Tagged: Topophobia

Blue Room

I wanted to share this amazing work by Jo, a member of Blue Room, an arts service for people with learning difficulties that runs three days a week at the Bluecoat. I visited them while Topophobia was on, and they came into the gallery a couple of times to see me performing inside my work.

They responded to my work by making small environments in boxes and, in the case of Jo, making a full-body costume. There are even small holes in the headpiece where her hair can come through. Amazing!

Panoply schedule & review

Denis Joe has written a review of the exhibition on Manchester Salon.

A few dates if you’d like to catch me performing in Panoply before the exhibition closes on 22nd April. I shall also be doing an informal Walk & Talk event at the Bluecoat on Thursday, you can reserve a free place on their website here if you’d like to attend.

Performance schedule:

Easter Monday: 2-4pm

Thursday 12th April 2-4pm followed by Walk & Talk: 6 -7.30 pm

Saturday 14th: 12 – 2pm

Monday 16th: 11am – 1pm

Saturday 21st: 2-4pm

Sunday 22nd: 3-6pm

(I may appear at additional times, but these are guaranteed).

 

Panoply

Some images of my new work, Panoply, at the Bluecoat as part of Topophobia. I’ll be inside the work next on Saturday from 12 – 2pm and will post a schedule of future performances here very soon..

All images courtesy of Anne Eggebert.

Panoply, 2012
Space for a body: scaffold and painted wood.
20ft x 3ft x 8ft

[A panoply is a complete suit of armour or a complete set of diverse components."panoply" refers to the full armour of a hoplite or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the shield, breastplate, helmet and greaves, together with the sword and lance.] Source

Panoply is a kind of hiding place made high above the normal passageways of the gallery, shielding me from the other inhabitants, like armour for my body. Fractured glimpses of my body are visible as I move around the space. This narrow corridor is like a wooden cloak or carapace, but the privacy it affords also turns into a trap; a claustrophobic space I can’t leave without being seen.

Topophobia

After a great opening at Danielle Arnaud Gallery, the exhibition is open and the publication on sale. There are some fantastic essays in the book and it’s beautifully designed by Ken Kirton – great use of different paper stocks and embossed cover. The book will be available as an e-book on Amazon shortly. I will be talking about my work in Topophobia at the Symposium at Central St Martins on 10th February – more information on this, the publication, artists, exhibition etc HERE.