JAPAN BLUES is travelling
24 May 2016
Japan Blues has been selected for three exhibitions/ collections this year.
A new exhibition Wanderlust at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregan is about to open with 56 books from 54 international artists. Japan Blues is included.
Japan Blues is part of Kaleid 2016 new collection and has just been shown at the OFF Print fair in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. Kaleid2016 will tour to the USA later this year.
Japan Blues is included in an exhibition at Northern Print called Japan Prints Now.
INNBUNDET / UBUNDET
03 April 2016
An exhibition in Oslo at Norske Grafikere BOUND / UNBOUND - book - print - sculpture opens on the 7th April at 6pm. Selected artists who work with books. Am looking forward to seeing what the show looks like.
Printing in Bristol
12 November 2015
Have just spent the week printing at The Letterpress Collective, at the Centre Space studios in Bristol. Using a lot of the type that I first learnt letterpress with from the Bristol Industrial Museum, i felt like i had come full circle nine years after leaving that fun city of Bristol for Bergen.
It is amazing what you can print in four days with great help from Nick and Ellen from TLC and the sorting abilities of Gayle.
A month in Finland summed up in a book and box. Box yet to be completed. See more info about Finland residency and work here
Wish You Were Here?
12 November 2015
I have work in Jeremy Cooper's Postcard Collection at Hestercombe Gallery, in Cheddon Fitzpaine near Taunton. Exhibition is up until 28.02.2016.
Arteles Residency Finland
07 October 2015
Am currently in central Finland on residency at Arteles for the month of October. Arteles Creative Centre is based in an old school in the countryside. There are nine people here with the residency title of 'Enter Text'. The majority are authors and poets. Have spent the first few days cycling around the lanes thinking and taking a collection of photos of buildings. This is a residency that is very open, no outcome is required so it is great just to time and space. Curious to see what happens besides saunas and Northern Lights, stewed apple and blueberries, cycle rides and lake swims, frost and autumn colours.
Basel International Print Residency
26 July 2015
Now in Basel Switzerland at Druckverk at the Warteck. Fourteen international printmakers are working night and day to get work done for the exhibition that opens on friday 31st July at 7pm. The theme was decided last wednesday during our first day of thinking and planning in a group! Things unnoticed.
Have taken the theme quite literally and letterpress printed a set of postcards 'an unnoticed thing'. This have been placed round the studio and will be placed along the bank of the Rhine on Friday after swimming the length that is permissable. The Rhine has been a source of inspiration and also cool down in sweltering temperatures. Each day a float down the Rhine from the top bridge to some point lower down. It is strange to float in a northerly direction.
New book relating to the river swims inspired by flea market finds is coming off the letterpress so will be spending a lot of the rest of the time cutting and folding! Look in the residency page for more info.
Kaleid London 2015
26 July 2015
Voyage Boxed and 26 Tunnels and a Ferry have been selected for Kaleid London 2015 which took place on 18th July at the Art Academy in London.
Finding the Way
20 July 2015
BAG Art Camp 2015 is over and we have left Melbu after two intensive and fun weeks.
Finding the Way is a series of arrow signs created for the residency and refers to arrows found in Melbu.
The result of BAG Art Camp's residency in Melbu.
BAG Art Camp 2015
24 May 2015
Nine artists from Bergen Ateliergruppe will be travelling up to Melbu in North Norway for Nordland Academy for Arts and Science summer festival. We will be working for one week on new work in the old wool storage office building which is currently being renovated before putting up an exhibition during the festival. The week will start with a tour of Melbu on land and by boat. Will post more when I arrive in Melbu. Festival dates 4. - 11. July. This is the first of four residency/workshops I am taking part in before the end of October. Time to get creative.
24 May 2015
Norske bøker - the collection of Norwegian artists books which started out as a collection for Doverodde Centre of Book Arts, Denmark finished it's tour at BABE (Bristol Artists Book Event) in April. Four of the artists took the books to Bristol and were among over 100 other stand holders in the Arnolfini. A great weekend which also included visits to London Centre of Book Arts and the Letterpress Collective in Bristol.
