Archive up to 2012

In 2011, I was invited by Dr. Shirley Wheeler to make new work for a multi-media exhibition at St. John's College, Oxford University, based around the theme Virus. The brief for this project was broad and flexible. The exhibition aimed to engage the public with the science of viruses through a variety of creative approaches - approaches informed by some aspect, understanding or inspiration gained from the scientific knowledge pertaining to viruses.

In 2011, I was invited by Dr. Shirley Wheeler to make new work for a multi-media exhibition at St. John's College, Oxford University, based around the theme Virus. The brief for this project was broad and flexible. The exhibition aimed to engage the public with the science of viruses through a variety of creative approaches - approaches informed by some aspect, understanding or inspiration gained from the scientific knowledge pertaining to viruses.

Virus

Two years ago, I undertook a guided walk from the mouth of the River Derwent (at the Metro Centre in Gateshead) to its source, high in North Pennines. The journey was led by an ornithologist (Steve Westerberg) and a natural historian (Tina Wiffen). About 15 people took part over a period of 4 days (every Saturday for four weekends). I learnt much about the landscape through which we walked and as a group we shared our ideas, thoughts and knowledge.

Two years ago, I undertook a guided walk from the mouth of the River Derwent (at the Metro Centre in Gateshead) to its source, high in North Pennines. The journey was led by an ornithologist (Steve Westerberg) and a natural historian (Tina Wiffen). About 15 people took part over a period of 4 days (every Saturday for four weekends). I learnt much about the landscape through which we walked and as a group we shared our ideas, thoughts and knowledge.

FIELD NOTES

Below is the text for the introductory panel in the exhibition.

 

Mike’s work explores the interrelated nature of ecological and cultural ideas through a detailed study of local environments and (through walking) our embodied engagement with ‘landscape’.

 

Below is the text for the introductory panel in the exhibition.

 

Mike’s work explores the interrelated nature of ecological and cultural ideas through a detailed study of local environments and (through walking) our embodied engagement with ‘landscape’.

 

Vardy Gallery

In 2008, I was commissioned to make a Billboard for the side of the Waygood studios in Byker, Newcastle. For this piece, I drew on the local, Northumbrian words for birds I had seen on walks in the Coquet Valley in Northumberland. Of course, Newcastle was once a part of the old kingdom of Northumbria, when the birds named here would, more than likely, have been seen on or around the Ouseburn that runs through Byker.

 

In 2008, I was commissioned to make a Billboard for the side of the Waygood studios in Byker, Newcastle. For this piece, I drew on the local, Northumbrian words for birds I had seen on walks in the Coquet Valley in Northumberland. Of course, Newcastle was once a part of the old kingdom of Northumbria, when the birds named here would, more than likely, have been seen on or around the Ouseburn that runs through Byker.

 

Harker Herald

This was an exhibition of work by William Colwell, Ken Grant, Jennie Spiers Grant and myself. Spiers Grant wrote about the exhibition 

 

'The oblique ornithology of the title reflects an unorthodox view of the study of birds. A journey in May by Bill Colwell and Jennie Spiers Grant to Staple Island and the Inner Farne here in Northumberland met the Arctic Tern in a rare moment of pause in its continuous polar journeying. Flight observations through film and tracking of Sterna on the river Wear intersect with the Global.

 

This was an exhibition of work by William Colwell, Ken Grant, Jennie Spiers Grant and myself. Spiers Grant wrote about the exhibition 

 

'The oblique ornithology of the title reflects an unorthodox view of the study of birds. A journey in May by Bill Colwell and Jennie Spiers Grant to Staple Island and the Inner Farne here in Northumberland met the Arctic Tern in a rare moment of pause in its continuous polar journeying. Flight observations through film and tracking of Sterna on the river Wear intersect with the Global.

 

Sterna

From Upper Coquetdale to the Border Ridge (the series of six small images which, together, form the long horizontal work you can see here) comes from a Northumbrian suite of pictures that I am periodically working on (and which all the pictures in this show are taken from). In this piece I use the names of flora and fauna to ‘map’ my journey. Some plants will only be found in the valleys whilst others will be specific to the upland moors.

From Upper Coquetdale to the Border Ridge (the series of six small images which, together, form the long horizontal work you can see here) comes from a Northumbrian suite of pictures that I am periodically working on (and which all the pictures in this show are taken from). In this piece I use the names of flora and fauna to ‘map’ my journey. Some plants will only be found in the valleys whilst others will be specific to the upland moors.

Globe Gallery

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