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Pollock-Krasner grant success

August 2019, received grant from Pollock-Krasner Foundation.  Great news!  This funding will allow me to continue my art practice for another year, without financial pressure.

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MERZ residency

Currently artist-in-residence for 8 weeks at MERZ Gallery, Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, until 10th November, 2019.  Working on a project about local architecture and industry – focussing on the knitting industry and related industrial buildings.  There will be an exhibition at MERZ at the end of the residency – opening 6-8pm, Friday 8th November.  These photographs show the bothy where I’m staying and the studio / gallery where I’m working and exhibiting.

Carbeth Huts – new project

Friday 26th July, 2019, made first work trip to Carbeth Huts – 12.5 miles north of Glasgow.  Biking out there is part of the adventure.  Spent a few hours sketching and recording sound.  Also chatting to a couple of the resident ‘hutters’.  So many of these huts – all highly individual, many incorporating interesting recycled elements.  Great doing this at the moment, in warm, summer weather (although midges a nuisance).  Intend to make weekly trips.  Will be interesting to see how the experience changes as year progresses and it gets colder.

http://www.carbethhutters.co.uk/

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Group show – Sipgate, Düsseldorf

June 23rd – Aug 31st, 2019, ‘Brexit: Mail Art from a Small Island’,
Sipgate, Düsseldorf, Germany.

“The exhibition Brexit: Mail Art from a Small Island deals with the dubious idea of ​​retracing borders in Europe, the meaning of which is denied here, in which the exchange between nations as a value in itself is emphasized by the example of artists free movement of persons and goods is highlighted, and the looming future hurdles are negated. With a gesture borrowed from Fluxus, the art is sent from the United Kingdom to the exhibition in Düsseldorf and the artists themselves travel to the opening. Borders are denied and cohesion is celebrated.” (Extract of text by exhibition organiser, Cornelius Quabeck).

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Solo show, ‘Fairydean’ 15-16 June, 2019

Part of Architecture Fringe http://architecturefringe.com/#/fairydean/

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Since June 2018, frequent trips from Glasgow to Galashiels to make work at Netherdale Stadium, home of Gala Fairydean Rovers FC.  Designed by Peter Womersley and completed in 1964.  Proper name is Netherdale but often referred to as the Fairydean stand.  I first encountered it during a Doors Open Day a few years ago and was amazed by its dynamic appearance – the floating canopy and concrete surfaces – and decided to go back at some point, to make work about the building.  I approached the club in 2018, with a request to spend time sketching and filming at the ground – they have been very welcoming throughout.  My day trips there are usually midweek, by train and bike, although I’ve been to two Saturday matches when everything is buzzing.  Usually though, very quiet.   Ink sketches of the stadium.  Some watercolours too.  Lots of filming and interviewing of people associated with the club.  And now an exhibition lined up for June, in the club’s Board Room.  Interesting challenge – how to slot my work in amongst the room’s many trophies and framed photographs.  I don’t want to move anything though – I’d rather respectfully position my things in relation to what’s already there.  Initial plan to position artworks amongst the stand’s seating scuppered by current restorative work.  But good that the work is being done to save the building.  The Board Room show has given me lots to think about – working out ways of making my drawings, sculptures and video fit with the surroundings.

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Briggait preview Wed 10/10/18

My solo show ‘Cold Wind Coming Off the River’ opens 6-8pm on Wednesday 10th October, 2018, at The Briggait, Glasgow.

Work from a two-week residency at The Steeple, Newburgh, Fife last winter.

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Düsseldorf preview 4/10/18

http://www.sipgateshows.de

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