May 3rd, 2019
As the new season begins the company dancers have returned to the rehearsal room and begun work on Romeo a Juliet, choreographed by Darius James and Any Doughty. Great to see so many familiar faces, and to meet new additions to the company, Danila Marzilli and Joshua Feist. Looking forward to getting to work with everyone, and creating a new series of pictures.
Very grateful to the wonderful dancers of Ballet Cymru’s Pre-Professionals Programme, who for the past few months have been the focus of my work and a great inspiration. A hugely talented and determined group, whom it’s been a privilege to work with. Good luck to them all as they move forward with their careers.
March 30th, 2019
To misquote Withnail, some years ago I took part in an art fair by mistake. It wasn’t all terrible though, as I got to meet Franceska McCullough – an artist full of vim, with an exotic accent (US), who, amongst other things, creates extraordinary, endlessly intricate sculptures from toothpicks.
Last week Franceska kindly interviewed me about my artistic practice and cat for her blog, Toothpick Moon. Find this and much else here.
March 14th, 2019
This set of postcards, featuring drawings of some of the wonderful dancers of Ballet Cymru’s Pre-Professional Programme, will be available for free at forthcoming performances, starting with Ballet Cymru 2 – Made in Wales at The Riverfront, Newport, on March 19th and the Dance House, Cardiff, on the 22nd. They will also be available at Ballet Cymru Friends events.
Riverfront details here.
Dance House details here.
Ballet Cymru Friends details here.
March 9th, 2019
Underdrawing more or less finished on the largest canvas I’ve ever attempted, and for the first time needing two easels – the one on the left given to me a few years ago by my old chum Reg Eldridge. Lovely to be putting it to use.
The painting is a reworking of a moment between Ann Louise Wall, Giulia Rossi and Colleen Grace, choreographed by Jack Philp and previously explored on a much smaller scale (Ballet Cymru rehearsal 126). My hope is that it will be one of a number of larger canvases exhibited at Ffin y Parc Gallery and Wales Millennium Centre later this year.
February 26th, 2019
Great to see Alastair Sill of Word of Mouth at my studio today.
Alastair will be developing and delivering audio tours of my forthcoming exhibitions at Ffin y Parc Gallery and Wales Millennium Centre, supporting greater access to the shows for people with visual impairments. This is an entirely new development for me and my work, and one which the venues and I are very excited about.
Having worked with company dancers and choreographers to create audio descriptions and touch tours for a number of recent productions (and shortly to begin preparations for this season’s Romeo a Juliet), Word of Mouth has an established relationship with Ballet Cymru. They’ve done tremendous work supporting the company in its commitment to make dance accessible to everyone – welcoming new audiences, and for many people enabling a level of engagement which wasn’t previously possible. Alastair’s expertise and experience makes him ideally placed to work on audio tours for the coming exhibitions, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the development of this side of the project.
Today was a preliminary meeting, exploring some intriguing questions around the process of describing/interpreting visual art for a visually-impaired audience, and discussing the thinking and techniques which have so far informed my work with dance and Ballet Cymru. Looking at the pictures I’ve made so far, we also discussed plans for the coming months, and how Alastair will best be able to follow the project in preparation for the audio tours.
Dates have not yet been finalised, though will be available soon.
For further information about accessibility and the arts in Wales, and for listings of events across the country, please see hynt’s website here.