On the map exhibition

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I’m currently researching my map for this interesting exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery.

For the ON THE MAP exhibition I’m bringing together artists from around the UK to create contemporary maps that are a conceptual adventure challenging our relationship to the environment we pass through. Some of the maps are local to Sunbury others are further afield. This is a three fold exhibition including an exhibition, physical walks that anyone can complete and a series of published maps.

Keep Thursday 23rd April free for the Private View at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery.

The exhibition will run from the 14th April to 10th May.
The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery,
The Walled Garden,
Thames Street,
Sunbury-on-Thames,
TW16 6AB
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm (summer) 10am – 4pm (winter)

The other map makers include –

Natasha Day
Peter S Smith
Bill Mudge
Robert Good
Jill Hedges
Melanie Ezra & Rose Davies
Dean Reddick
Bryan Benge
Glyn Walton

Art of Caring exhibition call-out

Art of Caring Call-out

 

I’ve been luckily enough to be artist-in-residence at the Nursing Faculty of Kingston University and St George’s University London over the past two years. To help celebrate International Nurse’s Day on the 12th May 2015 I’m organising the Art of Caring exhibition at the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. If you would like to contribute we have 250 spaces for artwork available. See all the details below.
If you would like to come along and visit the exhibition then it will be open from 10am-6pm daily from 12th-16th May 2015. I’ll be exhibiting my work alongside hundreds of other artists and it would be lovely to see you there.Get involved in this exciting open art exhibition at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. The theme is Caring/Care and it is FREE to enter. If you would like to submit your artwork then follow the guidelines below.

Where do I send my images?

Send up to 3 Jpegs/photos of your work to collectconnect4@gmail.com
before Tuesday 31st March 2015 (Midnight).
The images should be approximately postcard size – A6 (10.5 x 14.8cm)
Include your name, title of the image/work and your website address if you have one.
The Theme
Your art/photo should respond to the theme of Caring/Care.
Feeling or showing care and compassion. Relating to professional social or medical care. To be troubled or concerned; be affected emotionally. To have regard, affection, or consideration. To have a desire or taste. To provide physical needs, help, or comfort. To agree or like (to do something). 

Or your interpretation of the theme…….

The Rose Theatre, Kingston

The Exhibition

We will print two copies of your artwork as an A6 postcard. One for the exhibition and one to send to you. Your name and title will appear beside your image.
The exhibition will be at The Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1HL. Open from the 12th-16th May 2015 (10am to 6pm) in the circle gallery space.
The exhibition will also be part of an exciting day that celebrates nursing around the world, with poetry, live music and drawing, expert speakers on the challenges of modern nursing on Friday 15th May.
A panel of artists and Kingston University Nursing Society members will be selecting 10-20 of their favourite images. These will be printed at an A3 size and framed.Will my work be selected?
Yes.
We are working with the artists’ collective, CollectConnect, who specialise in inclusive exhibitions. We aim to include at least one artwork by each artist but if you send us 3 then we hope to include them all. We have a ‘First come-First served’ policy, this sometimes means we close before the deadline.
Keep it Simple
Send your images to collectconnect4@gmail.com and be part of the exhibition!
 Visit the Art of Caring exhibition pages Submit, Exhibition, Artists and Festival to find out more.Alban

Dwell exhibition and book

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I’ve helped organise this month’s Dwell exhibition on the streets of London. It’s also included a new book by CollectConnect artists which has just been published by Sampson Low Ltd. London based artist and art therapist Dean Reddick has brought together  artists from around the world to publish a book of 30 practical Nets. Each black and white page is easy to photocopy and ready for all ages to build themselves. The Nets are graded with completion times and building tips. A magical book about 2D plans with the potential to become 3D dwellings that can be adapted and coloured by the reader.

