ZooFish Arts CIC

Although I still occasionally work independently, most projects since 2013 have been run though ZooFish Arts CIC – a social enterprise I set up in 2013 with Rachel Huggett and Dr Anna Sowter.
You can find up to date news at www.zoofisharts.co.uk and on our Facebook page, and you can contact me either though here or at those websites.
We are currently running an arts and mental health project that meets twice a week in Poole, and an arts and dementia project, also in Poole. We are keen to expand both those resources, as well as work with new groups and partner organisations. We sometimes also have roles for volunteers…

St Ann’s Hospital Project – Exhibition

Good to see the work from this project on dispay at the hospital in December – great bright colours across the paintings, mosaics and ceramics on show.

This was a ZooFish Arts project, working with Rachel Huggett – more at our ZooFish website

Bournemouth Library Exhibition – November 2012

I'm absolutely delighted that work from several of these projects will be shown in Bournemouth Library over December 2012 and January 2013.  Exhibition showcases the work of project participants and students from Skills&Learning Bournemouth and Poole over the last 12 months.

Opening is Thursday  29th November, and hanging is in 36 hours time so I had better get on with the printing…!

RMT – the next step

Just had another useful meeting with RMT – looks like we can get another group started in the year – with funding from Skills&Learning, with any luck.  A winter project, so a mix of photoshop, lightroom and studio  sessions indoors until the weather improves.

Anyone got a larger room…?

Red Stop Photography

Just started another project with Mark Carter and the RMT and ASLEF unions working out of Bournemouth Station.  Same idea as Changing Faces but this time we hope to visit various locations around and about – location and architecture rather than portraits.

One diference – we have a website to post images and short reports about each shoot as we go – www.redstop.co.uk….

Beyond the Line – Salisbury Hospital

Week three of the project, and for the first time we were able to go outside to take photographs.  It's a fascinating site – a mix of new build and the old single story brick air base buildings.  We found some good spots in the alleys connecting the two – bright primary NHS house colours alongside cast iron pipes and old brick just glowing in the soft light of an overcast Wiltshire…

Have just written to Manfrotto to see if they will lend the project some tripods and pistol grip ball and socket heads to make our photographers less dependent on me setting up the shots…. 

Relays – Art of Sport workshops

Just completed the last of these workshops on Friday.  2000 school kids, 300 RELAYS student volunteers, about 20 artists, three film crews (one on a cherry picker), a mayor, a choir, two Olympic athletes and a couple of very forbearing Olympic mascots – just as well it was chilly or they would have been walking around in personal saunas, given the amount of padding in the suits.

Great fun just to see the excitement this whole olympic thing generates, and hats off to Virgina Bailey of RELAYs who organised the show.  We (thanks again to my three student helpers) ran workshops getting the various school groups out photographing the sport, the art, the grass, each other, and mocking up newspaper front pages with the images…

right – what's next…?

Student Success

Just heard one of my City & Guilds students has had an image bought and published by the Daily Mirror in February…  Graham submitted work through Demotix, who managed to place it.

Salisbury Hospital – Spinal Unit

Just heard I'm going to be working with the Spinal Unit on a photography project leading up to the paralympics…. Can't wait to get started!

More about the project here

Relays Sports Leader

Had a great session last Friday in the new indoor Tennis Centre at Wey College in Weymouth.  RELAYS are training young people to run and facilitate sports events around the South West in the build up to the Olympics.  We worked with groups from two schools exploring camera skills and how to take great sports photos, then covered a three hour event of a range of indoor sports in the afternoon.  Wonderful soft lighting from the translucent roof – just like being inside a huge softbox.  A bit chilly, but some excellent photos.

There may be scope to extend this workshop to younger groups, and teachers – watch this space…

"RELAYS aims to inspire young people and their communities to participate in, create and promote cultural and sporting activities; engaging the region with the London 2012 Games and creating a lasting legacy beyond 2012."

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