I was hoping I would have news of our crowdfunding video by now, but it’s still a few days away from being live. For some reason, it wouldn’t upload, forcing frantic emails to Kickstarter (who don’t answer emails at weekends frustratingly)… and several goes on different PCs before it finally went though.

Now there is a waiting period of at least two days while it is screened by the site and hopefully given the OK. Time is ticking on and we still have no funding secured for the exhibition.

So I’ve carried on with my own work, making collages using manipulated paper and I’m quite happy with the way they are going. I took the opportunity to submit to a charity auction for the Cornerstone gallery: http://www.hope.ac.uk/cornerstonegallery/pre-paidpostcardexhibitionandauction/ to ‘force’ myself to work in 2D again. I’d been thinking about it for ages, but I just couldn’t gather the motivation to it. Cheers to deadlines!

I can’t show the work here just yet as it’s a secret auction and kind of defeats the object if people recognise the work I’m doing now. I’ll wait until my name is revealed first.

Last weekend, I picked up my truck installation from the Williamson tunnels, marking the end of exhibition #2 for me. While I was in the area, I decided to call in to see the David Hockney exhibition at the Walker :http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/events/displayevent.aspx?EventID=14821 I was so influenced by him years ago and I fondly remembered the numerous coloured pencil drawings I did. I don’t know if it was because he was one of my idols at one time or what, but the exhibition felt ‘comfortable’. Nothing challenging or particularly thought provoking – just easy on the eye.

This feeling came again as I viewed the work of Hurvin Anderson at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham: http://ikon-gallery.org/event/hurvin-anderson-reporting-back/

We went on a work trip to the new Birmingham Library yesterday (fabulous building – well worth seeing!) and while in the city, I persuaded the others to come over to the Ikon gallery with me.

As with the Hockney’s, I felt a real ease in seeing paintings again. I am soooo bored with bitty exhibitions at the moment and could really do with more stimuli.

What have we come to when we find paintings new and refreshing again?


Alistair Hudson from Grizedale Arts came to talk to us yesterday, about their role in the Office of useful Arts http://arteutil.net/main/

(as part of ‘Art Turning left’) http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/art-turning-left-how-values-changed-making-1789-2013

I think I must be living in a complete bubble sometimes as I spend far too much time concentrating on just my own work and trying to make a living. Why did I not know that they did so much for the community? When I think of Grizedale, I think of the outdoor sculpture space – not this! I love that they sold local produce at Frieze to help fund one of their projects. Being a bit of a reluctant ‘working with the public’ sort of artist, it actually made me want to go out and do something. Go Grizedale! http://www.grizedale.org/