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Talking Rubbish

In October 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Rubbish is (re)commencing a previous strand of dialogue based research: Talking Rubbish aka Rubbish Conversations. Semi-structured interviews with artists working with rubbish will be recorded and transcribed for this blog, with the view […]

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Guided Tour / Performance

I did my guided tour / performance-lecture yesterday afternoon to a crowd of people who had booked on via the Brighouse Arts Festival website, free. There was a nice mix of familiar art scene faces and new people as well […]

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Exhibition Installation

Yesterday was installation day. The blue baize boards had arrived and been put into position. I put the velcro on the back of my prints and decided which order they should go in, to the soundtrack of the piano being […]

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Day 6 on site 24/09/18

It’s my last week on site already! I started off at the skips and found a chair in mustard yellow. There were a lot of house clearances today and items included this rusty umbrella, a folding table and a ceramic […]

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Day 5 on site 20/09/18

On site today involved a discussion with staff about the brick building that appears boarded up. It’s currently used as storage but apparently was the recycling centre when the site was next to the municipal tip. The site manager found […]

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Day 4 on site 17/09/18

Objects of interest from the skips today: Broken cellar door Kitchen sink from a kitchen refit Rocking horse given to the previous owner but ‘immediately trashed’ by her kids and too small for them anyway. File used to store important […]

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Split

I used the paint colour-matched with ‘Oro Antico’ (paint thrown out after a relationship break-up) mixed at Seagulls Recycled Paint to ‘repair’ some torn pictures from discarded/recycled materials (Ikea advert and Suez recycling leaflet). I was originally thinking to carefully […]

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Day 3 on site 13/09/18

Day 3 on site started with noticing some embroidered church kneeling cushions in the general waste skip. They were kindly pulled out for me to photograph. Someone was getting rid of a load of frames and let me take a […]

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Day 2 on Site 09/09/18

I met some more members of the team at the Recycling Centre today and we had some really good Rubbish Conversations. I asked them what the strangest thing they’d had thrown away was. After a bit of thought, the strangest […]

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Day 1 On Site

I spent the morning on site today meeting the team, talking rubbish and talking some photos. We had a good chat in the office about rubbish: the sorting categories and value of rubbish. Apparently there’s no money (for them) in […]

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Rubbish Collages and Rubbish Research

As I gear up for my first proper day on site on Thursday, I’ve been making some collages out of discarded/recycled (charity shopped) materials combined with Suez’s leaflets (which inevitable become recycled materials too). The first one of these (above, […]

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Induction

I’ve had the Suez site user induction at the Halifax transfer site which is mostly common sense with a bit of jargon thrown in for good measure. There was a test at the end! Which has inspired me to maybe […]

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03/08/18 Site Visit

I had my initial meeting with the team at Brighouse Recycling Centre yesterday and bought a giant fibreglass yellow pepper for 50p from the on site ‘Revive’ shop at the recycling centre which intercepts items destined for the skips. The […]

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Rubbish Residency

I’m artist in residency at Brighouse Recycling Centre for Brighouse Festival 2018. I will be working on site researching and and undertaking Rubbish Conversations leading up to the Festival (5-14th October), culminating in a performance on site and exhibition at Brighouse Library

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Scavenger

Time can be a funny thing. When you are not looking, it just slips by as if nothing, yet it can be such an important factor in the creating and making of things. I have been working on quite a […]

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Residual Projects

I very pleased to be involved in an upcoming micro residency / group show Residual Projects at South Square in Bradford this December/January. There are 7 artists doing 6 week-long residencies looking at the residual layers of creative spaces and […]

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Economies of Scale

On Thursday 11th September I visited two environments married to the same material yet radically different in scale. The Cooper-Recifavela, Cooperative de Catadores de Materiais Reciclãveis do Favela Vila Prudente de São Paulo, emerged from a union of residents in […]

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São Paulo Residency 2014

I’ve been invited to participate in the ‘World Congress on Solid Waste Management’ in São Paulo, Brazil, from 8th – 11th September 2014. What follows is a response.

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The Mafia Is Trashing Italy… Literally (2009)

Currently watching: The Mafia Is Trashing Italy… Literally (2009) VICE Film footage shows the mountains of garbage bales with commentary on the scale of the issue in Naples and the surrounding Campania region. Interviews with farmers from the affected regions […]

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Back into Rubbish

After a long and painful period of illness, I’m very happy to be able to resume studies this week. I’m reacquainting myself with my own research and recommencing my thesis first draft. Things to distract me from the task at […]

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Back into Rubbish

After a long and painful period of illness, I’m very happy to be able to resume studies this week. I’m reacquainting myself with my own research and recommencing my thesis first draft. Things to distract me from the task at […]

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