MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield) continued

WE showed our pitch to the Making space people and thankfully they were very positive about what we proposed so now the hard work begins.

I have started to put together some ideas for posters and flyers for our event,I have kept them text free for the moment just concentrating on the Visuals the text can be added later as and when we decide on what they will be used for ,or even if they are good enough to use,we are all getting a few ideas put forward this week when we shall really start to  move the moment though every idea is just a proposal for posters ,flyers and advertisement.

so here’s my poster/flyer rough drafts

magritte polution 02

Rene Magritte influenced idess based on the oceans having plastic bottles rained down on them polluting the seas and oceans for years to come these first draft posters are all variations of that theme.. Plastic Bottles take over FOUR HUNDRED and Fifty years to degrade……

magritte polution 03 postarised

as above but posterised in Photoshop

Magritte polution 01 copy 2 copy

A different wave pattern and some different colours for the bottles,also some bottles floating on the waves My current favourite.



Magritte polution 01

Magritte polution 03 posterised

Minor varriations

Magritte polution paint 01


A Darker version and not just in colour  this one is an idea for showing a Dirty Ocean/sea

Magritte polution paint 02

Magritte polution paint 03

Basic versions of an Idea all can be changed and altered as the master Images are on PSD files and contain all the Photoshop layers used and a few not used.

on Friday we attended the





organised by ROTOR our local arts council funded transdiciplinary Dialogue and Debate Group

I have been fortunate to have been involved with ROTOR before at a  minor level taking photographs of one of their events and of the artists involved one of MY photographs was used on the website advertising the event too see it here

rotor event web site pic

screenshot of my photo on website and the real thing below

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a nice surprise to see it on the website but would have been nice to be credited.

two of these Events are discussed in older writings in this Blog (see if you can find them 😀 You might like what you see)

some very good and very interesting speakers ,the opening (act ? 😉 ) speaker was Marsden’s own  Internationally renowned Poet …..  Simon Armitage.

Simon did a great job of opening the Event , I’m not a great fan of poetry but he did a very good speech and showed how much depth has gone into his poetry and also into where his poetry, in this case carved into rocks in the great wild outdoors of northern England is situated.

Phil Wood followed Simon and gave a brilliant speech full of wit and wisdom and a nice (if somewhat politically biased) trip down Huddersfield’s memory lane

other speakers followed, with interesting examples of how community arts work  (and sometimes don’t work) in different areas not just of the UK but also we had two speakers all the way from Amsterdam.

all this followed by workshops and a chance to discuss our own project , somewhat timid-ally with the great and good on the panel which consisted of:

Adele Poppleton head of culture for Kirklees

Our own (Huddersfield UNI) Professor Donal Fitzpatrick

Sue Ball Director  of Creative regeneration practise Media and Arts partnership.

as well as the Conference organisers

Dr Ana powell, Sara Pennington and Lee Corner

The event had a wonderful little booklet which came with it giving us all the information about the event and had some good photographs in it. I was once again surprised to see one of my own photographs from a previous event in the booklet (see below) once again without credit.

Rotor mag 4 blog

My pic rotor 4 blog 02

and a cropped version of one of my photographs (which I took for Rotor for expenses only whilst doing my degree) without credit as photographer.

below the photo before cropping to vertical

for blog rotor my image cropped

and again with rough crop lines

blog cory of my pic

A bit of a disappointment that I didn’t get credited as this would have been a good place to have had my Name mentioned.

Apart from that little niggle and moan the show was well worth going to,and I met a few interesting people and learned a little about how they do things.





MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield)

St Valentines day February 14th 2018

Yesterday (14th) we got to present our pitch for the Event/Exhibition Idea with our partners “The Making Space(Huddersfield)”

Our Final Power point is as follows with a brief description of what was pitched.

FPP 01

Opening slide just to show our logo and who and what we are

FPP 02

General pitch before we tell them what our story is

FPP 03

The Hook …

showed the slide then had a brief pause before asking if those figures meant anything to anyone on the Making space panal.

when they said no

All was revealed.

480 is the number of plastic drinking bottles used by the average household in the UK per annum

270 is the number of those bottles that are recycled per household,per annum

FPP 04

The Idea.

Aims and objectives.

our pitch was to have an event at “the Making Space” consisting of artistic reuse of    Plastic Drinking Bottles, an event whereby local people are invited to creatively make art from plastic bottles and raise awareness of the pollution problem caused by said bottles.

FPP 05

More info on the pitch as to how it covers our UNI brief and also manages to raise public awareness of the problem,while bringing people together to make Art.

FPP 06

Quick dip into our research of other Arts based groups and of environmental Artists enough to show that we had researched our brief but not too much to make our pitch too long and loose peoples interest, these things can and will be gone into in detail at another time.

