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
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!
The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition in New York is finally official! (see below).
The show will bring together two bodies of work for the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula project: the first series of drawings completed after my visit in 2014 to the Fistula Clinic at CCBRT in Tanzania, and a second brand new body of work completed after my second visit to Tanzania last year. As you can see from previous posts on this site, we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to exhibit the first series of drawings at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London last year. This show was kindly sponsored by Johnson and Johnson who are again sponsoring this second, much larger exhibit in New York, which is this time being organsed and hosted by the Kupona Foundation and partners. My sincere thanks to all those, too numerous to mention here individually, who have made this possible – and of course to all of the women themselves at the fistula clinic and The Mabinti Centre, who taught me much and with whom it was my privilege to work.
The exhibition will continue at the Kimmel galleries for six weeks from May 23rd.
Here is a clay head that I made as a piece for the current exhibition at the Waterloo Teahouse gallery in Cardiff. It is based on some of the drawings and portraits in the show. My thanks to all those who are continuing to support the exhibition as it runs to the end of the month, your feedback has been very encouraging and sometimes very moving. I am looking forward to seeing some of you there tomorrow evening when I and Professor Alison Fiander will be giving a talk and inviting discussion about the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula Project. For those of you unable to attend I will post a transcript of Alison’s talk here on the site after the event.
I am looking forward also to traveling back to Tanzania next month where I will be visiting the The Mabinti Centre. I will be running creative workshops with the women there who are learning how to build new lives for themselves, having undergone fistula surgery. I am hoping to create another body of work when I get back for an exhibition next year in the US.