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Collaborative Site Specific Work Unveiled in Crypt Gallery

Melissas Design

Next Wednesday marks the opening of MAKE/CREATE exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in London. A collaborative venture organised by Griffin Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust which pairs contemporary artists with skilled craftsmen. The spirit of the exhibition lies in the desire to demonstrate the contemporary nature of craft, and the craft involved in art – changing the perceptions of both.

Artists were selected by a judging panel that included Julia Robinson of QEST, Director of Griffin Gallery Becca Pelly-Fry, and Visual Arts and Craft Lead for Arts Council England Richard Edwards.


I have been working with QEST scholar Melissa White. Melissa specialises reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths. She has produced work for numerous museums and heritage sites including Shakespeare’s birthplace and The Summerhouse in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Together we have created a site specific work that references imitation, illusion and fakery, and challenges us to consider our relationship with value and authenticity.

6-10 May 2015
Private View: 6pm-8.30pm | May 6
The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA
I will be in the gallery myself on Wednesday afternoon between 1-3pm as well as at the private view from 6-8.30pm so do drop me an email if you can make it during those hours as it would be lovely to see you.

IMPRINT at Serpentine’s Centre For Possible Studies

IMPRINT photo credit Carlos Burgos (click to enlarge)

Last Friday saw the opening of  IMPRINT – a collective exhibition and interactive arts festival that I was proud to be part of.  An exciting collective of creatives called The Fabelists – led by visionary curator Francesca Goodwin – shared visual art, poetry, writing and music with the Edgeware Road community and encouraged them to express their personal stories in a nurturing and creative environment. Curator Francesca spoke about the vision behind the event:

Francesca Goodwin. Curator of IMPRINT and founder of The Fabelists collective

‘I have seen with the Fabelist group how artistic practice is a really strong adhesive to building communities and I want to share that message with a wider public audience- to give people the opportunity to access contemporary art at whatever level they can identify with.When I heard about the regeneration plans in Church Street I immediately wanted to help the residents to preserve their experiences of the area and to spread the message across London- to put Church Street on the cultural map where it belongs. I wanted to tell their stories, just as we give voice to a range of personalities at Fabelist.’

The entrance & hallway of The Centre For Possible Studies (Photo credit: Frederick W T Thiede)

photo credit E C artist

The event took place at The Centre For Possible Studies  21 Gloucester Road, London – which is an off-shoot project space orchestrated by The Serpentine Gallery.  Visitors were invited to see visual art and hear creative stories and poetry readings from the Fabelists artists and writers who have been exhibited and published internationally. It was not just an opportunity to come and see though. Both children and adults were given the opportunity to work alongside the artists to communicate their own stories and be part of the festival. Visitors threw their memories into ‘the pool of unforgotten stories’ created heroes and heroines with young fashion designers at ‘Poppy’s Paper Doll Parlour’ and added imagined destinations to the ‘Story Village”.

music and poetry readings (photo credit: Daryl B Folkard)

Children enjoying a musical performance upstairs and adult visitors interacting with artwork downstairs. (photo credits: Francesca Goodwin and Carlos Burgos)

visitor interacting with artwork by Twinkle Troughton

The local community shared their stories and imagined futures with the artists (photo credit: Francesca Goodwin)

The artwork on show at the festival remains available to view throughout the week long exhibition. The work had been produced by the Fabelists over the past six months to the theme  of ‘Imprint’. On the Fabelists blog they had shared their creative progress throughout that time – supporting and conversing with one another. I was delighted to exhibit my piece ‘Relics’ which I had regularly blogged about.

Work by Chantal Powell (photo credit Frederick W T Thiede)

detail of "Relics" (photo credit Francesca Goodwin)

Work by Matthew Lewis (left) and Abi Box (right). Photo credit - Frederick W T Thiede and Nicola Anthony

Work by Tamsin Relly (photo credit Carlos Burgos)

work by Dean Melbourne (photo credit Francesca Goodwin)

work by Nicola Anthony (photo credit - Nicola Anthony)

Also joining the event was The Edible Art Movement ( founded in the early 1920s by a group of experimental artists, intellectuals, poets and philosophers drawn together by a shared passion for food and art). They created an interactive performance in the form of an edible sculpture that invited visitors to “draw for your dinner”. Upon a table in the central room were piles of books, painted white, interspersed with glasses displaying visually delightful fruit, veg and pulses.  Participants choose a piece of food, draw it, and exchange their drawing for the food which is presented to them specially wrapped with a recipes from the local market and served up on a silver platter.

