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Reinventing the Landscape
No Man's Land
Following on from the success of my recent Derbyshire based arts residency for the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, I am now embarking on a new phase of research and development with the aim of extending and enhancing my approach to painting. The project entitled Reinventing the Landscape focuses on the changing urban landscape and is taking inspiration from the city of Derby as a starting point.

The project, running for eight month from March to October, is being supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and promises to be an exciting new phase for my practice. I will be actively encouraging members of the public to get involved, aiming to connect with people living or working in Derby (both past and present), right from the early stages of this project and throughout, offering an opportunity for participation. People can get involved in a contributory capacity or take part in a more creative way, or both if they wish. Two practical workshops targeting both a younger and older age group will be held during the project to encourage involvement and may potentially be repeated should additional opportunities present themselves. Additionally an exhibition will be held at Banks Mill Studios in Derby during August providing an opportunity to see work in progress and meet the artist.

During the next eight months I aim to instigate new ways of collecting and developing source material to inform larger scale works through exploration of new approaches, techniques and materials. Ultimately I aim to use this research and development phase as a catalyst for informing a new body of work of cultural significance for exhibition, by exploring a broader theme to create new starting points for the work, giving more contextual relevance, encouraging wider engagement, participation and potential collaboration. I’m really looking forward to making new connections and getting the conversation started over the next few weeks.

For more information and details of how to get involved, visit my projects page.