Pleased and excited to say that Dark, the film I completed late last year with James E Kenward, has been selected for the juried competition this year at REELpoetry in Houston. The selections will screen online in a programme over 5 days at the beginning of April, and then a selected programme and the winners will screen at the in-person event over the weekend.
Enjoying working with and getting to know the group in the research project set up by Wiebke Leister and Beverley Carruthers - Expanded Librarians.
The exhibition is the result of a series of collaborative artists’ workshops investigating different approaches to what the figure of the Expanded Librarian can be, and to add to the existing discourses of text & image – theoretically, methodologically and as artistic strategy.
Groups within the workshop have taken a different thread to follow:
Very pleased to say that James E. Kenward and I have completed and released our film 'Dark'. We met very briefly at the Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition in Cork City, Ireland at the end of 2022, and over the course of 2023 I slowly put together the visuals to make this film. It was a slow burn but eventually the photographs and footage all fell into place. The film was premiered at a live event in November last year, and we decided we would release it in winter with the hope of spring on the horizon.
My latest poetry film 'Dark' with poet/performer James E. Kenward and with music performed by multiple award winning concert pianist Bota Zakir previewed at Weaving Poetry, Piano and Film at Mountshannon Arts, Ireland, on 24th November 2023. This was shown amongst an evening of live performances of poetry by James, with Bota playing piano pieces by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninov and more in accompaniment. The whole event looked like a wonderfully atmospheric evening in the setting of St Caimin's Church. I very much hope they can repeat the event elsewhere and I'll be able to attend.
A fun couple of days taking part in TEN:th - the 10th anniversary of the first exhibition of Art Language Location in Cambridge. I took part in the 2015 edition. An anniversary of sorts for me too, because it was the first time I had exhibited a film piece to the public and this time I was showing a recent film 'Gethsemane'. The support and encouragement of Robert Good and his team back in 2015 made a big impact on me, and what it means to exhibit and take part in events. It was lovely to catch up with old faces and new ones in the Cambridge crowd and those that had travelled from further, far and wide.
With thanks to the other photographers who captured more images of the events than me: Sara Lerota, Robert Good, Josepa Munoz, Alan Culverhouse, Veronique Chance. Loads more to see on the Art Language Location website.
The Procreate Project selected my work for the Mother Art Prize back in 2017. They are a brilliant organisation that aims to 'support the professional development of contemporary artists who are also (m)others, working across disciplines'. There is so much to admire about the vision and tenacity of the organisation and of its founder Dyana Gravina. They push forward with new initiatives but also continue to support and champion the artists they have worked with in the past. I don't think that's a small thing. Motherhood is tough, and feeling like you've got long-term creative friends in the background cheering you on is valuable to help keep your creative life going.
This is a project in which they are creating a series of public exhibitions using hoardings. The idea is to increase visibility for artists who are mothers and carers. This is my work as part of the exhibition currently in Deptford, London. Other venues have included Modern Art Oxford, Hastings Contemporary and Lewisham Shopping Centre
Deptford hoardings also featuring @littlefiresstudio @mamapaynter
@kimhopsonstudio @leenowellwilson @sarahsudhoff
Photos by Katie Edwards.
The finale! The closing event to my exhibition in Cambridge - 'Herstories: problems & solutions' went really well I think - with huge thanks and appreciation for my collaborators for joining me and allowing me to show their films 🤩 to an appreciative audience. Special thanks to Chaucer Cameron and Katie Dale-Everett for talking so eloquently about their work and their concerns.
Cheers to Richard DeDominici for Sylvia:Redux, for documenting the event with these great photos & for helping my coin toss 'Listening or Not Listening game'. Congratulations to the winner a copy of 'The Authority Gap' by Mary Ann Sieghart Please digest and pass on! 😁
Thanks to everyone who came, to Art at the ARB, and to Judith for all her support and organisation.
Very honoured to (remotely) be part of the preview event on 6th September for this year's Bucharest Feminist Film Festival. The curators selected four films from previous festivals to discuss how art and activism intertwine, and consider them in relation to the mural made by Wanda Hutira on the terrace of J'ai Bistrot Bucharest.
Sissy Doutsiou is an actor and director of the Institute for Experimental Arts in Athens, Greece. I'd met Sissy in 2019 when I attended the Athens International Video Poetry Festival, organised by Sissy and the Institute. There was so much to see in that Festival, but I particularly remember being blown away by the intensity of her live performance that I watched. So it was exciting back in April when Sissy approached me to make a film together. It's been a challenging project - a new way of collaborating, the subject matter, and working with two languages. Take a look at the results ... or some screenshots below.