10 March 2015
Have been working with material from Japan - a new postcard book and print have been screen printed at Trykkeriet, Bergen.
still got a few final details to finish off but here is an image of 8 of 12 postcards. They are waiting for a box to be made to create an edition of 10 box works holding the 12 postcards. The prints are on white Somerset paper, more info later.
JAPAN study tour 2014
12 November 2014
Have just returned from one month travelling in Japan, filling a sketchbook and camera memory card, trying to take on board all the new impressions and inspirations from my time taking trains from the North to the South. It will take a while to soak in but hopefully some new work with come out of this trip. Now back in Bergen to concentrate on the harbour right outside my window.
See here for more.
B-Open - imi's mini art mart
08 September 2014
B-Open is a biannual open studio event in Bergen on 13th and 14th Sept from 12-4pm.
We are opening our studios at Bergen Ateliergruppe, home to 16 artists in a large concrete industrial building in the middle of the container harbour, which is not normally open to the public.
I am showing a work in progress installation of objects and small scale art works, including some of the last stock of my typewriter jewellery. imi's mini art mart has works for sale that you can pluck straight from the installation and take with you. (no cash machines in this area).
To get access to the container harbour you must bring photo ID with you (passport, driver's licence or Bank card with photo). Entrance to the container harbour is via the manned gates by the round-a-bout on O.J.Brochs gate. SeeB-Open website for more info.
Bergen Ateliergruppe is also hosting the children's workshop this year so bring all the family - for more info click here.
Looking forward to seeing you on saturday (sorry i am not around on sunday but the installation is!)
17 June 2014
LK 243 UnderSail will be travelling from Denmark to Norfolk next week in time for its next exhibition at Cley church as party of the Creative Conversations exhibition for Cley14, curated by Rod Bugg and Polly Binns.
3 Nordic book art exhibitions
14 April 2014
A crate has arrived containing 45 artist's books by 25 artists for one part of an exhibition that is going open on 6th May at Doverodde book art centre, in Denmark. The books form an exhibition called Norske bøker, that will travel to various locations over the next year. Next stop is hopefully Bergen library, with the final stop being at the University of the West of England, Bristol in feb 2014.
LK243 UnderSail will also be at Doverodde before it travels to Norfolk for Cley14 opening on 3rd July.
Northern Print fundraising
21 March 2014
I have dontated my images of Unison Colour jars to help Northern Print raise funds for their studios.
All in a good cause - you never know when you need a willing, helpful and fun printmaking studio especially when you are on a residency with no equipment. Northern Print were a great resource when I was artist in residence at Highgreen, Northumberland 2007-08.
Have a look at what Northern Print have done with the jars, and if very flush give them a hand with fundraising!
16 February 2014
At last - one year on - an answer to a touring exhibition of Voyage!
Voyage Boxed is a collection of 18 works by artists who took part in Voyage: sea journeys, island hopping and trans-oceanic concepts at Künstlerhaus Dortmund in 2013.
The works measure 14.8 x 14.8cm and fit into a handmade box. For more information see here.
Norway from the Inside
06 January 2014
First exhibition of the new year is a set of postcards for the "The Postcard is a public work of art" exhibition at X marks the Bökship gallery in Bethnal Green, London. If you are in London pop in.
Here are some images from the exhibition
The Sketchbook Project
09 December 2013
Have made this sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project at the Brooklyn Art Library, New York. It is a sketchbook of screenprint offcuts from my recent work and will be touring with the entire USA tour in 2014.
see here for the travelling show
36 Tunnels and a Ferry
19 September 2013
A new screen-printed book documenting the bus journey from Bergen to Røldal where I was artist in residence this summer has been editioned! This book was the result of a commission by IMPACT 8 International Print Conference in Dundee, under the theme of the conference "Artist as Explorer"!
It is 5 x 5 x 4 cm when closed, but fully stretched would measure 3.5metres! It is a very kinetic book, and not so easy to take images of.
When I was making this book there was a lot in the news about Norway's road tunnel network, a lorry caught fire in one 11km long tunnel (lots of people were evacuated, but fortunately no casualties) and just this week, a 300 tonne rock has blocked the entrance to one of the tunnels named in the book!
