Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Highs and Lows of 2011

Highs and lows of 2011

My last blog outlined some of these things but to follow the a-n blogging way as inspired by Emily Speed I shall also make a little list


  • Core Gallery: launching in April: working with over 100 artists and curators, forging partnerships, giving exposure and support to artists and curators.
  • Input from Jane Boyer, Gillian Best Powell and Elizabeth Murton as team mates for the gallery who have been splendid.
  • Having Graham Crowley as a supporter for Core, a mentor and Relay exhibition Partner
  • Hosting an AIR Activist meeting !
  • In general being on a-n and all the wonderful people I have met through it
  • People’s generosity and support such as Matt Roberts, Andrew Bryant and Nick Kaplony
  • Chantelle’s Core Gallery Interviews:
  • A successful chair appeal for the Gallery :
  • Launching DIY Educate
  • Meeting Amy Mckenny at Coexist ( with whom we shall be having a collaborative exhibition in 2011)

Me ( personal achievements as an artist )

  • Learning so much from the artists and curators I have worked with
  • Being elected to the AIR Council ( very exciting! )
  • Exhibiting and being in Derby for the UKYA events, selected for the ING Discerning Eye, Lynn Painters Stainers Prize and having a solo show in Regent St London as well as Wilderness Exhibition and talk.
  • Being blog of the month in June on a-n.
  • Teaching at West Dean College, Brighton Phoenix and University of the Arts
  • Having a new extended family made up of my cor blimey studio mates and wider members and being part of the Deptford Art Scene
  • Having a commissioned articled published in a-n in July as well as a letter in their magazine in November 2011
  • Getting some very nice press regards of Becky Hunter, AIR’s Jack Hutchinson and doing my first radio interview with Reprezent and really enjoying it
  • Exhibitions outside of Core: Gauguin, Phylidda Barlow and Fiona Mcdonald at Coexist, Fade Away at Transition Gallery , The Crash Open Salon at Charlie Dutton Gallery, Vicky Wright at Josh Lilley Gallery

  • Lows:
  • Overworked and underpaid!Being so tired that I thought my brain would snap at times.
  • Having to be an uneducated web developer for our website because the guy who did it has abandoned us to his unfinished job!
  • Not having enough work to quit my part time job yet as admin bunny
  • The government
  • The A3 laminator breaking

To look forward to:

  • Exhibitions at Core Gallery in 2011; including curating exhibitions with Jane Boyer and Annabel Tilley
  • DIY educate in action working with lots of DIY educators
  • Having my work exhibited in India
  • More teaching
  • Hopefully getting out of my part time job as admin bunny
  • Restored hearing in my ear so I am not quite so hard of hearing.
  • Being asked to be a judge for Xhibit , a University of The Arts Exhibitions

Overall though and to reiterate, I am so very happy this has all been wonderful way to be part of something and thank everyone for their input throughout the year
Happy New Year !

Monday, December 13, 2010

Reap What You Sow

This week has been a new surge of energy and inspiration. Planning the 2011 exhibition and education programme are reminders of how thrilling running the gallery is and the possibilities that can occur.

Jane Boyer commented on wondering how I keep all the threads of the many different demands on my time, I am not entirely sure myself at times. However I realise how extremely lucky and privileged I am to be an artist. To be doing that which I love even if it can be sometimes a painful and frustrating path exemplifies in all of us artists; we are extraordinary in our own ways.

I also realise that sometimes these skills are innate in us and we just need a chance to make more of them. It is something many of us as the teachers and mentors that we are, try to bring out in others, teasing out the skills, harnessing them.

Running the gallery has been a steep learning curve for us all here at Core Gallery and of course at times, extremely stressful but endlessly rewarding . we have done our very best for the artists and curators that exhibit with us. I see artists such as Andrew Bryant and Nick Kaplony who have curated in the gallery, their confidence in their own skills and vision building. It has been an honour to sit by them and learn. To occasionally be able to contribute because they are kind enough to value me as well, asking my opinion and calling upon my judgement. I see they have quite brilliant careers ahead of them.

A result of all of these lessons is my role as a curator for a show in April co-curating with Jane Boyer for our DX 2010 Open Submission winners and then a show in November 2011 with Annabel Tilley which is growing and strengthening. The lessons I have learnt these last few months are deep and wide. I am very excited to be thinking about applying these new skills to a personally curated exhibition.

I see also how important our space has become to others who seek us out.

An example of one of the kindest things that has happened to me in the last year through all our engagement with others was a present from Kate Murdoch.

Kate is a local artist and her work I find very beautiful, intelligent and powerful Following on from one of Elizabeth’s engine chat chat where we discussed the importance of an artists statement I spoke to Kate about hers and helped her edit and strengthen her statement. I came into the gallery one day and Kate had left me a bag of goodies: a bottle of wine, a chocolate bar, Vogue and lavender bubble bath: an indulgence kit. Thinking of that kindness from her even now brings tears to my eyes, after months of working so terribly hard it was very much needed as a symbol that somehow we were doing well in our mission.

see her statement here's_statement.html

I see how important the advice was to Kate and I know it has brought her confidence. That we can help other artist’s career, is why we began, why we continue and why we are launching DIY educate.

If someone had told me that 18 months ago I would be running a gallery and would have worked with over 100 artists and curators, that I would be elected to the AIR council as a recognition somehow of a journey so far, of harnessing a collective's beliefs and desire to help artists , I would have been shocked. I had not realised that writing a blog about ‘becoming part of something’ and my desire for that would grow so much.

You reap what you sow and although it is winter, the harvest is golden and bountiful.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Selection for the AIR Council, step forward Councillor Davis

Image courtesy of Edd Pearman and Ceal Warnants.

Relay,our exhibition at Core came together beautifully in the end. A lot of people worked extremely hard. As suspected, assocations were created throughout the show as Jane eloquently puts it

‘The first part of the show is loosely based in structure as container, containment, imprisonment; house as metaphor for the body. It is this structure which houses and holds the potential to distort the soul.
As one moves through Relay, structure as metaphor gives way to the actual body/psychology which confronts its physicality and the force of time and limitations. The translation of physicality upwards to the resonant sounds of the soul gives way to charms imbued with meaning, mythology and spirituality.’ Jane Boyer

Jane Boyer came from France for the show and it was a delight to meet her in person and spend time with her and her works. The more we talk the more solutions we find.

