Crit Club – 19/09/17

I’m fairly excited to be giving a presentation of my ongoing practice on Tuesday 19th September at Vivid Projects from 6-8pm


Part of Vivid’s very splendid Black Hole Club scheme it gives me the opportunity to present my practice as a whole and discuss current projects and works in progress.

I’ll be presenting a brief round up of the various strands of my practice including poppets, compendiums, cryptids and performances. This will be followed by a presentation of current projects including:

The Cantess – created as part “Where’s Our Spake Gone?” (a project about the Black Country Dialect), this celebrates the local gossip as a source of folk knowledge and community figure.

The Bodge Job – An entirely non-verbal performance subverting traditional symbols of grief and penitence


Memento Mori/Heavenly Poppets – Inspired by the ostentatiously decorated saintly relics of medieval Catholicism and the lionisation of mortal remains.


All Welcome! There will be cake!


ENTERTAIN – First Fanzine for two Decades


Fanzine produced for Dig Me Out Of The Woods, an exhibition curated by Alex Billingham with members of Black Hole Club and featuring Fiona Shaw.

I edited and produced a 20 page fanzine using 1990’s methods, with pages from each of the exhibiting artists.

Featuring words by Fiona Shaw, Alex Billingham and Vicky Roden and artwork from Kate Spence, Sian MacFarlane, Becky Mahay, Jaime Jackson, Libby Cuffley, Daniel Hopkins, John Bradburn, Fiona Shaw, Alex Billingham and Vicky Roden

Please feel free to print and distribute!


The Double-Plus-Good Kantisto Warbles!

The Double-Plus Good Kantisto Warbles shall serenade you as part of the Black Hole Club exhibition ‘Transmission‘, opening on Digbeth First Friday 2nd June from 7-9pm and then showing on Saturday 3rd June 12-4pm at Vivid Projects.


The Double-Plus-Good Kantisto Warbles represents the continuous descent into obselence of any new technology. Since time began there have been entertainers, particularly singers, who have carried songs across the world performing for audiences from a few individuals to crowds of thousands. In the eighteenth century the music box made a physical performer an optional extra – it gave people (for the first time) the capacity to hear particular tunes at home. This was then superseded by the wax cylinder and the gramophone.

As a wandering minstrel walking around the various sites of Digbeth First Friday I shall be serenading visitors in Nadsat, Newspeak and Esperanto. These languages are particularly interesting to me as each reflects a Utopian hope for the future, however Dystopian said future turned out to be. Song choices include ‘Ode to Joy’ (or “The Glorious Ninth”), ‘Happy Birthday’ (possibly the most immediately recognisable song in the world) and Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ (the first song to reach No. 1 via downloads). The sound of these performances shall be relayed back to a speaker in Vivid Projects.

So come along to Digbeth First Friday and let The Double-Plus Good Kantisto Warbles serenade you!


This coming Digbeth First Friday I’ll be publicly presenting The Bodge Job for the first time.


Performance begins at approximately 6pm and concludes by 7pm

Tattles with The Cantess – Where’s Our Spake Gone?

This coming Friday 29th April I shall be premiering a new performance called ‘The Cantess‘, part of a body of work developed in response to Where’s Our Spake Gone?, a Heritage Lottery Funded project examining the history, use and evolution of the Black Country Dialect.


It’s going to be held at the Solvay Function Suite, Station Road, Langley B69 4LU. Doors open at 7 for a 7:30 start, and I’ll be in character throughout the evening starting in the reception area at 7pm

For more information (and a sneak peek at other work make  in response to the Bursary) take a look at The Oldbury Tattles

Poppet Simian Instructions

A guide to making your own Poppet Simian Sock Monkey, as published in “When I Was A Child I Wanted To Be A Cryptid”




A Swagger And Swarm

Brum Bullrider World Record Attempt


Guinness World Records have accepted the application of The Bullrider – the attempt now needs to provide evidence to prove its scale, and has to meet the following criteria:

1:It needs to be measured by a qualified surveyor in the presence of two independent witnesses
2: This needs to happen in a public place, or a place open to the public
3: The measuring process needs to be filmed.

I’m currently in discussion with a venue about potentially holding the measuring event there at 10am next Monday 01/02

What I need specifically is:

A qualified surveyor to measure the length of the Bullrider and the length of a standard sock monkey
A report confirming the measurements.

I also need two independent witnesses to submit statements.

So if you think you can help (or know someone who can) then get in touch either via the Brum Bullrider Facebook page :  or email