Artefact at the Packington Gallery

It’s been wonderful week for us here at moderneccentrics. The private view was a great success with many people dropping by over the two hours, both locals and friends from farther afield. As always, we were a touch anxious at the beginning of the evening as there is always that worry that no-one turns up….

Looking forward: Artefact at the Packington Gallery

Excitement is reaching fever pitch here at Moderneccentrics as Ross prepares for his first solo show. In a week you will be able to see the evolving Artefact series together in one place for the first time. Ross works with the materials he finds around him and these pieces are created with found objects and…

Looking forward – Transient

transient | ˈtranzɪənt | adjective lasting only for a short time; impermanent. • staying or working in a place for a short time only: the transient nature of the migrant labour. Opening on the 30th of May, PRISM, the international exhibiting group, will be returning to the Hoxton Arches with their new exhibition ‘Transient’. Each artist has…

WIP The Hermitage

A weekend celebration for my Dad’s 80th birthday at the Dunkeld House Hotel in Perthshire gave me the perfect opportunity to continue my ongoing project trying to capture the atmosphere of the forest. My tree fascination (am I a hugger?) was fed with a walk on both sides of the river Tay, north of the…

Andy Goldsworthy at the Yorkshire Scuplture Park

In 2007, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Andy Goldsworthy partnered with the curators at the YSP to produce an exhibition that brought together ‘…an unprecedented range of work by Goldsworthy, forming the largest and most ambitious project ever curated at Yorkshire Sculpture Park to date.’ YSP ’07 Working throughout the…

Artefact: Adornment

Prism is returning to the Hoxton Arches (just round the corner from the Geffrye Museum) for Part 2 of ‘Another View’. This follows Part 1 which was exhibited at the RBSA in May, to great acclaim and visitor numbers. The exhibition promises a great variety of approaches, reflecting the breadth of contemporary textile practice, from…

The Curiosity Project at the Garden Museum

‘Elias Ashmole acquired his collection from two gardeners: John Tradescant, father and son. The Tradescants were no ordinary gardeners; they were employed by the wealthy Earl of Salisbury. The Tradescants voyaged overseas, travelling the known world and shipping back new and exotic plant specimens for the Earl’s gardens. In the course of their travels they…

Twine at Twilight

Last night’s Twine at Twilight at the Chelsea Physic Garden was an ‘evening to celebrate the world of plant-based fabrics’  and formed part of the CPG’s programme of events to celebrate ‘Weaves & Leaves’, which continues through 2017. With live music, from harpist Felix von Spreckelsen, Layla Tutt and Bromide, roaming interactive theatre by Studio Cultivate and…

Roots, Shoots & Leaves

The busy summer for us continues, with Ross exhibiting in ‘Roots, Shoots & Leaves‘, the new exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted, running from the 18th of July to the 5th of August. This the the second exhibition organised by From the Earth (this time in conjunction with the Upstairs Gallery), exploring a wide variety…

Poppies (for Henry)

On the 22nd of May, Henry Wilson, the partner of my good friend Andy, was killed by a lorry minutes from his house whilst cycling to get a haircut. Henry was a photographer and textile designer, and such a kind soul. The reason I mention this tragic accident is that one example of his kindness…

Bouziès to Saint Cirq Lapopie

I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote about Scott Thornley’s exhibition of…

The Woods of Cawdor

These finished images are from a walk around the woods of Cawdor Castle with my friend James. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning at the end of March, you can see read and see more images from the whole trip here. The work continue my fascination with trees, woodlands and forests. There is a wonderful constantly changing…