Blackburn Open Walls by Lucy

(Thank you to Andy Faraday for the photo)

Last week I painted the side of the local community centre for 8-18 yr olds, the Blackburn Youth Zone as part of Blackburn Open Walls. In between the rain and the EU Referendum, 6 wonderful walls were painted around the city centre.

During my visit I saw how the Youth Zone was a hub of activity and one of the few places everyone got together with no segregation, no cliques. My wall was to be a reflection of this unity.

Phytology Workshops by Lucy

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Since the installation of the sculptural pieces on the Phytology site earlier this month, the local schools have been involved with collecting - turning discarded objects into habitats for the local wildlife.

Encouraged by the  Non-Toxic Revolution over in California, we based our workshop around this idea of the conscious use and disposal of plastics and waste in general...the class made some truly beautiful pieces which shall be installed onsite sometime this month.

 

 

Grand Union Canal by Lucy

Piece alongside the Grand Union Canal in Birmingham, included in the City of Colours weekend.

Many thanks to Nick Cleaver from Canal and River Trust.

Dulwich Outdoor Gallery by Lucy

Ingrid Beazley invited me to paint this 20m long hoarding that runs along a main cycle route out of Central London and into South London as part of her curated series 'Dulwich Outdoor Gallery'. The work references Winifred Knights' painting 'The Deluge', currently on view at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  Her paintings are exquisite and were particularly labour intensive, unfortunately she didn't mange to finish many paintings before her untimely early death in 1947.

Many thanks to Ingrid and Tom, and all at JAG's

Work in progress shots thanks to James Clark.

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Phytology by Lucy

A while back I was commissioned by Michael Smythe to create an installation that would accommodate various wildlife in The Phytology site. This hidden urban garden already houses bats, birds, foxes...a medicinal garden, a visiting herbalists, artists in residence and possibly the only worthwhile billboard in the whole of London that reaches across the estate over to the distant glass towers of the City.

Their gates opened last week for the season and on Resonance FM a beautiful program by Lucia Scazzocchio documenting the site was aired,

Clear Spot 26/05/16:

"The Phytology Hour features interviews with and original sound artworks by Michael Smythe, Gabby Boraston, Lucy Cash, Lucy McLauchlan, Lucía Montero, David Nash, James Nixon, Duncan Robertson, Stick In The Wheel, Sam Wallman & Sarah Westcott. Launched in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve in 2014, Phytology is a Nomad Projects commission, part physic garden; part cultural institute; part urban wilderness; and a platform for collaboration across the arts, humanities and sciences. The programme was produced by Lucia Scazzocchio."

(thank you to Andrew Wong for the photo)

For my installation 'Places to Dwell that May Never Have Been Seen'

I spent some time collecting discarded objects otherwise destined for land fill to create location-responsive installations situated throughout the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve woodland. These sculptural works were considered so they could work as habitats for the local wildlife. Be that upturned bottles, inside the skulls, beneath the totem pole and between the computer components.

 The installation will be open to the public from May 7th till September 3rd, 2016.

NEW screen-print by Lucy

It's been a while since I last made my own screen prints, however last week I released two new prints at the Marrakech Biennale.

They are currently on display at Place des Épices, Marrakech and are now available, email: lucy at beat13 co uk

Hand printed in Birmingham by Mission Print.

Female
Female

'Warley Woods (female)' 44 x 51.5 cm, 3 colour including (professionally hand matched metallic copper ink to real copper leaf)

On 100% recycled acid-free 300gsm paper. Edition of 30. 2016

Male
Male

'Warley Woods (male)'  44 x 54 cm, 3 colour including (professionally hand matched metallic copper ink to real copper leaf)

On 100% recycled acid-free 300gsm paper. Edition of 30. 2016

detail
detail

Marrakech Biennale by Lucy

Last week the Marrakech Biennale 6th edition launched. Founded in 2004, this is the first year that 'street art' has formed an integral part of the programme.

Alongside 10 other artists (from Moscow, Italy, UK, France, Germany and Morocco) I was invited to join the MB6StreetArt exhibition at the 'BAB Groupe' just nestled inside the Medina. Together we spread around Marrakech to paint murals within the city. All locations are on this map created by Urban Presents.

You can read further coverage on this project thanks to Steven and Jaime at Brooklyn Street Art.

Exhibition study works 'Male', 'Reliant', 'Female (plural)', 'Female (singular)'  Ink, acrylic, copper leaf on birch. 30 x 38cm 2016

Exhibition pieces, photo by Ian Cox
Exhibition pieces, photo by Ian Cox

Many thanks also to Ahmed, Amine and Ibrahim who helped with everything from ladders to sun hats.

Massive thanks to MB6StreetArt: Vestalia, Gladys, Elena and Terence for making it happen.

Ian Cox and Vanessa Lefebvre for the photography.

And of course to Matthew Watkins for keeping that rickety ladder upright to stop me falling off the roof...

photo by Ian Cox
photo by Ian Cox

So here I am...I was painting opposite local artist Kalamour. Each day we clambered up two levels, over Hassan's corrugated iron home where he kindly took care of our brushes and paint overnight, and onto the fragile rooftops that skirt the Place des Épices within the Souks. This was a delicate manoeuvre, trying not to fall through and...not to tred on one of the many decomposing corpses littering the area. Huge eagles, owls, chameleons, various unidentified bones and skulls lay scattered around, half wrapped in plastic or hidden in bins and bags. Turned out the proprietor below is a witch doctor and these remnants were essentially his 'supplies'...

bodies
bodies
Place des Espice
Place des Espice
school days
school days

Up high in the Atlas Mountains we painted the literacy school set up by the Abury Foundation.

A very warm and hospitable community who fed us throughout the day...

Matthew J Watkins and the local school children
Matthew J Watkins and the local school children
breakfast in Al Haouz
breakfast in Al Haouz
Atlas Mountains
Atlas Mountains

And finally...I never do interviews...even though i was dubbed with French translation I still don't think I'll ever do it again. TV. Not for me.

never do TV
never do TV