This Will Ruin Everything – 10 Years of Recoat
“Recoat is a Scottish, grass-roots arts organisation that specialises in contemporary urban art. This year marks its 10th anniversary, celebrating a decade of exhibitions, mural projects, and education programmes.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, The Lighthouse in Glasgow has invited Recoat to curate the exhibition, ‘This Will Ruin Everything’. The exhibition features forty Scottish and international artists and designers exhibiting a broad range of creative practices, from architecture to digital art to painting. The show will also feature the Lighthouse’s first ever mural, a Recoat Gallery retrospective installation and screenings of films about Recoat’s projects.
‘This Will Ruin Everything’ was a comment directed at Recoat during a mural project. It sums up the debate around public art, its purpose, function and value.
The exhibition and programme of workshops, panel discussions and screenings aim to encourage dialogue around the distinctions between design and art in contemporary creative practice and celebrates the talented creatives who move between them. Through discussions, screenings and workshops, Recoat aims to challenge audiences on their ideas around function, value, ownership and elitism.
Exhibiting artists include- 44 Flavours, Ade Adesina, Jennifer Argo, Askew, Will Barras, Erin Bradley Scott, Rebecca Davies, Elph, EMA, FiST, Emily Fong, David Galletly, Good Wives and Warriors, Fraser Gray, Lee Ivett, Jamie Johnson, Kidacne, Chris Macfarlane, Mark Lyken, Lucy MacLeod, Radik Liwen, Tommy Mason, Neil McGuire, Lucy McLauchlan, Matt,W.Moore, Matt Mignanelli, Morag Myerscough, Nawer, Tommy Perman, Risotto, Rue Five, ROID MSK, Sheone, Emer Tumulity, Kirsty Whiten, Maya Wild, Susie Wright, Denise Zygadlo.
At the Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow 15th - 30th July 2017
Open Mon to Sat: 10.30am - 5pm & Sun: 12 - 5pm
Within my ongoing ‘investigation’ into some of Birmingham’s more unapparent areas, ‘Birmingham By Pass’ features new works referencing my time spent along the canals and waterways of Digbeth. Culminating in an installation at the intimate gallery space located just off the canal within Centrala.
Over the next month this residency shall see murals painted along the Grand Union canal. As they appear and disappear the process will be documented and finally presented as a zine. Centrala will host weekly updates as the month progresses, providing an insight into this journey - one which is not revealed when you simply look at the murals or view them online - for it is not the finished mural that is the driving force, but the process of painting and the full absorption of those surroundings. In those hours you witness things often missed when passing by, meet and hear many people’s stories and from up high on the ladder gain new vantage points.
Residency runs from 9th June to 8th July.
Closing event 7th July.
'Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival 2017'
28th March - 15th June
Gallery takeover by Fintan Magee, Lucy Mclauchlan, AskewOne, Rone, Sofles, Charles and Janine Willians and Jacob Yikes.
Big thanks to Shannon, George, Rob, Michaela, everyone at Toi and as always a massive thanks to Matthew Watkins for supporting, helping and filming.
Next weekend opens the 10 year anniversary show of the infamous Fame Festival roster from StudioCromie...
Old and new works from Boris Hoppek, Lucy Mclauchlan, Vhils, Conor Harrington, Cyop & Kaf, Swoon, Slinkachu, Aec Interesni Kazki, Nug, Akay, Conor Harrington, El Tono, Dave Kinsey, Jaz and more
17 DECEMBER 2016, VIA SANTA SOFIA, GROTTAGLIE
for more information about the show here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Exhibition study works 'Male', 'Reliant', 'Female (plural)', 'Female (singular)' Ink, acrylic, copper leaf on birch. 30 x 38cm 2016
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...
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'...
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...
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.