FPP 07

Other Artists work just to show what can and is being done(referenced at end of Power point).

FPP 07b

Mandy Barker international artist who we have been in contact with, and who is too busy to be  with us, but is willing to make comments and take an interest in our work through our social media and our website.

FPP 08

The Event

“Making at The Making Space”  possibly “Making @The Making space”


An event for the creative people of Huddersfield to come together and make things, sculpture and art work made on the day using plastic bottles, also art work made for the event but not at the event can be brought in beforehand and displayed on the day.

The making of art on the day will be documented visually via photography and possibly video streams.

Using our plastic bottles to decorate the ceiling of the Making space following the theme of  480 bottles to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste made by each household in the UK.

The Exhibition

Made at (@ ?) the Making Space

Display at the Making Space of artworks made for and at the event, photographic documentation of the event and the artwork, written descriptions and artist statements

The displays at the exhibition will also be available online at facebook, Instagram and other social media and also on our own website, creating an opportunity for people to leave comments and feedback.

FPP 09

How we intend to promote our event and our Exhibition

FPP 10

An open invitation for Questions by our hosts and partners from “the Making Space”

Que to open conversation about what we have presented and also how.

FPP 11

references for images used in Power point presentation.

Well it was St Valentines day after all and it’s not too arrogant to say our hosts at the Making space … loved it




MA Project The Making Space (Huddersfield)

The Making space is part of Our MA project Basically the Making space is in thier own words

“The Making Space is a shared workspace in Huddersfield where craft makers, technologists, artists, engineers, musicians, and anyone interested in learning, can share their skills, and by sharing begin to collaborate on new ideas, projects and products.

The most important skill is being interested in learning, and we welcome anyone who wants to get involved.”

our project is “To Animate 21 market place”by connecting with,talking to and celebrating the Independent arts and culture in central Huddersfield”

straight away we ran into a slight problem … 21 Market place which was the home of the Making Space,had been let by its owners and the making space was having to relocate to new premises,luckily they managed to get new premises not too far from 21 market place ,in the “Pack horse center” Huddersfield just round the corner from No 21.

Task one.                                                                                                                                              we had a look at our individual and group strengths

each of us filled in a  template spider chart to show what theses strengths were.


A bit rough but a good starting point to get to know each others strengths and experiences,all these charts were backed up by a getting to know each other meeting and a quick mapping of Ideas

Brief thoughts _0001

an example of such is above

having met each other and had a meeting with the members of The Making space we had a look at individual tasks which are in the chart below

Week 2 plan

I went out and took photos of what Public Art is on show for members of the public as they go about their business in the town center here they are below

including a project by Kirklees college called the spirit of Huddersfield

1 Spirit of hudds Co-op rld 02

2 Spirit of hudds Co-op rld 01

and Public (Civic ?) art built into the 1960’s Buxton House flats

3 Buxton House Art rld 02

4 Buxton House Art rld 01

Below are the Two figures sculptured especially for Huddersfield s Art Gallery and library by Mr James Woodford, ARA  they symbolise Art and Literature, both carved from local stone aprox  1939

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6 Wadsworth L rld 01

7 Wadsworth L rld 02

8 Wadsworth R rld 02

also on the Art Gallery are two art deco panels

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10 Art Deco Panal Library rld 02

Not all Huddersfield s Public art is High art below is Jake Mangel Wurzel a local character contribution to Public art from back in 2004

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Wilko’s shop window .. Is it art ? or just advertising

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Below are four of the 1960’s murals on Ramsden House showing Huddersfield’s Textile Heritage

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14 Textiles Mural rld 03

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In the early 1970’s after the wanton destruction of Huddersfield’s Victorian Gothic Market place the Council put up a modernist Market place which they chose to decorate with controversial sculptures at great expense then for some reason only known to councils they planted trees in front of them so they can only be seen in winter when the leaves have fallen.

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19 Market Hall sculpture rld 02

20 Market Hall sculpture rld 04

Also hidden away in Huddersfield center are these three carvings on one of the towns Gothic buildings .. can you find them ?

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22 Carving no 2 rld 01

Huddersfield’s famous Mooning man

23 Carving no 3 rld 01

At what point does Protest and Graffiti become art ?

