The piece reproduced here is a redrawing of a photograph, taken by me, of the Joseph Beuys sculpture that was the centrepoint of last year’s ArtSheffield event: Wirtschaftswerte (Economic Values, in English.) It’s made in pencil on sixteen paper panels that are assembled to make a compound square drawing about one metre across. As with other drawings, I reinstate the ‘square’ of the image by erasing material outside the grid used during transfer process. I have left a thin border around each drawing, meaning that when the full piece is assembled a white grid is created that appears ‘in front’ of the subject, much in the way that the shelves of Wirtschaftswerte are in front of wall-mounted paintings.
There’s more information about the source material here.
It occurred to me during my 365drawings show at Bank Street Arts that a large single image could be completed in stages, rather than as a single object. Logistically, this appealed to me as I find it easier to work using an A2 clipboard on my lap or at a small table which makes the creation of large drawings difficult.
Making a work this way would also introduce problems. For instance, the ‘look’ of the thing could change as I progressed and the separate sections would be unlikely to perfectly match up. As I am discovering in my research it’s this kind of interruption or difficulty that provides an opportunity for learning and progress.
At the moment, there are no plans to show the work.
In addition to the series of drawings of installations and videos (find them here), I’m also producing another series that might find their way into my final PhD submission. At the moment I’m not sure. But I wanted to post them. Each is 240mm x 240mm.
Throughout 2013 I made drawing for every day. Each day a new image appeared on a blog. You can find it here.
All of the images are of parts of galleries and museums that don’t contain any art. Lots of floors, lighting, sockets. That sort of thing. Posted below are a few of the images, but the blog (link above) is the best place to look through them.
Early on in the process I was asked to sell one if the drawings. This presented me with a problem as I wanted to exhibit all of them as a single work. I decided to sell the drawing and then ask the buyer to send me a picture of the drawing when it had been installed in its new home. I redrew that in the same way, meaning that there wouldn’t – in theory – be any gaps when I came to show the work.
At the time of writing about a month’s worth of the primary drawings have been sold and redrawn, and quite a few of the redraws have been sold too. Any unsold works are available for purchase for £50. Have a look in the comments sections of the drawing you’re interested in to see if it’s already sold.
The drawings that make up After are all the same size (270mm x 270mm, a little smaller than an LP), and all made in the same way. Photographs of works of art, taken by me, provide the source material for the drawings. None are made from life. A grid on both source and product is used to aid the drawing process. At the time of writing After consists of 27 drawings, five of which have been sold and therefore unavailable for exhibition. The modular format allows for a subset of drawings to be extracted from the corpus and for that to remain a legitimate iteration of After.
The drawings shown here are not intended as scholarly readings of the works on which they are based but rather as partial (that is, biased and incomplete), re-presentations of them, in order that a new work might be generated.
This CV / resumé covers a lot of bases. The headings are as follows. Please scroll down to the bits that interest you…
Employment and Training
Residencies and Awards
Exhibitions and Conferences
2017: Granted Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
2016: PhD in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.
2010: MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University.
1988: BA (Hons) Fine Art from Leicester Polytechnic.
Employment and Training
After graduating in 1988 I pursued a non-art career. I spent several years working in various positions at a large book manufacturers in Bath. After that I worked for nearly three years at Hodder Headline Publishers in London as a Production Controller. I returned to art practice in 2001, and in September 2005 pursued that practice full time.
From February 2012 to present: Drawing and Painting Tutor, Open College of the Arts. In addition to tutoring students I have run trips to galleries, taken part in assessments, and regularly contribute to the OCA blog. Most of my entries are archived here. Unit Leader of Drawing One, a Level Four module (worth 40 credits), and a mandatory component of the BA Fine Art / Painting / Drawing degrees.
From September 2012 to August 2017: Unpaid Director/Trustee of Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
Spring 2015: Undertook a training course Supporting Staff who Teach: Improving Practice for Researchers at SHU, run by On Course Consultancy (formerly SMP).
From March 2010 to September 2015: Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University. I helped run a drawing module for first and second year degree students as well as running crit groups (for under- and post-graduates), assessments, and tutorials (for under-graduates). I still occasionally deliver lectures and modules on a na ad hoc basis as a Visiting Lecturer.
May: I was employed by the Research Group for Artists Publications and Site Gallery to install a large Sol LeWitt drawing as part of the an exhibition of the artist’s books.
September–October: Co-artist on It’s Good To Be Me project at Retford Oaks Cluster, Bassetlaw. Fellow artist Andrew Tebbs and I devised a six week arts project for four schools which culminated in an exhibition of over 100 works at BendInTheRiver, Gainsborough.
July: Co-ordinator for Worksop, Fabulous Art in Bassetlaw. I looked after seven events in Worksop and liaised with venues and artists in the run up to, and on the day of, the festival.