Only 25 of these small books have been produced, screen printed, cut and folded by hand.
04 September 2013
LK 243 UnderSail finished it tour for 2013 appropriately back in Shetland. I presented the project as part of WordPlay, Shetland's book festival on Tuesday 3th Sept at 7pm in Screen 2 of the Mareel culture house in Lerwick. A really professional space to speak in, this photo doesn't do it justice.
The exhibition was displayed in the foyer outside Screen 2 during the festival, along side visitors to the cinema and cafe, a delegation from Creative Scotland were given a tour of the exhibition, which was an honour as they were one of the funders of the project.
It was good to be back in Shetland!
Now on to new work!
IMPACT 8 Dundee
06 August 2013
Next stop is Dundee, where I am attending IMPACT 8 International Print Conference from the 27th August to 1st September. An academic poster presentation and the touring exhibition of LK 243 UnderSail will be on show. Have also been asked to create a new book for the conference using the theme of Artist as Explorer / boundaries and crossings. This book is in the making involving a bus journey from Bergen to Røldal.
After that I will catch the ferry up to Shetland taking LK 243 UnderSail with me to present it to the Wordplay Festival, and completing its journey for 2013.
Here is LK243 at Dundee in the Book art exhibition
Miniutstilling i litteraturhuset
14 June 2013
Miniutstilling i Røldal Litteraturhus.
Jeg er snart ferdig med mitt gjestekunstneropphold i Verdens Minste Litteraturhus i Røldal og inviterer til en miniutstilling i huset lørdag 13.07.13 kl.12-16. Denne helgen er jeg tilstede og vil forteller om mitt arbeide.
Utstillingen vil stå ut juli.
Siden markedshelgen har jeg samlet inn 70 svar til spørsmålet "Hvor er ditt sentrum?" og har brukt disse svarene til å skape arbeid i form av bøker. Disse vises sammen med andre verk inspirert fra boksamlingen i huset og inntrykk fra sitt opphold i bygda. Kjøper du en bok fra BokBua vil du heretter kunne finne et kunstarbeid gjemt i den.
Mer info se residency section av denne websiden
Welcome to a mini exhibition at the Literature House in Røldal where I have been artist in residency for a couple of weeks. Have been taking inspiration from the books in this very small house and my impressions of Røldal.
Please look at the residency section of this website for more info
Kaleid Editions London
13 June 2013
My book 'Getting Lost' has been selected for the Kaleid Editions show in July.
and was sold to the Tate in London.
BABE at Arnolfini, Bristol
06 April 2013
I will be exhibiting the result of the residency onboard the Swan during the Tall Ships Races 2011 at this years Bristol Artists Book Event at the Arnolfini on 20th and 21st april from 11am-5pm.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
07 March 2013
Installation of the Voyage exhibition at Künstlerhaus Dortmund took place in a busy week before the opening on the 8th feb. An intense, but hugely rewarding week working with ten of the artists who were present during installation and the opening. Rona and I made some surprise discoveries chatting with the artists, and there was a great exchange of adventures at sea and conversations about artistic practice.
The exhibition is open for two more weeks. On the last day, 17th March, the curators will give a presentation of their own work related to sea journeys at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund at 5pm.
for more info about Rona Rangsch see here
and for more about the exhibition
09 January 2013
The opening of the exhibition 'Voyage: sea journeys, island hopping and trans-oceanic concepts' curated by Imi Maufe and Rona Rangsch at Künstlerhaus Dortmund (www.kh-do.de) is at 8pm on 8th Feb.
The eleven artists will be attending the opening: John Cumming (UK), Andrew Friend (UK), Lutz Fritsch (DE), Matthew Herring (UK), Gunnar Jónsson (IS), Simon Le Reuz (UK/DE) David Lilburn (IR), Ding Ren (NL/USA) Aslak Gurholt Rønsen (NO), Jeff Talman (USA), Sally Waterman (UK)
A book section includes work by: Peter Bennett, Tacita Dean, David Fatihfull, Simon Faithfull, Carolina de la Fe, Sven Johne, Sukaina Kubba, Laurie Lax, Peter Matthews, Sarah Ramona, Judith Schalansky, Ian Stephans, Susan Timmins, ‹usus› Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz, Thomas Whittle, Carola Willbrand, Philippa Wood.
