Winter 2018

Exhibitions
Christmas is behind me now and I’m busy preparing for two exhibitions, Small World Futures and The Art of Caring. Small World Futures will be a reasonably small group show, with around 15 artists exhibiting miniature worlds on the streets of London. Dean Reddick and I have been cultivating niches, railings, nooks and crannies around London Bridge in the past few months. We’ll be placing the worlds throughout February (1st-28th), photographing them and posting them on the CollectConnect blog. Members of the public will be able to view the worlds in situ, and even take them hope if they wish. We have also invited several writers to create poems, short stories and creative responses to the worlds. I’ll create a specific page here on my website in the next few weeks, as I’ve become fascinated by this kind of dystopian vision. Inspired by both by Brexit and the tragedy at Grenfell.

Our Small World Futures exhibition will then go onto Aabenraa in Denmark where Eskild Beck will be having his own miniature dioramic exhibition in May and June.

The Art of Caring is now in its fourth year and I’m incredibly proud of what we do to support Carers, Nurses and the NHS. It would be wonderful if you could get involved. As always we’re totally inclusive, so there are no excuses, just do it. The International Council of Nurses have come up with a powerful theme this year, so I hope that ‘Health is a Human Right’ will inspire. All the details are HERE. The exhibition will be displayed along a corridor in the Atkinson Morley Wing at St George’s Hospital, Tooting in May 2018.

The exhibition will be moving onto St Pancras Hospital later in the year, July to September. So keep an eye out. We always have a good party with Peter Herbert.

Jazz
In November this year I performed at the London Jazz Festival for the first time. Alongside the Stefanos Tsourelis Trio I sketched live on stage, using spirit ink and 6 huge canvases. It was an amazing night, one I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I’ve been sketching musicians for nearly 10 years now, and this was such an exhilarating night at a packed out Bull’s Head, Barnes.

I’m still busy sketching on the radio at A World In London at Resonance FM nearly every week, as well as plenty of gigs around London. Have a look at http://artofjazz.blogspot.co.uk/

I’m currently working on 3 album covers, for the Balagan Cafe Band, pianist Pete Lee, and for Sam Leak who is about to release an album with Dan Tepfer.

Books and Maps
In the past few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to have illustrated Sarah Hobbs’ new book Two Hills. This is a new collaboration for me, with a poet who is a young exciting prospect. http://www.sarahhobbspoetry.co.uk/

I’ve also worked on my wife Natalie’s new chapbook, School Run. It really is worth a read. We launched it by having a bed-in, John and Yoko style. Buy it HERE.

Don’t forget my Walton-on-Thames Literary Walking Map is now available too. As the weather gets better in 2018, find a nice day and take stroll around Walton, discovering its hidden treasures. Elmbridge Council commissioned me to create it and it was one of my favourite jobs of 2017.

It is an A3 fold out map with a double page information sheet from Elmbridge Museum that reveals Walton’s literary connections with William Thackeray, Dirk Bogarde, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Jerome Kern, Julian Sturgis, Samuel Ireland, Matteo Sedazzari, Anne Cummings and many more. Follow the 60-90 minute circular walk and visit literary sites of interest in Walton-on-Thames, including The Swan pub, Walton Bridge, Nettlefold Studio, Walton Library, Ashley Park , St Mary’s Church and The Old Manor House.

 

 

 

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December News

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Murder Minutes Quintet & Alban – Shaw Gallery 2013

Art Jazzed Up
The Art Jazzed Up exhibition was a huge success with 80 artists exhibiting 250 artwork on the walls of the Shaw Gallery, Croydon.
It was a mammoth task of organisation so thank you to Alan Carlyon Smith and his team at Trinity School for doing the hang. The part I was most nervous about was the performance, where I drew on 7 large paper canvases while the band of Mike DiRubbo, Duncan Eagles, Max Luthert, Dave Storey and Bill Mudge played on.
Read about it here

Cardboard City Exhibition
I’m currently exhibiting and helping organise the Cardboard City exhibition along London’s Southbank. Every day from the 1st-24th December we’ll be opening the doors on an artists work. We’ve all responded to Stuart Simler call to arms and the theme Social Advent. Its all on the collectconnect website. Link Here.

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50 On a daily trunk : Vol.1

Album Artwork
I’m working on several album covers at the moment.
The hot one is Max Luthert’s debut which is the early stages.
Catalan pianist Jaume Gispert’s is pretty much in the bag, its my first vinyl and I really appreciate the extra canvas to work on. The group are called 50 On A Daily Trunk.
Also Samuel Eagles artwork is finished too already for release in 2014.
I also completed Lesley Christiane and Kelvin Christiane’s albums in November.

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Jeffrey’s Anxiety Pill – Alban Low

Recovery
I’m currently exhibiting at the Institute of Mental Health (Nottingham) in the exhibition on Recovery. I was able to draw upon my experience as artist-in-residence at  Kingston University and St George’s University’s simulated Mental Health Ward. I’m going back into the Ward in January. The Recovery Exhibition runs until May 2014.  Recovery Exhibition Link

Jazz
I’m keeping busy on the jazz circuit with several gig sketches/reviews to catch up on after the EFG London Jazz Festival. You can see what I’m up to at www.artofjazz.blogspot.com
Work has slowed a little as online artist-in-residence on the Rainlore’s World Website due to the ill health of my mentor Rich Rainlore but I hope to embark on some new adventures as soon as he’s back on form. Rainlore’s World Website

Future
I’m meeting the Wimbledon Poetry Circle this month and hopefully we will putting on an exhibition of Art and Poetry in March 2014 at the Village Hall Trust Gallery (Wimbledon).
We’ve also been given one of the prestigious curatorial slots at next year’s Fringe Arts Bath festival. I believe we’ll be resurrecting the Fab Fridge street art exhibition. More info as soon as I know.

AL.