Book Writing

3 07 2012

The APEX book is begining to take shape now. The struggles with word documents and PDF conversion still concern me but the content will all being well be of a high quality and of interest hopefully to a wide audience.

I am concerned as ever that not to go down a polemic and retorical rant that the times really do warrant. I will leave this to this space. The fact that the cultural context we live in enables people the freedom to create wealth, run businesses and the freedom to say that they ‘have done it all on their own’  then move overseas to wallow in the wealth created in that the system has allowed and the exploited people have colluded, complied with and conformed to. I see nothing wrong with earning an income from what one does, a very good income is absolutely acceptable and to be asspired to. But when does a good income become greed and an abuse and blight on society £50,000 perhaps?

Social Contexts

2 07 2012

As I continue to reflect on my own body weight, image and pressence not through vanity alone but from a genuine afirmation of needed change in health, I am also aware of the current context. The normative values and conditions within which we all live that affect our lives. We are living through times that increasingly demand ‘Compliance’ ‘Conformity’ and an overwhelming sense of ‘Austerity’. So what are the current conditions.

I agree with Tony Robinson, George Monbiot and Margaret Heffernan

What do you think?

BBC News – George Monbiot: Private schools should be closed down I like this link re social mobility

BBC News – Tony Robinson asks if bankers are human I recomend you view this clip

It is time for truth to talk to power some insights into the strength required on such a task go to

TG12_47225_D32_6858 I really like the way Margaret Heffernan puts across how hard but how vital to stay with core values

I will still start with my priority to change self first though. It is the hardest evolution with intent and influence as we change the context will shift.


Young Peoples Conference 2012

30 06 2012

The Young Peoples Conference at Writhlington School went well today and the postings on the Living Learning site will now begin to build up the site. As APEX ends the book and next event begins to form together with the living Legacy contexts begining to emerge go to  to find out more. The sketchbook workshop today was a very different experience as Paula Tew and My Self were joined by Jack Whitehead. It was a last minute co operatively delivered session bringing together the three of our specific talents into one workshop. It was both novel and inspirational. The Living Educational Theory approach is so very much apropriate for using sketchbooks as both journals and creative ideas spaces. The shareing aspect to this sesssion was also very enlightening. The multi media and digital networking for APEX legacies is begining to take shape.

You can now also view and soon there will be a Facebook link

26th June 2012

26 06 2012

There are now video files and content on and I have now uploaded video content to You Tube so learning new things all the time. There are distinctly different aproaches evident in the content and it is clear how my motivations and deep concerns have not really changed much over the years. What has changed is the development of ‘Learning’ and ‘Living Educational Theory’ with action research combined with Spatial Design, Fine Art and Socially Engaged Arts. I am still puting together the APEX book and the Young People’s Conference at Writhlington School Radstock on Saturday 30th June from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm will be another oportunity to put into practice a socially engaged arts aproach with a sketchbook workshop.

Website development and process

25 06 2012

During the process of listing the biographical information of a life time career as an artist. A number of things come to mind both how much work has been produced that is hidden behind each listing and how long it will take to do this work justice as it is re presented, re interpreted and my own reflections on all of it. It seems a mammoth task to document all of it and a vast editorial endeavour as to what to leave out. The work is procedural and to date in chronological form I am hoping to create a single document at some stage that can then be word searched to reveal themes and the hidden revelations that may get uncovered. The new page can be found at Eventually each of these listed items will link to the visual documentation and texts that contextualize the work. I have at least 20 bulging 4″ ring bound files, 600 or so 35 mm slides, 3 bulging A3 and 2 bulging A1 portfolios, a large storage box full of photographs and 3 plan chest draws full of original work let alone the contents of the studio shed, home walls and surfaces. 36 years of work is hard to define to ‘Get my head around’ it is overwhelming at times


6 11 2011

Welcome to my wordpress blog.

This blog will compliment the website and will provide a public access to daily, weekly or monthly experiences, ideas and views. It will also allow replies and dialogues to develop in a more interactive way than interactions with the website.