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The Royal Art

The summer has been a period settling deeper into the Jungian and alchemical teachings that have resulted from our bursary funded “night shaking” project. Dean and myself have continued in our personal readings and researching of the subject matter but have […]

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Statue First Day

This week I had my first meeting at The Orchards specialist school in Flixton, Trafford to talk about how to introduce and adapt Statue performance/workshop for the school setting. I specifically wanted to work with this school as it believes […]

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July 2019 Hortus Botanicus Leiden, NL.

  In July this year I visited the Hortus Botanicus and the Special Collections Library of the University of Leiden. I wanted to experience both the Hortus and the first catalogue of it in person. I am lucky because the […]

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Hortus Botanicus

Hortus is a project which involves research into early practices of collecting and cataloguing as exemplified by the sixteenth century botanic gardens and libraries of Padua (IT) and Leiden (NL).

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01/09/19

We had a development session at Compass Live Art in Leeds last week (we being the artist development bursary recipients with the Compass team). This one was looking at partnerships. Nicole Mollett and Sarah Butler’s A-Z of Partnerships was used […]

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Project update

My bursary-funded project Approaching Viriditas (Epilogue) is now well into the production phase. Having made new costumes, I have shot the video content and have been developing coded elements (using Processing). I’m now editing these together with the video footage. […]

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13/08/19

Audiologist recommended googling “communication tactics” and here is one result: Communication strategies when talking to individuals with hearing loss https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/51744-Communication-strategies-when-talking-to-individuals-with-hearing-loss Choose your environment Some environments are much easier for communication for people with hearing loss. Here are some things you […]

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12/08/19

I’ve been thinking about absence or opposite of dialogue. Antonyms are: quiet; silence; monologue; soliloquy (talking to yourself). A dialogue that isn’t a dialogue is talking to someone who isn’t listening or present in the conversation. That dialogue would be […]

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11/08/19

I was asked by my previous University to write a short blurb about my time there studying for my Masters and send some photos for their Alumni feature. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on my time there and the […]

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10/10/19

I took the kids to a lasercutting workshop at Bridge Rectifier in Hebden Bridge. They designed their own door plaque and learned about the lasercutting process. They had lots of questions and learned out lasercutting hands on through the making. […]

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09/08/19

I had another doctors appointment today for an ongoing but undiagnosed issue. Doctors deal with the patient’s medical ailments and biology but they must do so primarily through dialogue with the patient. Their dialogue skills are highly trained. Listening to […]

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08/08/19

I took the kids on a Pirate Day at Shibden Hall today which was part treasure hunt and part crafting activity. The facilitators were in costume and in pirate character for the treasure hunt. They took us for a short […]

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07/08/19

We had a Dwell Time meeting today and discussed our plans for our September-December workshop programme. This idea development stage building ideas up through dialogue is one of the most rewarding and exciting parts of collaborations when anything is possible […]

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06/08/19

“Is it a sculpture?” “No it’s not got a door.” “Is there a door on top?” “I can’t see!” “It might be a sculpture still”

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05/08/19

Oh. A small word but can be a heavily loaded word. When you receive bad news. When you receive surprising information. When you receive information and want to ackwnowledge receipt of said information. When you don’t know what else to […]

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04/08/19

We had a big family meet up today at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. There were cousins there I haven’t seen in 30 years and swapping memories of our childhood was great. We each have slightly different memories of the same occasions […]

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