One of the ideas that came out over supper before the show was a chair appeal – a much needed resource for our space for our DIY Educate next year and on the private view we got 10 chairs! Contributions came from many of our friends and supporters at the gallery including from the lovely Jane, Annabel Tilley and Rob Turner all a-n bloggers. See more about our chair appeal on

There was in addition an open studios this weekend as well for us at Cor Blimey which was good fun as always but very exhausting ( I have been working at least 12 hours a day on average , for 7 days for I don’t know how long- last weekend I was teaching at the Phoenix in Brighton). Also a couple of weeks ago I had a fantastic crit with Graham Crowley who has given me a solution to the age old problem of ‘ how do I move my practice forward…’
We will be opening up these crits from Graham and other artists to other artists in order for them to get much needing practical and conceptual feedback into work. The bare essentials of the DIY educate are now online,so you can seem more there.

I also have some other very good news ; I have been elected to the AIR Council!

I am very excited about being part of a new something. Already I have ideas about how AIR could harness more exposure to our causes as artists. I cant wait to get started.

We also have the great delight to be hosting an AIR Activists event at Core Gallery on Weds 8th December and all are welcome to come, see the AIR page or

See you there I hope , and dont forget to buy a chair!

Monday, November 22, 2010

RELAY ! 42 Artists

We have been working on our plans for the development of Core Gallery's DIY educate programme. As an artist put it ' the sh** they dont teach you at art school...'
Busy too with exhibitions I have work in: ING Discerning Eye and the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize that I was also selected for ( me and Prince Charles work in the same room- not sure if thats good or bad....think it may be bad somehow although they were harmless watercolours and sure they sold whereas I dont think my works have...) Then again Annabel Tilley and Graham Crowley were also there so that balances that one out....
Also in the last couple of weeks there has been the wonderful, strange and macarbre exhibition Psychometry at Core Gallery , curated by Nick Kaplony. We had a fantastic artists talk on Saturday , the artists are so interesting in explaining their works. Peter Jones as well was a delight to meet, his strange Monkeys and Lambs have captivated me the entire 3 weeks they have been here, looming and leering and somehow very charming at the same time ! Peter is a charmer, a walking encyclopedia of contemporary art. He told me as well as terrible story of an unscrupulous gallery that ran away with the money from his art! Left me fuming, which leads me onto another event about artist's lack of rights and the ability for us to be trampled upon by galleries etc with no safety net.
This and amongst many other reasons I have also decided to put myself forward to be nominated to the AIR council. Trying to measure whether I can balance this role if I were nominated with my role as artist, gallerist, creative practitioner etc. At the same time my passion ruled all those concerns out. Emily Speed an AIR member , 1 0f 3 who has nominated me had this to say about why I may be good at fighting for your rights. I think I would be good too. I am pretty determined.
' Rosalind is a tireless, open-minded and enthusiastic person, both in her own practice and in her capacity as Manager at Core Gallery. Her ability to empathise with fellow artists and a particular talent for presenting a balanced view and understanding all aspects of a given situation would be valuable assets to the AIR council. I wholeheartedly support her nomination'

We are delighted to be hosting an AIR Activist Event at Core Gallery as well on the 8th December , read all about it here
As well as writing my campaign I have also been organising Relay, our final show of the year at Core Gallery, 42 artists...ouch! I am still hunting down our artists for their info for the show ! Jane Boyer, our Core Gallery associate member is arriving from France today too. Jane has been so invaluable and I look forward to buying her a well deserved supper this evening as a small thank you for her amazing organisation skills. You can read more Jane and her practice here: Anyway, Relay , its going to be fantastic, really exciting collaborations going on. Opening Friday , Read more about our lists of artists etc here. Image courtesy of Peter Jones ( top )

Image courtesy of Peter Jones ( top left ) and Graham Crowley ( top right )

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

75 Artists in one room....bound to be trouble...!

The UKYA event was this weekend in the lovely city of Derby and all of us 75 artists who had been selected for this citywide miniature biennale were there to meet each other

So we buzzed around Derby, gorging on exhibitions, installation , lectures, artists talks, poetry, dance, networking , beer, wine, our heartbreak and romances, successes and failures, lots and lots of laughter, fried breakfasts, and far too many late nights ( I decided dancing in a car park party prob was a step too far , but hey I can robot with the best of them….!)

We took part in a speed networking session which was quite insane and left us all befuddled and confused as to who we were, let alone anyone else! Brilliant ! We forged what feels like lasting connections and relationships

75 artists full of promise and brilliance, all trying to figure out how to navigate this complicated world. To survive. It felt like such a priviliege- like how art school would have felt if I had been in the art dept, endlessly fascinating conversations ( and silliness) but also interesting because we had all been out in the real world for a little while.

I don’t know how the organisers did it, several venues, accommodation, lecture series and us artists! I am still recovering now, I wonder how they did it, but full of so much happiness and hope they are proud of their massive achievements.

Something else I am noticing is that there is a curator inside me , in the way that a lot of the curators who work with us at Core are coming into it as artists; I start seeing connections or works that I really want to show in some context…..We are yet to think about next years programming properly but I know we need to get a balance between what we want to show ( a lot) and we can actually physically manage. It is breakneck at the moment.

Liz and I had a meeting with the marvellous Amy Mckenny who runs Coexist in Southend. Firstly the Fiona Mcdonald and Phyllida Barlow show is excellent, secondly Amy is brilliant in all they have achieved down there. We are going to set up a different kind of Relay for next year in a cross artist led collaboration! Very exciting. So all in all a pretty marvellous couple of weeks.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sisyphus - The Absurd Hero and UKYA

So Sisyphus opens tonight and I myself am not there for the PV at Core Gallery for the first time so a bit nerve wracking but I leave it in competant hands.

I am doing my art thang having been selected for the UKYA event in derby

( through an open submission- that oh so controversial subject....! )

4 days of exhibitions, events, dance, poetry and mucis, lectures and networking. Its going to be fantastic!

Here is more about Sisyphus which looked amazing in progress and we have a fab interview with curator/artist Rachel Price who has an interview with on

Read more here :


Core Gallery Deptford, London, SE8 3DX


(Part I): Nick Bailey │Alexander Bates │ Jim Bond │Rodney Dee │ JooHee Hwang│ Matthew James Kay│ Rachel Price

New sculpture and video by 7 artists across in response to the Greek myth of Sisyphus. The exhibiting artists all explore notions of the absurd, futility and circularity in their practice whilst simultaneously displaying an immersion in the process, be it material or conceptual.