Alban Low Dwelling -  Scrunchy Shed

Alban Low Dwelling –
Scrunchy Shed

Dwell: A book of Nets
Published February 2015
ISBN  978-1-910578-00-1
64 pages A4 Softback
Author – Various Artists
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Visit the CollectConnect website to buy
Dwell: A book of Nets for £6 (+£1.60 Postage and Packing)

Authors
Alban Low Scrunchy Shed
Beth Davis Hofbauer Castle in the Sky
Bryan Benge City Scape
Catherine Wynne-Paton Raft at Sea
Dean Reddick Shelter One and TreeHouse
Eleanor Bedlow Container
Ella Klenner & Fausto House by the Wild Sea
Eve Allsop Home
Gavin Blackhurst 46 Malbet Park
Helen Hunt Thoreau’s Room
Holly Daniels Fairy Dwelling
Jane Hellings Shipping Container
Jay Snelling Pyramid
Jessamy Low Ocelot Villa
J Masson Abri
Keziah Reddick Dream dwelling
Kim Reddick Crates
Lisa Howes Flat Pack
Malc Dow Escape Dwelling
Melanie Ezra Caer Hecsagon
Mike Russell Negated Obstacle
Natalie Low Dwellow Submarine
Nick Gammons Castle
Rajaa Khalife Paixao Confessions of an artist
Sabatin Bascoban The Caravan
Sara Lerota Table as a place..
Steve DT The Sistene Chapel
Stuart Simler Trojan Horse
Tamara Jelaca Little house in Prairie

Visit the CollectConnect website to find out more about the authors.
http://collectconnect.blogspot.co.uk/

Juan Maria Solare – Silent word films

They Go film Alban Low & Juan Maria Solare

They Go film
Alban Low & Juan Maria Solare

In the past month I’ve started a new project with modern tango composer Juan Maria Solare. As you know I like to balance several genres, ideas and themes so that one can feed into another. I’ve always enjoyed using words in my work and along with Juan Maria Solare we have made a film called ‘They Go’. It is based upon the repetition of designs, the repetition of our lives, the going to work and coming home again, the cycle of our working days. Taking the subverted vernacular of advertisers and altering them to suit my own sentiments and to suggest new meanings.

The film has been selected in the online exhibition Stack at Gallery 202, Northampton, UK. They aim to bring contemporary art to rural and urban communities through exhibitions and artist involvement with the public. See the full exhibition here – http://gallery202.wix.com/gallery202#!untitled/c7xa

Watch the film HERE – http://youtu.be/Z3XuD_3A7iI

Aphorismen album by Juan Maria Solare

Aphorismen album – Juan Maria Solare

This isn’t my first creative rub with Juan Maria Solare. Over the past year I have created a book jacket design and 3 album covers for this prolific musician. Here are the albums on iTunes –

Gardel al Piano
Acuarelas Junto al Río Inmóvil
Aphorismen

Juan Maria Solare was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1966 and has lived in Germany since 1993 as a composer and pianist. Currently he teaches Tango Music at the University of Bremen and Composition and Arrangements at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. At the Jacobs University Bremen he conducts the Jacobs Chamber Orchestra, which repertory a stress on classical music.
www.juanmariasolare.com/

I already have a new film on the drawing table or tripod, this one has words by Natalie, my wife and uses a sound recording of a Parker Knoll chair being dismantled as its score inspiration.

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What’s real is home exhibition

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Role-players take in the exhibition photo by Bill Mudge

Earlier this month I exhibited my most recent artwork from my time on the simulated mental health ward at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.  ‘What’s real is home’ included over 30 sketches at the Scene Of Crime House, Kingston University. It is a body of artistic work that has enabled me to delve even deeper into the mental health labyrinth. It has also increased my appreciation of the people who help guide us through it’s twists and turns.

This time last year I took my first tentative steps into the simulated mental health ward at Kingston University and St George’s, University London. I was unprepared for the process and theatre that awaited me. Since then my artistic life has dovetailed with the course, actors and staff. The sketches from last year formed a successful exhibition, a film which was screened at the BFI London, a loan of work to the Recovery exhibition at the Institute of Mental Health (Nottingham) and a series of articles online and in print.

Putting up the show

Putting up the show. Photo by Bill Mudge

I returned to the ward in 2014 alongside psychotherapist and tutor Harvey Wells. In addition to sketching, we also recorded the dialogue between patients and nurses on the simulated ward. These sound recordings inspired two short films that have been embraced by the international film circuit.

‘Ping Pong Paranoia’ was screened at the MORPHOS Immersive Video Dome Art festival in Los Angeles, USA.

