Sinhiraja & Udawalawe

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : Four of us on the residency went away for a 2 day trip in search of a wilder side of Sri Lanka. To the rainforest… Sinhiraja rain forest is the last area of primary rainforest in Sri lanka and a biodiversity hotspot with many endemic and rare species. Following…

Weaving and Nesting

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : During our first week we were invited to meet Mangalika, who lives close by and is a long term friend of Neil (who runs the Sura Medura Residency). Mangalika was very welcoming and showed us how she weaves hats out of dried grasses dyed in different colours. It…

Innovations, Improvisations and Adaptations.

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : Innovating, adapting, evolving, responding, repairing, creating, improvising, imagineering, … This is what I have been noticing in Sri Lanka. I have seen many incredibly innovative solutions that deal with the need to adapt to situations, often difficult situations that someone’s livelihood depends on. For example, a solution to not having…

Sounding the Weather

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : I was inspired by my visited to the harbour in Dodanduwa – and remembered seeing images of fishermen fishing on ‘stilts’ in Sri Lanka.  More info about the stilt fishermen here (photo – internet scavenged) This developed as a fishing technique around the 1940’s following a shortage of fishing equipment…

Rock Tapping

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : After more conversations at the fishing harbour, I was greeting by chatty fisherman Pala, who told me it was too rough to go out that afternoon, as a storm was approaching (although it seemed like the majority of boats were still leaving the harbour). He had been in…

Tsunami & Fishing Boats

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : Six weeks in Sri Lanka working alongside and in collaboration with 8 other artists in residence. We are staying together at Sun Beach Hotel in Hikkaduwa, and working in a new purpose built residency space in the fishing village of Dodanduwa.  One of our first experiences…

The Olden Hinde

During September and October 2011, over four weeks, myself and Matthew Olden were selected to be artists in residence at the AND Festival… on a Narrow Boat navigating the canals of Norther England. You can read all about our adventures here. For the final weekend of the festival, we moored up at the Albert Dock…

Birds Insects and Sound Machines

At the end of our residency at Villa Waldberta in Bavaria, myself and Matthew Olden put on an audio-visual concert on July 26th 2013 as part of the Signalraum programme at the Einstein Kultur, Munich curated by Horst Konietzny. During the residency we made connections with some very talented local artists and musicians, which lead to…

Residency at Villa Waldberta

For the months of June and July, I was an artist in residence at the Villa Waldberta in Bavaria near lake Starnberg, at the invitation of Horst Konietzny, curator of Signalraum. I kept a diary whilst I was there – which you can check out here (still updating this as I edit more videos and…

Playable City Sprint

I was recently invited to take part in a project called the Playable City Sprint, hosted by the Watershed, Bristol and the British Council. I spent a week with 11 other artists at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol responding to the idea of a ‘playable city’ working in small groups… very quickly! It was…

back on the canals

We are on a different boat cruising the north West canals of England on the good ship DIPPER (also dubbed, the Olden Hinde) as artists in residence for the AND Festival in Liverpool, which starts tomorrow. We will be doing two public events  – a talk at the Bluecoat Arts Centre on Friday 30th Sept…