Little Plug

Mercy have put Cardboard Folly in their top five collaborative projects of the year in an article that’s just been published on Flattered. I should also take the opportunity to apologise for not having a PDF of it online yet. Each issue takes a couple of hours to assemble, so the poor artists have not even had their copies yet! Soon, very soon!

Roaming – Heterotopias

After a great week at YSP last week I am fully stuck into some research on the park and making some models for new works. Today though, I am taking slides in the studio for work that will be shown in Roaming – Heterotopias, a group exhibition opening on 4th December at the Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne.

The exhibition is part of ‘Les Urbaines’ a festival of contemporary art taking place across the city. The work in this Roaming exhibtion is made in response to the idea of a temporary exhibition, and the theme of Heterotpias. As the work will be shown alongside and inbetween the permanent collection of the museum, currently curated under the theme of light, this might also have an impact on some of the works.

Exhibiting Artists: Sophie Bueno Boutellier, Andy Boot, Alice Cattaneo, Ermanno Cristini, Victor Man, Goran Petercol, Luca Scarabelli and Emily Speed, with an online r-roaming project by Michele Lombardelli.

Roaming -Heterotopias is curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and  Noah Stolz.

Happily I am going to Lausanne to install so looking forward to a bit of snow, so I can eat fondue… maybe?

Manchester Contemporary

From 28th – 31st October I will be showing ‘Temporary Measure’ with Axis at The Manchester Contemporary art fair.

Before that, Cardboard Folly will be on display at the Bluecoat from 21st October, so this week will be mainly getting work printed and collating copies. There is so much to do but I have some fantastic artists involved and the work that has already arrived is really great.

The artists involved are:

Jo Ball | Lucy Brown | Nick Cass | Damian Cruikshank | Birgit Deubner | Sarra Facey | Rebecca Foster | Emma Gregory | Kevin Hunt | Nathan Jones | Tabitha Moses | Gordon Shrigley | Emily Speed | Frances Stacey | Kirsty Tinkler | Andrew Warstat | Sinta Werner | Rich White.

image: Rebecca Foster’s contribution to Cardboard Folly.

On top of that workload, my twin sister is opening a new business, Recrafted, consisting of workshops and a shop selling handmade British craft. It’s already looking amazing, but I have more painting and hand-painted signs to create before the opening on the 15th October. She’s very talented and I’m very pleased she is taking such a big leap to do this. Cupcakes over the opening weekend, so if you’re in the area come and say hi!


Back from a great week in Milan (with a brief visit to the Architecture Biennale in Venice too!). Thanks to Paola and Gianni for being such great hosts. The exhibition opening was a lovely evening and I met lots of interesting people. Here are a  few photos of the small but perfectly formed space below – better documentation of the work to be added to my website soon.

Showreel Project Milano

Packing up to go to Milan tomorrow and put up some work in this beautiful shop window as part of Showreel Project. The four previous installments (Teresa Gillespie, Alice Channer, Adam Thompson and Sinta Werner) all looked great and I am looking forward to meeting the curator Paola Caravati after a year or so of emails.

I have made a new piece especially for the window: egg-nest-home-country-universe and will post some images upon my return. If you happen to be in the area please come and visit!

The Cooperative, Liverpool

From Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th September, I will be resident in the Cooperative space on Renshaw Street in Liverpool. I’ll be there from 1-5pm every day except Saturday, so please come and see me if you can! I’ll be working on my new publication, ‘Cardboard Folly’ and have invited various artists to come and work with me during the week so we’ll be scrawling things down, cutting, sticking and general plotting!

You can find the space here:

On Sunday afternoon there will be a discussion group around artists’ books and self-publishing from 2 – 4pm, accompanied by tea and cake of course. Everyone welcome!

Drawing Shed animation

Here it is finally; the resulting animation from the drawing I did at PSL in August. It clearly has issues, like some wobbles, focus and other things, but as a first attempt I am going to try and let those things go and just enjoy the destruction.

Drawing Shed week 5: Emily Speed

There are also some images of the project and collaborative drawing evening at PSL on their Drawing Shed blog

Drawing Shed @ PSL

Looking forward to taking part in this at Project Space Leeds in August. If you’re in the area do come and say hi or take part in the late night event on Thursday 12th..

here’s the blurb: Emily Speed will create a cyclic drawing on the exterior of the shed over 4 days. Starting with proposals/sketches for structures – reminiscent of bulidings – which are prevalent in her work, Speed will then explore the physical impossibilities of these structures and the drawing will change to show construction, collapse and repair before perhaps collapsing again.

More info on the PSL website

and the Drawing Shed blog

‘A House Like Me’ book launch

Last Friday was the launch at of ‘A House Like Me’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The event was to mark the end of my year as bursary holder for the Feiweles Trust at the Park. I have compiled the book and it is a mix of digital printing with screen printed dividers.

It was a lovely day and great to get some feedback on this thing that has been filling my house with piles of paper for weeks.

‘A House Like Me’  is intended for educators wanting to work with conceptual art and is based around the themes in my own practice and the projects I have been doing in schools since last September. The book is not for sale, but a pdf version will be online soon, I will post a link as soon as it’s available. Some images can be viewed in the bookworks section on this website.

A House Like Me – Feiweles Trust Bursary at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

ISBN 978-1-871480-85-6, Yorkshire Sulpture Park, 2010. Digital print on paper with screenprinted, card dividers. Digital printed folder.