‘What’s Real Is Home’ features the poetry of Robin Vaughan-Williams and premiered at the Filmpoem Festival (2014) in Antwerp, Belgium.

This year we recorded the voices of the ‘patients’ on the ward. We used these monologues as a creative springboard to explore a whole range of mental health themes. One of the most powerful sound recordings was from ‘Sandra’ who is played by actor Lindsay Shepherd. We were honoured that Lindsay attended the opening of the exhibition with some of the fellow role-players. It is her voice that appears alongside experimental jazz trio Toy Rokit on the film ‘Ping Pong Paranoia’. The film explores the ever increasing anxiety and claustrophobia felt by the paranoid patient ‘Sandra’ as she voices her concerns about being stuck on the ward.

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Sketch of Kevin Acott. Photo by Bill Mudge

The story isn’t over for ‘Ping Pong Paranoia’ either, just last night I attended another screening of the film at the Greenhorn Film Festival’s Animation Freakatorium in Crouch End. Amongst a high quality programme of short films, our modest film held its own despite its small budget. The full programme can be found at http://www.greenhornfestival.com/programme-2014/film-programme

It was both unnerving and exciting to be able to hang the exhibition at the Scene of Crime House at Kingston University. It was one of those nights that seemed very dark indeed. Luckily we had the services of photographer Bill Mudge, who captured some evocative images on his camera. See his full portfolio from the night here – http://mudgephoto.wordpress.com/portfolio/whats-real-is-home/

One part of the exhibition that brought a smile to everyone’s lips was the Train or Ward installation. This was comprised of 48 vignettes that documented one-sided conversations heard on trains from around the UK and within the Simulated Mental Health ward. Visitors to the exhibition were asked to guess where each conversation originated from. Was it Train or Ward?

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Outside the Scene of Crime House. Photo by Bill Mudge

These vignettes were first exhibited at the NOSE Festival in Exeter on the 29th March 2014 as a set of magnetic artworks each measuring 5 x 7cm. They were placed on lampposts and railings throughout the city. The public were invited to pick them up and collect or to leave for people to discover throughout the festival. Harvey Wells joined me both in installing the magnets and in the simulated ward where we instigated the project.

The ‘Train or Ward’ instillation aims to break down the boundaries by taking Art out of the gallery and into public spaces but also by challenging attitudes towards Mental Health in the community. The ‘normal’ lines are blurred, it is impossible to detect whether a conversation has originated from the mental health ward or the local train. It is clear though that there is humour and pathos in abundance in both these environments.

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Whats Real Is Home

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What’s Real Is Home

 

What’s Real Is Home exhibition

After the success of last year’s exhibition – ‘Eternal Art of the Simulated Mind’ – I returned to the Kingston University’s Simulated Mental Health Ward in 2014, where students from the School of Nursing learn their craft. As well as documenting this unique experience in my sketchbook, I also captured the care and chaos of the ward environment in a series of live recordings. This experience inspired two films that have recently been screened at the Morphos Dome in Los Angeles and at Antwerp’s Filmpoem Festival.

On 5th November I’ll be showing the whole body of work at the Scene of Crime House, 14 Fassett Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2TF. Come and join us from 5-7pm for films, paintings, sketches and atmospheric sound recordings.

 

Greenhorn Festival
One of our films from the Simulated Mental Health Ward is to be shown at the Greenhorn Festival.  Ping Pong Paranoia will help close the festival during the aptly named Animation Freakatorium on Sunday 16th Nov, 6.30-8pm, Arthouse, Crouch End, 159A Tottenham Lane, London N8 9BT. Get your tickets here – http://www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk/programme/?programme_id=720104

Films in production – Grand Designs
It has been a cinematic couple of months. I have already completed 5 films for experimental jazz trio Toy Rokit and I have another to come. The films are inspired by one of the houses from the Grand Designs TV programme. Bill Mudge and my very own family were lucky enough to stay in the residence in July 2013. Toy Rokit are now being inspired by my visuals in turn. We hope to produce a body of work that will result in an exhibition, live performances and a publication and CD.