In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king who for his crimes was subjected to the ceaseless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain only to watch it fall down the other side, and to repeat this for all eternity. However it is Sisyphus’ approach to his hopeless fate that rouses interest and why the myth is so frequently revisited in literary interpretations.

The French Absurdist, Albert Camus, refers to Sisyphus as ‘The Absurd Hero’ concluding that: “I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy”. Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942).

I think we have all felt a little like Sisyphus at times......

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Deptford X Madness and New Formations

Wow, so it has been nearly a month since I have written a blogpost! There is so much to tell but where to begin. It has been dizzyingly busy.

Since my last post we had the Deptford X fortnight. South East London’s foremost contemporary arts festival
Our open submission exhibition was absolutely superb, the artists a delight to meet. Alliances have been formed and an exhibition seed planted for 2011 with Tom Butler, Alyson Helyer and Marion Michell who won the other prize we ran of a 2011 exhibition with Core Gallery

We had over 900 visitors in 2 weeks, including Lewisham College our local adult education who took part in our community drawing day event ( that is called engaging with the arts Sir! ) . We had open studios as well which was fantastic. Art talks and events, Arnold Borgerth and I both ran an art talk and ended up selling work afterwards to our new audiences! Many interesting and new connections were made.

Pretty exhausting too. I thought my brain might just might break at times. I also had a 30th birthday to celebrate somewhere along the way too. My present was a brand new shiny bicycle, a result of many new friends and studio colleagues all chipping in. The bike seems to symbolise to me what I have been blogging about, I have become part of something……

Anyway , I am going to be writing about the benefits of open submission competition in defence of quite a lot of negativity about them ( rightfully so in some cases) . I feel I need to justify and balance the arguments a little as we have just run one ourselves at the gallery and pretty darn successfully too and it was quite the opposite of a swindle!

There is also another new and exciting development . Core Gallery has a new member, an overseas associate , Jane Boyer who I met through our blogs here: Jane’s fantastic and thought provoking blog about working in isolation is here

Jane is coming on board to assist us and we are most grateful and lucky for this.
Jane is going to help us on a variety of levels and we are planning to make the gallery more sustainable and we are all going to work on a funding strategy so we can implement a proper educational programme; at the moment, we run art talks, engine chatchat ( peer on peer critiques etc ).

It seems to me that we are beginning to forge a new model of gallery , with people inputting, maintaining contact and assisting us outside of the studios ( ex studio member Chantelle who runs the wonderful Core Gallery Interviews).
Even our friends who are art lovers are ready to help. We have an Art Kibbutz!

In response to this momentum our final exhibition of the year is going to be Relay. Each artist in our studios invites an external artist to exhibit with them. Jane shall be joining in as will Josie our intern, a new graduate from Newcastle , who we wish to thank for her endless help by giving her an opportunity to exhibit. Its going to be a smasher !

The Pleasure Parlour

The Pleasure Parlour opened in September too which I have not properly blogged about yet as it has been breakneck

With my father ,Peter Davis who has been an artist for over 60 years and my partner Enver ( a heady mix for me ) as well as Holly Revell and Kelda Hole , it was a splendid show

I interviewed the artists on the closing Sunday which was wonderful . Debating art, erotica, nude's and nudity.

My father told stories about art and we expanded to greater philosophical questions about beauty and transformation. I need to find a way to do podcasts so you can all listen.

The night of the private view my father, now nearly 80 had the opportunity to see how his work still reached and touched people. He has an audience of cross generations, all who wanted to meet him and shake his hand, admiring his work, studying it, touching his sculptures . After several years of feeling like he may no longer have anything that people want to see , he is transformed. For this alone , the hard work is worth it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October – Rosalind Davis « NepArtism

October – Rosalind Davis « NepArtism
I am delighted to have been selected by Liv Pennington to start a game of Nepartism!

Its been mentally busy so this blog post is a precursor to one where I actually talk about things but in the interim:
I am delighted to have been selected by Liv Pennington to start a game of Nepartism!
A fantastic game of artist's tag. Liv Pennington showed in The Exquisite Corpse.
' The show grows because of who we know; it is nepotism with a bit of altruism. I am interested in where this chain goes, does one artist get selected more than once. How small or large are the artist pools.
How do our selections reflect on our own artist practice, are we interested in similarities or differences, do opposites attract? or is it safety in familiarity?
Are our relationships formed with others because of admiration and interest in the artwork or in spite of?
A series of monthly online exhibitions '
Liv Pennington

Core Gallery on the radio!

Aired on 3rd of September

Presented by Christelle on the Chatterbox Show

Gallery manaager of Core Gallery and local painter Rosalind Davis talks about the drawing day a free art event for young people in September talks drawing, Frida Kahlo and

Core Gallery Interviews: Interview with Patrick Morrissey & Hanz

Core Gallery Interviews: Interview with Patrick Morrissey & Hanz

Plus featured in the October issue of a-n magazine!

Reprezent | London's Youth Media - Shows - Revealed

Reprezent | London's Youth Media - Shows - Revealed

Core Gallery on the Radio

On September 17th 2010 Core Gallery ran a drawing day for over 70 people from the local community with artists from Cor Blimey, Creekside Artists, The Old Police Station and Utrophia, all local studios. Tarek Chaudhury interviews the participants as well as Rosalind Davis, Core Gallery manager on the day itself as well as Deptford X , art and the education system and why you do not need to be rich to be an artist! Read more about the drawing day exhibition here

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Open studios, DX, etc !

We shall soon be hanging and organising the Core gallery open submission which opens next Thursday night, ( image courtesy of Edd Pearman , ' Allotment' )

Read all about it here:

We have been lucky enough to bag an exclusive interview with Graham Crowley,

so this is uber short and packed full of info I have a ridiculous amount of things to finish for my open studios as well as an experimental drawing day to run tomorrow, all of which is very exciting- the marathon begins.

This is what I am doing for open studios:

I would love to see you if you are about in London next weekend, the show is going to be spectacular too quite clearly!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Benefts of Core gallery Part I

Images from artists showing in the Eighteenth Emergency curated by Andrew Bryant

Andrew Bryant, Frauke Dannert, Chas Higginbottom, Stefan Sulzer,
Burcu Yagciogul and Daniel P. Lichtmann

As someone who is very sensitive to criticism one person’s negativity can completely plummet me into doubt about what we are striving to do in the gallery , rather than actually looking at the other many many people who are completely positive and thrilled with our progression as a gallery and for whom there are many tangible benefits.

