I hope you are well.
Do excuse the thoroughness of this newsletter. I took it upon myself to spend the best part of a glorious summer day consolidating all that I've been working on recently in this lovely easy-to-read format.
But first, for those of you with 'Generation Y' attention spans, please allow me to pick out a few highlights... The Edinburgh Art Festival opens this week and features my installation A Brief History of Privatisation as part of the group show at Inspace. Please do come along for the launch event this Thursday 4th August.
Then next Tuesday 9th August (and this really is the best bit) I'm super excited to have paired up with the whizzkid comedic genius Josie Long who will be giving a special one-off 'tour' inspired by my installation and addressing our shared concerns in the continued depletion of public services. See full details below.
In an attempt to adapt to the quickening pace of communications, I'm increasingly using my Facebook page as a handy way of sending out short updates about news and events. I've also, after much deliberation, finally decided on a suitable URL for this venture. So, to keep up with all that's happening in my world, please 'like' me at:
I look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh or perhaps at QUAD in Derby for the opening of Ha Ha Road next Thursday 11th August, if that's easier to get to.
All the best!
A Brief History of Privatisation
at Inspace for Edinburgh Art Festival
4th August - 4th September 2011
My recent installation A Brief History of Privatisation - which uses a circle of electric massage chairs to re-enact changes in UK public service policy over the last century - forms part of the show Left to My Own Devices at this year's Edinburgh Art Festival. Josie Long's special one-off 'tour' in response to the installation takes place at Inspace as part of the Detours programme produced by Trigger.
LAUNCH EVENT: Thursday 4th August, 18:00 - 20:00
JOSIE LONG TOUR: Tuesday 9th August, 14:00 (booking essential)
EXHIBITION OPEN: Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 20:00
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at QUAD for Ha Ha Road
12th August - 23rd October 2011
My Vending Machine, which is programmed to give out free crisps when news relating to the economy makes the headlines, continues to tour about the country. This time its stopping at QUAD in Derby as part of the group show Ha Ha Road curated by Dave Ball and Sophie Springer.
LAUNCH EVENT / PERFORMANCES: Thursday 11th August, 18:00 - 21:00
EXHIBITION OPEN: Daily, 11:00 - 18:00 (Sundays, 12:00 - 18:00)
Artists' Lottery Syndicate
In July the year long-experiment that was the Artists' Lottery Syndicate finally drew to a close. A celebration held in London gave us that much sought after opportunity to pose with a giant cheque displaying our total annual winnings of £1,309.10. (Pictured clockwise from top-left: Rebecca French, Marek Tobolewski, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Rich White, Rachel Dobbs, Paul Knight, Liz Murray, Hannah Jones, Penny Whitehead, Ellie Harrison, Rhys Coren and Andrew Mottershead).
Forty former members of the original syndicate have now gone on to form a new collective money-making scheme known as The Artists' Bond. This project will be thrown open for new members to join annually, beginning summer 2012. For all the news and to find out how to get involved, please follow us at:
Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed
New World Record!
On 13th June 2011, as part of Artsadmin's Two Degrees festival, 57 freelancers united in Toynbee Hall in London for the Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed. Together we set a new world record for 'most self-employed people working together (on our own individual projects) in the same place at the same time, over the course of a normal 9-to-5 day'.
Following the success of this record-setting event, we are now gearing up to better it in Newcastle this autumn, with a second Work-a-thon scheduled to take place as part of the brilliant Wunderbar festival from 31st October - 6th November 2011. For all the news and to find out how to get involved, please follow the project at:
Early Warning Signs
Adopt a Sign!
My campaign to find new homes for the four 'climate change' signs I made during the Two Degrees festival continues until Friday 16th September 2011. The Site Gallery in Sheffield has become the first organisation to commit to taking one on. For more information on how to 'adopt' a sign for your arts organisation / gallery, please visit:
at Watermans, London
And finally, if you happen to be passing Watermans in west London, where my solo show took place earlier in the year, do pop in! My 2009 piece Toytown, for which a kid's car ride is reprogrammed to offer free rides when news relating to the economy make the headlines, is currently installed in the Riverside Bar until further notice.
40 High Street