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

Newstead and Annesley Heritage Project

Newstead and Annesley Heritage Project

Here’s a link to the Heritage Project website which I wrote and researched for Newstead and Annesley Country park, a former industrial site in nottinghamshire which I discussed in the debate on re-imagining brownfield land. The website includes photographs and oral history interviews collected from within the community relating to the nearby colliery villages and booklets relating to the area’s history and ecology.

Rescuing our Brownfield spaces, as part of The Great Debate Newcastle Salsa Cafe April 3rd 2014.

Video documentation of a debate I took part in discussing how to manage brown field sites. i talked about my work in Newstead Nottinghamshire and the role the arts can play in the interpretation and re-imagining of brown field land.

Limited edition prints from the series ‘Forgotten Fruit’ now available

To coincide with the exhibition Forgotten Fruit I will be producing three limited edition prints. Each print will be signed and numbered by the photographer, printed on archival quality photo rag paper.

Prints available 30cm x 30cm in signed editions of 10  £50 each.

   1. Untitled ( blossom)

 2. Untitled (night cherries)

  3. Untitled (crab blue)

For enquiries or to place an order please contact Michele Allen, via email or Facebook message.