Landscape Wilderness and the Wild University of Newcastle 26th-28th March 2015.

Here’s a link to a conference being organised by the dept of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Newcastle University in a couple of weeks, where I’ll be talking about my project Forgotten Fruit in the context of wilderness and sense of place. Follow the link for more information on the event and for bookings.

Panel Beating #4 — The Cenotaph Project & the public sphere

If I wasn’t already working on a conference that weekend I’d almost certainly be going to this!

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Stuart Brisley, The Cenotaph Project, 1987-91, Installation (with Maya Balcioglu). Image: Maya Balcioglu. Stuart Brisley, The Cenotaph Project, 1987-91, Installation (with Maya Balcioglu). Image: Maya Balcioglu.

I am delighted to be participating in an event on 24 October 2014 with Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu and Dr Sanja Perovic, as part of the Kings Arts and Humanities Festival 2014.

This is an output of an ongoing research collaboration exploring Brisley’s deployment of the Republican Calendar in works produced since 1973. This revolutionary calendar was created by Sylvain Maréchal in 1788 and implemented during the French Revolution. Maréchal was a poet, avant-garde playwright and newspaper editor and his decimal calendar was used by the French government between 1793 to 1805, and briefly by the Paris Commune in 1871. Dr Perovic is a leading researcher in this field, and her groundbreaking book on the subject, The Calendar in Revolutionary France, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

Also drawing on my research with Stuart Brisley…

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Somerset Heritage Office, research times.

Jethro Brice and Seila Fernandez Aconada’s excellent research project about the history of flooding on the Somerset levels Some:when, they’ll be talking about this at Of the Earth 24th&25th October 2014 Plymouth University.


I recently had the pleasure of spending a day in research at the Somerset Heritage Office in Taunton. Traces of the Flatner are everywhere in the history of the Somerset Levels and Moors and a number of books that I found there were fascinating. Flooding is obviously a complex issue in Somerset, however, the more I know about it the more I feel passionate about this project. It is interesting to note the special relationship of Somerset with water by revisiting history, the culture, the traditions, the landscape – all are based on this particular connection. I have found a number of impressive images of the area around Langport and how this community is well knowledgeable about this.

I would like to thank the staff at the Somerset Heritage Office for being such a helpful and passionate team, for helping out with ideas facilitating ways to find information within their archives.

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Of The Earth: Art, Design, Writing and Environment 24th and 25th October Plymouth University Registration now open

Registration for the conference Of the Earth is now open, the conference will explore the multitude of ways in which artists, designers and writers are aligning themselves to environmental issues and politics, with keynote presentations from Jules Pretty (OBE) professor of environment and Society University of Essex, Jem Southam Professor of Photography Plymouth University, Land Water and the Visual Arts Research Group and Judith Tucker ( University of Leeds and Land2 research group) & Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University). In addition there will be poetry readings and talks by writers as part of Plymouth International Book Festival and presentations from 30 international artists and researchers. I’ll be posting a few links from participating researchers in the next few weeks so watch this space.

Please follow the link below for more information and registration.

Forgotten Fruit update

I’m pleased to say I’ll be presenting a paper about my Forgotten Fruit project at a conference exploring ideas of wilderness organised by the department of Planning and Architecture at Newcastle University in March 2015. I’ll be talking about the way my work explored the shifting senses of space I experienced as a new parent and sought to create alternative views of urban/sub-urban space. I’m looking forward to talking to researchers who think about these ideas all the time at the event!

Here’s a link to the conference webpage with more details….

Passport to Pimlico Publication now available

Well I’m not that great at blogging about things as they happen, but here’s a bit of an update on some work I made back in May as part of a day of artists installations and performances in Churchill Gardens Estate Pimlico curated by Lana Locke. The work I exhibited revisited the M65 road protest I was involved in during the mid 1990’s and with the help of other people from the campaign I created a slideshow featuring images and memories of the protest and exhibited artifacts from the time. The work is now featured in this publication which documents the event, a big thank you to Lana for curating this and putting the publication together.

Conference Details & Call for Papers Of the Earth: art, design, writing and the environment Friday 24/ Saturday 25 October 2014 Venue: Plymouth University, UK.

 Of The Earth sets out to identify how the history, theory and practice of art, design, and writing are becoming increasingly aligned to environmental issues and politics. A large part of the conference will be given over to a review of contemporary research and artistic practice which explores the delicate poise between the human mind and the natural world – the world in which we live.

 Organized to coincide with the major exhibition WALK ON at Peninsula Art Gallery, Plymouth Museum, Plymouth College of Art and other venues in Plymouth from 19th September to 12th December 2014, the conference will be jointly hosted by

‘WALK Research Centre’, University of Sunderland

‘Land/Water and the Visual Arts’, Plymouth University.

 WALK ON examines the astonishingly varied ways in which artists have, since the late 1960s, used what would seem like a universal act – the taking of a walk – as a means to create new types of art. It offers an as-yet-unwritten history of this major strand of recent art practice and features much work that could be described as being ‘of the earth’.

Of The Earth will develop the idea of such closeness, by setting out to identify how the history, theory and practice of art, writing and design is becoming increasingly concerned with the politics of environment

(Further information on the exhibition: )

 Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Jem Southam (Land/Water and the Visual Arts)

Harriet Tarlo and Judith Tucker (Land2)


Conference Organisers Mike Collier, Carol McKay, Walter Lewis (University of Sunderland),

Simon Standing, Liz Wells (Plymouth University)

 Conference Administration

Michele Allen, email (registration and practical arrangements)


 A call for papers is now open for artists and researchers from all fine art disciplines, along with photographers, designers, anthropologists, geographers, cultural studies experts and others to submit a practice and/or research based abstract of no more than 350 words related to the conference themes of Of The Earth.

 Issues which may be explored could include, but are not limited to:

 Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity

Deep Ecology and Ecocentric Perspectives;

Ecosystems – Ideal or Otherwise;

Respect and Sustainability



Awe, Wonder & 21st Century Beauty;

Mindfulness and Conscientiousness

The Living Landscape;

Being Alive

 Creative-critical papers and innovative panel proposals will be welcomed.

 Proposals should be sent to

Michele Allen, at

 Deadline: Friday June 20th 2014.


All proposals will be peer reviewed, and we hope to let you know by mid July whether your paper or presentation has been accepted. Proposals should include the following:

 Title of paper or presentation

Abstract (max 350 words)

Visual material (max 12 jpegs)

 Your name

Institutional status (if applicable)

Contact address and email

 Full details of further deadlines, conference fees, speakers and associated events will be posted on and