So it is time to evaluate and look at the positives.

Liz and I saw the potential that lay in the idea of the gallery and brought in energy. Yes it’s a lot of work but we both thrive on the challenges and the

Benefits of Core Gallery….Part I


We are bringing external international, local, professional, emerging, outsider, student, and community art to the space, to inspire and create dialogue and excitement in an underused space.

Developing our presence and reaching more audiences= increased opportunities

By establishing new relationships with these people we can attract more of an audience to our space for Cor Blimey Events.

With each show, with a further online presence we can reach more people.

As many people are professional artists in the studios, this is exactly what they want to develop and further their work, to increase sales and opportunities and even if just to increase their audiences, whoever they may be, and not necessarily sell work

We have also had and shall continue to have several CBA members shows throughout the year which are fully supported of course by those who work on Core Gallery

As a gallery we regularly receive Deptford Art Map tours for shows which is very beneficial


Core Gallery helps to nurture and support these relationships between external artists and our CBA members You can meet other artists and curators : strike up a dialogue and a collaboration could be fostered or even just a friendship! As a result of work done on the gallery so far there is tangible evidence of benefits:

Artists have sold artworks, been invited to exhibit in future curated show and had career opportunities, increased profiles etc.

Elizabeth Murton has been commissioned to create an installation at DX


Engine Chat chat , peer on peer critique , Art Talks with professional artists and curators

Artists workshops

Community drawing

All of these are interesting and educational to both our studio artists and external members


The gallery is offering internships to new graduates interested in the arts to develop their skills and knowledge in the arts sector and gather valuable insight into a working gallery space.

‘ Rosalind consistently assigned worthwhile projects and was very mindful of the individual strengths and interests of those involved., I especially liked how much freedom I had when approaching certain tasks. Ros was always open to new ideas and welcomed the opinions and suggestions of others. Finally, her advice as a gallery manager and practising artist was incredibly valuable to my ongoing exploration of the contemporary art world.

Overall, this experience allowed me to work on challenging projects in a dynamic arts environment.’

Emily. Our first intern June 2010

Studios currently available! Please see for more info

Part II shortly

PLus coming up: why external artists benefit from showing in artist led spaces!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Art isn’t just something you trip over to get to your studio

The benefits of Core Gallery to studio members is now about 5 pages long and I shall oublish excerpts onto here- it shall be a good guide for anyone who wants to know about setting up an artist led space as there are many benefits which everyone is aware of but its good to have something in writing, so its there on record and clear as things have been moving so fast, we have hardly taken a breath; it helps with new studio member s as well , so they can see all the activites we undertake as part of a cooperative
. The trustees will also benefit from seeing the fruits of our labours.

It begins thus ‘ Art isn’t just something you trip over to get to your studio…’

Also 2 more exhibitions for the gallery. Monochrome set sees ex studio members Pat and Hanz ( Patrick Morrisey and Clive ( Hanz) Hancock return to us with their brilliant collaborative exhibition with Leyla Folwell.

Patrick studied at Goldsmiths a while ago and then left art and has now returned with works about utilizing ‘systems’ which are basically geometric/ numeric and ultimately tangential.
As Patrick explains:
‘ This work has sympathy with the neo-concrete/neo constuctivist methodology of the late 20th centuryThe title of the show is intended to bind the works together under a theme which may evoke any number of associations with Pop culture, kinetiscism etc. This is deliberate.
Clive Hancock ( Hanz) has evolved his method as an ‘outsider’ artist, having had no formal art education. His work again, has its routes in the late 20th century and also the contemporary practice of neo constructivism ‘
Bringing in the talented Leyla Folwell- a current CBA member who explores similar themes in ceramic work; concentrating on the deconstruction of simple everyday forms. Her unique making method captures energy in motion which she turns to stone. The show starts on the 8th October.

We are also delighted to have Pleasure Parlour, a 3 day festival and exhibition: Enver Gursev and Kelda Hole ( 2 Cor Blimey Members) , work with invited artists: Holly Revell and my very own father Pater Davis. An exhibition of photography, painting, installation and sculptures, exploring the naked form / nudes with live music and performance art along the way …..pretty exciting and alternative. My father was thrilled to be asked by Enver and so too was I. His sculpture is incredible, even if I do say so myself. His work is in the South Africa National gallery amongst other big South African Collections, where he began his work and I hope we get him some good exposure with Core Gallery At 78 my father is not slowing down a bit and he loves getting peoples reaction and engaging people with his work. I guess that may be where I get some of my passion for engagement from him. He has also written some interesting articles on sculpture that will be interesting to have in the gallery during the show as an educational tool.
Okay to page 6 now of the benefits of artist led spaces…….

Friday, July 30, 2010

Storms in Teacups

We recently had a studio / gallery meeting with our studio members. As with all these meetings, getting 22 people in the same room on the same day is difficult but we try and have as many as possible to make sure everyone knows what is going on, to bat out ideas and update.

In the meeting we introduced the future gallery plans and sponsorship idea. I sent through an email as well with all the info to our members.

One member who wasn’t in the meeting sent an email that questioned us and our ‘profit drive’ and wanted to see our finances (do feel free to be our accountant Mister )

The complaint although slightly wounding is actually hilarious as it came obviously from complete ignorance of what we have been striving towards for the last 6months. I dont think he has even looked at our website or newsletter. Very strange too that you complain without educating yourself about the organisation first and after 6 months of actual being an entity with plenty of meetings along the way. Fair enough to have questions and want to know more. But that was not the gist of the email.

There was a query over accessibility to studio spaces too which never has been and never will be an issue.

The benefits of having Core Gallery outweigh the possible drawbacks and here is some feedback from other members which I publish here as it is far more eloquent than me ranting .

1. ‘ Please be assured that studio members are the key to the success of our cooperative and the birth of Core Gallery is not aimed to take anything away from you, rather give you further opportunities and have a good mix to ensure continuing survival and success.’

2. ‘I just want to point out that Core Gallery is something that we at Cor Blimey Arts have been aspiring to for a few years now.

It's a positive exposure into the contemporary Art scene, not just around Deptford, but to a wider stage.

This can be confirmed by the number of re-nowned Artists and Curators that have been through our doors and the growing number of attendance from the general public.

