New Blogsite

As this project draws to an end, so also will this blogsite. I am pleased that I have this comprehensive documentary of my journey over the past 10-months. But fear not, I have started another blog to document what happens from here at:

Thursday, November 29, 2007



As part of the Vickers award I have been teaching a few days in the Fine Art department at the University. I have really enjoyed this on the whole - but today was particularly rewarding, hence I feel compelled to make a blog entry. Thank you to the students who took part in the group critique today and sharing your work with me. Today had a excellent vibe and energy about it and it was a pleasure to invite you down to my studio.

First painting on canvas

I recently bought some art materials for my niece for her birthday. This is her first acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Now I can see I'm not the only artist who can't resist painting around the edge. Thanks for the photo E, it's a bit out of focus though.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Still working hard...


Drawing Restraint

I have just been to see Drawing Restraint 9 by Matthew Barney at the Broadway in Nottingham. A feature length art film featuring Matthew Barney and Bjork (Bjork also composed the music). I've had the soundtrack for a couple of years which I always found hard to listen to due to its eeriness. As suspected the film was a little strange and self indulgent (but then again I can't talk). However, I found it quite beautiful, eagerly watching to see if I could decipher its message through its heavy symbolism. I could go on and on analysing it but essentially it is about love, sexuality, ceremony and (anti) Whaling - not to be confused with wailing - well to my mind anyway. Oh and lots of vaseline, lard or perhaps it's blubber? I can't find a copyright free image anywhere so sorry no picture. I quite enjoyed the two-and-a-half hour experience - but I don't think I will need to see it again in a hurry.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Open Studios, Banks' Mill

Today I visited the Open Studios at Banks' Mill in Derby and met some really lovely people and came away with a handful of cards and literature. The building and studios are fantastic and the spaces are open to all art forms from Fine Art to Product Design so there's a good mix. Banks' Mill is one of three business incubation units run by the University of Derby, and exists to support the development of new businesses in the creative industries.

Friday, November 23, 2007

A day in the life of an intellectual artist

So today didn't go exactly as planned. The day started with me catching up with some essential book-keeping and then followed by a couple of fruitful meetings. In between times and afterwards it was my intention to go on a walkabout exploring with my camera - actually two of them! Firstly, I wanted to photograph the progress of the new QUAD arts building and the ice rink that has appeared in the city centre (yes like those that you see in films based in New York at Christmas - very romantic).

To cut a long story short the first camera didn't work - flat battery. Swiftly on to backup camera number two - yep you got it - turned it on - batteries went flat. Arghhhhhh!!!!

Then I thought (as sometimes an intellectual artist does!!!) camera phone. Yes that's it - the third camera. However, after waiting for what felt like 5 minutes it merely asked (as inanimate objects often do), "check camera connection" WHAT the hell???? Of course I take no responsibility for checking the batteries - nothing to do with me is it?

Shortly after this someone let me touch their new Apple i-phone - tasty.

So what then? Well I went and had a fantastic hair cut instead - shallow but delightful and relaxing. Perhaps now I can see out from beneath my fringe I may be able to think more clearly? May be I'll start by organising back-up batteries or checking them on a regular basis.

The upshot is I do not have a photo for today's blog entry, so here's a picture of my friends new motorbike. Well it is not actually HIS bike - but his is apparently the same. I can't wait to have a go on the back.

Thursday, November 22, 2007



Home now.


Going off to work with 3rd year students at the University today.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Green Paint

I am currently working on my next piece and believe me painting never gets any easier. As I am not posting the work on this blog yet, here's a clue to the colours I have been using today.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


I've had visitors this weekend and have travelled around some of Derbyshire being a tourist. Matlock Bath, Bakewell (bought puddings - not tarts), Buxton, Burton-on-Trent (not so beautiful), Ashbourne and Wirksworth. Today I have seen snow (well a few flakes between the rain!) SNOW already!!!!!!

(Oops just looked on the map to discover that Burton-on-Trent isn't in Derbyshire but it's right on the south west boarder with Staffordshire. I should seriously do my research!)

Monday, November 12, 2007

London Event Pics

Artwork: Copyright Jane Jones, Rupert Record, David Shilling, Natalie Dowse & Christina Niederberger 2007

Well as predicted it was an exhausting weekend but very successful. The Charity event was packed and had a really good buzz. A substantial mount was raised for the Robert Grace Trust (details to follow). Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera for the evening event, nonetheless managed to take some pics of the exhibition yesterday.

Friday, November 9, 2007

London Exhibition & Charity Evening

Charity Evening:
The Robert Grace Trust celebrates 20 years with an evening of contemporary art
Canapes, Wine and Drinks - Tickets £20
Artists: Jane Jones, Rupert Record, David Shilling, Natalie Dowse & Christina Niederberger

Saturday 10th November 2007 - 6pm - 9.30pm
at Candid Galleries, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ
(just behind Angel Tube)
The Robert Grace Trust provides immediate support to people with HIV/AIDS and their carers in Africa and the UK. All proceeds from the exhibition will go the trust.

Artists: Jane Jones, Rupert Record, David Shilling, Natalie Dowse & Christina Niederberger

Sunday 11th November 2007 - 12 noon - 6pm
at Candid Galleries, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ
(just behind Angel Tube) Admission free