Monthly Archives: June 2009

New Eco Friendly Retail Display!!!


If you have the opportunity to pop into the gift shop at Manchester Art Gallery in the near future, you will hopefully notice the funky new display stand that we’re putting in tomorrow.

We’ve joined forces with the team at Green Graphics in Bedfordshire to create a display system that not only looks good but is good – right the way through. They use almost entirely recycled and recyclable materials, environmentally sound printing inks and have top notch green credentials all round.Check out their materials here: http://www.greengraphics.co.uk/materials.php

We’ll post up a photo to show you very soon……….

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‘Re-new’ exhibition, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, 17th June – 19th July


Hebden Bridge Arts Festival begins on June 26th and a quick flick through their handy little brochure shows that there’s going to be something for everyone and lots of it!

Amongst the theatrical performances, musical recitals, open studios and exhibitions going into the festival, Heart Gallery will display an exhibition of inspired work by designer-makers all created from reclaimed or recycled objects.

Heart Gallery, in the Arts Centre on Market Street, has also just become the latest stockist of our mosaic kits and will be displaying a recycled mosaic stepping stone that I’ve made to show what else you can try out with your stepping stone kit. Mine includes old keys, pieces of pottery, glass beads as well as odd glass mosaic tesserae and buttons.

Find out more about Heart Gallery: http://www.heartgallery.co.uk/

Art in the Garden at Tan House Farm, 11th – 19th July


The barn and the delightful 14 acre grounds of Tan House Farm in Coleford will be the exhibition space for a select list of talented artists from around the UK in July. ‘Art in the Garden’ is timed to coincide with the Forest of Art annual artists open studios event, which gets bigger and better with each year, and is an excellent opportunity to enjoy this idyllic beauty spot.

Christie and Peter, proprietors of Tan House, are hosting Art in the Garden to help raise funds to support an ambitious programme of art workshops in local schools. International artist Diane Gorvin, who has her studio in the Forest of Dean, is one of the exhibition curators. There will be a diverse range of original work to see and for every work of art sold, a percentage donation goes to the schools workshop programme.

During the week-end 11th – 12th July, I will be there selling mosaic kits to support the initiative as well as exhibiting some of my own work. I will also have a sample of one of our schools packages to show to any interested teachers, PTA members or pupils who might like to consider using the package in their school and will be available to answer any questions etc.

You can get a glimpse of Tan House and find a map and directions on their website: http://www.tanhousefarm.org.uk/index.htm

Hope to see you there!

York Minster, mosaic installation by Emma Biggs & Matthew Collings


How exciting that Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings were commissioned to produce a temporary installation in response to the Five Sisters – the five very tall and imposing stained glass windows in York Minster.

I was very keen to go to one of their talks yesterday in York to hear more about the work they’ve produced, having caught a few electronic glimpses of it beforehand. Despite having an evening meeting to attend in Bolton and then discovering that the kids would be off school for teacher training to coincide with election day, I was undeterred.

So I invested in a family railcard and booked our tickets. To make sure the kids would have fun too, I also booked places for us on a tour at Dig. The Dig tour did not disappoint. We were given a good introduction to recent archaeological projects in York and the opportunity to handle various objects that had been unearthed: skulls, bones and even fossilisd human poo! The highlight was digging in the reconstructed sites to uncover our own finds in the Roman and Viking enclosures. It really was very good. Happily for me it also finished in good time for us to get to York Minster for the 3pm talk.

The only problem was that the talk, and indeed the installation itself, were not in York Minster but in St. Mary’s church over in another part of town. Oops! Actually, (I realised at this point) I had read this at some point but having lost my print out and then failing to find the info again via google anywhere on earth, I’d subsequently forgotten. At times like this I have to admit waht a scatterbrain I am, despite all my persistant attempts to be efficient! (You might know this already). Not to worry, the staff pointed out the location of the church on a tiny map on the back of a leaflet and reassured us that it was only five minutes away. We dashed off in the direction indicated…alas, on arrival at the church they’d highlighted we saw that it was ‘All Saints, Coppergate’ and not ‘St. Mary’s, Castlegate’. Oh dear. How did we get it wrong? We made one last ditch attempt to find St. Mary’s, trapsing around the area for another ten minutes and then abandonned the idea in favour of a well deserved sit down and somethimg to eat before it was time to jump on the train home.

So my review of the fantastic mosaic installation by Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings will have to be written some other time. I just hope I can get back to see it at the right church and at the right time before the exhibition finishes in November. At least now I have the railcard!

New Projects


As the latest projects at Marshall’s Arm Nature Reserve and Lymefield Visitor Centre near completion I’m currently looking for new work. Following meetings this week, there are two up and coming potential projects on the horizon involving a substantial amount of mosaic. More details coming soon…..