Thursday, 3 January 2013


Monday, 2 July 2012

Lift the Lid - hop, skip, jump . . . .

A busy afternoon for families joining in the 'olympic' theme of this month's Lift the Lid. Skipping proved very popular with all ages and several children spending a good 20mins trying to master their co-ordination in order to master their ropes. The drawing table also proved popular with whole families sitting down to draw people cycling, diving, skipping and running..... Stretching and stretching as far as possible to draw appealed to many; bamboo canes attached to charcoal and pens enabled children to reach out to make marks and shapes on the paper from behind a red guideline. Our dice game based on leaving a trail of coloured spots kept some busy for over an hour, spreading their game across the room and overlapping each other with on the spot pile-ups ! Altogether an energetic and fun afternoon .... with parents too giving the skipping a go !

Monday, 11 June 2012

Extreme Noise Terror

So, the last of my Contemporary Art Enquiries and Tea slots was on Saturday June 9th, the same day as the experimental sound art/industrial noise performances.
Great scheduling!
Quite a number of potential discussion group visitors had fled the premises by teatime.  However, a few stalwarts remained and we managed some conversation despite the prevailing conditions!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The Sound of Silence?

The Jubilee weekend meant smaller numbers participating, but  the level of engagement from those who participated was exemplary! From children to older people and art lovers, all were surprised and delighted by the experience of walking around the De La Warr in total silence. And in the silence we heard and saw the building in new and surprising ways...

Saturday, 26 May 2012

seaside reverie . . .

The unseasonably summery conditions made for a slow session - could see plenty of people cooling themselves on the balcony, the terrace and the beach. The 'P' word tends to put people off and have tried hard not to say it ... but children and young people tend to be less easily put off by the idea of making poems ! there was a nice thoughtful piece from a student from Sussex Coast College and some local school girls were keen to express their love of Bexhill in swirly felt pen. Some are torn by the desire to just walk away thinking it's not for them and then a word of phrase catches their eye and then they play around with words for a while - sometimes happy to display their creation on the window, others preferring to just leave their verse on the table.
Well done to everyone who got creative and took part !

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Poetry Jukebox

I was back in Gallery 2 for the second Poetry Jukebox, this week, inviting visitors to choose a poem on the theme of light - and then performing them, live and unrehearsed - whilst the lights of Cerith Wyn Evans' S=U=P=E=R=S=T=R=U=C=T=U=R=E turned on and off. Over the course of three hours - I performed to 53 people. That's a lot of poems!

"Hearing the poem was quite an experience," said Lisa, who was visiting with a group of friends, "I walked past the art and thought - I don't get that. But when I went and sat and felt the lights going on and off, it gave it a different feel."

As this was the last Poetry Jukebox at the De La Warr, I also composed a poem especially for the event, borrowing text from the exhibition catalogue - rather in the way that Cerith Wyn Evans borrows words by Guy De Bord and Jimi Hendrix in the art works on show in the Pavilion. The resulting video-poem is called s_u_p_e_r_c_o_n_d_u_c_t_o_r and explores the theme of longing. So hit the play button, and enjoy the poetry jukebox one last time...


Sunday, 13 May 2012

A brilliantly sunny day in Bexhill yesterday as I set up the first Art Enquiries Service  for the CWE exhibition.  After a slow start, due to low visitor numbers in general, people began to approach and enquire.  Two small girls took up the offer of Art Goggles to view the installations, and seemed very happy with the results.  More children took the Magic Mirrors downstairs in order to read the neon text piece without looking at the reflection - a nigh impossible feat for a very short person in bright sunshine!
The responses to the questionnaire were funny and charming - I walked several visitors around the exhibits personally, conversing and finding out what they think about conceptual art, installations and more....
Some responses to the work:

"Hollywood neon"

"I followed the nails, braille-like, but using my eyes"

"challenge to decode"

"transient, being both familiar and vague"

"calmness and wellbeing"

"relaxing and challenging"

"I would keep this piece ( the light columns)  in my kitchen"

"shifting patterns and relaxation"

"it makes my hearing aid go funny"