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October 22, 2019

"…the nostalgia that I explore here is …. for the unrealised dreams of the past and visions of the future that have become obsolete.... not solely searching for newness and technological progress but for unrealized possibilities, unpredictable turns and crossroads."

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August 13, 2019

This blog is an attempt to tease out some of the intertwining strands of my emergent thinking around artists, archives, technology, networks, memory, dementia, culture, power and control. 

Part 1:


Through play I’ve re-discovered that the black and white photocopier in m...

February 4, 2019

My mum has Dementia. She is experiencing profound difficulties with the way her brain and memory work. She time travels, desperately trying to locate herself in the here and now, at other times profoundly sometime else. When I am with her, it is as if the present is cr...

January 8, 2019

I keep returning to thinking about power, I have so many questions; Who or what shapes the systems and structures of cultural institutions ? Who holds institutional power? How do institutions create and distribute power?  What knowledge, experience and voices do instit...

December 10, 2018

I want to write about redistributing power – cultural power. I want to explore cultural democracy and how it could be possible to intervene in and redirect the flow of power to, from, and inbetween; institutions, communities, networks, artists, curators, producers and...

October 1, 2018

In the last few days and weeks I’ve been thinking about racism, feminism, cultural democracy and my very imminent PhD. There are moments when these things overlap and shed light on each other. I’ve also been making photomontage, that isn’t finished. Nothing is permanen...

June 23, 2018

The reason I've haven't blogged for year is that I've been pouring any spare time I've had into the application and interview process for Collaborative 3D3 Studentship Award for a practice based PhD in partnership with UWE and Arnolfini. In April I was o...

July 1, 2017

Somewhere in my parents’ bungalow, my mother has carefully stored away an unfinished quilt. My mum started to make it when I was a child; it contains hundreds of individual hexagonal pieces, laid out in a basic flower pattern, cut from the leftovers of every item of cl...

June 26, 2017

On Thursday 8th June, I worked closely with Julie McCalden to research, present and facilitate a workshop as part of a-n Assembly Bristol (go to Proposal For A Guide For Art Parents for further information including a links to a PDF of my presentation). The s...

April 28, 2017

Last weekend I travelled to Stroud with Julie McCalden and Jess Young, to attend a one day symposium ‘It Takes A Village - Models for Mother Artists’, hosted by WAAS at Atelier, as part of SVA’s Site Festival. The event aimed to ‘explore how artists who are mothers can...

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