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May: Artist in Residence with Leveld Art Centre, Norway & New Work

So for the month of May I was Artist in Residence at Leveld in Norway, a small village in the Ål municipality, Hallingdal home to 300 inhabitants about 700 m above sea level. Another remote mountainous location: perfect once again for me. I feel like I’ve done just about every remote artist in residence programme that there ever has been!

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I spent the 4 weeks mainly based at the Leveld Art Centre, it’s very much a residency for creatives to go to and be immersed in the village and location without any distractions. There’s not even a shop in the village so it really is about going there to get headspace, think about your ideas and work to develop on a project that needs time and space.

I’ve realised through close inspection and really challenging how I think about my work and how I intend for it to develop that there is very much a clear style within my practise and how I respond to the landscape in which I immerse myself in. A major part of me making the art work is being surrounded in an environment that not only invigorates me in terms of remote and harsh elements, it also provides me with the right visual inspiration for me to go forward with new work. The harsh strong black lines I use convey the significant unique texture, shape and linear quality of the landscape whilst the energetic mixed medium marks are responding to the temporary elements that surround the land. It is about connecting people to this energy that exists in nature. I hope my photos of my work below show this kind of idea and give the work clarity.

And so I won’t go into detail about every piece of art work I made, instead here is some photographs that show the location of the place and some of the new works I produced within my time there! At the moment I’ve just left my post as artist in residence in Leveld and currently in Bergen where I will then depart for Shetland then back to the Scottish Mainland so that’s what to expect from my next posts!

Thanks again as always for reading and if you would like to purchase my work head on over to my online shop for small original works at online shop or you can browse my full portfolio at website.

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Arctic Circle Expedition 2016

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SO the big news everyone is that I have been invited among a select group of artists and scientists worldwide to participate in The Arctic Circle Residency Programme in October 2016 for three weeks around the remote and northern Archipelago of Svalbard. I found out I was selected for this unique trip back in June of last year but it´s only recently that I have started to prepare for this amazing trip and start to plan the funding side of things!

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I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity as not only is it a place that will deeply influence and enrich my practice, it is also a place I have wanted to venture to for a long time because of the unique landscape and impressive geological wonders. For three weeks the other residents and I will sail together on an ice class barkentine tallship exploring Svalbard, a High Arctic archipelago just ten degrees from the North Pole, creating, collaborating, observing and documenting as we go.

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This residency is incredibly important to me as it is in Svalbard where the effects of progressive climate change are the most apparent and where wildlife and the sea ice is significantly under threat. It is a place of wonder yet fragility and I find it important for my practice to record the shifting of the landscapes and the effects that global warming is inflicting on the Arctic.

I aim to record, document, and build up a large body of new drawings/ paintings, prints and photographs all made on the voyage through the Arctic and all directly connected to the place and what I observe whilst on the expedition. I hope to instill love for the landscapes in people so they too can be inspired to conserve this place that is significant to our future as a whole.

Here is one of the press releases with some more information on my upcoming trip! Dundee University

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Anyway, the reason for this post is that, I NEED ALL OF YOUR HELP!

Even though I’ve been awarded this unique residency, I still must raise funds for expenses related to this expedition. I must raise £4,300 to join the residency which will cover all of the expenses on the expedition and secure my place. The remaining funding will go towards travel costs to and from Longyearben, cold weather clothing and art materials which will be used to make new work on the residency.

By supporting me on this project, not only will you be investing in me and an important expedition but you will also receive unique benefits by funding this project! Any donation from you will go a long way in realising this opportunity.

To support me and invest in this significant project please click on this link for my indiegogo campaign and watch the video!

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If you are interested in helping but unable to donate, please share this with your friends and social circles. Any additional exposure I can get is an immense help!

Thank you all so much in advance!