Sticking Together SE17
This is a project I am doing with Rebecca Manson Jones (my co-conspirator at What Next? Southwark) and it is a commission from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as part of their Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations who are working in conjunction with What Next? on the inquiry. More info here.
We will be working with residents and ex-residents of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark. Using crafting, listening & action learning techniques to create a conversation about how/whether arts and culture could or should open up public debate and involvement in civic processes, this will be captured in a multimedia collage for public display and online- a people’s manifesto for civic life.
We will be blogging about it here
Artist in Residence for Courtenay Street
Find out about my new project working with my neighbours in Courtenay Street.
London Debates: B&W drawings
An accidental series of black and white drawings of people taking part in formal and informal ‘debate’ in London – on separate pages under this menu:
A project to do something creative everyday for 365 days – it’s a struggle but some good things have come out of it – you can see the results so far on this pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/debdavemason/create365/ One of the things that came out of it was MacBoudica (see below) which became a separate project of its own.
This came out of my desire to direct a reimagined version of Macbeth with a Boudica style female warrior in the lead role. My resources to actually put the production on are low, so I started making some sketches to help me keep the ideas and the imagery alive in my head whilst I waited for the right moment to present itself. These are now a sequence of drawings of the whole story and I have now published them as a book – you can buy it here: https://www.epubli.co.uk/shop/buch/42278 (it’s also available on Amazon but I get more royalties from epubli).
And two Etsy shops!
One sells Little Blue Bears
On sells Collages
The Adventures of Arta
I’ve only just started work on this – who knows where it will go. It was inspired by two things, a little boy at the Peckham Fun Palace telling me firmly that ‘women can’t be super heros’ and a What Next? collegue suggesting, apropos of Dr Who, that creativity was a super-power. So I created Arta – she is a female super-hero and her super-power is creativity. I have an idea for an adventure but I need to buy a new grey pen before I can draw it!
This is a project set up by David Smith @DavidSmithArt where participants make a collage a day for 365 days and post them on twitter with the hash tag #collage365. I finished in April 2014 and plan to exhibit my year of collage, either this year or early next year. For me it has been an interesting experience. The 365 nature of the project prompted me to choose to make it a ‘diary’ of a kind. Sometimes my collages reflect the literal event of my life, or the world, sometimes they are just how a day ‘felt’ or a random element. Every now and then my day is so dull I just make up a fantasy day – usually Monday! All the collages can be seen on my pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/debdavemason/collage365/
I have started writing again! I completed my novel Ward of Merechurch in August 2013 and am now trying to get it published. In the meantime I am self-publishing some ghost stories (trying out various ways of doing it) and the first of these is now available on Amazon Kindle:
I have also written a play about the Somerset floods: “Run Softly” and pitched an idea for the TS Eliot Commission about FGM.
I’m also working on the sequel to Ward of Merechurch.
See separate pages for:
King Lear – www.thealternativestheatre.com
The Possible Theatre Collective: http://possibletheatrecollective.com/