On the closing day of the exhibition, 17th March at 5pm, Maufe and Rangsch will give artist's presentations about their own projects related to the exhibition's theme to give an insight into their motivation for realising the show.
Künstlerhaus Dortmund is open Thurs-Sun 4-7pm
Turn the Page book fair
15 May 2012
The Turn the Page book fair in Norwich (4th and 5th May) was a special two days. It was a treat to show my work for the first time, in the part of the country where i grew up. The fair was superbly curated and coordinated, with a selected group of artists many I've not seen before at a book fair. Under the glass roof of the Forum, a new audience had a chance to discover book arts, most were really just on their way to the library.
Lots of great conversations, with friends and strangers.
Found Sea Postcards
12 April 2012
The LK 243 UnderSail project has now been completed and is off on the beginning of a new journey. The Bunk Box that was made and used onboard the Swan, is now the container for the complete exhibition which is due to start touring at the end of April. More info on that soon.
Part of the Swan residency involved putting 43 wooden postcards in the sea from Waterford to Halmstad. A book has been made about this part of the project and at the time of going to print 6 postcards had been found and returned. Now two more have arrived. Number 3 was found on Nethertown Beach, Near Carnsore Point outside Wexford, Irland and number 34 has been found a long way from where it started.
Number 34 was dropped in the North Sea just outside Stavanger, Norway and was found on 7th March over six months later on an island called Bogla, which at 66º48.N is above the Arctic Circle! So keep searching those beaches, you never know what you may find!
Happy New Year 2012
08 January 2012
Happy New Year / Godt nytt år
May 2012 bring lots of adventures large and small!
4 SEA POSTCARDS have been found
23 August 2011
I have arrived in Shetland to finish of the LK243 UnderSail residency, and have just collected 5 SEA POSTCARDS from Shetland Arts office. Exciting! 43 SEA POSTCARDS were placed in the sea between Waterford, Ireland and Halmstad, Sweden and numbers 5, 8, 13, 15, 16 have been found between Fleetwood, Lancashire and Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
If you do find a SEA POSTCARD feel free to write your contact details on the back so I can get in touch with you.
Keep looking there are 38 still to be found!
The documentation resulting in this dispersal and collection of SEA POSTCARDS will form part of the LK243 UnderSail exhibition that is planned to travel back to some of the destinations that the Tall Ships Race 2011 visited next year: more info later.
Look in the Residency Section on right for more info and images.
The End of the Race
11 August 2011
The Talls Ships Race 2011 finished in the harbour of Halmstad, West Sweden after 5 and a half days at sea. Leaving Stavanger we were becalmed and went round and round in circles of a few days. It is very confusing to leave your watch sailing south (the direction that we wanted to go in) sleep and then wake for the next watch only to be pointing north! On our trip from Lerwick to Stavanger we sailed in one straight line at course 110°! This was a new experience for me that you can't just go in the direction you want under sail! With no wind and northerly currents we were pushed backwards! Like normal the Swan was at the back of the pack, but we didnt mind, we have a very comfy solid boat!
This part of the residency has come to an end, it has been a really big adventure, have shared the Swan with 46 other sailors, small things have happened along the way, funny incidents, broken eggs, lost buiscuit box lids, captains dinners, crew parades, painted faces, garden gnomes, dodging cargo ships in the dark, hunting for waffles etc. Incidences that are hard to retell or capture. But I am going to try!
After 4 days off the boat the world has just stopped rocking!
Now with a quick turnaround in Bergen I set off for North Uist and Shetland for the next month, to get the essence of the adventure down on paper. Time to reflect and start making! Time to concentrate.
Life on the Swan
22 July 2011
I have been at sea since the 1st July with lots of stop overs at ports and harbours along the way, on board the Swan, a Shetland herring drifter from 1900, as artist in residence during the Tall Ships Race.
