Thanks so much to @creativetourist and their Exhibitions Editor @sarajaspan for their lovely preview of This Building for Hope at The Midland Morecambe, 4th-22nd October 2017. Looking forward to it, but lots to do before then! 😉💪 Link to preview in bio
Last year I made the wallpaper, 'Over and over Jump In!' in response to visits to the Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool, Aberdeenshire for a project @incertainplaces I also have a limited edition print available of 50, with some copies left, link to shop in online bio. Apologies if you have tried to order recently, I just got some feedback the payment was not working, but it is all now up and running!
When I was in Miami I got into drawing on paper outside with watercolour, something I haven't ever really done before, but I needed a quick way to draw, and I really like the immediacy of it. Pictured is a drawing of one of the central facade motifs of one of the many 1930s hotels on Miami South Beach.
I have had my head at the computer the last few days working on possible covers for an upcoming book of my work and research, 'Transatlantic Seaside Moderne', which will include an essay about my work by the wonderful @lindapittwood and is being designed by the very clever @textbookstudio with the kind support of @gfsmithpapers ⭐🌁
Thanks to @british_design at the British Council for interviewing me about my recent research trip to Miami South Beach. I researched Miami Moderne architecture, the Miami art scene, and shared my practice - through a talk @thebetsyhotel within their PACE programme, and had an exhibition at The Breakwater.
The visit was supported with thanks to the Artists International Development Fund from the British Council & @aceagrams You can read the interview in the link in bio. Pictured is the Royal Palm Hotel, designed in 1940 by Henry Flagler.
You can view my exhibition @hotel_breakwater Miami Beach from today until 3rd June. Excited to share my work about art deco British seaside architecture with a new audience in the heart of Miami Art Deco Preservation area! Thanks so nuch for hosting The Breakwater @carmaconnected with support from @aceagrams @thebritishcouncil
'Over and over Jump In!', 2016, is a limited edition print of 50, 42x 29cm, Giclee print on etching paper, £50 each. The print accompanies An Architecture of Joy exhibition @grundyartgallery which closes this Saturday 13th August. Send me a private message if you would like to order a print.
Thanks to @bigissuenorth for previewing the event The Legacy of Seaside Moderne @grundyartgallery in this weeks Big Issue North What's On. The event next Weds 3rd August features talks by Professor Fred Gray, author of Designing the Seaside, Blackpool Historian Ted Lightbown, Photographer Stephen Marland and myself talking about our research in relation to 1930s Modernist Seafront Architecture. There are still a few places left to book, eventbrite info in bio.
I am really pleased to invite you to an upcoming event at Grundy Art Gallery, The Legacy of Seaside Moderne, on the 3rd August 2016 5.30pm-8pm.
I have invited Emeritus Professor and author of 'Designing the Seaside' Fred Gray, Photographer Stephen Marland and Blackpool Historian Ted Lightbown, to share their research and work in relation to 1930s Seaside Moderne. I will also talk about my recent research and artwork considering Seaside Moderne in North West England and Scotland, as well as Q&A.
Please find eventbrite details below. The event is free and booking is required. Booking info below and in profile bio.
Thanks to @bigissuenorth for including my blog post on An Architecture of Joy on their website. Link in bio profile. Image: The Sea Breeze was The Cure, drawing digitally printed on wallpaper, 3m X 7m. Image credit: John Lynch.
'The Sea Breeze was The Cure', 2016. Drawing and painting digitally printed on wallpaper, 3.2m X 7m in current show 'An Architecture of Joy' @grundyartgallery Blackpool. The work was made in response to the Rothesay Pavilion on the Isle of Bute, built in 1938 @rothesaypavilion is currently closed and being redeveloped into a community and arts centre and will reopen in 2018. The title of the work comes from a paragraph in Jane Austen's unfinished novel Sandition, where she outlines the social belief at the time that spending time at the seaside can cure any ailment.
Thanks so much to everyone who came to the opening of 'An Architecture of Joy' @grundyartgallery yesterday. It was great to see and chat to so many people who have helped me with my research from across the North West, supportive friends and meeting new faces. We are hosting an 'In Conversation' event on the 3rd August discussing ideas around the work, and I will be releasing information about that shortly.
This time next week my solo show 'An Architecture of Joy' opens @grundyartgallery Blackpool 2.30pm-5pm. All welcome! Show runs until 13th August. Image: Not Just a Casino, drawing and painting on Fabriano, in original chromium plate 1930s skyscraper style frame, 10cm x 8cm.
Today I have been thinking about The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, while drawing for a three dimensional work I am making in response to one of its interior spaces. This is one of the series of original photographs taken by the Press Association when it was built.
In April this year, I was delighted to find out I had been awarded Arts Council England funding to support my project Looking Back/Moving Forwards. During the project I have been exploring 1930s Seaside Moderne in the North West of England and Scotland, and making new bodies of work in response to this. The project has been on hold to a health hiatus, but looking forward to returning to it in the new year. Image is the entrance stairwell at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, designed by Oliver Hill, with relief mural at top by Eric Gill.
I was really lucky to meet the authors of this book about The Midland Hotel this weekend in Morecambe. We had a really interesting, long conversation about the renovation of the hotel and its place in Morecambe.
Looking forward to visiting Morecambe this Saturday for the Vintage by the Sea festival. Here is a photograph of the original mural by Eric Ravilious and his wife Tirzah 'Night and Day' in the rotunda bar at at the Midland Hotel. The painting only lasted a few years due to ill prepared plaster. @englishlakes