S.A.P published Boxset now available.

I’d like to have a conversation with you – Wanna meet me halfway?
I want to catalyse an action. An action within a community of people, who having the same starting points create unique exhibitions in their homes or elsewhere. Wanna meet me halfway? is therefore an invitation. If you’d like to join in please email.

The contributing writers and I collaborated on the selection of 18 double sided prints for the boxset. Each featuring artworks made within different communities since 2007. Sometimes their words came first and other times it was my images. We worked hard to create a conversation between our work, so that one didn’t simply illustrate the other. We let meanings slip and slide. Like a television or theatre script Wanna meet me halfway? will come to life through your interaction with it. I trust that your ideas and exhibitions will make it different and complete.

Available as a Pay What You Can from the shop .. the boxset also has a ‘top tips’ sheet enclosed to help you explore and experiment with its contents. Before sharing images online, enabling even more people to

18 posters [various sizes] in A3 box. Edition of 50

Published by: Social Art Publications

Stephen Walker
Katy Hawkins
Ben Stringer
Ollie Douglas
Clare Currie
Tim Neal
Mark Richards
Harriet Rowley

Supported by: SHED

The Notice Board – Joyce Davis

The Notice Board is proud to be able to share Joyce Davis 60° North exhibition. Joyce lives with complex physical, psychological, and neurological illness which is helped considerably by making art. This making, The Notice Board believes, offers Joyce a type of freedom. A freedom that is available to all of us if we care to embrace it. It’s a space where we can reflect on our pasts, presents, and even imagine a future. A place to manage feelings and share ideas.

Joyce says: For me Art is therapy. I think it found me. I know I needed it.  The works that I’m showing here are part of this therapy. They are a variety of prints (Mono, Intaglio and Riso) and drawings in pen. All of them are faces that you may recognise as familiar to you, but they are of people I have known personally or at a distance. I live 60° North of the equator, but the world is accessible to me from my Shetland home.

People make places but one thing I truly believe is that we all share much more than we are different. We all experience love and joy, pain and hurt. We all feel safety and fear. We can all reach out and change other people’s lives for the better or the worse.  I want my art to reach people and to give them an opportunity to reflect, to pause and to feel – a moment of escape from the stresses of their lives, a gift from me from 60° North.

Joyce firstly trained as a nurse working with people with learning disabilities and then in mental health. She went on to further study and completed a Masters in Psychology at the University of Glasgow and followed this with a Post Graduate Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Joyce worked in the NHS in both England and Scotland as a Clinical Psychologist and was  Head of a number of Clinical Child Psychology Departments.

Illness meant an end to Joyce’s career, and she began to make art and to write creatively through initially going to well-being classes at Shetland Arts.  Her career as an artist developed into print making and she has found a whole new world has opened up to her. Joyce has enjoyed an art residency at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen and has shown her work both in the UK and in the US. She has been awarded a number of Artist Bursary’s and currently has a Solo Exhibition at the Mareel in Lerwick. (www.shetlandarts.org) Blogs written by Joyce are on the Shetland Arts website.  Joyce is represented by www.jenniferlaurengallery.com Instgram: @joycedaviesart

The Notice Board – Nadya Monfrinoli

Nadya Monfrinoli
Born: UK
Title: Stay Safe

The Notice Board this month showcases work that raises awareness of EDAN Lincs and celebrates work of Nadya and women she has worked with. Nadya says: The refuge is covered in inspirational quotes in the Live, Laugh, Love vein. This work draws on this tradition of using words to empower, but instead of using existing phrases we created our own. Turning them into posters that can be shared more widely. Women involved wanted their work to be seen by others who might be experiencing domestic violence to “build them up, offer courage, to say I believe in you, it is possible to make a change”.

In response I created the flag which shows a piece of chalk graffiti found inside of the refuge’s smoking shelter. In this small brick shed many take the time to offer each other messages of solidarity, leaving them for those that come after. I was struck by how the now familiar ‘Stay Safe’ refrain taken up by us all since Covid assumes further complexity in this context. Particularly as the last two years has seen incidents of domestic violence soar.

Nadya makes site-responsive installations and other ephemeral works that enable the viewer to interact with them. She is interested in different ways of engaging with people and this often includes collaboration. For more information visit: monfrinoli.com  @nadya_monfrinoli

The Experience Shift

During lockdown I was involved in a large research project led by Sophie Shaw at House of Cultural Curiosity, that considered the changing needs of commissioners and audiences in participatory settings.

Together we considered: What creative/ designed/ interactive experiences are good for and what we can achieve with them?

In short we concluded: given the onset of Covid, but also in recognition we are in a time of great change, we all saw how equity, access and the individual’s relationship with the world needed to feature more heavily in our planning and conversations. We all agreed how “Experience design” becomes more about creating compelling spaces for audiences to step into as opposed to providing them with a predetermined fixed experience. Leading us to acknowledge the question becomes more then how we facilitate participation rather than how we design an interactive experience.