It has been an non stop adventure of sailing in calm seas and rough ones, and of festivals at each port. Living on a small boat with 15 others of which 8 are teenagers, being on watch at unearthly times of night, sleeping and cooking and just getting into the rhythm of the sailing experience takes time and leaves little time to get anything else done. The call of "All Hands on Deck", "Breakfast", "Dolphins", "Watch Change" interrupts any concentration of getting something down on paper, but photos have been taken and other things are happening along the way.
I have thrown 26 wooden postcards in the sea during our trip from Waterford and today I got an email that someone has found one on the beach in Ardrossan, Ayrshire. Each postcard is stamped with the coordinates and date of the position of the place it is thrown in the sea. If you find any of these postcards please can you return them to the address on the back of the card. The will then become part of the planned exhibition to take place sometime after the sailing leg of this journey.
At each port dressed in a polka dot blue dress, I collect drawings of boats and stories of being at sea, so far I have over three hundred, but am being hampered by wind and rain here in Lerwick were we are currently in harbour.
Next leg is to race to Stavanger, Norway with the rest of the boats leaving on Sunday 24th July in the Parade of Sail - a spectacular display of sailing ships from all over the world large and small!
Lets hope the wind blows us in the right direction!
LK 243 UnderSail Residency
05 June 2011
This summer will be spent on board The Swan, a herring drifter from 1900, taking part in the Tall Ships race 2011. After the voyage I will be based in Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre, North Uist and then at Shetland Arts to complete work documented. For more info look at LK243 UnderSail in the RESIDENCIES section to the left!
Aquatint to Zerkall – Alphabet prints
02 June 2011
Some of my prints will be shown in the exhibition Aquatint to Zerkall - Alphabet prints from contemporary Artists at Northern Print Studio, Newcastle from 9th june to 10th sept 2011
Opening 8th June 6-8pm
Handmade Library at An Talla Solais
03 June 2011
Living North of the North Tyne library bookcase and other books were sent to An Talla Solais Visual Arts Centre in Ullapool to take part in the weekend book fair event.
14 May 2011
Travels to Bristol, Sheltand and Berlin May 2011
I have just returned from a mad journey that included an interaction at the Bristol Artist Book Event, an interview at Shetland Arts and giving a presentation at the Arts in Society conference in Berlin.
The Bristol World Atlas was great fun, challenging the public to create a world atlas in two days, the reactions and conversations that took place in the meeting room of the Arnolfini were special and fantastic. Soon the completed and bound (2 volumns) will be placed in the Arnolfini Reading Room for all 560 participants to take a look at. I will let you know when this becomes avaliable. Meanwhile have a look at the Bristol World Atlas page below.
The Interview in Sheltand was for at the LK243 UnderSail residency on board the old herring drifter The Swan which I was successful in getting! More info will come later!
Doing a presentation with Janet Ross of VARC was a brilliant experience to an international audience at non-stop conference about Arts in Society in Berlin. Information over load about a phenominal amount of work that combines arts and science, arts in the community, including the most bizarre and fantastic subjects.
Now back in Bergen to concentrate on my students at Bergen Architecture School and work at Galleri VOX until I travel with the Swan from the 3oth June.
Arts in Society
17 April 2011
I was invited by VARC to give a presentation at the Arts in Society conference in Berlin in May 2011, to discuss how I integrated my work into the community calander whilst living in Northumberland for a year.
The conference in Berlin was an amazing event, non stop talks about various projects by people from all over the world.
Janet Ross and Imi Maufe have co-written a paper called Raffle Tickets and Midges which has been accepted for The International Journal of the Arts in Society.
21 March 2011
Welcome to BABE 2011
Over the BABE weekend (30th April - 1st May) at the Arnolfini, I will be running an interaction that the public are invited to get involved with, and hopefully we will, by the end of sunday, have drawn a world atlas from memory.
Everyone who takes part gets a jogged memory and a free badge!
Find the Bristol World Atlas in the 1st floor meeting room, straight ahead at the top of the stairs.
Hello and Welcome
01 December 2010
Welcome to this new website featuring an archive of projects completed as part of residencies and commissions, exhibitions and workshops spanning the last tenyears.
The site has been built using Indexhibit CMS and developed by Newcastle-based graphic and web design studio Supanaught.
Hope you enjoy and get in touch if you would like more information.