Richard Alston Dance Company

June 12th, 2015

12 June 2015

Richard Alston Dance Company. The Place

20th Anniversary Season

Opening Gambit, choreographed by Richard Alston Dance Company associate choreographer, Martin Lawrence, opened the evening. Ten dancers almost fly, they move with such speed, clarity and energy with rapid direction changes.

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Five dances follow, a highlight for me was watching brilliant Jonathan Goddard with Liam Riddick, dancing a duet choreographed by Richard AlstonMazur, set to Chopin. “A dance for two friends sharing what they love and what they feel they have lost”.

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RA. Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2015

June 6th, 2015

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Royal Academy. Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2015

Last night at the Private View of the Summer Exhibition, my daughter picked out works that if she had the money she would buy for herself and a few she would buy for me, as we left I suggested an affordable option, a look in the shop to see if there were cards of her favourites, I flicked through the ‘Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2015‘, “First published in the 1870’s the Summer Exhibition Illustrated presents the highlights of each year’s selection and is a fascinating barometer of changing tastes” ‘I’ll buy this for you if they’re in here’, to my delight I saw my etching Rapidly Scrawled Life is in the book above Cornelia Parker’s Stolen Thunder III.

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Where to see my work in 2015

June 5th, 2015

16 April 2015

Where to See My Work in 2015

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2015

8 June – 16 August

Number 677 in Room V, Rapidly Scrawled Life made it through to the final hang

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Rapidly Scrawled Life. Two plate etching with sugar lift

Greenwich Printmakers Gallery  

1a Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ

I am one of 32 artist-printmakers running a printmakers gallery to display and sell our work in Greenwich. I show  1 – 3 framed prints each month as well as unframed work in the browsers. In September I will be the Featured Artist and given a wall to myself

Ordinary Courage

Ordinary Courage. Two plate sugar lift etching and aquatint with chine colle

ChandlerWright Hair Salon

Ten of my etchings are soon to be hung in ChandlerWright Hair Salon, Blackheath

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Astral Convertible. Etching with cine collé

Jack House Gallery121 High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HW

25th June  – 1st August. 10.00am – 6.00pm. Group show

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SUB II. Sugar lift etching with chine colle

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

22-25 October 2015

on the Greenwich Printmakers stand

Close Your Eyes and Dream

Close Your Eyes and Dream. Two plate etching with sugar lift

Edinburgh Art Fair Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, EH14 1RJ

13th – 15th November Open 11am daily

on the Greenwich Printmakers stand

Drawn to You. Etching and Aquatint

Open Studio.Second Floor Studios & Arts

Studio 17, Unit 0, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

21st, 22nd November 11.00am – 6.00pm

Beyond Print. No Format Gallery

Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

November and December, dates and more information to follow soon.

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Between One Breath and the Next. Sugar Lift Etching, 2 plates with chine collé

Morley Gallery

30 Nov – 18 Dec

Group Show, more information to follow soon.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015

June 1st, 2015

1 June 2015

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015

I enjoyed Varnishing Day at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition today. Rapidly Scrawled Life is number 677 in Room V, top right

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Greenwich Park, Evening Run

May 27th, 2015

27 May 2015

Greenwich Park, Evening Run

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Last night running with my daughter in our local park

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Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

May 25th, 2015

May 25 2015

Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

Prima Ballerina Sylvie Guillem at Sadler’s Wells takes her final bow after 39 years dancing

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Protein Dance. Border Tales

May 24th, 2015

24 May 2015

Protein Dance. Border Tales

Yesterday’s performance of Protein’s brilliant Border Tales at Greenwich Dance. A powerful performance on identity and multicultural  living

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Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. Boris Charmatz. Amandine Beyer

May 23rd, 2015

23 May 2015

Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. Boris Charmatz. Amandine Beyer

I first watched and drew Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker’s company, Rosas in 1999 performing in London’s Southbank Centre to the percussion of Steve Reich. From my drawings I made a soft ground etching, still a favourite of mine, looking at it I recall the speed of the dancers, the drumming and the spacious set.

Last night I watched Keersmaeker dance a duet with Boris Charmatz, the dancer/choreographer instrumental in filling Tate Modern with dance last weekend. They were joined by the amazing violist Amandine Beyer, Infact Beyer played alone on a dark stage for the first 30 minutes, she left as the dancers arrived to dance in silence, except not silence our heads were still filled with the earlier music, then the three performed together. Here are some of my quick pencil sketches drawn in the dark which I hope to take through to etchings.

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A beautiful enigmatic evening.

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Aircraft Circus Student Showcase

May 23rd, 2015

23rd May 2015

Aircraft Circus Student Showcase

Sketches of the dress rehearsal of the Aircraft Circus Student Showcase at Hangar Arts, Woolwich, on the same site as Second Floor Studios & Arts where I have my studio. I hope to post more drawings made at Aircraft Circus soon

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Time out from revision

May 20th, 2015

20 May 2015

Time Out from Revision

A levels and GCSE’s… my younger son and daughter needed a break this evening so we went to Greenwich Park for a run and some boxing

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