We (as there have been several of us working VOLUNTARILY) have put in a lot of hard work to make the space (incorporating Cor Blimey Arts members) visible and into a serious Arts Venue. Cor Gallery is NOT a profit making venture and is still very much part of Cor Blimey Arts, which is a registered charity.

Nothing has changed in the space in terms of accessibility or cost incurred since Core Gallery was set up.

In the past, whenever there was a show up or music events (mostly our own) we still had to be very aware and sensitive to what was going on around us in terms of lighting noise etc, no different to what is happening now.

Core Gallery has been open to everyone to be part of from the outset, It's up to the individual to decide how much or little they want to be part of this.

Along with myself I think many of the CBA members have experienced the benefits of being involved in such a prolific proactive working environment.’

To work towards making the gallery sustainable is essential. It is a long term goal and a sensible ambition otherwise we wont be able to carry on forever, no matter how passionate we are.

So now I need to set out a list of all the positive benefits to show our members, just in case it is required

Nevermind . It shall be a good evaluation for ourselves to see how much we have achieved and how we wish to move forward.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Recovery is quick

I apologise for my little moan of exasperation in my previous post

thank you to Jane Boyer

Emily Speed

and Susan Francis

( all artists and all bloggers on a-n ) as well as a variety of other friends and supporters who perked me up with their commiseration, ideas, thoughts and suggestions all of which I am taking on board! So, thank you. Its nice to hear from you

These as well as other factors have contributed to a more positive outlook and reinforced all that we have achieved so far.

Firstly the tingle of excitement of having several marvellously strong shows lined up : the Eighteenth Emergency and Sisyphus amongst them . Both shows look fascinating and I realise how much I alone learn from having exposure to these artists and curators, their intriguing interesting ideas and all their concepts/ works/ practices.

As I said in the previous blog , the DX open submission is also very exciting, to see the wealth of talent that could show in our space is inspiring. ( 5 days left to enter! )

We also now have two new interns. Charlotte and Jo and they each have projects to work on that we tailored to their own interests and strengths.

Charlotte our press intern has written the most wonderful and illuminating press release for the Eighteenth Emergency. After her first day with us, doing admin, I handed over the artists cv’s, info etc and from it, she wove something wonderful. I am looking forward to her future input

Joanna is looking at our sponsorship programme and inspired us to move this forward as with her assistance we hope we can make it worthwhile. Jo has some great ideas and gumption. She will also be responsible for sales for our exhibitions, someone that can talk about the artworks and promote it at our shows. Not that Core is at all about sales, but we have some amazing talent in the space and they can benefit from our help in attracting collectors for their work. Both bright sparks!

I received a lovely report from my previous intern who seems to have gained a lot from her time with us , which was just 8 weeks so I hope that our new ladies shall be equally pleased by the end of their time with us. As ever I learn from them too.

A couple of friends have also said they shall assist me in my own practise on the admin side – very kind of them too!

Inb practical terms I am going to try and make a stricter schedule for myself in terms of paperwork and allocate specific time to painting and paperwork and try not to stray. In my non art job I am negotiating a sabbatical so that I can test the waters of having no financial security in order to see if it is manageable and that I can sustain myself. to have an extra days to work on the gallery and my projects shall hopefully be fruitful- I am just nervous of losing guarantedd security but more and more I know I have to make the leap. At least it shall give me time to breathe.

Finally I somehow did manage to fit in some amazing exhibitions at The Agency Gallery, Utrophia, Aubin and Wills in Redchurch street and a show which engaged me and invigorated me. A tonic for the soul.

I painted too in the end, after my wonky week , I am starting a piece about The Cadburys Factory in Stonebridge which has the most startling back story of its slow shut down and the loss of jobs for generations of communities that I initially heard on radio 4, fascinating story

Not bad for seeking a bit of clarity……group effort I say !

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A quest for clarity ....

My mind is a little fraught ; the gallery is taking up a huge portion of my thinking and of course time. I find myself caught between wondering more how to advance the gallery than my own career as an artist. I haven’t made much new work in the last two months as a result and anxiety for both roles is biting at my heels.....

I have to make both these jobs sustainable as selling paintings is slow these days and also I think that my work has a wider focus than just being in a gallery, it is becoming a documentation of society...

For both I think I need to find funding somehow

For the gallery we have a plan for philanthropists that we have just launched. You can now help support Core Gallery from just £35 per year and we have dreamed up loads of great benefits!

Now we just need to find some supporters…….

Here is our newsletter which has more info on that as well as everything else we have coming up.

After a 14 hour day on Tuesday on gallery matters in my tiredness I smashed three plates in dazed clumsiness, knocked over countless glasses of water as well.

The following day I spent an hour travelling to drop off a painting, only to realise that I had brought the wrong one and then had to return and pick up the right one. I lost 4 valuable hours and was so mad at myself for being so silly and the fact that I am usually so organised it is a startling contrast as my mind is obviously elsewhere.

With my own practise I am not sure where to begin funding wise: I need a research and development grant to expand the scope of my work, but with all the funding cuts going on I am hesitant that writing a funding application will be worthwhile and perhaps instead we should just focus on getting projects for the gallery. I do not have enough time is clear and really what I want to do is paint right now….. hopefully a little clarity shall come soon….somehow……

The good news is that Elizabeth has been commissioned to do an installation for Deptford X, so this makes Core Gallery a little more sustainable for her. Also after a review of the way we both work in the gallery we decided on a slightly different title than Gallery Manager: Research and Development manager’ which suits more the skills Liz has in coming up with innovative ideas, whilst the day to day project managing is more suited to me.

The Deptford X open submission we are running is looking very healthy, I said at the beginning the standard was very high and it remains that way with a diverse array of works. The judges shall have a tough decision but I already know we shall have a fantastic show at the end.

The deadline is 31st July, so do get your submission in…..

Now back to trying to find some clarity

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Profile of my work by Becky Hunter

Artist Profile: Rosalind Davis, London
Jun 30th, 2010

' I approached mixed-media, London-based artist Rosalind Davis for an interview for my site after reading her a-n Artists Talking/Blogger blog, ‘Becoming Part of Something‘, as part of my current research into setting up a gallery and studio complex of my own. In the diary-style blog, Rosalind self-critically discusses her creative work, as well as her stressful and rewarding role as co-manager of Core Gallery, Deptford…

While reading and looking, I was struck by the richness of her paintings – equally in terms of their spatial compression and otherwordliness, their conceptual meshing of the social and the romantic, manifest in montages of paint, printed fabric and careful embroidery – and decided to feature Rosalind’s excellent painting independently from her discussion of Core Gallery.

