Last Saturday, Caxton Youth Organisation, with whom I run weekly Art Workshops, took part in the South West Fest, a carnival that takes place annually in Westminster. We designed and made costumes based on the theme of “Space” which was great fun. The sun shone and we marched through the streets with all the other groups taking part and finished with a picnic in beautiful Eccleston Square. Caxton is a brilliant organisation that works with young people with learning disabilities.
I have recently been writing and recording music with my friend Craig Hood and daughter, Jessie Frost. We are calling ourselves The Shapists – after the ficticious Art movement in the classic Tony Hancock film “The Rebel” from 1961, a satire on the pretensions of the Art world. We have almost finished 4 songs so far. You can hear one as part of an interview I did with Revenge of the 80’s radio on Friday 5th July. This will be available as a podcast after this date. For more information go to www.revengeofthe80sradio.com
I’m pleased to say that an unreleased Strawberry Switchblade track, “Dark Seven” will be included in this 5 CD box set of 80’s Indie Pop released by Cherry Red. There are some amazing bands included and I can’t wait to hear it.
I have five paintings on show at VAI in Islington as part of the “Islington Exhibits” initiative suppoted by Creative Islington. The show is the fifth in the series and also features work by Chris Wilson and Nadine Harbarth. The Private view is on Thursday 20th September from 5.30 till 8.30pm at 200A Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9JP. Other viewings by appointment – contact Elinor Hopson-Hill on 020 7832 5801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following my recent exhibition of paintings at Le Garage, I now have three large pieces on show at brand new venue Jazz on the Hill in Herne Hill. This is a brilliant new music venue and great space to exhibit paintings. They will be displayed till mid August – check them and the venue out if you can!