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Thames Drawing #4 is the fourth large scale work in my series Thames Drawings which looks at a particular stretch of the River Thames from Teddington Lock in the west to the Thames Barrier in the east. My project partner for this piece is Mark Edwards MBE, Master Boatbuilder and owner of Richmond Bridge Boathouses who built the Queen’s barge 'Gloriana' for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Mark and I are creating a 4-meter long linear sculpture, in the form of a scaled 'map' of a 42-mile section of the River Thames using wood from decommissioned boats that spent their lifetime on the River. This is being made in an artist's residency at Richmond Bridge Boathouses adjacent to Richmond Bridge. The process is being documented throughout and this will be published as a blog. The final piece of sculpture will be exhibited from 1-30th September in number 5 boathouse currently the home of the Thames Wherry Trust. The exhibition is open Wednesday - Friday 12-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 11-6pm and I will be present every Friday-Sunday for Informal Q&A sessions with the public. There will be a live Audio Description and Touch Tour of the work on Sunday 3rd September at 2pm for blind and partially sighted people and the recorded description can be accessed here (mp3), listened to directly below and via Vocaleyes website. This exhibition is in partnership with the Totally Thames festival.

Thames Drawing #4 Audio Description:

Thames Drawing #4
2017
Mahogany reclaimed from Thames rowing boats, copper nails.
4 meters x 1.5 meters.

Supported by:

Thames Drawing #4 (detail)
2017
Mahogany reclaimed from Thames rowing boats, copper nails.
4 meters x 1.5 meters.

Supported by:

Thames Drawing #4 (detail)
2017
Mahogany reclaimed from Thames rowing boats, copper nails.
4 meters x 1.5 meters.

Supported by:

Thames Drawing #4 (detail)
2017
Mahogany reclaimed from Thames rowing boats, copper nails.
4 meters x 1.5 meters.

Supported by:

Thames Drawing #4 (detail)
2017
Mahogany reclaimed from Thames rowing boats, copper nails.
4 meters x 1.5 meters.

Supported by:

Thames Walk
2017
Palladium Leaf, paper.
41 x 76 cm.
Edition of 95.
Unframed £400.00.

Thames Walk
2017
22K Gold leaf, paper.
41 x 76 cm.
Edition of 95.
Unframed £400.00.

Thames Drawing #2
1-30 September, Devon House, St Katherine Docks, 50 St Katherine Way, London E1W 1LA.

Meet the Artist Reception: Devon House, 10 September 11-5pm during the Classic Boat Show in the Docks.

Thames Drawing #2 is exhibited inside Devon House for the whole month of September. Devon House in St Katherine Docks is a perfect place to launch this work offering an open view of the river and all the boat traffic can be seen from in front of the drawing adding a unique resonance between site and work. This piece is part of an on going series of work investigating the character of the River and exhibited in various locations in London.

Thames Drawing #2 is a new map of the River made using names of boats that use the Thames woven into a continuous piece of text which exactly charts its twists and turns. This original graphite drawing describes the 42-mile stretch known as the Tidal Thames flowing through Central London from Teddington Lock in the west to the Thames Barrier in the east.

An exhibition of 4 site responsive pieces in the grade 2 listed Chainstore building at Trinity Buoy Wharf for this event On the Docks: 5x15 and Totally Thames present stories from the River.

Thursday 15 September 2016, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JY

Thames Drawing #2
2016
Boat names, graphite, paper.
Polytytch: 108x320cm. Each frame: 108x80cm.

Thames Drawing #3
2016
22K Gold leaf, paper.
43 x 80 cm.

Island (pictured left)
2013
Fishing net rollers, cable ties, galvanised CQR anchor.
330x175x30cm.

Life line
2015
Cotton sheets, latex, aluminium thimble, cotton thread, stainless steel life ring bracket.
700x6cm.

I am one of the artists facilitating the 3-D work for the day at Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution Sun 18 Sep 2016, 9am–5pm / Free event.
Arts Ark, Tower Bridge Moorings - 31 Mill Street, London SE1 2AX

To increase awareness of plastic pollution in oceans around the world The Thames Estuary Partnership & the #OneLess campaign are supporting a creative art programme for young people; Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution, developed by From the Bow Seat and The Whale Company.

