Hosted by the Stash Collective Micro Gallery as part of the Reading Open for Art festival programme and inspired by Robert Good's 'A New Dictionary of Art', I spent a couple of hours chatting and debating with shoppers in Broad Street about what art does or doesn't mean to them. I think we sparked a good few thoughts throughout the morning.
With thanks for inspiration from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marcel Duchamp and Carl Andre and the many people that define art for themselves by deciding what it is not.
A corner of Glastonbury included a billboard based on the Breaking book by Robert Good.
Described by the NME as:
"Shangri-La, the outspoken and much-loved corner of Worthy Farm is celebrating its tenth incarnation this year, serving up its usual dizzying dose of the theatrical, the radical and the bizarrely brilliant through its latest set of visual arts, curious installations and live performance."
Delighted to say that Peter Driver's 'A Walk for Stanley' has been put to bed and is now at the printers. The first copies are expected by early July. So pleased to have been able to work on this beautiful book - a real pleasure.
Every day during 2018 Robert Good collected the headlines offered to him by the automated Google News feed, to find out what sort of information we are being drip-fed hour by hour, day by day - and what sort of picture it paints of life today.
The result is BREAKING, over 13,000 news headlines carefully and compulsively edited into a hypnotic new book that holds a mirror up to the wallpaper of our lives - a mesmerising mix of sport, fashion, gossip and gloom.
We are excited to say that BREAKING will be launched on Thursday 7th March at Cambridge Artworks with an accompanying exhibition plus new video by Manchester artist Lizz Brady. Save the date - full details to follow!
Due to extremely difficult personal circumstances for Peter Driver, whose daughter is terminally ill, the publication of 'A Walk for Stanley' has pushed back to the summer. Peter says:
"Progress on the book project 'A Walk For Stanley' has slowed to a glacial pace since October. I'm half-way through making the series of woodcuts which will feature in the book. The prints will be woven together with my drawings, photographs, poetry, essays and bird observations to produce what I hope will be rather special publication. The writing task is also making slow progress. Therefore the intended publication date has been pushed back to the summer."
We thank all the supporters who have pre-ordered, and if you are not yet among that esteemed band, there is still time to place an advance order for the book, and to be in the first 100, who will receive an additional free woodcut print.
Looking forward to taking part in BABE artists bookfair at the end of March...
7th Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini: Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March 2019,
11am – 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday.
We will be participating in Bookface at the Rising Sun in Reading this weekend. Do come along!
Browse stalls selling and exhibiting artists books and relax in our cafe and bar, with homemade snacks and refreshments.
Stalls include: handmade books, altered books, printmakers, local writers/poets, illustrators, comic books, limited editions and more. Plus demonstrations, workshops, installation, poetry readings and exhibition.
Atlantic Collective, Bookface Bookclub, Nela Bligh, Richard Conway Jones, Corridor Comic/Graphic Novel Group, Denis Cotter, Peter Driver, The Engine Room, Jane Glennie, Lisa-Marie Gibbs, Ross Hale, Lina Johansson, Sam Knight, Janina Maher, Jaz Meader, Wendy Proctor, The Move Up Project, Mary Riley, Neile Wright, ZAP Publishing
Poetry: The Dreading Poets, 1pm - 2pm Saturday (upstairs)
Workshop: Jelly printmaking drop-in on Sunday (upstairs)
Installation: 'Under The Stairs' by Mary Riley
MORE TO BE CONFIRMED . . .
We've kept this possibility under wraps for about 6 months... it's been tantalizing waiting for confirmation. But we are now hugely proud to announce that A New Dictionary of Art is now available in Tate Modern.
Thank you to Alison for spotting it out on display and for capturing the images.
Triangulations is the upcoming three-way show at OpenHand OpenSpace in Reading. The exhibition features Peter Driver, Sarah Britten-Jones, and Robert Fitzmaurice. Peter will be showing work from his Walk for Stanley project that will feature in his forthcoming book to be published by Peculiarity Press.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday 18th September, with a meet the artists on Thursday 20th September from 6-9pm.