31 August 2014
Delighted that my etching Rapidly Scrawled Life has been shortlisted for NOA.
July 24 2014
New Movement Collective. Casting Traces. The Paper Maze
at the Louise Blouin Foundation, London.
Casting Traces is an uplifting, dynamic multi-media performance. Six highly skilled dancers, move amongst a labyrinth of reams of hanging paper, the audience free to follow independently or together as they wish. Violinist, Aisha Orazbayeva, opened the show with a beautiful melancholic solo, her shadow behind paper, which was to be painted open for us to move through the silhouettes of the dancers.
I haven’t read Paul Auster’s novel The New York Trilogy which inspired the performance but am now encouraged to.
New Movement Collective will be in Brighton performing Casting Traces. The Paper Maze, 28-30 August at Circus Street Market. Then to Winchester at The Guildhall 23-25 October. Don’t miss this extraordinary engaging work
21 July 2014
Wonderful day yesterday at the Greenwich World Cultural Festival in the gardens of the beautiful English Heritage site, Eltham Palace, leading family Art Workshops with son Max and daughter Gaby. A Greenwich Dance initiative where I am the Resident (Visual) Artist.
Many pop-up performances during the afternoon from Mattress Circus, Moxie Brawl, Dingolay Caribbean Dance, Folded Feather, Emergency Exit Arts; family creative dance workshops, social dancing with Thomas Michael Voss; A Curious Cakewalk; Music from Gypsy Dread Band and Rhythm of the City. Chinese Ribbon Dance Workshops and many more wonderful activities to watch and take part in.
My son Max (blue tee-shirt middle) led Clay Model Making,
The clay models drying in the sun
Daughter Gaby taught visitors of all ages how to make an origami Crane, (she insisted was a swan) as part of The International Peace Crane Project 2014
I led a drawing activity for all ages
Wednesday 16 July
Free entry for all the family to the beautiful grounds of the English Heritage site, Eltham Palace. Enjoy pop-up performances of dance, theatre, music and circus, a vintage ballroom in the Great Hall and creative workshops.
Join Max, Gaby and myself in the Dry Moat to make a clay model to take home, make an origami Crane becoming a part of the International Peace Crane Project and lets Draw Together, all art workshops are for all ages.
28 June 2014
Arthur Pita’s The World’s Greatest Show
The Never-Ending Dance Marathon of 1935
During the American depression in the 1930′s Dance Marathon’s were organised as entertainment, where couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours competing for prize money, the longest recorded Marathon lasted 3,780 hours. The World’s Greatest Show is a dance-theatre work exploring this phenomenon, choreographed by Arthur Pita with music by Frank Moon and a live jazz band.
In June 2013 I was invited by Arthur Pita to draw the show in R & D at Greenwich Dance, with the working title Nobody’s Baby, 10 performers danced for 100 hours keeping to the original marathon rules. Sometimes I arrived to draw at 10.00 am, sometimes at 11.00 pm, it was an exceptional week of physical and mental strength combined with extraordinary good will from the performers.
These drawings are from the performance on Friday. I drew many drawings during R&D but they now feel irrelevant. I watched with daughter Gaby who said at the close of the show: “That was Brilliant” I couldn’t agree more
22 June 2014
Greenwich Dance. Of Land And Tongue
19 June at Greenwich Dance, Theo Clinkard performed the mesmerising solo Chalk to a live score by James Keane. Through the movement and soundscape I was transported to the coast, the waves pulling on the shingle, the eroding cliffs. So evocative, by the close of the dance my heart feels heavy and I know I am missing the sea much more than I had realised.
Theo Clinkard is a Resident (Dance) Artist at Greenwich Dance, as am I – Resident (Visual) Artist . Theo choreographed Of Land and Tongue (below) for 5 dancers, using language as well as strong physical movement.
Of Land and Tongue tour dates
19 June 2014
Landmark Midsummer Art Fair
Private View tomorrow evening 20 June 6pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 June: 10am – 5pm
I am Stand 77, I will be selling painting, etching, sculpture and greeting cards
Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9NN
31 May 2014
My son Maxim McKay-Jones has completed his Fine Art Foundation Year at UCA Canterbury. The private view for this excellent show and all the graduation shows at UCA Canterbury was on Friday evening, featuring Fine Art, Design, Architecture and Media. The exhibition is open until 13th June and if you’re in the area I would urge to visit and see the exceptional talent displayed at the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury.
Max, (right) will continue on to the BA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury in September.