June–October: Co-ordinator, FRED 2008. This was the fifth and final annual festival that took place each October throughout Cumbria. My role was, as in previous years, to look after a batch of artists from acceptance through to final execution of their pieces.
June–October: Co-ordinator, FRED 2007. See above for details. June: The Pencil Museum, Keswick: I ran six workshops throughout one day, involving 90 children in all.
Spring: Inset Trainer, Cumbria Schools. Six sessions on Kickstarting Creativity and three sessions on Kickstarting the Digital Camera throughout the county.
June: Co-ordinator for Art Strike! Funded by ACE, this was an artist led intervention at the Art 07 event at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre.
January–February: Consultant artist to Life Box project, Workington. A six week project co-ordinated by Sure Start which culminated in an exhibition at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.
June–October: Co-ordinator, FRED 2006 Arts Festival. See above for details.
November (until December 2007): Administrative Assistant, Fold Gallery. This period included co-curating an exhibition of Street Art on the only bus stop in Kirkby Stephen.
October (until December 2007): Visiting Artist, Esthwaite School, Hawkshead. During the weekly hour-long Creative Club I have run about fifteen workshops, all on different themes with a changing group of children from all years in the school (ages 4 to 11).
Residencies and Awards
September – Student prize winner: The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015.
March: Shortlisted (but not selected) for the 2012 John Moores Painting Prize.
July: Artist in Residence at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
May: I was part of a team of artists from South Cumbria to receive a NAN Go-and-See Bursary which allowed us to visit Berlin to forge links with artists there. This led to an award from the Arts Council to create and execute and touring show of our work.
October–December: Landing Strip Residency at Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness. Selected by rednile projects of Sunderland to collaborate with them.
Exhibitions and Conferences
Monochrome Breach, Pop-up solo show of drawings at Bank Street Arts, associated with the ‘Copy
March: Post, Pop-up solo show in support of PhD submission, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
November/December: 365drawings plus (solo show), Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle.
Autumn – Summer 2016: After Joseph Beuys’ Wirtschaftswerte (Economic Values) exhibited as part of the 2015 Jerwood Drawing Prize.
July / August: Sans Terre (a collaborative installation with Chris Graham) Work In Progress, Bank Street Arts.
November: On The Image conference, Berlin. Presented a round table discussion on PhD research and showed one piece of work in the accompanying pop-up exhibition.
January: 365 Drawings (solo show) Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
November: Presented a paper at Generative Constraints conference, Centre for Collaborative Research, London.
October: FRED, site-specific arts festival, Cumbria
December: How Dish Wing, The Poetry Society, Covent Garden
July: Do Something, Floating IP, Ancoats.
October: What’s Wrong?, The Trade Apartment, Brixton.
2017 (Forthcoming): I am contributing a chapter (provisionally called
An ‘Analytic of Making’: Translating Berman’s Twelve Deforming Tendencies) to a Palgrave Macmillan book in intersemiotic translation.
February 2016: After After… and 365drawings Two books published to accompany my PhD submission but made generally available through lulu.com.
September 2015: Sans Terre, with Chris Graham. (Edition of 25) Part of a seventeen volume set, (London: Ma Bibilothèque) and launched at the Whitechapel Artists’ Book Fair. ISBN: 978-1-910055-15-1.
March 2015: The Editions: Notebook Diagrams. (Edition of 25) Part of a post-graduate collaboration of 23 titles, launched at the Leeds Artists’ Book Fair.
December 2013: Tegel: Speculations and Propositions (Berlin, The Green Box,) ISBN: 978-3-941644-59-5.
October 2013: Decoding Grantchester Meadows,co-authored with Rachel Smith. (London, Lulu) ISBN: 5-800098-309697.
April 2012: NICK THURSTON: In My Own Words (with Sheffield’s Guerrilla Writers) (London, AND) ISBN: 978-1-908452-15-3.
March 2011: An Exchange With Sol LeWitt, Exhibition Catalogue (Boston, Cabinet Books/MASS MoCA) ISBN: 978-1-932698-52-7.
February 2010: MA Contemporary Fine Art Degree Show. A collaborative project. ISBN: 978-0-9558665-6-2.
June 2009: Project Biennale. A collaborative curatorial project launched as part of the Venice Biennale. ISBN: 978-0-9558665-5-5.
Failure2011. An online project to assemble works by artists considered as failures by them. Each work was accompanied by a text explaining their position. In July 2012 the blog’s contents were included, as a large poster, in Artfects of Failure at QUAD, Derby.
2006 – 2008
Fred 2006 – 2008. I was one of the small team that delivered FRED, a site specific arts festival in Cumbria. I helped select the artists and their work and then co-ordinated their contribution, to a greater or lesser extent depending on the artist.