I am not the only one to be so impressed with Rosalind’s work:
Rosalind Davis reveals herself to be a visionary artist of sensitivity and complexity… Her mixed media paintings of dystopian landscapes incorporate embroidery and floral-print textiles ….they conjure up a claustrophobic world of the uncanny.

(Andrew Bryant, a-n)

With this inside/outside view of buildings, Rosalind almost supersedes the buildings themselves with the materials that could be seen on the inside. I have often seen this with demolished buildings, a set of fireplaces against the wall of the neighbouring building, remnants of wallpaper all that is left of a place that was a home.

(Julia Alvarez, Director of Bearspace)

I agree with Rosalind’s statement that her technique involves a reparative gesture, in the sense that (images of) disused or run-down buildings are mended and/or supported through stitching, as well as being somewhat transformed when their painted surfaces melt into, soak and stain the meticulously printed backdrop. That these are specific architectural structures recognisable only to local people is important, as is the artist’s painful observation of urban decay alongside an irrepressible romantic vision.
Thinking from my own standpoint as an art historian and artist, currently engaged in a study of Kleinian psychoanalytic subject positions, Rosalind’s works seem to rise from the depressive position, in which ambivalent encounters with reality are tested, dreams of (Utopian, urban) perfection mourned, and the objects and people we relate to eventually accepted as neither blissfully ideal, nor entirely harmful. Amongst other material clues, these paintings figure that struggle in terms of the stitch, a piercing, destructive action that is reformed, with practice, into the work of mending and strengthening.

A graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design, and of the Royal College of Art, London, Rosalind is a founder and co-manager of Core Gallery, Deptford. She is also an experienced textile designer, educator and writer: an artist and organiser to watch for sure.'

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Exhibitions

I am about to have a short break and the gallery is having a little breather of exhibitions before we launch into a breakneck series of shows and events in August beginning with a-n's very own Artists Talking editor Andrew Bryant who is bringing a group exhibition , The Eighteenth Emergency into Core Gallery . I asked Andrew a while ago if he wanted to bring a show to Core, confident in his vision, aesthetic, curation and judgement. I am curious to see how Core will once again be transformed .

Also , it shall be interesting to look at the contrast to our recent CSM MA fine art show and whether indeed there is a difference in approach, aesthetic etc and reflect on Sarah Rowles recent letter in a-n regarding art school.

We also have a sculpture exhibition programmed in at the end of October which is also very exciting and shall be very transformative in the space. Rachel is super organised and has the show ready to rock and roll!

2 exhibitions squeezed in this week: The Whitstable Biennal at which I saw the marvellous Kate Murdoch, an artist from Deptford whose work explores memory, identity, nostalgia in very interactive works.

Saw the RCA Show at last, painting and sculpture left me a bit cold and bored. I think it would be interesting if a show full of wildly convergent styles, themes , techniques, ideas had some information about the artists rather than a big black wall of silence. I think it would be beneficial. Although there seems to be a trend in art schools to not provide any explanation/statement etc. Art as experience , not art as engagement ……
For my own short break I am currently deciding which of the 5 books I don’t need to take . I have a beautiful Egon Schiele Landscape book which I currently adore, Ways of Seeing by John Berger, How to be an Artist by Michael Atavar ( very interesting and not patronising at all – should be called how to try and balance your life and mental health as an artist! ) Then Pablo Neruda Poetry and Orhan Pamuk’s novel My Name is Red……

Friday, July 2, 2010

choice blog on a-n, June 2010!


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Choice blogs - Sian Hislop selects Rosalind Davis

Wilderness Exhibition at Core Gallery
Rosalind Davis' blog Becoming part of something is a perceptive and illuminating insight into the trials and tribulations artists face on their post-college odyssey. "Becoming Part of Something" won the accolade of Artists talking Blog of the Year 2009, and the draw I felt towards it demonstrates that she continues to set a compelling tone.
Particularly topical and inspiring is the recently posted AIR interview, in which she argues the case for continued funding in the arts, in particular for it to be channelled towards those who attempt to improve communities through the arts and for free university education. As an artist involved in the Bow Arts Trust's live/work scheme I found her well articulated proposals and sensible suggestions ringing very true for my experience.

Along with an ever growing community of artists, I took on an "uninhabitable" abandoned flat in the type of Brutalist behemoth tower block that haunts Rosalind's intriguing paintings. These Modernist visions for social housing are now widely viewed as dystopian failures on monumental scales, but we are attempting to make positive changes in our community through our roles as artists.

Rosalind's blog does more than just record one artist's personal journey - as the title "Becoming Part of Something" suggests. Her posts have the potential to inspire other artists to use their energy and vision to help make change possible.

Siân Hislop, artist.

See also blogger Becky Hunter's interview with Rosalind Davis on the press page…..!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Interviews Interviews!

I am afraid I have been neglecting the blog again- I have been finishing up 2 interviews and I wrote quite a bit!

Becky Hunter interviewed me for her website as she is going to set up an artist led space in Philadelphia
The interview is about being a practicing artist and gallery co-manager ; the highs, lows and intricate details of setting up, administrating and promoting an artist-run space in Deptford.

It was all very interesting for me to do as a point of reflection on how far we at Core Gallery have come and how much I have learnt personally, how to keep on going.

Then an interview on AIR about the coalition too equally fascinating for me to do.

And now.....a painting is to begin

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

AIR Interview: Rosalind Davis on the new coalition | AIR | a-n

AIR Interview: Rosalind Davis on the new coalition | AIR | a-n

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AIR member Rosalind Davis is a mixed media painter and graduate from the RCA. She creates melancholic dystopian landscapes that explore human experience and identity. A freelance lecturer and creative practitioner with work in both public and private collections, Davis is also founding member of Core Gallery, an artist led exhibition space in Creekside, the new art hotspot in Deptford, London. Here she discusses her thoughts on the new coalition government and how cuts to arts funding will affect her personally.

AIR: The new Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced significant cuts to the arts under the new coalition government. How do you think this will affect you personally?

