Saturday, 10 July 2010

Night falls on the CCCA...

Bonus Journeys!

Two groups made last minute journeys before the exhibition closed. Now the CCCA is dismantled and the dust has settled, I wanted to make the final pieces to finish things off properly. There are some fine finds I think you'll find...

The Journey of Paul Hague and Clare Hobbs (30/6/10):

The Journey of the Silbers (30/6/10):

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Interior Shots - final day

This is how the exhibition looked by the end of its run:

and the final map with all journeys marked on (each colour corresponding to a different journey):

It's over - re-live it now (part 2)

Here are the pieces of work I made after the opening of the exhibition - the evolving display of different peoples' journeys into the disregarded...

The journey of The Whelans (7/6/10)

The journey of the Vaughans (7/6/10)

The journey of the Andrews (12/6/10)

The journey of the Stallard / Powell / Carrigans (12/6/10)

The journey of Nicholas Tipple & Bethan Ellis (16/6/10)

The journey of Steve Ranford (16/6/10)

The journey of the Campos' / Ridgewells / Samways (19/6/10)

The journey of Ryan Eaton (19/6/10)

The journey of Rachel Farthing (19/6/10)

The journey of Rachel Chen (20/6/10)

The journey of Laura Firmin (20/6/10)

The journey of Paul Whiteside (23/6/10)

The journey of Susan Camps (26/6/10)

The journey of Michael Hanton (26/6/10)

The journey of the Coles' (26/6/10)

Thank you to everyone who took part in this project and making it a success. It has been great collaborating with you all.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

It's over - now re-live it!

I wanted to put all the images on the blog - for those who didn't get to see the exhibition, for those who only saw it part way through, and for those who want to see it again...

I'll post the pictures in the order that the journeys were made in. The first 9 are the original artists I invited (including myself).

Lorsen Camps (30/3/10)

The journey of Naomi Bulmer (17/4/10)

The journey of Dave Gray (24/4/10)

The journey of Martin Green (24/4/10)

The journey of George Ttoouli (24/4/10)

The journey of Helen Brown (24/4/10)

The journey of Joanna Rucklidge (24/4/10)

The journey of Ana & Stuart Tait (8/5/10)

The journey of Sue Hull (15/5/10)

Friday, 2 July 2010

Giant Haiku King Master

As a treat for those present at the closing party I read a poem I'd written using lines from many of the haikus that people had submitted. I was asked to put it on the blog so here it is...

Time to walk slowly -
noticing the overlooked
through the viewfinder.

Lower head to find
debris of the everyday:
hot, dry and brittle
sweets, drinks, chips and fags,
next to horse chestnut blossoms,
industrial gloves
oak, dark rope, railway sleepers
punctures and bunkers.

Things in pairs by chance, design?

Things that we ignore, but the
buds grow from dead wood;
laundry steam rises;
a river of yellow blooms,
colour ablaze in the sun.
Rope swing snaps above
Upturned trampolines -
loose, sagging, softened by rain;
a happy shelter,

Nothing’s left alone:
broken umbrella,
a bed in a bag,
a well earned Snickers,
blue carrier bag
(its perfect plastic colours
nestling in a tree).

Walking with people
we saw some blue things
blown in cold spirals
on a hillside run.
Town’s blind gaze awakening.

Time is dissected
through city pockets

Kneeling to take a photo,
my camera as my scalpel,
man thinks I’m praying…
Eyes see more, I see.

Still lake, shade silent
Sky above is left.

Passing through the boundary
barred by railway tracks,
meandering unnoticed,
walking on nettles,
in a tree among brambles,
Bard imagines path:
lost, but traces found.

Charred pallet left behind now.
I am off the map:
a path to nowhere,
but the universe.

Closing Party

We had a great evening yesterday at the closing party - art, wine and apple crumble - the perfect combination! It was nice to see many people who have been involved in the exhibition in some shape or form, whether those who have lent a helping hand or who made journeys of their own.

