New Writing: Queer River and Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place

‘Artist James Aldridge shares insights from Iain Biggs’ and Mary Modeen’s book Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place and resonances with his own projects exploring the value of outsiders’ viewpoints and voices not often heard in discussions on the Earth Crisis’ Mark Goldthorpe, Climate Cultures Follow this link to have a read of this newContinue reading “New Writing: Queer River and Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place”

Queer River, Wet Land: Part 1 – Walking with Minty Donald

I’ve just been in Glasgow for a few days, at the invitation of The University of Glasgow, and as part of The Dear Green Bothy. You can read more about The Dear Green Bothy in this previous post. Whilst in Glasgow I met, walked, talked and made with collaborators suggested by the University. This wasContinue reading “Queer River, Wet Land: Part 1 – Walking with Minty Donald”

The Dear Green Bothy: Queer River Comes to Glasgow

After a recent Climate Museum UK meeting, I was invited by Mark Banks of Glasgow University to bring Queer River to Glasgow as part of The Dear Green Bothy – ‘hosting creative and critical responses to climate emergency‘ – in the lead up to the COP26 climate talks. Queer River, Wet Land will take placeContinue reading “The Dear Green Bothy: Queer River Comes to Glasgow”

Queer Constellations – Exploring and Sharing Together

On Friday I joined other artists exhibiting in the Queer Constellations exhibition, at The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in Reading, to see our work, meet each other for the first time ‘in the flesh’, and take part in workshops/discussions relating to the subject matter of the exhibition, namely queerness and rurality. As partContinue reading “Queer Constellations – Exploring and Sharing Together”

Experiments with Chalk and Water

Today I spent some time in my garden combining ideas from recent chalkstream research, explorations of bodily engagement with the more than human, chalk from my recent walk up the Pewsey Downs, and rainwater collected in my garden. Ideally these initial experiments would lead to me coating my whole body in chalk on the riverbank,Continue reading “Experiments with Chalk and Water”

Queer Constellations Exhibition at Museum of English Rural Life

I’m currrently exhibiting Two Avons: Boat and Body at the Museum of English Rural Life, as part of the Queer Constellations Exhibition, Artistic Trespass and Rural Gay Histories exhibition, curated by Joe Jukes with MERL. Two Rivers: Boat and Body is a new version of the Two Avons installation, originally commissioned by Yarmouth Springs Eternal.Continue reading “Queer Constellations Exhibition at Museum of English Rural Life”

Mermen, Otters and Bears

I’ve always had an interest in shapeshifting, in the ability to switch between bodily forms, or to exist as a human/animal hybrid. But I’d not really thought about it from a Queer perspective, so this post is very much a beginning. Of course, we are animals, and the animal/human divide is a false one. InContinue reading “Mermen, Otters and Bears”

Walking on Chalk

Several conversations recently have directed me towards chalk as subject matter and material, from my recent walk with Ecologist Tim Sykes discussing chalkstreams, aquifers and neolithic monuments, back to the very first walk with Geo-Archaeologist Claire Mellett, and current plans for future collaborations exploring the use of natural pigments, silts and chalks. Today I tookContinue reading “Walking on Chalk”

Walking with… Ecologist and Researcher Tim Sykes

Yesterday I took a walk with Tim Sykes along the River Kennet from Avebury. Tim, an ecologist who works for the Environment Agency, contacted me via Twitter (@RiversAndPeople) in connection with his doctoral research with Southampton University, into people’s relationship with and perceptions of chalk stream winterbournes. ‘I am especially interested in contributions to happiness,Continue reading “Walking with… Ecologist and Researcher Tim Sykes”

Ponds, Boats and Bodies

At the same time that Queer River evolves to include different wetland habitats, my garden wildlife pond, dug in early April continues to evolve, with diving beetles, pond skaters and various fly larvae arriving. Yesterday I sat by the pond to start to draw some of the plant life, and saw my first damsel fly,Continue reading “Ponds, Boats and Bodies”