They go film

They go film

Films in production – Juan Maria Solare
I have started a new project with Modern Tango supremo Juan María Solare. He was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1966 and has lived in Germany since 1993 as a composer and pianist. Currently he teaches Tango Music at the University of Bremen and Composition and Arrangements at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. At the Jacobs University Bremen he conducts the Jacobs Chamber Orchestra, which repertory a stress on classical music.

The films use both simple word sequences and visuals to create undercurrents of meaning, intrigue and humour. As you know my usual practice is tight and relies heavily on good technique, but this is type of work plays with ambiguity, which is a tool I’m just learning to use.

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All the albums below include my album art. I’ve been busy!

Max Luthert released his debut album at Pizza Express Soho last week on Whirlwind Recordings.
http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/orbital/

Both Samuel Eagles (Next Beginning) and Leo Appleyard (Pembroke Road) release their debut albums on F-IRE Records next month at the London Jazz Festival – http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/leo-appleyard-and-samuel-eagles-f-ire-records-double-bill

I’ve also contributed to Emily Saunders latest album Outsiders Insiders which will be launched also at this year’s LJF, 229 The Venue
Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN, 8.30pm.
http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/emily-saunders-partikel-jazz-dj

Partikel’s 3rd album String Theory is nearly ready for the printers too. Here’s a sneak peek at what it’s going to look like.

 

 

 

Art Language Location

I had a fantastic month in France relaxing, working on my little house in Limoux and making a drawing every day while I was out there. I got back to thousands of emails and a series of new albums just about to be released.

My first task was to create the map for the Cambridge Blue Plaque Walk Map which we’ll be using at the Art Language Location exhibition next Month. Join us on Saturday 18th October 10.30pm at Cambridge Rail Station where we will be walking the route of the 21 Blue Plaques in Cambridge City Centre. There is a full colour map that highlights the route but allows you to wander off at any point and re-join the trail. There is also a spotter’s guide, to keep children and the eagle-eyed amongst you entertained throughout your journey.

Outside Cambridge Rail Station, Saturday 18th October, 10.30pm, The Cambridge Blue plaque Walk.

BUY The Cambridge Blue Plaque Walk Map

Cambridge_Blue_Plaque_walk_Alban_LowThe Cambridge Blue Plaque Walk is a two hour circular walk that visits 21 of Cambridge’s Blue Plaques celebrating famous names like John Maynard Keynes and Sir Jack Hobbs and notable achievements such as the discovery of DNA.

The full colour map highlights the route but allows you to wander off at any point and re-join the trail. There is also a spotter’s guide, to keep children and the eagle-eyed amongst you entertained throughout your journey.

This walk was originally created as part of the Art Language Location festival in 2014 by artist Alban Low. Alongside the 21 established Blue Plaques, Low invited nominations for everyday plaques that celebrated the unsung personalities and events of Cambridge. He printed these as magnetic plaques and placed them throughout the city with help from a keen group of walkers and art enthusiasts. You can see all 50 overleaf and maybe a few still remain on lampposts and railings along the route.

Art Language Location (ALL) is an art festival taking place over two and a half weeks in locations throughout Cambridge, featuring 50 innovative and experimental contemporary artists from across the UK and beyond who use text in their work.

Each artist must find an appropriate venue for their work: the resulting intervention creates a conversation between artist, artwork and location. This extended exhibition aims to punctuate the city with a series of visually exciting and unexpected encounters in which our everyday interactions with text can be explored and challenged.

ON THE MAP
If that wasn’t enough map related excitement then hold onto your hats!
In April 2015 I’ll be exhibiting in and organising an exhibition of Artists’ Maps at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery.
20 Maps will be framed, exhibited and of course walked!

 

Leo Appleyard - Pembroke Road

Leo Appleyard – Pembroke Road

 

Albums Art
The next two months sees four releases that I created the album art for.

Max Luthert will be launching his album ‘Orbital’ on Monday 20th October at the Pizza Express Soho on the Whirlwind Recordings label.

Leo Appleyard’s debut album, ‘Pembroke Road’ will be released alongside Samuel Eagles, ‘Next Beginning’  on the F-IRE label during the London Jazz Festival on the 16th November also at the Pizza Express Soho 12 noon.

and finally a online digital release for Bremen based Argentinian born Tango composer Juan Maria Solare called ‘Acuarelas junto al rio inmovil’.