A New Age – 28th Feb – 7th March 09


Featuring new work by:

Linda Birmingham, Barry Felton, Richard Hepenstal, Jill Impey, Matthew Mcafferty, Sarah Morgan, Andrew Nash, John Newton, Stephan Oates, Chris Parkes, Laura Slack, Russell Willett, Cal Woolley

February 27th – March 7th 2009 I Opening Reception Friday February 27th, 6-9pm

www.airspacegallery.org | AirSpace Gallery 4 Broad Street Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire UK ST1 4HL Open Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm

The term A New Age is often used to describe a change or transition from the old to the new; it could describe recognition of a new way of thinking or behaving. It talks of being able to address particular aspects of the present, which are more important or salient than they possibly would, or could, have been in the past.

It is often used to describe a currency of ideas related to a particular subject matter and so for these artists the exhibition is about questioning their own practice and how it can be seen as being important to us now, at this point in time.

How new is now?

Architectural, industrial and commercial subjects and materials feature heavily in this exhibition, from neon lights and girders. An electric drill is offered up as an ironic take on wind power and the local maternity units rebuild is represented through paintings of its predecessors demise.

Somewhat oppositionally to this subject, the eclipse of the moon is shown accompanied by the everyday conversations of the people observing it as well as taxidermy animals displaced even more from their natural surroundings. One piece allows us to look at a bird feeder in the same way we would scrutinise the birds that would feed from it, here the food is observed as natural history.

Celebrity culture also finds a presence. An awkward attempt to show the finesse of Michael Jackson’s dancing skills through a clumsy puppet can be seen whilst a daytime American TV film is reedited so that the inane conversations take on new separate lives.

The artists are all currently on the MA Fine Art course at Staffordshire University

AirSpace Gallery’s next exhibition will be TRYING TO COPE WITH THINGS THAT AREN’T HUMAN (PART ONE) curated by Ian Brown


The One Million Project

Mark Brereton, a photographer based in Stoke-on-Trent has recently launched a project set to make money for Cancer Research UK.

A very simple but inspiring project…he hopes to raise £1million for the charity by selling a photographic print 1 million times!

To find out more and get your print go to Mark’s dedicated page here.

Look what I’ve just found!

After incorrectly spelling my own URL (Oops!) I was really surprised at what Google threw up!

Apparently I was featured in a blogging feature on BBC – Stoke and Staffordshire in the Community features in November, Staffordshire Blogging by Tommy Hill.

I’m featured alongside ‘Good Food Shops’, ‘Bacon, Cheese and Oatcakes’, Sir Findo Gask, Moriarty the Mundane, Caroline Kay, Barry Stamp, Stoke Sounds, Darkkat, Tell Me a Story, and A Foreigner in Stoke.

Some interesting blogging going on and I’m very surprised to see that I was featured! Today BBC Stoke and Staffordshire tomorrow the World 🙂

Presentation Feedback

Here is the feedback provided by my tutor for my recent presentation (here):

“A thorough, wide-ranging and interesting presentation that illustrated the important contribution your placement has made to Fierce Earth. This dynamic, cutting edge production company have spotted something rare in you – energy, professional commitment, and a determination to start something new. You showed good creative and technical skills in handling communication technologies; these were real evidence of understanding relevant techniques in the field. They are also skills that are really valuable for your own future development and for Fierce Earth. You had carried out appropriate research in breadth and depth and showed an awareness of current issues in the field of live art development. You were evidently well prepared and had planned and rehearsed the work, but you could improve on your own body language when presenting (stop that old twisted feet routine) and although you had provided little prompt cards for yourself, you still need to practice more relaxed and fluent eye contact with your listeners. Find ways of ‘performing’ the confidence you deservedly can have in your own work. Your vocal delivery could be more confident and more varied in tone – nerves tend to ‘flatten’ your voice a little, so try some breathing exercises before formal presentations. The structure of your presentation could have been sharpened by a more rigorous selection of material, and by thinking through ways of bringing the thing to a more interesting conclusion. Nevertheless, very good work. Well done.”

So…improvements to make for next time following my production module are:

Presenting skills
Confidence in delivery and content
Delivery to peers to sharpen and information included

Now for the Oral exam on the 15th January!?!

Happy 2009!

Just a quick post to wish all those who know and have supported me so far with my placement and MA a Happy New Year!

Thanks for those of you who visit and take an interest in the exciting work that Fierce and Creative Republic are involved with and long may it continue!

Happy 2009, here’s hoping it is a good one! 🙂