EAM's interactive food sculpture. (photo credit Nicola Anthony)

photo credit Nicola Anthony

visitors enjoying taking part in EAM's sculpture (photo credit Carlos Burgos)

There was an amazing atmosphere throughout the day and into the evening where happy voices mixed with the beautiful sounds of the musicians playing in the arches and wandering through the pillars. The evening drew to a close with an impromptu collaboration between Simon Roth, Richard O’Brien and Zoe Catherine Kendall who finished the event with a musically accompanied spoken word performance to a spellbound audience.

photo credit Carlos Burgos

photo credit Francesca Goodwin

Imprint runs until 4 Feb

Location: Serpentine Gallery’s Centre for Possible Studies, 21 Gloucester Place, 
London W1U 8HR
Nearest station Baker St (also close to Edgware Road, Bond Street, Marble Arch)

Photos & feedback from our “London Calling” show at OCCCA Museum California

photo courtesy of Tahnee Lonsdale

photo courtesy of Tahnee Lonsdale

photo courtesy of Tahnee Lonsdale

my wooden triptych - Someone To Watch Over Me

photo courtesy of Tahnee Lonsdale

photo courtesy of Tahnee Lonsdale

photo courtesy of Tahnee Lonsdale

A few of the visitor responses:

“London Calling” is a great compact survey of what’s going on in contemporary art in London at the moment”  ~ William Moreno  (President at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions/ Director at William Moreno Contemporary)

“Nice to see a new International flavor represented in Orange County”  ~ Tm Gratkowski (Curator and Director of  Flagstop)


“London Calling is a eclectic array of art fusion from traditional to contemporary. We will recommend this exhibition as a must see to friends and colleagues.” ~ Stacy Kumagai (Media Monster Communications)


“London Calling”   is a refreshing POV expressing contemporary British youth culture. The exhibition is filled with a compelling array of artwork embracing themes from pop to political,  retro to hipster and figurative to abstract.” ~ Sasha Darling  (BellJar Boutique)


Read a show review on Zeitgeist

Read a show review on AN Interface


The following artists exhibited in the show London Calling at OCCCA, Orange County
21 December 2011 – 12 January 2012

Abigail BoxAgnetha Sjogren, Azadeh FatehradBeth NicholasCarlos Martyn BurgosChantal PowellDarren MacPhersonKaterina StavrouKaterina JamesKimi WyldeHenry WoodJoe CruzLloyd DurlingLyndsay MartinMasa SuzukiNicola AnthonyRachel NobleRosie EmersonRobert WestSenghye YangSilvia KrupinskaSylvia MorgadoSun Ae KimTinsel EdwardsTahnee LonsdaleTwinkle TroughtonVictoria HealdVikram Kushwah 

Installing The Fall Of The Majestic Elk

On Friday and Saturday we installed The Fall Of The Majestic Elk at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

The install went well and was a tiring but thoroughly enjoyable two days. Having collaborated on the works from quite a distance over the last year (myself in Southampton and Dean in the West Midlands) it was both exciting, and a little nerve wracking, to see how our works actually communicated together when in the same space. I was really pleased with the outcome and think the show looks pretty damn good!


Big thank you’s go out to our fantastic curator Anneka French, Terry Melbourne who was a star with all the tricky install stuff not to mention drilling the 20 huge Cotswald stones for my relics!, and the talented Martin Prichard who came to the gallery on Saturday and took some fantastic photos which you can see if you click on the link below:

Martins Photos

Heres a short video of the show to give you a sense of what its like:


The show runs at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from now until 17th December. There is a private view this coming Thursday – if you would like to come along, register here


Made To Fit


Made To Fit , the 14th womens work exhibition,  will be showing at The Willis Museum in Basingstoke from 20th March- 17th April. A couple of my small pieces are in the show – The black magic box with resin lady inside (the one that had to be retrieved from the Bailiffs and repaired  after it was last shown in a gallery in Newcastle that went bust!) and a small 2D collage. Whats exciting though is that friend Helena Ray (known to most as Bruce and with her imminent wedding soon to be Helena Pound) has also had a piece of work accepted to the exhibition and this will be the first time she has shown her work publicly. She currently works with a digital screen print process on paper that she makes by hand. The finished pieces are tactile, contained, and are as much objects as they are images. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of her piece to show you and she doesn’t have a website or blog yet with any images on but maybe that will change at some point in the future . . . . what do you think Bru? 🙂

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