Response to new art work in front of Edward Colston statue

I have to speak up and say I find this anonymous art installation pretty offensive. Without the words I feel this would be a perfect response to the Colston statue, the shadow cast as a slave ship. With the words however it’s problematic. There is no comparison between the workers mentioned in the art piece,

Walking, Talking, Snapping and Thinking with Sarah Connolly from Avon Stories.

On 27th July I went for a 4 hour walk and talk with my good friend (and former student) Sarah Connolly, who runs the Avon Stories project, which sees her interview various artists, historians and other interested people about their connections with the river.  This wasn’t an official Avon Stories walk, and I wasn’t being

Photography, protest and politics (deliberate small’p’s)

Over the next year I’m going to go back to my roots and make more pictures, both still and moving, as well as writing words (which I may do less).  As a political (small ‘p’) animal at heart, it is work that has something to say, or maybe more importantly work that asks questions, that

Community Media Association launches Arts Strategy – 2010-2012

Last year I was consulted for a report commissioned by the Community Media Association (CMA), that they published yesterday.  Researched and authored by Tamar Millen, the report explores the relationship between community media initiatives and the arts, to the mutual benefit of both sectors.   In the introduction the Chair of the CMA Phil Shepherd says;   “This strategy shows how much

The need to stay connected – self-portrait (William Blake’s critique of Newton)

William Blake critiqued Issac Newton in the claim that scientific enquiry for its own sake was a folly that saw the scientist ignore the beauty of the world for the sake of an equation.  Blake saw all the answers he needed in the world around him in nature’s beauty and in his imagination, rather than seek the need to

Art World / Community Media World

I read with interest on BBC News that David Hockney (at 72 years old is regarded as one of the UK’s greatest living artists) is using his iPhone to create artwork, and that this may now be a new departure for him.  It started when he drew a picture on his iPhone and then emailed

Message to arts students (notes)

When I am not doing community media type work, my day job is teaching photography degree students. As with all teachers, you start to see patterns over the years in feelings and behaviour from which one can draw some ‘universal’ lessons and advice and guidance. As head of 1st year, here are the notes for a