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Merge Festival 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

9 October 2014

Merge Festival, Bankside

Bankside arts festival, Merge, is on until 19th October and is well worth a visit. The one to see this weekend is the interactive kinetic sculptures, Dance Machines by Peter William Holden which finishes on Sunday.

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Now Gallery Launch

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

17 September 2014

Now Gallery Launch

A new North Greenwich gallery was launched this evening, the Now Gallery on Greenwich Peninsular, all eyes were on Simon Heijdens‘ light projection through the windows it is stunning, responding to wind and light, creating rhythmic graphic shadows.

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26-27 September Florence Peake will create a new sculptural performance work which will include dancers, responding to the light, atmosphere and people in the space.

Return to Harrods Fine Watch Room

Monday, September 15th, 2014

15 September 2014

Baume & Mercier Sculpture Commission. The sculpture is displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during the month of September.

Today I returned to Harrods Fine Watch Room to see my most recent sculpture commissioned by Baume & Mercier to celebrate the launch of their new ladies collection, Promesse. On my first visit I was told that it was a marketing success and again this time was told how well it is being received. The sculpture surface is now full of padlocks, many with personal messages written on. Although the padlocks have now run out I am told there are more on the way. Behind the sculpture there is a interview with me filmed in my studio while I’m working on the sculpture.

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Years ago when I was an art student at Goldsmiths College I worked in Harrods during the summer sales in the china department. As the doors opened to the public on the first day of the sales we were told to be still and listen, a distant rumble became a deafening roar, it was the pounding of hundreds of feet and they all seemed to be coming our way: the Summer Sales had begun! An enjoyable time, I made lasting friendships earning enough to pay my student rent and take a great holiday on a Greek Island with 9 others.

Tall Ships Leave Greenwich

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

9 September 2014

The four day regatta is over, about 50 spectacular Tall Ships from around the world left Greenwich in style

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Southbank Unlimited Festival

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

7 September 2014

Fabulous to watch Marc Brew Dance Company under Hungerford Bridge performing (i)land with Marc Brew, Aaron Vickers and Rebecca Schmevans, at Southbank’s #UnlimitedFest

(i)land. Marc Brew Dance Company

Then to the Riverside Terrace to watch Stop Gap Dance Company’s The Awakening

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My Wire Sculpture at Harrods during September

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

4 September 2014

Baume & Mercier Sculpture Commission. The sculpture is displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during the month of September.

You may remember that in June I was commissioned by the luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier, to create a 5 x’s life size wire sculpture of two hands with little fingers entwined in the ‘Pinkie Promise’, the sculpture was made to celebrate the launch of the new ladies collection, Promesse. The sculpture is already a great marketing success, from the Marketing and Communications Manager: “The sculpture has been in Harrods for almost a week now and the response has been fantastic”. Visitors to the Fine Watch Room in Harrods can collect a padlock at the Baume & Mercier stand to lock to the sculpture, a pen is available to write your message, you keep the key.

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Wire Sculpture Promesse

Since the launch in London at the ICA in June the sculpture has travelled to Singapore to launch Promesse and later in the year will be in New York and Dubai. Just wish I could go too.

Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

9 August 2014

Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works Raven Row

Last day tomorrow, this is a wonderful insight into the work of dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer. Irina Baldini is one of the dancers, Irina modelled for my seated figure sculpture, title: Irina. Now installed in a Lawyers office in EssexYvonne Rainer 2

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New Movement Collective. Casting Traces

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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.

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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

Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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,

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The clay models drying in the sun

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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

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WCF 4 WCF 5    WCF10 When the origami was complete, we asked the Crane maker to write a message of Peace on their bird. Some we hung in the trees but most went home with their makers

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 I led a drawing activity for all ages

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Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Wednesday 16 July

Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Eltham Palace

Sunday 20th July  12.30 – 4.30pm

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.