I am thrilled that Don’t Stop, Keep Going has been shortlisted for Wells Art Contemporary. You can see the work on show from today at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset. The exhibition runs until 21st October (Open daily 10am – 6pm).
If you are in London this weekend you can see my new artwork Family on show at Desperate Artwives Open House.
Exhibition Dates: 6th-7th and 13th-14th October, 11am – 6pm.
Location: 28 Jaggard Way, Wandsworth, SW12 8SG
The exhibition, Women Space, is a collaboration between Platform 1 Gallery and Desperate Artwives More information at: https://www.joycmartindale.com
Find out more about the artwork: https://joycmartindale.com/family/
Can you help me launch a community art project by making a small donation at https://www.gofundme.com/antislaveryrefugeeartproject?
I am crowdfunding to run a collaborative art project for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants supported by Migrant Help in Kent.
The project will be a celebration of the uniqueness of self-identity. It will provide participants the opportunity to move beyond the labels of ‘asylum seeker, refugee and migrant’ to express who they are as individuals. I hope the process of making an artwork together will generate a sense of belonging and make a positive difference to participants’ experience of life in the UK.
I need your help to make this project a success. Every penny donated will help me get this project off the ground. Thank you so much for making a donation. Please spread the word!
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Migrant Help: https://www.migranthelpuk.org
Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project 2018
Can you help?
I am crowdfunding to raise money for a participatory art project for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Kent (UK).
THE CYCLE Part 1, 21st April 2018 – a perfect day! 12 South London exhibitions by bike topped off with great company, and tea, curry and beer at the end. Such a brilliant way to map the city, see and discuss art, and develop communal knowledge 👍.
The Itinerary included:
- Heni Project Space (Hayward Gallery), Southbank Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future.
- Copperfield Gallery, Borough Ra di Martino: Poor Poor Jerry
- White Cube, Bermondsey Beatriz Milhazes: Rio Azul
- VITRINE, Bermondsey Hanae Wilke: Close Quarters
- Matt’s Gallery, Bermondsey Alison Turnbull: If Mimicry Minded
- Assembly Point, Peckham Lilah Fowler: nth nature
- Hannah Barry, Peckham Wasp
- South London Gallery, Peckham Magali Reus: As Mist, Description
- CGP London, Southwark Megan Broadmeadow: Seek- Pray-Advance, Episode 1: Eyes Only
I’m proud to support International Women’s Day and add my voice to the growing movement campaigning for an end to violence against women and children worldwide.
I cut off a smallish piece from a section of fishing net I found on the beach. The diamond lattice is broken in places and the nylon threads are frayed and tired. I hold the piece in my hands and consider its flimsiness, then I take a long length of red cotton caulking and wrap it round and round the netting and keep going until the structure is covered and begins to plumpen. I select a couple of my children’s old t-shirts – they’re too worn to wear or pass on and I have held on to them wondering about how to extend their life. I cut them into strips and begin to bind them tightly around the caulking. It’s February and chilly in the studio and I sit hunched over at my desk. The cold makes my movements small and concentrated but I work quickly as I consider my next move. The colours of the fabrics clash with one another: All the better, I think – something to work against. I keep wrapping the strips of fabric until I have something of density to work into – something that enticingly feels as wrong as it does right.
I can’t think straight – I’m losing it – My head is going to fall off – I can’t do this – I must do this – I’m a lousy mother – I’m tired – I feel dizzy – I need to be quiet – I can’t keep talking, talking, talking – I, I, I. Too many I’s – Not enough I. I have to stop – Just for a bit – Get it together – Let everything stop moving – whirling inside me.
How do I help myself get through this?
Whilst making “Don’t Stop, Keep Going”, I have been reflecting on a serious and hard to admit to issue: the tightrope one can feel one is walking as a mother of young children; when exhaustion, sleep deprivation and the need for a break – however short – becomes overwhelming and abnormal notions begin to infiltrate – self doubts and idiotic thoughts that you wouldn’t be having if you could just get a bit more sleep and have a little time alone.
When my children first started school the exhaustion persisted and everything continued to feel like a crazy juggling act. I noticed that when I was very tired I could still work but that my approach was different – it was very much a case of head down and working obsessively on small singular tasks. At first I thought this might be a problem but then, with this piece, I decided to work with it and channel those sensations of the mind and body short-circuiting, which were countered by the self-will to persevere, into the work.