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The Great Sheffield Art Show 2018

I had a great evening at the preview of the 30th Great Sheffield Art Show this weekend (16-18th Nov) at Museums Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries.

The exhibition is the largest open art event in the North of England with over 300 artists exhibiting and selling work. There were over 900 original works of art to browse, featuring a wide range of subjects created in different media.

I was blown away by the talent on display, especially in the young artists section. A piece that really stood out for me was ‘My Best Friend’, a portrait of a dog by Ebonie Kent. The expression in the dogs eyes was captured beautifully and really gave an insight into the relationship between the artist and the dog. While the dog looks vulnerable, there is also a deep sense of trust and loyalty in it’s eyes. From the skilled execution in the pencil work, you can see that this artist has drawn this dog many times before.

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Message in a Bottle

Editorial Illustration

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Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine #311

Another illustration from my series, ‘Message in a Bottle’, has been chosen to feature in Resurgence and Ecologist #311.

The illustration sits alongside two reviews about plastic pollution.

How to Avoid the Tyranny of Take-Away Cutlery by Edward Davey – a review of How To Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World One Plastic Bottle at a Time

and Time and Tide by Oliver Tickell – a review of No. More. Plastic: What You Can Do to Make a Difference.

Resurgence & Ecologist offers positive perspectives on a range of engaging topics covering ecology, social justice, philosophy, spirituality, sustainable development and the arts – an eclectic mix that cannot be found anywhere else.

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Illuminate the Gardens: Sheffield

I celebrated bonfire night by going to ‘Illuminate the Gardens‘ at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens on sunday night, and enjoyed a lazer show and firework display.

The gardens were beautifully lit, with a large number of colourful lights strategically placed at the bottom of many of the large plants and trees, to highlight and emphasise their branches from underneath.

I managed to take a couple of photos and videos on my phone although they don’t do the event justice!

I’ve always admired the beauty of trees and have tried my hand at botanical illustration before, but seeing them lit up in this way really did enhance their form and made me look at them in a whole new light.

The way the lights hit the underside of the branches made them cast spectacular shadows on the rest of the tree and illuminated the entire underside of the canopy – they gave a real sense of depth.

I’m not normally one for artificial things regarding plants, especially when I see dyed flowers in supermarkets, I can’t help but think of the phrase, ‘guilding the lily’, however, the lights were only a temporary and fun display in the gardens, and really did make me pay more attention to the structure of the branches. It was mesmerising!

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Sheffield Print Fair 2018

I had a lovely afternoon browsing the annual Sheffield Print Fair at St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane at the weekend. It was great to see such a wide range of styles and printing techniques exhibited and for sale under the same roof.

I picked up some beautiful greeting cards and a zine about Plankton from The Moon Underground.

With the festive season coming up, I’m aiming to buy gifts from local artists and independent shops this year, instead of mass produced things from the highstreet.

This little note appeared on one of my social media feeds and serves as a reminder to buy from independents – I know all about that little ‘jig’! 🙂

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Skyscraper at Liquid City – Bruges Triennale

‘Skyscraper’ is a 38 foot tall whale made from plastic waste, exhibited at Bruges Triennale 2018 as a part of Liquid City. The statue, designed by STUDIOKCA, a Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm, is made of over five tons of waste from the ‘plastic soup’ that is floating on the surface of the pacific ocean.

This colossal whale rises out of the canal, near the statue of Jan Van Eyck in Bruges City Centre to raise awareness of the estimated 150 million tons of plastic waste which remain in the oceans and emphasises the necessity for individual and collective action.

‘Skyscraper’ is a physical example of why we need to change how we use and dispose of plastic in the world today.”-Lesley Chang, Principal, STUDIOKCA

Liquid City is a city wide exhibition taking place across Bruges, Beligum from 5th May – 16th September 2018.

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A Voyage on Eurostar Odyssey
On a recent journey on the Eurostar from Belgium to the UK, I was able to try out the new virtual reality experience ‘Eurostar Odyssey.
It’s the worlds first on-board VR, which allows passengers to explore the depths of the sea as the train passes through the English Channel.
The experience is free, although it requires a smartphone or tablet to access the trains onboard entertainment system. All you have to do is log on to Eurostar’s onboard entertainment system via your Apple or Android device, where it can be streamed with no need to download any additional software.
After a short registration process, the virtual train transforms into a glass carriage, and the journey along the ocean floor begins, guided by two ocean explorers, Rose and Benoit.
As the train travels along under the channel, you can virtually explore the hidden depths of the sea bed that’s just outside the window.
By moving your device around, you can explore your surroundings and learn more about sea creatures, sunken treasures and mysterious sea-scapes.
There is an element of story telling and gaming, as you are prompted to ‘collect’ various sea creatures by pointing your device at them. Once you have locked on to a sea creature, a text box appears with information about it to help travellers learn about new species. There are also stories about pirates, mermaids and an giant octopus.
‘Eurostar Odyssey’ is accessible on train services between London and Paris, Lille, Brussels, Lyon and the South of France.
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Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine #304

I’m thrilled to have my artwork, ‘Message in a Bottle’ featured in the print edition of Resurgence and Ecologist magazine, issue #304 ‘Together We Are Stronger’. The illustration accompanyies an article ‘Trusting and Cultivating in the Wild’ which can be found here.

"We must turn away from destruction and reclaim our future", says Vandana Shiva.

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Empty The Tanks 2017

Empty The Tanks is an annual worldwide protest, against dolphinariums and the captivity of marine mammals in general.

I attended the event in Belgium, which was organised by Bite Back.

We protested against the captivity of 7 dolphins (including 2 babies) at Boudewijn Seapark in Bruges.

In Belgium wild animal circuses are banned but this is somehow still allowed. The trainers exploit the dolphins daily and make them perform tricks and ride around on them in exchange for dead fish.

The conditions of the dolphinarium are poor; there is hardly any natural light and the swimming pool is really small.

Boudewijn Seapark is the last remaining dolphinarium in Belgium.

We met at 2pm at the market place, right in the center of Bruges, and distributed leaflets to tourists and locals, urging them not to support dolphin captivity.  We then formed a circle and stood still for 1 hour, to remember all of the doplphins who have died in captivity while at Boudewijn seapark.

We then walked to the dolphinarium, where we will also distributed leaflets outside the venue. 

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