New Folk Visionaries

My new exhibition, New Folk Visionaries, will be on show in the private function room at The Bell, as part of the E17 Art Trail, from May 31 – June 15. The show is open whenever the pub is – usually 12pm til late. I will put a link to the Art Trail listing and times as soon as their site is up (01/05/14).

As part of The Pack of Wolves collective, we take it in turns to curate shows, put on performances, facilitate workshops…and the rest. This gig is my doing.

We’ll be turning the private function room at the back of The Bell pub into a contemporary ‘hunting room’ full of folk, collected items, cabinet displays, skulls and horns, the uncanny and unsettling.

If you’re a fan of stitching, drawing, puppetry, film, sculpture, painted skulls and bone magic you’re most welcome at our show. If you’re not, you should still come. Don’t be scared. We don’t bite.

Featuring work from all the ‘Alpha Wolves’, Marie-Louise Plum, Spike Dennis, Layla RR Holzer and Faye Scott-Farrington, plus honorary wolf, Mark Scott-Wood.

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Running With Wolves at Cardiff Design Festival

If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf – Nikita Khrushchev

On Saturday the 5 October 2013 we invite you to join us and come running* with the Pack of Wolves.

In a manner akin to a Flash-Mob we invite you to design your own wolf mask and join us in Bute Park from which point we will proceed through the streets of Cardiff to our Den where there will be some refreshments and possibly some light entertainment.

If you wish to join us ensure you locate the Pack at Bute Park by 6.00pm. You won’t be able to miss the Alpha wolf waving the Pack of Wolves’ flag!

In order to get you started we have provided some free mask templates that you can download (below) and print out for yourself. If you would like a little help in designing your mask why not sign up to one of our mask making workshops on Saturday afternoon. These are being led by our wolf cubs – Illustration students from Cardiff School of Art & Design. You can book a place at one of these workshops below.

Of course if you wish to design your own mask from scratch then feel free. Why not check out our blog for some inspiration?

You don’t have to be a creative wizard to take part in Running with Wolves but you do have to turn up in a wolf mask!

GUIDELINES & ETIQUETTE

  • Follow the Pack of wolves flag bearer
  • We will be proceeding through public spaces. Please be mindful of this and respectful towards members of the public in these spaces.
  • The processions should be entertaining and fun events so please do not engage in any acts of adverse lunacy
  • If you’re joining us please wear sensible shoes
  • If it’s raining please ensure you’re dressed appropriately. Eg. Wear a pac-a-mac or wolfskin
  • Prowl like a wolf
  • Howl like a wolf

*when we say ‘running’ what we really mean is a light jog**
**When we say ‘light jog’ we probably mean a brisk walk

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These mask templates can be printed at a variety of sizes. We would recommend A4 size masks for children and small adults but they will fit all faces. If you have access to an A3 printer though we would recommend using that to print adult masks. 160-200gsm paper works a treat!

Keep an eye on this page or follow us on Twitter for further information and updates.

BOOK A PLACE AT OUR FREE MASK MAKING WORKSHOP

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I’m not quite sure what came over him, but the consistently prolific Mr Spike Dennis took it upon himself to make me a 21st Century Televisual Advertisement.

It’s totally normal, and this is in fact what my actual face looks like under the mask I wear on a daily basis.

Thanks very much to Spike. Check out more of his work here. Spike and Layla are the gruesome twosome who set up the art collective I am part of, The Pack of Wolves, so make sure you take a peep at our work on the wolfsite too.

Running with Wolves at Stockholm Fringe Festival.

I had meant to write this post before I went to Stockholm. Minor error. I went, I’m back, here’s what happened…

I went to Sweden with the rest of the Wolves at the end of August to bring an exciting series of workshops and participatory performances to the annual Stockholm Fringe Festival. We ran wolf mask-making workshops and encouraged members of the public to join us with their own masks in a ‘flash-mob’ style performance ‘Running with Wolves’, which culminated in a procession around the Kulterhuset venue and into the streets of Stockholm. We made masks downloadable from our Pack of Wolves site. These are still available online to download, so if you’d like to do a wolfie mask of your very own, for whatever you choose, sitting in a deckchair the garden on perhaps unholy games of a deviant sexual nature, you can do so HERE.

Housed at the Kulterhuset, the Southbank Centre of Stockholm, the words being said about the fringe festival are thus: “the Stockholm Fringe Fest mission is to shape a creative platform hosting artists from all over the world. Stoff welcomes the young, the old and everyone in between. The Festival is for those who want to explore, criticise, exchange, question, enjoy, be surprised and for those who simply want to be a part of a thrilling atmosphere where anything is possible.” The press release goes on to say “What slightly differentiates STOFF from a traditional Fringe Festival is that our current primary focus is on promoting performance theatre and installation art; the new, the innovative and the cutting edge. As STOFF grows we hope to be able to diversify further and become a fringe festival open for all forms of artistic expression.”

And that was true. There was lots going on. Some great, some, erm, a little too EdFringe Royal Mile woo-woo for my liking.  If you have any idea what I am trying to describe, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Despite not wandering round in our pants throwing flour in each others faces, we did okay. Quite a few people came to make masks with us, not going to lie, it was a slow start, but by the end of the weekend we had loads of participants decorating their pre-designed masks. We had taken over the basement lobby with a group of artists sprawled across the floor doing their drawing and colouring in.

The procession was less en-masse than we had predicted, but we soldiered on with it nonetheless. All in all, we were delighted to have had our “Running with Wolves” project selected for inclusion in this year’s Stockholm Fringe Festival programme, sitting alongside some fantastic performances by artists, actors and provocateurs, as well as a one-night only performance by John Malkovich. Yes, that was a name drop. Watch it fly.

For your eyeballs, here’s more pictures of things we saw:


Once Upon Again…again.

** ONCE UPON AGAIN EXHIBITION EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND! **

Once Upon Again will continue showing at Winns Gallery until 4pm Sunday 7th July. We are open every day until then, 10am-4pm.

 

Once Upon Again is coming to London!

Following on from our successful Pack of Wolves exhibition at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff, we’re bringing the show down to Winns Gallery in Walthamstow, East London. This is a chance for you to see some amazing work from the Wolves, as well as parts of my recent solo show, Happyland.

The show is on at Winns Gallery from 29th June to 4th July, 10-4pm. Entry is free, no booking required. See you there! ** SHOW IS EXTENDED UNTIL 4pm SUNDAY 7th JULY **

Punch & Judy from Spike Dennis on Vimeo.