In the next 10 years, our ocean could hold one kilogram of plastic for every three kilograms of fish which is why the #OneLess campaign, an initiative of TEP, ZSL and the Marine CoLABoration is encouraging residents, businesses and attractions to help make London single-use plastic water bottle free by 2021.

5x15 is an initiative of Rosie Boycott, Daisy Leitch and Eleanor O'Keffe who produce evenings of inspiration and entertainment for some of the world’s leading organisations and some of eh world’s most discerning audiences.

Totally Thames takes place over the whole month of September. It brings the river to life with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events throughout its 42-mile London stretch. In 2015 2.6 million people attended over 150 Totally Thames events. Totally Thames is delivered by the Thames Festival Trust and is supported by Arts Council England, the Mayor of London, London First (London’s leading business body), London & Partners (the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London), Tideway and dozens of partners in the riparian boroughs.

I have 3 new works in a group show called Sugar and Spice presented by Plastic Propaganda in the foyer of Devon House in St Katherine Docks. The work responds to the location’s history and current character surrounding the busy marina.

Thames Drawing #2 (108 x 320 cm) is made from the names of the boats using the river woven into to a continuous piece of text which exactly maps the twists and turns of the Thames. This piece is part of the series Thames Drawings which is an ongoing exploration of the River Thames using a variety of materials. For this project I cycled along the north and south banks recording the names of boats along the 42 mile stretch of the Tidal Thames flowing from Teddington Lock to the Thames Barrier.

Thames Drawing #3 is a 22k gold leaf map of the same 42 mile stretch and explores the light on the water coloured by the rising and setting of the sun and moon and the tidal nature of this part of the River.

Slip is a circular piece made from porcelain on board (80 x 80 cm). The title referring to a slipway, the term for a liquefied suspension of clay particles in water and the action used to create the work. The Chinese, under the Tang dynasty invented a hard translucent glazed pottery, which we know as porcelain. It rivalled tea in its popularity and over the course of the 1700s England probably imported twenty-four thousand tons of porcelain while a roughly equal amount would have been imported into Europe and the American colonies.

Thames Drawing #2
2016
Boat names, graphite, paper
Polytytch: 108 x 320 cm. Each frame: 108 x 80 cm

Thames Drawing #3
2016
22K Gold leaf, paper
43 x 80 cm

Slip
2016
Porcelaine, board
84 x 84 cm

Solo show at The Muse, 269 Portobello Road, London.
Opening night 24th March 2016
Exhibition opens 24th March - 10th April Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 6.00pm and at any other time by appointment

The exhibition features large scale drawing and abstract sculpture.
Migration
Island
State of the Union
Life Line
Wisdom
Change comes from within
Thames Drawing #1

Read the Notting Hill Post article about the show.

Solo show at The Muse, 269 Portobello Road, London.
Opening night 24th March 2016
Exhibition opens 24th March - 10th April Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 6.00pm and at any other time by appointment

The exhibition features large scale drawing and abstract sculpture.
Migration
Island
State of the Union
Life Line
Wisdom
Change comes from within
Thames Drawing #1

Read the Notting Hill Post article about the show.

Migration
2012
Shuttlecocks
3.3m x 1.75m x 0.09
This work is for sale

Island
2013
Fishing net rollers, Cable ties, galvanised CQR anchor
3.3m x 1.75m x 0.3m
This work is for sale

State of the Union (front)
2011
Bespoke suits, shirts, ties
0.7m x 1.4m
This work is for sale

Life Line
2015
Cotton sheets, latex, aluminium thimble, cotton thread, stainless steel life ring bracket
7m x 0.06m
This work is for sale

Wisdom
2015
Bronze, sliver nitrate patina
0.386 m x 0.07 m x 0.065

Individual dimensions:
whole apple 0.07 m x 0.065 m x 0.07 m
single bite 0.07 m x 0.062 m x 0.07 m
core 0.046 m x 0.064 m x 0.046
This work is for sale in a limited edition of 35

Change comes from within
2016
Argon gas, acrylic, glass tubing
1.82m x 0.25
This work is for sale

Thames Drawing #1
2016
Rock salt
4.6m x 0.015m
Installation specifically scaled for The Muse Gallery. Bespoke installation on request.
Bespoke wall drawings in other medium on request.