The CCCA has pretty much been filled with art work made from people's journeys. There was a flurry of activity in the latter half of the show's duration and a lot more more has gone up in the last two weeks. This week I have added the journeys of Ryan Eaton, Rachel Farthing, Campos / Ridgwells / Samways, Rachel Chen, the Coles, Laura Firmin, Michael Hanton, Stallard / Powell / Carrigans and Steve Ranford. There's one last day to see the work in its final evolutionary state.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

The Final Countdown

Time seems to have flown by and the final week is already here. A number of people have been in to make journeys and I am currently working on some new pieces to ready them for the Closing Party on Thursday. So far I have added journeys from The Whelans, The Vaughans, The Andrews, Paul Whiteside, Nicholas Tipple & Bethan Ellis. There are another seven or so to complete.

It's been great getting more and more people involved. Here's a few of the excellent photos that have been chosen for exhibition.

from the Journey of Stallard-Powell-Carrigan:

from the journey of Rachel Chen:

from the journey of the Andrews:

...and here's one I couldn't quite fit in from the journey of Nicholas Tipple and Bethan Ellis:

Friday, 18 June 2010

extras series 2

A little treat for me left outside the CCCA (maybe deliberately) on the workmen's fencing currently opposite the front doors ...


Light streaming through the CCCA's corrugated roof and making shadows on the floor.

new journeys

2 of the new works from the journeys of the Whelan family and the Vaughans are now up. These have been added to the map of everyone's journeys too (see detail below). A number more works are in process of being made, and one waiting in the wings to be added.

Please bear in mind, if you would like to submit your journey and findings for the exhibition, to get this done by Saturday 26th. This will hopefully give me time to create the selected works for the closing party on Thursday 1st July. (The actual final day of the exhibition is 3rd July).

Saturday, 12 June 2010

new work in the pipeline!

Also just to say, I'm excited to announce four new journeys have been made in the last week. I will be making new pieces of work to be added to the show in the coming few days, so the start of the evolutionary aspect to the exhibition is about to begin. I will keep you updated with further progress.

Haikus For Yous

Thought I'd also offer up a handful of haikus which again didn't quite fit within the exhibition but that would be a shame for no eyes to ever see...

George Ttoouli:

not corners, windows
junctures to elsewhere like wood
means different sites

Martin Green:

Canley Brook (2)

Rope swing snaps above
clear treated water, discharged
through city pockets.

Sue Hull:

a happy shelter
its perfect plastic colours
melt into the cold

Helen Brown:

Rooting around wood
Length of lead piping protrudes
No body though. Good!

Monday, 7 June 2010

not disregarding the discarded

I wanted to include some photos that didn't quite make it into the exhibition but which I still really like. It is of course part of the process to edit down the findings that people bring in to me, and inevitably some great items, photos or haikus are omitted. This blog is a nice opportunity to share some of them - so that even the (temporarily) discarded are not actually disregarded!

from George Ttoouli's journey:

from Susan Hull's journey:

from Stuart & Ana Tait's journey:

from my own journey (a feather stuck in a tree):

my name in lights (and shadows)

Friday, 4 June 2010

2 early visitors to the show...

Thursday, 3 June 2010


Well, the CCCA has been up and running for almost a week already, but I thought I'd fill you in on the fun I had setting up...

One of the main problems was the state of the shed itself. It had been stored in flat pack form in my garden for the last 10 months (let's be clear it was so big that it was the garden). It was kept under 2 bits of tarpaulin, and numerous roofing sections. Yet somehow, as water often will, rain had got in and messed things up a little. There was mould, there were mushrooms, there were black spores of death. It wasn't pretty. So even after getting the construction work done we had a lot of extra work to do (as these photos will bare testament).

Although it was disappointing to find the shed in this state, it added meaning to the concept of it being a home to disregarded things - itself being unattractive and seemingly beyond use. With some care and attention (and a little help from some friends) we restored the shed to its former glory!