The end of 2011 is upon us, and as I sit here in my new home overlooking the river Nith in the South of Scotland, I can see that the cold winter rain and gusts of winds bending the trees at odd angles are temporarily precluding any photographic ambitions!
The year ahead…
January is now only a few days away, but it’s going to be one of the busiest months I’ve had in a long time! I’m currently in the process of selecting and framing the final few images for my first exhibition of the year to be held at the beautiful House for an Art Lover in Glasgow.
The show will be one of the last showing images from the Sonnets series, and will feature a selection of work which has never been seen before. It’s quite a large show and will also feature an artist’s talk which I will give at a private opening on the 19th. To be added to the guest-list for the event please get in touch.
There will also be an additional event in February featuring one of my favourite poets, Scottish Makar (National Poet) Liz Lochhead, and recent winner of the Saltire Award James McGonigal – who are both coming together to celebrate the work of Edwin Morgan. Ticket information for this event will be released in January. There will also be a private exhibition of Sonnets work in Glasgow in February with a leading sculptor, however more information on that soon! March will also see the release of the new BBC series on Victorian Photographer Francis Frith which I contributed to, as well as a new book which features a few images. I will also be giving a demonstration of the wet plate collodion process in Glasgow on February 18th, which again will be very limited in numbers.
What about new work you might well ask? In March I will be leaving these shores to start a 6 week residency in Ireland which you can read about here. On my return I will take up a year long Artist in Residence role, but again more about that soon. This will be followed by a series of planned exhibitions across the country which should take me to the end of the year.
All in all a pretty hectic year ahead – I wonder if I’ll have the time to work on all these projects? Either way I’m looking forward to seeing how far I managed to get by this time next year!
Wherever you are, I wish you all the best for your plans for 2012! May it be a happy and productive one.
In March 2012 I will travel to the Atlantic Coast of Ireland to take up my first residency – at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in beautiful County Mayo. I’m incredibly excited at the prospect of spending 4-6 weeks working intensely on my own projects, as it will be the first time in months that I’ll have the chance to concentrate solely on my practice without the distractions of everyday life.
In 2010 I had the chance to exhibit in Galway, which was my first introduction to this rugged but inspiring part of the world, and since then I’ve wanted to return to the area to develop out a new series of work. I was therefore delighted when I was announced as a Fellow earlier this year, and have spent many happy hours studying books and images of the coastline and planning my journey. The fellowship will provide me with a cottage, a studio workshop and a library to help develop out my work, but more importantly the prospect of real head space.
At the top of this page you can watch a short video by Fellow Eddie Kennedy which gives a better impression of what the fellowship will involve, as well as giving some views of the surrounding area.
Learn more at http://www.ballinglenartsfoundation.org