Today I was artist-rapporteur at the Same Skies’ The Future of West Yorkshire’s Regional Democracy event. My role is to crystallise and create an artistic interpretation of the event.

There were many interesting presentations and discussions and the notes I made will feature in my drawings:


fuzzy geography





capability approach

grass growing over the trailers and spraypaint

“do people say ‘hamlets’ any more”

expanded immediacy

money is not inherently useful

cities as nodes

constrained by neoliberal language

togetherness as a radical act

sehn sucht

index of deprivation

“I swear it’s a question”

embrace mess

give us the money and we’ll do it

if you’re not connected to a place you’re not going to know what will work there

audible connections

all the different ways of silencing a female candidate

how do we look after each other in West Yorkshire?



I had a great Flask Conversation with Sally today. We talked about education and documentation of dialogue and so many interesting things. Flask is a vehicle, a conduit, a catalyst.





noun, formally a plural of agendum, but usually used as a singular with plural a·gen·das or a·gen·da.
a list, plan, outline, or the like, of things to be done


Dwell Time were filming in Huddersfield today for our CrossCountry promo video. It was a full day and there was lots of downtime in between the actual filming which created lots of space for conversation. I did a piece to camera too and we staged lots of conversations. Two of the artists we work with separately became quite emotionally about the positive impact Dwell Time has had on their lives and there were tears and hugs a plenty (off camera). The filming provided an opportunity for us all to reflect on what the project has meant for us and the downtime allowed for some really good connective conversations. I think if we’d been rushing around and cramming it in we just wouldn’t have had the opportunity for the meaningful dialogue.




I audio recorded a Flask Conversation with Lucy today as well as a catch up. She mentioned that the conversation had created a memory recall she hadn’t expected and I reflected that this seemed to be a common trope.