Tuesday, July 22, 2008

CUC Exhibition Website

Here are a few more photos of the CUC Exhibition in Liverpool and the magnificent Cathedral .. it was a great experience being involved in this prestigious event, and by all accounts a very successful show. Selected artists are being considered for exhibition at the Novas Scarman CUC on the South Bank in London, and I'm hoping my name is in the hat for that great opportunity.

Thanks to David Crawley and Diana Ali for the inclusion, and everyone who attended and made it all worthwhile. Hope to see you at the next event.

Also, the new website detailing the artists who were involved is up and running (or should be within a day or two of this post), and can be found at www.upandcoming.org .. feel free to visit and have a look at some of the great work that was on display in the Aghafar Gallery at the Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, through July.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool

The exhibition private view in the Aghafar Gallery, and the after party with live band in the Jamaica Room was really a night to remember, with a wonderful turnout of guests and surprises around every turn.

Here you can see Liverpool through one of my acrylic and metal pieces installed in the 3rd floor window, as well as a glimpse of the gallery, and the view from my hotel room overlooking the Albert Dock (that's the Tate Gallery on the left). Additionally, there was a visit to the Liverpool Cathedral - a fine example of iconic industrial architecture, and you may note the similarities between the vaulted ceiling and my own designs.

I look forward to returning to Liverpool and to my next public exhibition. Many thanks to all those involved, including curators David Crawley and Diana Ali, Tom the art handler for making some excellent recommendations, and the staff at the CUC for all their support.

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Contemporary Urban Centre for the Arts, Liverpool

This past week saw me preview my first exhibition at the CUC in Liverpool, a fabulous new development across from the Albert Dock - home of the Tate Gallery and Beatles Museum. I am honoured and pleased to be part of this terrific emerging artists show in the magnificent newly refurbished listed building in the heart of the Capital of Culture.

The Contemporary Urban Centre and Novas Arts is an arts and cultural initiative that invests 100% of profits into services to increase access to education, work and training for homeless and other excluded individuals.

Aghafar Gallery

Contemporary Urban Centre

41 - 51 Greenland Street L1 0BS

Up & Coming Exhibition: 4th - 18th July 2008 Open: Tues - Sun 11am - 6pm

Monday, July 07, 2008

Folk Festival in Leicester

Recently, I was part of the Big Sessions Folk Festival in Leicester, as performance poet, along with Lydia Towsey, Rob Gee, Hit Man Jay and organiser Rakesh Parmer. We performed in the beer tent to a raucous reception - it was a great experience and I hope to do it all again soon. Thanks Rakesh!

Banks' Mill Open Studio Weekend

The Banks' Mill Open Studio event was a terrific success this year with over 900 visitors, many of whom were able to view my art, and hear me perform several poems with the former Cheshire poet laureate Jo Bell.

I was pleased with many of the encouraging comments I received, and was able to discuss my work in detail with more than a few interested visitors and art enthusiasts.
Jo Bell and I had a 'Live' moment on BBC Radio Derby, and enjoyed an additional spot at the Big Blue Cafe in Derby on Saturday night.
Overall, it was a hectic but exciting weekend, with many lessons learned for the future.