Rosalind Davis: I make art because I want to. I fund my practise by selling my work in galleries, working as a creative practitioner and lecturer which are all very fulfilling. So cuts to art funding wont directly impact on my artwork but it may impact upon my employment as a creative practitioner so I am concerned in that area.
I also co-manage Core Gallery, a not for profit gallery in Cor Blimey Arts studio's, that is a charity and cooperative. I do not gain financially from running Core Gallery. We want to make the gallery sustainable, run more educational projects alongside our exhibitions and make Core gallery a local hub for artists. Local authority and central government funding may have played a part in that sometime in the future but that now looks unlikely. We'll have to fight harder for any resources and be more creative in generating revenue streams.

Should artists be more politically aware?

I think most people have become more politically aware in the last year with various scandals, the election and the first coalition government since the war. Artists are about as much aware as anyone else and are impassioned no less so than anyone else. But I don't think an 'artist' should be anything in particular or think in a particular way - we're not a homogenous group. We have different interests, points of views, feelings about the world and that's a good thing. Its part of the reason why there's such a variety of art out there; something for everyone.
That said, Emily Speed’s blog Getting Paid » has been a fantastic contribution to the political debate on artist's rights; Why artists are poorly paid and badly treated and why we don't create some kind of union to get better representation? Although, I'm not suggesting individual artists should take a more personal interest in politics and reflect it in their work I do think more could be done to promote and protect the interests of artists. We need to be more politically active.

Do you think there has been a shift in generalised assumptions about artists and the role they play in society?

If we're looking at the recent past, say the last 13 years, we've seen massive changes in the role artists play in society which has manifested itself in different ways. Artists have become super rich celebrities quaffing champagne with blokes in pin stripe suits; art institutions are run by accountants; artists have worked more in schools and communities, inspiring more people than ever to have a passion for art and take it up: to some peoples consternations and others appreciation artists have moved into different spheres, making interactive and participatory work and using new mediums; and the profile of art and artists has been raised with bigger and more eye catching pieces being displayed in public squares, streets and the side of motorways.
There is always going to be sections in British society that think artists are layabouts and wasters but I think they are in the minority. What we have seen is a re-emergence of the artist as a critical part of society.
Diversification and reaching out is a really positive process. The more people that are engaged in art the better. Even if it is just to be enraged by it! We've gone too far in some respects though and the seemingly obligatory need to make work 'socially engaging' in order to get any structured employment or funding only leads to the X-factorisation of the art world; mediocre talent, lowest common denominator selection and transient work that doesn't stand the test of time.

My own work is socially engaged in a slightly different way; it is an exploration of human experience and identity, viewed through the wilderness of our landscape. Through my work I challenge perceived ideas about place. Exploring the social, political, cultural and historical as well as personal perspectives. When I teach I touch upon this, I teach people about their own community, landscape and identity as well as skills in which to express their feelings about this. I then learn from them too and it becomes a more interdependent approach- therefore more socially engaged.

As we continue to recover from the economic downturn do you think it is problematic the arts have taken an 'institution-led' approach to recovery?

I think if government cuts mean that we have to look to other institutions then the arts shall do so and already do so. We are a resourceful bunch. Large institutions such as the arts council, the national lottery and the like are in charge of the main funding resources to the arts and they are funnelling the resources available to sustain/recover the artistic community so often it feels like they have the monopoly to steer the cultural landscape, for good or bad.

However I think that funding should be improved at more local levels. I also think that the structure of the arts council should be addressed. I am aware that London is the most over subscribed region for arts council funding, whereas in other regions, the arts council do not receive enough feasible applications and therefore the funding potentially goes to waste. There should be more local London Borough offices for Arts Council funding so that the resources are better distributed across regions. Oh and shorter funding application forms would make the funding applications less obstructive to those of us who do not have a degree in nuclear physics and endless patience!

What are your opinions on Jeremy Hunt's advocacy of using philanthropy to plug the hole left by government cuts to the arts?

I have no problem with philanthropy but it needs to be a small slice of the funding pie. We can't let the art world be funded by a limited number of rich individuals who may be driven by self interest or commercial considerations. The more people interested in art, supporting artists and buying the better but all this needs to come from a range of sources so that all forms of art are catered for, not just the fad's of the day.
I am disappointed when I see massive campaigns to 'save' a painting for the nation, like the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's 'Diana and Actaeon' which raised £50m from private donors while contemporary artists, who are saying something much more tangible, are left to fend for themselves. £50m invested in the art world of today would have a transformative effect. If we leave it up to private philanthropists to support the art scene then we'll just see higher and higher prices for the same old paintings, with the same old names. Emerging and contemporary art would die.

Our members at Core gallery, invited artists, curators and friends contribute time, resources, skills, art and knowledge to us all the time. If anything or anybody is going to help young, contemporary or emerging artists through the cash strapped times ahead it's the public's creation of artistic communities with where we all pool together and support each other.

Deptford has a very good community of artists, studios and galleries, greater spirit of generosity as a community of artists which has been helped hugely by Deptford X, Julia Alvarez and the Deptford Art Map, Bea De Souza and DNA all of whom have contributed to making Deptford into a culturally important and vibrant place to go. It's a group effort.
But we are faced with extra threats with 'regeneration' projects that are more about creating super swish flats and stamping out the studio's where we work and thrive. Our studio rent is going up constantly and we are under threat of being evicted with little notice if property developers offer our landlords enough money.
Funders, prominent artists and institutions have so much they could offer to others but I don't see them being so philanthropic to ground root art communities. They could, for example, choose to fund more studio complexes, educational resources, community art projects, or just even buy some art from artists to help our economy here; help us to evolve, develop and safeguard our livelihoods from property developers who seek to evict us and ' regenerate' this area and push the cultural quarter out.
But they don't. So called 'philanthropists' and institutions buy 'big name' paintings and that won't help most of us.

In addition to your visual practice you are a freelance lecturer and founding member of Core Gallery, Deptford, London. Would you describe yourself as having a nomadic attitude to sustaining your practice?

Despite constantly roaming across the country in different roles, to and from meetings, to teaching, to exhibitions, to the gallery office, to my studio I am rooted by the work that I do and the issues I try to bring out in my work. The various roles I have are all enable me to explore the concept of community and what that means across different sections of society across the world and to the individual as well as community.
It is definitely a diverse lifestyle but taking on these additional roles is essentially research and dialogue that I just happen to enjoy.

Your blog won Artists Talking's blog of the year in 2009. How important is digital networking to your practice?

