10 Highlights from Camberwell Arts Festival 2015 #camberwellfeast

(1) Peacock Pie Cake! A nod to 1600s feasting by Sarah Peachey



(2) Picnic Benches! 10 reimagined picnic benches by local artists

This one tells the story of a Camberwell pensioner’s food memories from the war – design by Matthew McGuinness


Some understated class from Nick Williamson on Camberwell Green – inlaid with a shallow metal serving dishIMG_5101

The Nkiruka team keeping it colourful with their amazing African fabrics by the bandstand at Ruskin Park


(3) A gin palace at The Tiger constructed entirely of sweet wrappers by Frog Morris


(4) The Camberwell Open – a wonderful hang-it-all showcase of SE5 talent – by Gita at Orso Major


Where I discovered Claudine O’Sulivan and continued to enjoy Luca De Gradi

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(5) A look at austerity and scarcity with Amanda Holiday’s 50 Din Din plates


(6) An actual non-metaphorical feast by those magical ladies at Pigeon Hole – featuring local food producers, and a few poems from me, including a new one

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(7) The #airmailproject – I was very excited to have the use of the Camberwell Post Office – the perfect way to bring the project to people as they are buying stamps

Favourite conversation about the project by far was with an excited 7 year old who loved how far all the pictures had been posted – and special unending thanks to New Zealand artist Rosie Cooper and coffee queen Kate Sagovsky for all the help to make it work – and the guys at Kopi for making the launch breakfast so tasty.



(8) Those talented folks at Mini Moderns and their classy festival merchandise showing off Camberwell’s foodies

(9) The Big Raw Choc Slam – Richard Purnell is always a treat and Paul Point is building a lovely monthly night of spoken word in Camberwell over at Communion Bar – The Chocolate Poetry Club

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(10) Everyone who gave so much time and energy to making it all happen – artists, event organisers, venues, volunteers, sponsors, and the board – a true #CamberwellFeast

Here’s to next year!

Podcast: Darkroom Talks from Space Debris Istanbul

In this episode Seyhan Musaoglu is talking to London-based innovation strategist Richard Watkins, discussing the art of collaboration and the importance of collective work.
Watkins talks about his current projects particularly the “Airmail Project” and “Being Bodies”. Airmail Project is currently on view at Camberwell Post Office as part of the Camberwell Festival after shows in LA and Beirut and will be on show at SPACE DEBRIS in July.

London show of #AirmailProject for Camberwell Arts Festival

The #airmailproject will be part of the 21st annual Camberwell Arts Festival 2015 hosted at the recently transformed Camberwell Post Office. There will be an OPENING BREAKFAST on Sat 20th June 9am-1230, with short talks at 1130 about the Post Office Project, the Matthew McGuiness mural, and The Airmail Project. CPO_OUTSIDE_08 Continue reading London show of #AirmailProject for Camberwell Arts Festival

Being Bodies: Legs and Belly

Hi People – Being Bodies is building up nicely over at http://beingbodies.tumblr.com so I thought i’d share my last two contributions


I had a terrible snowboarding accident in 2001 which left one of my legs so badly damaged that i was on crutches for a year. I decided to make a piece of work in honour of that and after reading through the hundreds of get well soon cards and letters of encouragement I received, I made this:


For april, I returned to my roots – continuing to explore my fascination with figurative phrases – this time Fire In My Belly



Being Bodies February: Shoulders

Being Bodies is 30 artists exploring what it means to have a body, looking at one body part each month.

February is the month of the Shoulders and I contributed this sketch. Initially it was going to be a draft but in the end I just loved how the lines fell on the paper.

Our Histories are Heavy

We are Structured for Strength


#AirmailProject covered by Lebanon’s Future TV

Very proud of Saba and Lara who were interviewed about The Airmail Project for Lebanese TV station Future TV.

They do a great job of explaining the project and some of the work. Also another shout out is due to Amin at A Fish In Sea, the graphic design studio that hosted our Beirut exhibition and who regularly host interesting creative projects as part of their Community exhibition series.

Reflections on Darkness: four new metaphors for darkness

Reflections on Darkness: Words to Light Up Our Darkest Months” is a guest blog curated by Brianna Kocka. The task of each guest blogger is to reflect through their chosen writing style on the darkest days of the year. I was lucky to contribute a poem last time after Drew Worthley put in a good word for me.

This time I mustered all my audacity and decided to challenge the LIGHT AS GOOD / DARKNESS AS EVIL metaphor which pervades western thought to such an extent that we can forget that it is not true, at least not in any physical sense. The FULL POST has a preamble about the potency and pervasiveness of metaphor, but the heart of the article is a proposal of four new metaphors for darkness. I suggest that if we add them to our metaphorical landscape, we can find more beauty in the dark.

 (1) LIGHT AS NOISE / DARKNESS AS QUIET A bright light makes us squint and cover our eyes in much the same way as a loud noise makes us cover our ears. The daytime is a hectic burst of vibrant activity, much of which thankfully subsides at the end of the day. As the calming twilight falls we welcome the silence. When the glare of the day is over, we can soften into the night. When we need to escape the chatter in our heads, we should breathe deeply; our mind will dim. If we are mindful to practice, we will slowly approach the gentle silence of endarkenment.

(2) LIGHT AS PLUTONIC / DARKNESS AS ROMANTIC “You know the night time / is the right time / to be / with the one you love”. So goes the Nappy Brown song, made famous by Ray Charles. Plutonic relationships – friendship, commerce – are happy at midday in the town square; not weakened by being watched. But there is another connection we crave, that thrives under cover, in moments that are less exposed. “Turn your lights down low” sings Bob Marley “And pull your window curtains / oh and let the moon come shining in / into our life again”.

(3) LIGHT AS PUBLIC / DARKNESS AS INTIMATE Light is broadcast. The glare of the sunshine is an open public announcement to anyone who cares to listen. Darkness is a whisper to someone specific. As night draws in, we draw close those with whom we most want to be connected. Intimacy isn’t shiny; her shadows speak only in confidence. People we value darken our doors. And those who, whether it’s clumsiness or malice, indiscriminately shine light on everything cannot be trusted with a secret.

(4) LIGHT AS TOIL / DARKNESS AS REST We praise the daytime, but light makes us work. Traditionally the sun called us to hard labor; now fluorescent lights extend our toil long after the sun has descended. Welcome the darkness for God knows we need more sleep. If we cannot extinguish light, we darken ourselves for rest by closing the lids of our eyes. Only when the light is gone can we forget it’s bright call to stay alert. Our workload often dims during the winter, when longer nights tempt us into deeper sleep. Let us learn when to turn the lights off.