Introducing The Mixup – a new global collaboration project

Those of you who followed The Airmail Project will know that after opening in LA, it travelled to Beirut and then London for the Camberwell Arts Festival, before the Istanbul show at the magical Space Debris. The 16 artists came from every corner of the globe and the work travelled a total of 264,000 miles.

Well, now I’m delighted to announce the follow up project that will build on some of the ideas and add some new ones in the mix.

The Mixup is a global collaboration project made up of local parts. Groups of artists in six cities around the world will be mixing up their creative process to co-create work. Participating cities are London (hosted by Rosie Cooper), LA (hosted by Lara Salmon), Beirut (hosted by Saba Sadr), Medellín (hosted by Federico Fernández Gärtner), Istanbul (hosted by Seyhan Musaoglu) & Cape Town (hosted by Nkuthazo Alexis Dyalvane). After all the cities have finished, we will mix up the resulting work to create a global show, a book and a short documentary.



The process to make the work will be similar to the Airmail Project

PHASE 1: Each artist starts a piece of artwork on an A3 piece of paper – and when they are done they get together with the other artists in their city to admire the beginnings of the project – each artist leaves with a piece of work they didn’t start.

PHASE2: The second artist does some work on what the first artist started – when the artists have done what they see fit, they get together again to look at what is unfolding – each artist leaves with another piece that they haven’t yet worked on.

PHASE 3: The third artist finishes the work off – completing a set of mixed up work from the city, where every piece has been worked on by three different artists.

Inspired by Exquisite Corpse and The Airmail Project, the project explores themes of collaboration, ownership and the globally connected world. And it should be a lot of fun. Check out


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 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.