architects 1891

Rubber stamps with wooden handles: Elastoplast, Hypertensive, Penicillin, Septrin, Diabetic, Asthmatic, Angina 
Lincoln Rubber Stamps 20th Century

Maddox Cheiroscope with picture cards
London Clemment Clarke Ltd 1960's

draw derby - april/may/june 🙂

My Draw Derby gatherings are simple and complex all at once. DD provides a time and space to meet and draw together and draw together: in friendship, gentle support and in building confidence.

We meet by the Waterfall Sculpture in the Market Place (shown in first image) at 10.30am on the last Saturday of each month and draw for two hours. Here's a link for the July gathering, please see eventbrite for all 2023 dates - all welcome, don't let believing you can't draw put you off.

April - Market Place Derby

Selection of April drawings

May - Derby Cathedral

Selection of May drawings

June - Bridge by the Museum of Making

Selection of June drawings