Notes on work, working, making work, and all the stuff that goes into being an artist


I had such a lovely time back as an alumna at King’s College Cambridge, with fellow artists Joanna Jones and Helen Lindon.

Despite the not-ideal screening conditions – the curtains just would not move and probably had not been closed for years – A Parable for Endeavour – went down well and prompted a truly inspiring and wide-ranging discussion covering everything from scale, to beauty, to collaboration, agency, slowness, the difficulties of interpretation, vulnerability and the importance of care.

“…the care was so visible that it was mesmerising to watch…”
“… the slowness of the first section ….. makes slowness important in a way that is refreshing….”
“… a story of paper trampled on and given a chance to shine again by three women” as if to say “you can’t trample us down, we are able to tell our story”
“… 3 women working with their hands … making art not food was powerful and feminist”

We all sat in on the panel discussion – women in academia and then glammed up for the evening dinner with a keynote speech by Kum-Kum Bhavnani about her work promoting human rights, social justice and the work that women do across the globe.

We stayed overnight which gave us a chance to find good places for breakfast and lunch and to go to the Fitzwilliam Museum to see the rather wonderful current exhibition Madonnas and Miracles, which was highly appropriate given the weekend’s theme. While at the museum we also went to the Sunday lunchtime concert and were bowled over by the young pianist, Julian Trevelyan.

We now have a website for A Parable for Endeavour and hope we can screen it again, perhaps as a visual paper at a conference or symposium.


I finally got back in the studio today after about 6 weeks! It looked very neat and tidy in there but luckily not so tidy that it was intimidating …

… and I’d left a piece to finish off, which a minor accident with meant I had to play a bit…

I’ve now left myself some started but unfinished work to do when I get back after the Christmas festivities to round of my professional practice development project.

In the meantime, Happy Christmas.


Apart from writing various funding bits and doing other stuff that has kept me at the computer, I am pleased to have work in two shows.

Outside the Lines in Folkestone runs until 28 January at a very nice space called Brew, which happens to be a coffee shop in a beautiful white Modernist building just near Folkestone Central station. Once you know where it is, it is easy to find! Unusually for coffee shop venues, it has a real white cube space feel once you are inside – and the coffee is good too! The exhibition includes four of my recent collage pieces.

I also have some work in the Christmas edition of the Art Market in Maidstone – my Chinese Zodiac inspired pieces, which include two Roosters, as next year is the year of the Rooster, starting 28 January. They look rather good all hung together like this, which is spurring me on to do a set of twelve, once I get out from behind the computer.