For the Manifesto and full report including sections aimed at creative individuals, insitutions and brands visit: The Experience Shift

The Notice Board – Kate Genever

Kate Genever. UK

Title: She loved, loved and loved. Woodcut print. 69cm x 59cm

During a residency in Wakefield I worked in with Wakefield City of Sanctuary; a charity which promotes and encourages the inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in their district. This opportunity helped me understand more about the UK’s asylum system, and the fate of refugees as they are processed before being deported or offered safe and stable homes. While their status is determined all are supported by many volunteers and organisations who offer expertise and care. This effort and the emotional toll it took shaped the artwork I created. This print is one outcome.

At the time of my residency in 2017 people were walking across Europe, before entering and hiding in channel crossing lorries to get to the UK. Now they also come by sea. Imagery of overloaded boats, and worse the drowned, is heart-breaking. Which makes this print still relevant. So I share it again to highlight the ongoing, politically complex, international refugee crisis and the toil of volunteers and charities who help. Asking all the time what would you do for freedom?

F.E.A.S.T. Caythorpe

F.E.A.S.T evening events are all about good company, local food and interesting discussions. Our recent successful event at Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall explored issues connected to the “local” including production, accessibility and relevance. The above selection of photos are from that evening.

F.E.A.S.T utilises locally sourced ingredients including surplus food in the production of plant and animal based dishes. Specialist Producers included: @gelstonlamb @nelsonsbutchers @ancaster_butchers @belvoir_bakery Proctor and Son: Potatoes. E.Moore and Sons: Brussels and @3_daughters_croft_farm Lamb and Mutton.

F.E.A.S.T would not be what it was without the support and efforts of many. Including Clare Byrom, Ali Bews and Lucy Glen
F.E.A.S.T was supported by InvestSK

Whoses Culture? vinyls installed

Featuring the work of all us Whose Culture? commissioned artists these vinyls are now installed on Bridge St. Peterborough. As the lead artist I’m glad to be able to share the work we all undertook and give voice to the many overlooked and marginalised communities within the city. The vinyls not only showcase the work we made alongside them, but also give opportunites for viewers to find out more about the wider consultation via QR codes embedded in the design.

FEAST Exhibition with Nisha Keshav

This Friday and Saturday [Dec 3rd and 4th] 2-4 sees the F.E.A.S.T exhibtion open at Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall. I will be showing a series of drawings alongside photographs by Nisha Keshav. All the works we have chosen to show will reflect on our experiences and understanding of the Lincolnshire landscape.

This free event is supported by InvestSK

Wireworks Residency. Derbyshire

22 – 27 Nov see’s me returning to Shiningcliff Woods, Belper and The Wireworks Project to further develop what I started research on back in early October. My residency is taking place over the next 6 months, supported by artists @ivanpatricksmith and Tony Shepherd. Their energies are amazing and I’m proud to have been invited to be the first resident.
The woods hold a long histories including quarrying, wire making, charcoal burning, the Grith Pioneers with their ambitions for Peace, a giant yew tree which is alleged to be the spot where the Rock a bye baby nursery rhyme began….But now much of this past is no more and instead veteran Oaks, Beech, Sycamores and managed Pines take their place. It’s a complex and layered site and one I’m looking forward to further responding to. I can’t help but think of reverting and reclamation. But also imagined futures as Tony and Ivan create new beginnings.
The Wireworks Project, set up by them, aims to host their practice and other artists from across the world during longterm residencies. With outcomes showcased in or near an old industrial building they’ve cleared for the purpose.

The Notice Board – Jane Wheat

Jane Wheat is based in Nottingham. For Exhibition 28 at The Notice Board she has created an exhibition under the title: Fixed Point Semaphore.
Of the work Jane says: My interest in rituals and the characteristics of cultural events has underpinned much of the work I have been making for several years.
I have a large extended family in South East Asia and visits there have given me a great insight into their traditions, which date back centuries.  I have made several films based on their colourful celebrations conjuring a sequence of images & sounds that are redolent with meaning.
During the on-going pandemic the separation from loved ones has proved difficult and distressing. Families living maybe only a few miles from each other became isolated. There are many families separated by continents that, even in pre pandemic times feel this separation often for years. These thoughts have led to this exhibition and a dialogue between me, my grandson and his maternal grandparents who live over 6,000 miles away. The idea of personal message from a grandchild drifting through space and time is something that I hope could amuse and entertain my relatives in their faraway country, which they can view on social media.
Flags have evolved as a tool of national identity and as a means of communication as well as decoration and demarcation. Semaphore is an international flag based language. So I asked myself ‘How can I create a flag relevant to my situation?” In response I’ve made one that contains  a personal message that can only be read by people who speak this foreign tongue.

The Notice Board enjoys the layers of code in Janes work – with private languages only available to some of us. Technology be it flags, telephones or the internet have always offered a potential freedom to speak privately and connect across great distance. The Notice Board enters itself into this list happy to support a family connect and laugh.

Jane’s website: janewheat.com

As part of her exhibition Jane has created a quiz and invites you to join in. Find the Quiz here and Answers here


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