Long Eaton photoshoot

My son is a big fan of brutalist architecture so we spent an afternoon in Long Eaton trying to capture some shots of the urban environment in the fascinating back streets. Long Eaton has suffered economically but there is a rich history of manufacture and many of the buildings still reference the prosperous past. We […]

Format Festival 2019

The Format Festival that showcases international photography in and around Derby is always a fascinating event – not just the photographic work but also the venues which are used to host the various artists. This year new venues were on the trail, including the historical Tram Shed which had recently been renovated and is about […]

Hockney on the art of looking

I listened to a short interview with David Hockney on the tram in to college today ( As usual his analysis of art and our appreciation of the world around us was delivered with Yorkshire frankness and a wry smile. The quote that stuck with me is this one: Most people don’t look. They scan […]

A trip to Sri Lanka

A recent trip to Sri Lanka was enlightening in many ways. We took a clockwise route around the southern half of the country and stayed in cities, rain forest and high tea plantations. Art galleries were hard to find other than in trendy cafes so I took some time to find Buddhist temples. To be […]

Raised Beds curation

The opening of the Raised Beds event was a great experience with over 200 people attending and sampling the college-supplied wine. It was fascinating to see the work together for the first time and the feedback was fantastic. I think the public saw an interesting comparison with the Gilman work next door and many found […]

Raised Beds opening event

The opening event at the Nottingham College/Djanogly art gallery joint exhibition was a pleasure to be a part of. 28 fine art students were given the opportunity to exhibit in a major public space which a unique opportunity and thanks go to our tutor Tom Hackett for masterminding the event with the gallery. More than […]

Short sketches sometimes just work

A recent trip to London left me with 30 minutes to wait at St Pancras station so I sat underneath Paul Daly 2007 statue, Meeting Place and attempted a sketch. The foreshortening was very challenging but I blocked in the main shapes and build up the forms from there. As I started shading it just […]

Raised beds – Interrogating the Domestic

Raised Beds was a unique collaboration between Djanogly Art Gallery and FDA students at Nottingham College and was a response to the Harold Gilman exhibition currently on show in the main gallery. I chose to try my hand at painting, specifically acrylic. I’ve never really painted before so it was a steep learning curve, particularly […]