Recently I attended a cross community one day event called ‘Art, Faith and Peace – The Bogside Artists: the Story Behind the Murals. The event took place in Londonderry/Derry Northern Ireland. The organizers said the event offered an opportunity to learn about the story of faith and hope that lay behind “the city’s well known – but often little understood – Bogside murals”.
The work is site specific, telling the story of what happened in that area of Derry during the Troubles. The murals are the work of the Bogside artists, brothers Tom and William Kelly and their friend Kevin Hasson.
The event included an hour-long guided walking tour of the People’s Gallery, led by one of the three men who painted the murals, Tom Kelly.
Tom – who leads the Wellspring Christian Community in the Bogside – recounted his personal journey of faith, which led him to become a committed Christian. He also took part in an ‘In Conversation’ event with the Cambridge-based philosopher of art, Dr Adrienne Chaplin, in which he discussed the role of faith in his work, and the potential of art and storytelling to promote healing and peace.
For more information on the event and works please follow the links,
I made a little stop motion video of a piece of work I done about a year ago in Emptyshop Durham. Check out the link for the video on Youtube.
For one day only in Durham there was an independent record shop back in Durham. The pop-up store was selling Lp's cd's tapes and records by local bands. It was an EmptyShop project for the Durham streets summer festival 2013 and featured 12 hours of live music. I have included some photos from the day.
Recently on a trip home to Belfast I went to see a great Mural at the Mac Gallery. The Mural was produced by a former lecture of mine, Lothar Gotz. It was also my first visit to the Mac Gallery and I was very impressed, I would highly recommend a visit next time you are in Belfast. I took a couple of photos of the work and have included a link to the show. http://themaclive.com/whats-on/double-take/
I recently took part in a creative Xchange afternoon of exploration and peer-to-peer networking on and around the Tyne and Wear Metro circuit, this was with a group of artists from across the region. Following this afternoon I have begun to produce a set of continued works based on this afternoon. I have included a few images of the afternoon.
I have been in the studio recently collaborating with Artist Sarah Rumis. Sarah is an installation and text based artist dedicated to making work through the process of intervention and manipulation. In the coming weeks we will be working on a new series of works.
I was planning on going out to my studio this evening and starting some new work but after looking out my bedroom window at this view I decided I am better of staying in my warm room.
My most recent exhibition received several press and online reviews, here is a recent clipping from the Antrim Guardian Newspaper Northern Ireland.
My solo exhibition, “using any means necessary” at 17 Claypath contemporary arts space Durham has been extended Until 10th November.
The Gallery is open daily 10am-4pm until Saturday 10th. I will be in the gallery from 10am – 4pm Saturday 10th to give talks on the exhibition through out the day, so please feel free to drop by and ask any questions concerning the work.
I will soon be exhibiting a solo show in Durhams newest Contemporary Art Space, with the preview taking place on Friday 26th Oct 6pm-8pm, more info about the show will follow in the coming days.