Humble advice for emerging performance artists

I’m always looking for ways to break bad habits and reanimate my practice. I come back to this advice again and again: from: Guillermo Gomez Pena & Roberto Sifuentes, Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy (Routledge, 2011) HUMBLE ADVICE FOR EMERGING PERFORMANCE ARTISTS Work against formulas. If your art becomes too easy to recreate, ...

Big up unseen London!

If anything positive can be said about the horrific events of the past week… It’s been so refreshing to see so many ordinary, working-class, eloquent, intelligent, often very young, Londoners being interviewed on the mainstream media. I’m watching a young “eyewitness” to the terrorist attack in Finsbury Park, Abdul, answering questions and giving his account ...

#supportgrenfell

I lived on the 17th (top) floor of Kestrel House EC1 for 6 years and on the 13th floor of another tower block before that. I’ve lived in local authority owned housing for most of my life. I was born and raised in a council house. When I was a kid, everyone I knew lived ...

The Show Garden Garden Show

It was great to see so many people at The Showgarden Garden Show, showing an interest in the fate of the new community garden spaces and feasting together, around a table created entirely from left over building materials. On our way to the community garden site, the guided walk took us from some newly established ...

The ShowGarden of Real Living

25. September 2015 Artist in residence 0
The ShowGarden of Real Living
The ShowGarden of Real Living is part of the Cambridge Clay Farm Public Art Strategy. This strategy is funded by Cambridge City Council and the developers Countryside Properties. The ShowGarden is a space for experimentation and demonstration, where residents of the new housing estates can explore the potential of their own outdoor spaces, learning gardening ...

Summer in the City

20. September 2015 Artist in residence 0
When I was first thinking about the Showgarden and what it might be, I immediately thought about all the empty gardens being taken over by the new residents of the Clay and Glebe Farm developments. I thought about making a space for trying out ideas and demonstrating possibilities. I wanted the Showgarden to be a ...

after the storm…

Some of the plants in the box outside The Showground of Real Living at 93 Addenbrookes Road will be looking a little ragged after last week’s devastating deluge – be kind to them and they will pull through. But there are still plenty of veggies and flowers to be had so keep visiting us – ...

Ho Hum

I spent Thursday morning watching a Greater Spotted Woodpecker AND a Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding in my garden. Pity Friday will be spent trying to rescue hundreds of drowned seedlings that were meant for the giftbox at the Showgarden of Real Living.

take a peek

The Showgarden of Real Living has been growing for little while now. Every day sees it changing. And you can have a look at it anytime you like, by taking a peek through the special viewing gates created by local carpenter Naveen Sedley. Just come along to The Showground of Real Living at 93 Addenbrookes ...

getting on with it

The trouble with making a garden for a project like The Showground of Real Living is that I’m obliged to get on with it – to work to a deadline and get it finished. But, of course, gardens are never really finished, because they are alive: in a state of perpetual growth. Artist often talk ...