Blog - Philippa Lawrence

May 2011

Places: DevonBristol – Cardiff – Bristol – Cardiff – Bristol – Stroud – Bristol – Cardiff – Bristol – Peterborough – Swadlincote – Bristol – Cardiff – Bristol -London – Bristol – Cardiff – Bristol – Cardiff – Matlock – Derby – Swadlincote – Bristol etc

Tasks: Visioning Day at Spike Island, attend to website, meetings all school & new maker course at CSAD and the restructuring of the Art School, research artist ts Beall for a studio visit at Standpoint Gallery, apply for a SIP to develop ‘work’ with Waddesdon Manor and Estate. Purchase of maps of Derbyshire – scanned to print to develop new works for ‘Darning the Land’. Communication as Studio Administrator between Spike Admin and Sculpture Studios re: recent Visioning Day. Meet Sustrans Cymru to discuss future project. Prepare for next months activity at Mortimor Forest for FB814.

Character: Developing and making connections: between site, ideas, people. Professor Leslie Millar’s talk at Stroud International Textile Festival ‘Transparent Boundaries’ – interesting concerning ‘space’ – exhibition in October at Gas Hall, Birmingham. Re-place symposium at Cromford – ‘curating the rural’.

Observation: The space I occupy when I travel – to address this. Thinking about the poetic as politic.

New: Siting in an outdoor hot tub with my friend whilst it rained at Bristol Lido. A digital printed silk dress that is like wearing Star Wars for the Degree shows and Steve and Hedda’s wedding. Thinking about the enclosure act and how to represent this visually.

Learnt: The richness of the history of Swadlincote deepens through the imagery and resources at Magic Attic. To be able to have direct account of the place through conversation with Graham Nutt supported by visual evidence – is ‘incomparable’.

Reading: Francis Alys – Acts of Deception. Ordered: Aldo Leopold ‘A Sand Country Almanac’, John Muir ‘The Wild Muir’, Henry David Thoreau ‘Where I Lived and What I lived For’.

Exhibitions: Spike Island ‘ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ Marjolijn Dijkman – with Icon Gallery, ‘ how people organise their living environments across the world’. Highly recommended – on until 26 June.