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As a socially engaged Text Based Artist and Writer I am interested in the schisms and conflicts that exist between the personal and cultural agendas. I am fascinated by the way in which we both create and try to make sense of the worlds which we live in. I am interested in the experience of attempting to mediate diverse worlds, attempting to maintain an arts practice and navigate through the increasing complexities of the everyday.

Let's talk about the weather

8 January 2016

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I love the weather. Perhaps not the actual weather - like the rain we've had here for last few weeks and the flood i had a couple of days ago - but the general weather - and we are blessed in the UK with such a variety. It used to be a topic to get anyone talking - but now with the phones and tablets and apps we don't talk so freely to strangers. My current exhibition is an attempt to address that and also explore wellbeing through the weather - using it as a metaphor. My head feels a...

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When is a Fee not a Fee?

28 December 2015

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As a freelance artist I always have one eye on current opportunities. I know we are living in austere times but that is no reason for arts organisations to compound the austerity of artists by offering ‘opportunities’ that pay so poorly that they are economically unviable to apply for. We’ve all heard the  ‘it will be good exposure’, ‘it will look good on the CV’  lines that really amount to nought. In the run up to Christmas I noticed several ‘opportunities’ that stood out...

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The Creative Case

22 January 2014

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Yesterday I received an email from Creative Case North 'consortium' ( - smacks of a dehumanised post- armageddon cultural landscape). There's going to be an event. The ever optimistic side of me thought Great! Something positive for diversity in THE NORTH. Maybe something will change, maybe we are making progress. But then with heavy heart i remembered the last Creative Case event I went to in the north last year. On the back of that i wrote this rant for Axis. I...

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Social Media and Wellbeing aka Facebook vs Reality

16 October 2012

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When you only have an hour and a half to run a workshop it can go either way – As a facilitator it can be the longest, loneliest 90 minutes you never want to experience  - or -  you ask your co-facilitator how we doing for time and synchronise an OMG!  Where did that go so fast? Actually it was a WTF? But you need to at least try to be professional. Really though. You can only ever scratch the surface of a topic like Social Media and Wellbeing as myself and Victoria...

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Devising Psychosis

2 May 2012

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Last Sunday, a wet and miserable April day,  about 70 people gathered at St Nicholas' Psychiatric Hospital in Newcastle to bear witness to Devising Psychosis - a newly devised piece of collaboraitive theatre. Gathered in the Jubilee Theatre - a wonderful example of a Victorian proscenium arch theatre completed in 1899 and a grade II listed building - were academics, artists, medics, therapists, service users, service providers and philosophers to name but a few. We were wanting to start a...

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How 'Open' is Open

22 January 2012

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Before I get to the crux of what I have to say I want to make it perfectly clear that I think Shape Arts do some amazing work in the areas of Disability and Equality. However I was a little dismayed to read a call for submissions with a £10 fee. As a fulltime self-employed artist I have witnessed an increase in Pay to Display opportunities.  In a similar way the number of unpaid/or very poorly paid internships has increased and thankfully we are moving to limit and legislate these....

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Struggling Through

8 January 2012

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In the first six months of 2011 i could count the number of 'paid' days work on my toes. This lead to an impact on my pocket and my health. The pressure was immense, the sense of failure even bigger - self doubt - self esteem - you name it - the rollercoaster of being a freelancer. I had no idea where my next project was coming from. So when things slowly turned around - at first a few days turning a bridge into a formal garden, then an exhibition in leeds and wakefield, a residency in Dundee...

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I don't want to be rude I'm just feeling vulnerable

10 October 2011

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I'm doing an Engage Residency at Dundee Contemporary Arts. This is a post in response to something that happened - a small everyday occurence. But sometimes it's the small everyday occurences that trip us up. It’s a constant dilemma, but mostly i know where i stand. If someone asks me how i am then i tend to answer truthfully. Mostly i know people aren’t actually remotely interested in ‘how you are’ - it’s a social construct - they just want you to say fine, or...

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I'm on the Road

27 September 2011

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After having had a bleak first part of the year - as is well documented here - i now find myself flitting from one thing to another. I am pleased, really pleased. about this - but i know how fragile it all is in this current climate. I am doing an Engage Everyone residency at DCA in Dundee. It's got a fab print room. I am looking at issues of engagement - why don't people access or engage with contemporary art. - people with disabilities that is. Another artist is looking at physical...

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Getting Through

12 July 2011

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I’m not whingeing. It’s just a fact. It’s hard and no denying it. This has been the hardest, year I have had since being a freelance artist. I am in the hinterland, on the cusp, of being emerging and emerged – whatever emerged means. It’s like some kind of spurious notion like somehow things will be totally different when you have emerged. I am not some kind of butterfly who is in the process of artistically cocooning himself in the studio to break out that...

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Aidan Moesby has just installed ‘Do you think we can talk about this?’ at the Centre for Life

11 April 2011

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We live in difficult times. The National Portfolio funding came out – a few of the organisations we are all familiar with suffered. Arcadea – my local disability arts organisation didn’t get any funding at all. Geof Armstrong is at the helm and steering through the storm admirably. How can the Arts Council claim to be promoting disability and disabled artists in the region (let alone nationally). How can it just ignore a whole cohort of artists, audience, producers etc in the...

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Aidan Moesby asks how do they get away with this 'quality journalism'?

14 February 2011

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Apples and Snakes posted a Facebook link to an article by Alex Hudson on BBC News entitled 'The Creative Process and Mental Illness'. The basic tenet is that mad equals creative. I really don't like these catch all assumptions and wrote the following brief retort. Is this really balanced and considered? Spare me from 'cheap journalism' that uses the link of madness and creativity/poetry These kind of articles peddle the usual stereotypical visions of the mad creative. Over diagnosing, reframing...

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Aidan Moesby reflects on the 'Dear John' letter. It doesn't get any easier to hear!

17 January 2011

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I don’t know about you but I quite like having a bit of autonomy when it comes to my own life. Not that I’m a control freak or anything – far from it. I like the fact that the world just happens and presents a variety of experiences for me to respond to at times. I see my new psychiatrist tomorrow. Now this is a case in point – my previous psych. was nu-skool "I am the expert in my own condition" – we make decisions together, I have a degree of autonomy...

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Re-awakenings

31 December 2010

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As ever, I have left it to the last minute, I want to first post before the year is out. Whilst I like to think of time more in terms of a continuum I can’t help but be lulled into some re-appraising of the year and thinking of the coming months. Sometimes it’s good to draw a line under something and lay it to rest, though I am not sure about this stop-start of a New Year thing. As Brecht said ‘However, they won’t say the times were dark. Rather, why were their poets...

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