Global Arts Collaboration
I became fascinated with bringing groups of artists together to create projects that worked differently because of the collective.
The Airmail Project was a global art experiment: 16 artists from 16 countries, collaborating by post - with artwork travelling 260 000 miles. Each artwork was started, worked on and completed by a different artist. I started the project in 2014 with Lara Salmon - we had shows in LA, Beirut, London, and Istanbul.
I became fascinated with "All's Well", the slogan for Camberwell (South London) since 1901. In summer 2016, teaming up with Istanbul starlet Göksu Gül and Shanghai creative director Ben Weldon, we created a 30 foot re-expression of the Camberwell coat of arms as a creative rallying cry to finding wellness in turmoil. In 2017 I took part in Leoni Bullcock's Camberwell Art Trail with 'The All's Well Poem': designed by Anoushka Woodhouse, cast into bronze, and installed in York stone outside Mono Caffe. In 2018 the Camberwell Arts festival took inspiration from my public exploration of Camberwell's slogan and made "All's Well" the festival theme. My company currently sponsors local under-11s side AFC Camberwell whose slogan is... "All's Well".
With Hannah Kendall
Acclaimed composer Hannah Kendall used six of my poems as inspiration for a new work in six movements.
Into Pieces was premiered as part of the CoMA national festival of contemporary music on 4th March 2016 at Kings Place – performed by London Sinfonietta & Contemporary Music for All, and conducted by Gregory Rose – and the poems are read aloud as part of the piece. Hear us discuss it on Resonance FM.
Also performed and recorded by Phaedra Ensemble.
I have been part of the London poetry scene since 2009 and try to deliver interesting ideas with straightforward words. I've also performed on my travels in New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Melbourne. Special shout to Kid I Wrote Back, Sage & Time, Bus Drivers' Prayer and Muddy Feet.