In light of my work centred around the human body, I have been invited by the RSA, (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), to become a fellow. Link: https://www.thersa.org/ ~The RSA is a network of people who are dedicated to enriching society and shaping the future through ideas and action. For me it is an honour to be asked to become a fellow as it shows in their eyes I am recognised as an influential person to society. In the New Year I am going to attend an Artist Engage Social Evening and hopefully confirm my place; 2016 is looking exciting.
My work has given me a sense of Self-worth which enables me to be ambitious, I am a keen to share this feeling so recently I have been unravelling ways I can use my skills and knowledge. My man aim is to help others so they themselves can strive forward. Teaching is the obvious choice but something else that has caught my attention is working within the Art in Criminal Justice Sector. For this reason I have been following the Koestler Trust.
The Koestler Trust is a UK prison arts charity awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients. Currently they have an exhibition running in the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank named Re-Formed.
I won't go into detail as you know I don't like to ruin a surprise but below is my favourite piece, I just love the use of accessible materials and the 'Marmite' relationship the artist has with the soap. Make sure you check out the entire exhibition sooner rather than later as it's only open for two more days.
I have finally finished another Placenta Photo Frame and this one is for my nephew Freddie-Lee. I think it's safe to say he likes it.
I was almost asked by my Brother and his Girlfriend Shannon to do to cast of all their hands. I have never cast someone else's body before however it all went perfectly to plan and I managed to cast three hands and 15 fingers. Once tidied up I'll share the final pictures.
STUDIO UPDATE: As you can see the garage door is now finally boarded up and units / cupboard spaces are being fitted. Fingered crossed it all be ready by Easter 2016.
Next month will be my last post of the year so make sure you check it out and see how my year draws to close.