To all my much appreciated followers and supporters of the work towards expressing and articulating patient the lived experience of illness through art. This is an unusual thing for me to do and I hope that you will understand the reasons. So…here goes!
Artes Mundi is an internationally focused arts organisation that identifies, recognises and supports contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience.
Founded in 2002 by Welsh artist William Wilkins, Artes Mundi is best known for its biennial international Exhibition and Prize which takes place in Cardiff. The exhibition is Wales’ biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art show. One of the shortlisted artists is awarded the prize of £40,000, the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world.
Here is my respectful request:
Artists must be nominated for the prize and for Artes Mundi 8 all nominations must be submitted by 17:00 GMT on 15th May 2017. I am hoping that someone may able to nominate me for the work that I do. It goes without saying I think that were I to be shortlisted it would be excellent in terms of getting my work seen more and thus help the cause and indeed, were I to actually win the prize money would be of huge advantage in continuing and expanding the scope of my work.
If you feel you can help please follow this link to nominate me:
With grateful thanks
The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition at the Kimmel Galleries in NYC has been extended through December this year! I am delighted of course and this is great news as it will allow the exhibition to reach a bigger audience and continue the good work in raising awareness and increasing understanding of the experience of fistula. The reaction to the show up to now has been really encouraging…below is a comment on progress from sponsors and organisers, the Kupona Foundation.
To see a slide show of the work in the exhibition check out the dedicated page on this site.
So far, the exhibition has raised over $26,000 in support and sponsorship as we fight to end fistula within a generation. It has also triggered multiple conversations with potential new partners. Our Twitter chat the day of the launch made over 3 million impressions, and our efforts to publicize the exhibition continue. We have been thrilled by the response, and are so grateful for support from the artist, Jac Saorsa, and our sponsors Johnson & Johnson, Fistula Foundation, the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula and New York University’s Kimmel Center and College of Global Public Health.
Check out the new page (click on link above) for a slide show highlighting the NY show!
The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula 2016 exhibition is now open!
I am in New York, the work is hung, and I am preparing for the launch night – it kicks off at 7pm tonight and we are looking forward to a great evening. Being back in the city is strange for me as it harbours many memories. I lived here while studying at the New York Academy… it has been an emotional few days for very many reasons and on very many levels.
I will post images of the whole show, and of tonight’s event, once I get back to the UK…in the meantime here is a ‘teaser shot’ shot of part of the show on the wall at the Kimmel gallery.
My grateful thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to help me realise this exhibition
Here is the link for the new website called Resilience created by the clever folk at Fistula Foundation
The website is designed to accompany the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition, which is sponsored by Johnson and Johnson and Kupona and opens May 23rd at the Kimmel Galleries in New York. The website showcases a ‘preview’ selection of the pieces that I have made after two visits to Tanzania, to CCBRT and to the Mabinti Centre where I worked with fistula patients both before and directly after their surgery, and during their recovery. Also on the site you can find some beautiful work by three other artists/photographers who make work about obstetric fistula. The site is great and demonstrates the power of the visual to express and articulate the experience of fistula.
I’ve just heard that all the work for the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition has arrived in New York ready to hang on May 22nd! Here is a sneak preview of one of the pieces of new work that will be shown. Preparations are now seriously going ahead and one of the exhibition partners, the Fistula Foundation has created a fantastic supporting website. It is soon to go live – watch this space for more information soon!