Insider Art, my book about art in the UK criminal
justice system, was published on September 1st, 2010 by A & C Black,
and launched at The Garden Court Chambers, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London
on September 15th. An exhibition of pictures by 6 artists featured in the book accompanied the launch: Curtis Elton, David Chartens, Lucy Edkins, Dean Stalham and Sebastian Wilbur. This exhibition continued until the end of February 2011.
Insider Art was also promoted shortly afterwards at the opening of the Annual Koestler Prison Art Awards Exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on September 28th, when signed copies were presented to the curators - all victims of crime - and the Minister for Justice Crispin Blunt.
I talked about Insider Art at an illustrated workshop during the 2010 Arts Alliance Conference in the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, London, on September 29th.
I presented and discussed Insider Art together with Shaun Attwood, who talked about his American prison book Hard Times in New Voices From Prisons,
a ticketed event chaired by writer and Guardian columnist Erwin James
in the Blue Room at the Royal Festival Hall on the evening of October
Reviews for Insider Art have appeared in newspapers, magazines and journals ranging from Inside Time, the UK's foremost prison newspaper (by Rachel Billington) to Modern Painters, the international contemporary art journal (by Matthew Collings).
On November 18th I spoke at The Great Escape: reading and writing in Prisons. This was a training day for writers in prison hosted by English PEN at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA.
From February to June 2010 I exhibited 'Razorwire 2' in Walls Are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture, an
exhibition of artists' wallpaper curated by Christine Woods at the
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK. See http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/wallsaretalking/ for further information. The illustrated catalogue with essays by Dominique Heyse-Moore, Gill Saunders and Christine Woods is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Walls-are-Talking-Wallpaper-Culture/dp/0984226001/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1299786345&sr=1-1
In February 2010 I was awarded the Wallpaper History Society's Research Bursary in support of my next book: Artists Making Wallpaper. This will be published in 2011 by A & C Black, London.
Whilst researching this book I visited three linked wallpaper exhibitions in Switzerland during January 2011. Papiers peints, poésie des murs - Les collections du Musée national suisse (From Wall to Wallpaper) displayed historic papers from the 18th century to present day at Chateau de Prangins (http://papierspeints.ch/english.html). Two complete French scenic wallpapers were shown, one - Petite Helvétie- was designed by Antoine-Pierre Mongin in 1818 for Jean Zuber & Cie. This wallpaper company is alive and well and based in Rixheim, France, near the Swiss border. Their remarkable panoramas were hand printed from up to 2000 separate blocks. Further along the eastern shore of Lac Léman in Lausanne two museums shared an exhibition of contemporary artists' wallpaper. Entitled Face au mur: papiers peints contemporains (Facing the wall - contemporary artists' wallpaper) this was a wide survey spread between MUDAC (Musée de Design et d'Arts Appliqués Contemporains) and Musée de Pully (http://www.musees.vd.ch/fr/musee-de-pully/face-au-mur-papiers-peints-contemporains/lexposition/) You can download the press release here pdf - 3 Mo or see a presentation by commissioning curator Marco Constantini on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azcw4FWl1YA
I will be presenting research on my book in an illustrated lecture entitled Artists Making Wallpaper in the Surface Design Department, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London in October 2011.