Exhibited work for Society of Scottish Artists 118th Annual Open Exhibition 2015
National Galleries of Scotland
Royal Academy Building
The Mound
Edinburgh

21/12 - 18/01/2016

Domus
2012
Bicycle tyres, bicycle inner tubes, bicycle saddles
0.85m x 1.2m
This work is for sale

Shortlisted work for Society of Scottish Artists 118th Annual Open Exhibition 2015

Island
2013
Fishing net rollers, cable ties, galvanised CQR anchor
3.3m x 1.75m x 0.3m
This work is for sale

Shortlisted work for National Open Art Competition (NOA) 2015

Wisdom
2015
Bronze, sliver nitrate patina
0.386 m x 0.07 m x 0.065
This work is for sale individually in a limited edition of 35

Individual dimensions:
whole apple 0.07 m x 0.065 m x 0.07 m
single bite 0.07 m x 0.062 m x 0.07 m
core 0.046 m x 0.064 m x 0.046

Shortlisted work for National Open Art Competition (NOA) 2015

Twist (detail)
2015
Bicycle tyres, bicycle inner tubes
1.5m x 1.5m x 0.7m
This work is for sale

Skylines 3
2015
Female pilots' names, extruded escalator handrail, vinyl lettering, stainless steel wire
12 piece installation
Each suspended piece: 0.8m x 0.8m x 0.5m

This installation features the names of 301 female pilots who, I believe, are true role models and an inspiration to others. As an artist I want to encourage dialogue about women's opportunities and I am using Skylines to advocate for change in society increasing the visibility of women in the workplace and thereby encouraging women into such professions and careers. My intention is that Skylines will tour to airports in and around the UK. Of course I will be delighted to talk to any individual or organization that is interested in being involved in the future of Skylines.

Please note Skylines 1 and Skylines 2 showing floor based installations designed with sections of stainless steel escalator guide rail.

Exhibition history:
2015 The Farnham Pottery

Visit the Skylines Facebook page
Visit the Fawcett Society blog

Semperit AG and Medway Escalator Services Ltd are supporting this project with materials, production resources and expertise.

BALPA'S newsletter THE LOG, featured a piece about making Blue ribbon, the working title for Skylines, April/May 2013 edition.

Skylines 1
2015
Female pilots' names, extruded escalator handrail, vinyl lettering, sections of stainless steel escalator guide rail
12 piece installation
Artwork plus steel arc: 2.9m x 1.1m x 0.45m. 9.2kg

Skylines 2
2015
Female pilots' names, extruded escalator handrail, vinyl lettering, sections of stainless steel escalator guide rail
12 piece installation
Artwork plus steel arc: 0.95m x 0.91m x 0.58m, 7.2kg

Skylines

A 12 piece installation inspired by female pilots
11-16 May 2015 12-5pm
at The Farnham Pottery GU10 4QJ

Screen print of Pilots' Names who are in the Skylines Project. Limited edition available to order.

Skylines Project

Skylines is an installation of 12 pieces featuring female pilots’ names written on to the sculpture whose form is derived from aviation routes. The work is made out of twisted lengths of turquoise coloured escalator handrail either suspended as a group or shown draped over sections of stainless steel escalator guide rails on the floor. The pilots' names are written along the length of each piece of handrail in a continuous line. The project was initiated at the beginning of 2013 with an invitation sent out to female pilots to contribute their names to a sculpture installation intended ultimately to be exhibited in an airport terminal. The Skylines project exists to increase the visibility of female pilots with the public and highlight that after 100 years of flight only 5% of commercial pilots are women and worldwide there are only 450 female captains.

Semperit AG and Medway Escalator Services Ltd are supporting this project with materials, production resources and expertise.

BALPA'S newsletter THE LOG, featured a piece about making Blue ribbon, the working title for Skylines, April/May 2013 edition.

Skylines has a Facebook community page with exhibition updates and images.

Studio projects

Working on a series of printed and hand drawn maps.