Go With the Flow Art Classes

Teaching at the regular adult art classes in Sefton is always a great opportunity to think about the journey of development that repeated art practice entails.

Examining and duplicating other artwork is an invaluable way of exploring colour, mark making and shapes – yet always the most rewarding aspect I find is the absolute uniqueness of each individuals work.

The celebrate this we held an exhibition in The Atkinson’s ‘Sefton Voices’ exhibition space. Participants came from Go with the Flow Southport and Bootle and Free Flow Formby and all work was created to fit into uniform frames. Curation and hanging was done in one day by Mo Peacock, Phil Dore and myself.


We were thrilled with how it all came together for a really strong show that celebrated the talent and diversity of the art created in these groups.



Walk On Exhibition at The Atkinson

Last night was the Private view of the fascinating new exhibition at The Atkinson.

From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff 40 years of Art Walking, this exhibition explores some of the many ways in which artists have approached, experienced and documented walks/walking.

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Tracy Hanna – Hill Walking

For this exhibition I created an interactive piece of art within the ArtBox to get visitors to consider their journey to The Atkinson. With reference to the work in the exhibition created by Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers in Plan B, visitors are invited to mark their journey along a large map of Southport by threading red yarn through eyelets. The process of considering and contemplating the journeys is explored further by the written notes at the start of each line which give personal accounts of observations and opinions. This piece of work will develop over the duration of the exhibition.

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Displayed is photographs and drawings from Marina Abramovic’s epic 90 day walk from the East along the great wall of China to meet her partner, Ulay travelling towards her from the West in The Lovers. I find this incredibly moving especially when contemplating the actuality of hour upon hour of walking with prolonged focus and anticipation of the final goal. Also the poignancy of the meeting of two people, the importance we place on finding the other, how far will we travel? of two becoming one. The couple split up not long after this project which adds a new dimension and line of thought when contemplating the work.


 Julian Opie has gone for little steps, literally. Using computer animation he had documented the walk of a toddler. Taking a photograph every twenty steps the toddler makes, these beautiful images are displayed one after another forming a mesmerizing experience of the journey undertaken.

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There is the opportunity to be involved with Mike Collier hosting art walks during the summer along The Sefton Coast. Mike’s work is a fascinating mix of word, spoken word, visual art, sound, photography and happenings along literal journeys and journeys into thought and retrospect. Journeys are recorded and explored in multiple layers leaving an enriched understanding of place and time.

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This exhibition is a fantastic collection of work that makes me think, makes me laugh and inspires me to create.  For this a huge thank you to everyone involved and in particular Cynthia Morrison-Bell,  who was inspirational to be around during the set up.

Now, Im off for a walk.

Christmas Markets and Fairs in the North West


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Here is a taster of some of the events happening this year to get you feeling festive with highlights of some of my favourite artists and designers.

Mollie Brown has a stall at the Manchester Christmas Market which runs until the 22nd of December. You can find her near the town hall http://www.christmasmarkets.com/UK/manchester-christmas-market.html

Stylish handmade clothes made with and inspired by vintage materials. All designs are beautifully crafted and demonstrate an innovative and exciting appreciation of contrasting textures, colours, fabrics and patterns.

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Lucy E Wilson  a talented illustrator can be found at The Chapel Gallery Christmas Market in Ormskirk http://www.chapelgallery.org.uk/  Exquisite drawings and paintings of wildlife are lovingly depicted and show a wonderful application of paint and pen.

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You have another chance to buy Lucy’s work next weekend at The Winters Art Market, St Georges Hall Liverpool http://winterartsmarket.com/  Also showing here is the wonderful Marie Canning Ceramics who creates stunning ceramic sculptures and jewellery.  Delicately formed these precious objects are truly delightful. Showing an admirable sensitivity to shape and form and a strong skill base which results in an exciting approach to ceramic design.

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Also at St Georges Hall are the fine artists Anna Ketskemety and Vicki Le Bon. Working with concepts that relate directly to their profession practise, both artists have created fantastic unique art work.

Ketskemety creates intriguing drawings and paintings with a rich colour palette demonstrating a highly accomplished creative process and development. Le Bon works with drawn repeated patterns which evolve into compelling abstract images. These intuitive drawings are delivered in exciting formats including inside magnetic circular tins.

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At St Georges Hall you will also find charm and character in abundance in the work of Freida Mckitrick. Beautiful and quirky festive images of Liverpool are celebrated in Freida’s work and produced on cards, baubles and as framed prints.

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If you find yourself in Chester on Sunday 8th December pop into the Double Tree Hilton for the Contemporary Art and Craft Fair http://www.doubletreechester.co.uk/contemporary-arts-crafts-fair where you will find the wonderful work of Verity Pulford Glass and Ceramics.

A beautiful play of shadow and light, fused glass is layered in a technique that heightens your awareness to the rich sensitivity of colour and form that Pulford effortlessly portrays.

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Finally, before all that on Friday 6th December The Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead is hosting Glorious http://daybees.com/events/1504374/glorious-from-the-gallery-14-art-shop-at-williamson-art-gallery-museum/ where you can find the unique handmade work of Jackdaw and Jay.

Beautiful shapes with an emphasis towards nature are adorned with  visual references including maps of the locality. The clever use of delicate images with the strong shape designs makes these stunning jewellery pieces real show stoppers.

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