'Another Shade of Green' Residency at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester as part of their 'Flourish' series
Well sorry that I haven't been writing on here for a while. Things have been busy with outreach work and various painting projects. However, last week I started a 6 week residency at Cuckoo Farm Studios near Colchester http://www.cuckoofarmstudios.org.uk. I am an Associate Artist there but not a tenant, so it will be interesting to see what working in a collective studios will be like and I'm looking forward to seeing the other artists on the farm.
This residency is part of the series 'Flourish' organised by Cuckoo Farm Studios and as part of it I will be running a blog on A-N Artists Talking. Here is a link to the blog http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/4628674. It would be great if you could take a look and add comments if you would like to.
In April I visited a lightship LV21 in Kent that was being used for an Artists Residency by Figure Ground. I was intrigued by the ship, its materials, sense of space and place as well as its history and associations. I recorded it at the time, thinking that it may form the source of some future work.
Today I went to Orford to look at the possibility of doing some collaborative work with photographers Susan Barrett-Kelly and Caroline Munn, who I met on the MA Fine Art course at NUCA, based on the Orfordness lighthouse, still owned by Trinity House, which have a base in Harwich, but about to become decommisioned. It was a bleak grey November day, the lighthouse barely discernible through the mist and its red and white form muted towards invisibility, but it certainly has promise. Now I need to get permission to visit it from Trinity House and also find a boat to get across to the Ness, a strange land of pagoda'd buildings used by the Ministry of Defence for testing various weapons of mass destruction during the Cold War and now deserted and desolate. The Butley Orford Oysterage provided a welcoming and warm place to discuss ideas and eat delicious shellfish!