A blog opens up opportunities for dialogue with artists, curators and many others. It allows my work to be seen in a wider context rather than just as a final painting in an exhibition. It gives insight into my practice: the research processes, concepts, anguish, joys, frustrations and experiences. It also enables you to be self reflective about your work. Plus it is not a bad marketing and PR tool either as it gets people more engaged in your work and gives you an opportunity to promote the people you've been working with. It all adds up.
The blog has also led to job opportunities and was a wonderful opportunity to reach an even wider audience through the publication.
I don't think I can manage twitter just yet though, I already do too much and I think that may tip me over the edge! Sorry tweeters!

AIR has over 14,000 members. If there was one issue you would like it to campaign for or against what would it be?

Free university education is something I feel very strongly about. If we levelled the playing field by banning the tuition fees then we could have people selected for courses based on talent alone rather than who can pay the most fees and using international students as veritable cash cows. At the very least government means-tested assisted grants rather than loans. It is feasible as demonstrated in Scotland, (and was the norm in the UK pre 1998) which has outstanding academic institutions. Idealistic I know

I also believe that in art education there should compulsory professional practice for artists, which is essential if new graduates wish to survive in the art world and even get a sense of their newly qualified direction. It is a wilderness out there and you need to do your research.

I recently gave a lecture at the University of the Arts about how students need to prepare and make the most out of their degree shows. Although well attended, as the talks are optional, as a percentage of the whole institution about 2% of the student body came. New graduates can be so immersed in their practise that their first opportunity to showcase their work is an opportunity missed.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Rosalind Davis Newsletter has arrived !

My newletter has arrived, that’s right people, with pictures, jazzy boxes, links and everything. My friend Tammasyn Gambell ( ) has a studio in cockpit arts and she sent me hers a while ago which was gorgeous and smart and I coveted it immediately and her lovely boyfriend Jamie Young assisted me.

Check it out here:
Rosalind Davis Newsletter

Why a newsletter one might ask, well what with exhibitions, press, core gallery etc its all too messy to put in an email and expect people to read all the info- this way people can just check out what interests them in bite size nuggets. I know it may not be very ‘ arty’ to be so professional and to do all this sort of ‘ marketing stuff’ but being an artist means you have to stand up and show yourself, get exposure, otherwise how are you going to survive telling no-one about your work? In this recession we have to work even harder to get noticed and you have to be professional; A two liner email with no image attached isn’t going to get people outside your circle of friends to a show.

On a different note our core gallery website may be live soon – only a few months delayed….somehow I ended up being the one to be instructed on how to update the website, a few words went into my brain from Max Saunders, our webdesigner and then the rest was dalek speak. Chantelle and I spent an evening tearing our hair out over the functionalities and I really did not understand what the heck I was doing… if it is down to me then it may not be live for a while… I feel like I am going blind with tiredness at the moment, but one last push is the final week of Wilderness and open studios, a lovely blurb written below sums it up nicely;

We are sad to announce the coming of the end of the much celebrated “WILDERNESS” exhibition at Core Gallery, which will end on Sunday 20th June. *sighs and moans of grief*
But we are very happy to announce it has been a very great success. With over 400 visitors, an extended showing time, several artist talks including among them Deptford Arts Map and the fantastic discussion with the reputable Graham Crowley, we wanted to invite those of you who didn’t make it down yet, or for those who just want to see it again, for the final few days. *cheers and hoorays rise in crescendo*
Friday 18th June, we have a little chilled out bar, with some music and who knows what little surprises on the way.
Also starting on Friday through to Sunday there will also be the fabulous ‘JUMBLE JUMBLE’ arts sale going on in and around the space with guest such as Pigeon Wing Gallery and Miss Led…..and as if that wasn’t enough, the quite excellent Cor Blimey Artists are opening up their studios for everyone to have a little butchers at what everyone’s up to and maybe bag a bargain piece of artwork whilst you’re there. *exasperations of WoooooWWw*
It’ll be lovely to see you all again where you’ll all have the final chance to check out Rosalind’s dizzyingly beautiful painting-stitching, pull me up on my layering and spectaculour use of colour and have you’re photo taken in front of Neil’s now famous, idyllic mountainside wallpaper.

*applause ensues*

The Deptford X entries for Core Gallery’s open submission are pouring in which is fantastic and the entries are very strong already, Emily, our super intern is sending all over the place. If you would like to apply the info is here-
PLus theres a load of other great opportunities to get involved with Deptford X:
we would love to hear from you……

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Artist's talk, Mountains to climb, interviews to do.....

I have been trying to clamber atop the mountain of paperwork as I mentioned, my to do list however has gotten out of control and its looking like I may never paint again! On the other hand I have worked my ass off painting lately, so the balance must be addressed and to keep all those various plates as creative practitioner, gallery manager and writer keep spinning away. besides I am letting ideas boil away in the background.

Our artists talk at Wilderness, ( my exhibition at Core Gallery with Enver Gursev and Neil Kelly) with distinguished painter Graham Crowley , ooh , a couple of weeks ago now , was superb.

Graham was utterly brilliant. Erudite, enthusiastic and full of energy, throwing art history, critical theory, opinion, popular culture; morsels of delicious information at our hungry feet. Charming too is Mr Crowley, when I introduced him as my visiting professor at RCA who taught me how to paint, he demurred, ‘No Rosalind I told you about painting, not how to paint, you did that…’ Graham has seen me develop in the last 5 years as a painter and I think he is happy with the result of what he sees from what I could gather. Neil and Enver were equally bowled over and charmed. To have a critically constructive eye over our work is wonderfully motivating.

Graham also gave us an overview of his work, admittedly difficult for a man whose career as an artist spans over 40 years, ‘like trying to do a short overview of Proust’ he told us. Graham started at the beginning of his art school education and emergence into the artworld; the climate, the way people were taught, again: more political, cultural and social history thrown in. Talking about his processes of working and ideas behind the work was fascinating.

A very satisfying day!

On another note, we finally got a teeny bit of funding to do a project at Cor Blimey! A one day drawing workshop involving the community working with 3 external artists from local studios in Deptford. The wrangling and endless re-workings of our application was worth it! As although its not much funding, we have had a success in it and it motivates us to try to do more.

Plus we have launched our first Gallery open submission with 3 fantastic judges; Graham Crowley, Kate Jones and Matt Roberts launched on

Now, about that paperwork, I have 2 articles to write- one for AIR about the government cuts to the arts under the coalition government ( eek !) and another for Becky Hunter who is going to create an artist led space in the US. All again very exciting stuff!