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!