Highlights of SPRING 2012

MARCH 2012
Names Not Numbers 2012, Portmeirion

9 – 11 March
John and I were overjoyed to participate in this year’s Editorial Intelligence’s weekend symposium, run by the brilliant Julia Hobsbawm. We had a ball!

John Plowman, Peter York Photo: Habie Schwarz

On the Saturday morning, John was on a breakfast panel
Is It Art & Culture Not Politics That Changes The World Forever?
Co-Chairs: Jan Dalley, Financial Times and Peter York, Cultural Commentator & Editorial Intelligence
Panel: David Davis MP
Sophie Hastings, GQ</spa
John Plowman, Beacon Art Project  
And l was in Bright Ideas 3 later in the afternoon
Co-Chairs: Louise Chunn, Psychologies and Morice Mendoza, Mendozamedia
1. Jack Stoerger, eiAtlantic & James Long, Long Productions: A brief Poetry reading from Bloodaxe Books ‘Being Human’
2. Satish Kumar, Resurgence: ‘Soil, Soul & Society’
3. Nicola Streeten, Artist: ‘Fresh Forms of Art From Old Memories’We seemed to be a group of wild gesticulators…
Satish Kumar Photo: Habie Schwarz
Nicola Streeten Photo: Habie Schwarz
The gesticulating continued in the panel discussion right after ours

Mark Walport, Jon Snow, Martin Rees Photo: Habie Schwarz
Mass Over Matter in a Mass Age: Science & Medicine

Chair: Jon Snow, Channel4 News
Panel: Martin Rees, Trinity College Cambridge
and Sir Mark Walport, Wellcome Trust
There were some fantastic questions from the audience to these top scientists about ‘soul’ that followed after these back to back sessions. It was great, especially since only 8 out of the 100 strong audience had science degrees.

Some of my top things from the symposim…

***Meeting the most varied and interesting bunch of people
***The talk by Mrs Moneypenny
***Meeting Jon Snow, talking with him at dinner and finding out he’s as nice as his reputation holds
***Transportation laid on by partners, Landrover – a fleet of top of the range wheels..

John Plowman, Jon Snow Photo: Habie Schwarz
Thank you to Julia Hobsbawm, the queen of people connecting*********************************************************

And to make a good weekend into a spectacular one, I received news that I had been successful in my application for Arts Council funding,”To research and develop my second graphic novel, ‘Choices’. This will be a fictional work based on choices offered and made around pregnancy. The story will be developed from memory, imagination, interview and archive material… The research includes a visit to specific areas of the USA to collect personal stories and factual information.”

APRIL 2012
USA Research Trip
New York

We rented an apartment in Brooklyn via airbnb
The visit was a perfect opportunity to catch up with artist friend Alun Williams who runs Parkers Box in Williamsburg, where he was installing the next show with some fantastic work by artist, John Byam

John Byam, Space Shuttle, Found Wood
We spent a fun day in Williamsburg with artists Steve Butcher and Anna Consentino who run Spring Design and Art space in Dumbo. We were also joined by an old friend of ours artist Cyan Dee aka Machiko Edmondson.Interior of Spring in DumboWe followed the walk my dad did from his apartment to school in 1940-42dad nyc low

And captured some signs around the citythought_bankcurb_sign
We also visited Brooklyn Museum where we saw Judy Chicago’s The Dinner party, and the Keith Haring exhibition; Moma and MomaPS1 where a faourite was James Turrell’s Meeting

Keith Haring at Brooklyn Museum

I  gave  a talk about my work to students at Marymount Mountbatten College and we got some essential queuing in at The Empire State Building. Finally, we made it to Dia:Beacon which was one of the best art spaces I have been to, with great art. Plus we liked taking a photo of the Beacon station…because we run Beacon


I  hosted the pop up Laydeez do comics event at South Oxford Space which was a lovely building and space. It was a delight to meet up with Ellen Lindner,Bonnie Millard and Michael Kaminer who’s co-curated the Graphic Details exhibition with Sarah Lightman, (that we also got along to). Also it was a treat to meet the highly talented Nick Abadzis who also lives and works in New York.
South Oxford Space

And then we hired a car and headed South to Virginia…on_the_road

En route we stopped a night in Charlestown, at artist Danica Maier’s family ‘beach house’

Highlights of SPRING 2012
We also detoured to the Armish town of Intercourseintercourse
I got some good conversations with the Pro Lifers in Richmond Virgina, who were “holding ministry” outside the abortion clinics there.

Here’s the extraordinary fetus doll souvenir they gave me…
feet  held together in prayer?

MAY 2012
OnTrent commissioned me to work with schools to produce 9 illustrated walking guides between Gainsborough and the Humber Estuary. Here’s a photo from one of the field trips, and below, one of the finished maps.
Medieval Strip Farming…

Highlights of SPRING 2012

Tatton Park Biennial, 2012 Flights of Fancy

John, Sally and I enjoyed  a lovely summer’s evening at the opening, I was happy to see Jem Finer’s piece that was a co-commission with Beacon and will go on to be in Compass after Tatton Park.This was our favourite piece.
Olivier Grossetete, Pont de Singe Photo: Thierry Bal

Nottingham Contemporary Comic(s) Bodies Symposium 
25 May, 2012

I had a stimulating and enjoyable day as one of the keynote speakers.
Below: Me with Karrie Fransman, Matt Green and Mary Talbot. photo: Ian Williams

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