Swansea Art : Elysium and Gallery Simpson


Marega Palser at the Elysium Gallery

I spent the weekend of the Swansea Fringe Festival moving through the city, hopping from one gallery to the next. It was really varied and excellent. First stop was the Elysium Gallery to see the Marega Palser exhibition. An interesting mix of collections, maps, records of journeys, moving through the city. Circles, symmetry, incidental playfulness.


Onward to Gallery Simpson where Simon Periton is presenting a large vivid, fuschia pink screen suspended from the ceiling, casting myriad shadows on the adjacent wall. Onward to the Glynn Vivian Gallery….


Simon Periton


Swansea Fringe – Paul Hazel


Swansea was alive with all sorts of wonderful activity a couple of weekends ago. Paul Hazel gave a fantastic performance at Cinema and Co on Friday 4th October. He put on a range of pieces, each a wonderful synthesis of sound and moving image. Some fragments of the Everyday were transformed into dazzlingly surreal creations, breathing life into all sorts of minutiae using symmetry and repetition. Some of the music was thumping, loud and intense, giving more than a passing nod to the world of Techno.


There was also quite a bit of nostalgia in the mix too. This was partly via narratives woven together using sci-fi movie samples, humorously incorporating flying saucers and women with twin sets and classic hairdos. It was also very present in the piece recently completed whilst he was on residence in Japan. Using amongst other things, the hypnotic sound of a train in motion, old film footage and the repeated image of a traveller looking out of a window, the piece had lots of narrative qualities and a sense of looking back and fore between past and present. Some fantastic pieces.





You can read more about Paul here.

Heidi Bucher and more

Heidi Buchersmall

Heidi Bucher

At the end of September we went to London to look around the London Design Fair. It was an interesting experience but, by far the most exciting show was an exhibition of work by Heidi Bucher at the Parasol Gallery. A hero of mine, it was wonderful to see her work for the first time. She died in 1993 in her mid 60’s. I can’t help thinking that her pieces must have been of interest to Do Ho Suh and Rachel Whiteread. Huge architectural skins, ripped off the surfaces of buildings. The process was extremely physical as can be seen here.

A smattering of images from the Design Fair below:




Magic materials


MA Art Practice graduation shows took place at USW last month. There was some truly exciting work on show presenting a range of common materials in unexpected contexts. Who would ever expect to find delicately embroidered portraits of elderly citizens on plastic sheet and bubble wrap.  And meadows INSIDE a building…..

The following week new students were putting ink through its paces – exploring ways to allow it’s properties to come to the fore whilst also inventing unorthodox tools and processes to channel and direct. Lots of fun…






Project Japan : Outotsu Hanten Print Exhibition, Tokyo

IMG_6012 ritsuwo kannosmall

Ritsuwo Kanno, Artist and exhibition curator (centre).

Last day in Japan before we fly back to the UK. In Tokyo. Where to begin, what to do with our few remaining hours? Having Paris deja vous, several museums were closed on Monday so we wandered to Uemo, a lovely park with lake, pagoda, zoo and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Amidst galleries on calligraphy, design and annual amateur art exhibitions we found this gem of a show: Outotsu Hanten curated by an energetic 72 year old printmaker called Ritsuwo Kanno, whose atelier is based in Osaka. Meeting Ritsuwo and his wife Kaoro Higashi (also a printmaker in the show) was an absolute privilege.




It was a huge exhibition with some of the largest prints I’ve seen (excluding those of Chris Nurse). The finesse of some of the work was exquisite, and the earthy connection to materials was palpable in others. There were all shades of exploration in between, a great show.

This project was made possible with the generous support of Wales Arts International and the Arts Council of Wales.

Project Japan : Arts Health and Wellbeing

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 15.16.04

Whilst in Kyoto, I was asked to talk about my work within Arts and Health in the UK. I focussed on three projects where art in the environment and participation were key, also introducing some of the other artists who have worked with me. There was a lot of interest from the artists who attended the talk. Most notable for their current activity were artists Izuru  Mizutani, the Director of the Art and Mind Center in Nagoya and Shigeru Nishikawa, who provides art workshops for adults with special needs at Atelier Ripehouse in Osaka. Conversations to follow.

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 16.11.43

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 16.12.13

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 16.14.25


This project was made possible with the generous support of Wales Arts International and the Arts Council of Wales.


Project Japan : The Resonant Interval


Our show at Gallery g – 77 in Kyoto opened to the public on Tuesday, August 21st. The four exhibitors are myself, Paul Hazel, Matthew Fasone and Carl Boland. We came together as a group over the last few months through email conversations and the exhibition evolved from this dialogue. We found that some of our interests converged; using found materials and objects, thinking about time, sequence, repetition, the overlooked; transforming the ordinary.


Matthew Fasone. Assemblage of found paper materials.


Carl Boland. Photography; images fractured with lens prisms


Heather Parnell. Pocket Remains project. 79 ink drawings and tissue collection.



Paul Hazel. Digital print and video




This project was made possible with the generous support of Wales Arts International and the Arts Council of Wales.