Shows, books and the summer.

Just a reminder that the Liverpool Art Prize is only on for one more week, so do go and see it if you can – I’m not sure whether the work will be kept afterwards as it is just so big.

A few projects are being plotted at the moment, but I am currently busy finishing my year as bursary holder at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I am making a limited edition book to mark the end of the year, so next week will be full of paper cuts and swear words.

The end of July and August are marked for the studio and some small projects, so looking forward to getting cracking on some new work.

Slow Magic

I am currently working on a small bookwork, a collaboration of sorts with Nathan Jones, who has been Poet-in-residence at the Bluecoat in Liverpool over the past year. The piece contains his poem, Slow Magic, written about the experience of looking around an exhibition (one of the same name held at the Bluecoat).

Based on a Turkish map fold, the multiple has a screen-printed grey board cover and unfolds, revealing the poem slowly, the creases of the paper acting as illustrations. It’s still very much under-construction (printing tomorrow) but will be available in a limited editon.

The work will be part of


An exhibition of artworks drawn from Nathan Jones’ period as Poet in Residence at the Bluecoat
16th – 26th June, 2010
Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station, the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool

featuring print, video and illustrative work by
Scott Spencer
Emily Speed
Philip Marsden
Markus Soukup
Sarah Nicolls
Neil Keeting
and Andre Guedes


I am in an exhibition at Rogue Project Space in Manchester, which opens this Thursday.built

Exhibition details:

1st to 8th April 2010. Opening the 1st of April from 6-8pm

Kristy Campbell, Lisa Gorton, Catherine Pudner, Emily Speed, Anna Sikorska

BUILT brings together 5 Female artists from across the UK whose practises deal with specific aspects of the built environment. Through the use of Sculpture, Installation, Animation and Performance the selected artists respond to the structures which surround our daily activity; be that personal shelters and social networks, or our more public man made surroundings that are compounded in the cities we live in. They search for a space in the parameters between art and these constructed locations, subtly commenting; “Women build stuff too”.

Built is curated by Elizabeth Murphy.
Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space
66-72 Chapeltown St, Manchester, M1 2WH

If you’re on facebook, the event is here

A Curriculum

Blade factory at A FoundationI’m excited to have been chosen to take part in A Curriculum, a new residency programme at A Foundation in Liverpool, during March – May 2010.

The residency is described thus:
“The programme will be scheduled over two months and will include input from visiting artists, curators, gallerists, collectors and commissioners. A Curriculum will give participants the chance to explore a broad range of perspectives which build a picture of the artist within the wider professional context.”

I will be starting a new body of work; working towards my first ever solo show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park early in 2011. Can’t wait to get stuck in.

Cardboard City

I spent last week and today working with school groups up in Blackpool for Collaborate and Make. I was commissioned by the Grundy Art Gallery there to create this exhibition and it will be on show until January 30th.

The children have made some great work, plus some of the buildings are big enough to go inside like dens! Grab a torch and go exploring, but be warned – some of the connecting tunnels are quite small so don’t get stuck. There is more cardboard available in the gallery, so visitors can make their own building to add to the city, or an item for the cardboard museum’s collection (it currently only has one cardboard dinosaur).