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25 Fund Art not War rld 01

26 Fund Art not War rld 03


More Graffiti art by the side of the Hart pub formerly the white hart pub

27 Street Art The Hart rld 01

Graffiti art under neath the arches some of which were sponsored by businesses such as the Mexican restaurant with the Mexican themed Graffiti

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29 Graffiti Art Archways rld 02

30 Graffiti Art Archways rld 03

35 Graffiti Art Archways rld 08

31 Graffiti Art Archways rld 04

32 Graffiti Art Archways rld 05

33 Graffiti Art Archways rld 06

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and Finally grave art vanitas skull and bones which are quite rare this far down in England, Scotland has many such gravestones especially Stirling, also a few in Northumberland  and one other this far south is at Eyam Derbyshire

36 Grave Art rld 01

37 Grave Art rld 02


week 3 planner below

week 3 plan


Quick map of new Making space venue and poss layouts

Poss display areas

I had a go at making a new Logo for our project here are some examples below my instincts were to keep them reasonably simple and include things which I consider symbolise Huddersfield  such as the Railway station,the Plastic Lion and castle hill

Logo rld 01 small

Logo rld 1 plus text 01 small

Logo rld 03 plus text 04 small

Logo rld 02small

Logo rld 02 plus text 02 outlined small

Logo rld 02 plus text pallette small

A few Infra red photos I have done over the past ten years


As i am very busy at the moment i thought id take the opportunity to show a small collection on Infrared photos i’v taken over the years.for those of you who don’t know about infra red it is the invisible light at the red end of the spectrum beyond visible light

In infrared photography, the  image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm.

To take photos in infra red you need either to convert your camera to infra red or to put an infra red filter on the front of your camera and with a tripod use very long exposures,

I started off with an Olympus C4000z with the tripod and long exposures using a 720nm filter but soon moved on to a Sigma SD10 which i converted myself,before having an Olympus E-pl1 converted professionally,I convert my IR photos to Black and white as I prefer the effect

so here they are.

Undercliffe rld IR 07 DAsmstonehenge pan I-R 01Roache Abbey rld IR 11 DAsmOrford castle rld02DANew Islington IR rld 04 DAsmMidland hotel rld IR 01 DALion Chambers Huddersfield IR rld 01 dasmLamPOstbox (I-R) rld 10 dasmJulians Bower rld I R 04Da smIKBTamar bridge rld02 DAsmcastlerigg I-R pan 2008 DAsmCastle Rising rld IR02 DAsmBrogar I-R 03(titled)Canal side infra red rld01 DAbridestones rldIR 09Dasmann_dixon_s_tomb__ir_rld_10_dasm_by_richardldixon-d8what7

Final year BA (hons) photography

Not been blogging much as we are getting close to our finals at uni and I, like most of my fellow students are very busy.

I got my book back from the binders

I did the artwork and printed the pages at University and them popped over to Leeds to get it bound by Spink and Thackery ,proper old school artisans and craftsmen.

Got my Exhibition prints printed and they are at this moment being framed at

just off Leeds road Huddersfield

5c Grove Road
West Yorkshire

so just to pad this blog out as i am  very busy

here’s a few photos




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And i’ll sign off for today with a well deserved pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord Bitter




A Trip to Format Festival Derby


A uni trip to the International photographic festival at Derby.

First time i have ever been to Derby,a bit of a culture shock  😀 right opposite our first port of call “The Quad gallery”  was a great big shocking pink tent within which the “Lady boys of Bangkok” show was performing as part of its touring season not what i expected in a quiet backwater town,which Derby I have now found out is NOT !

The festival is located all over Derby ,and i do mean ALL over Derby lots of little gallery’s and lots of improvised gallery’s in old derelict or Semi derelict buildings the theme is Habitat

“FORMAT17 24 MARCH – 23 APRIL 2017

The 2017 edition of FORMAT will explore the theme of HABITAT through varied narratives and imagery that document the worlds around us. We will share the experiences and stories that coalesce as we negotiate our complex existence, including the flora, fauna, landscapes and the lives within.”                                                                

Interesting and very diverse works,and interesting and diverse places to see them.              Here are a few examples from the Exhibition

Art Works Derby 01 blogseems like our uni is not the only place to use chipboard to hang photos

Art Works Derby 02 blog

Art Works Derby 03 blog

Art Works Derby 04 blog

Exeter Street Derby blog

Staircase Derby 01 blog    I Used to make these things in another life

Staircase Derby 02 blog I did say the Exhibition utilized derelict buildings ? didn’t I ?

And a few pics i took around Derby

Derby Street rld 01 blog

Old phone Box Derby rld 02 blog





Exhibitions ,Exhibitions,Exhibitions

Been a busy week and a bit,we have had our final interim Exhibition

Heres a few photos of the work on show

EX 02

three of mine

Ex 03

Superb  work by Josh

Ex 01

and  a board view of the Exhibition itself



I also took in two Exhibitions in Manchester,The Strange and Familiar Exhibition at the Manchester Art gallery ,I had been earlier in the year but it is way too much to take in at one go. m 01

As you can see Photography was not permitted

so heres a few of the Exhibits for you to see

Sergio Larrain 02

Sergio Larrain 01

two by Sergio Larrain

Edith Tudor Hart 01

and some of Edith Tudor-Hart’s work




Then up the road at the Whitworth gallery was an Exhibition of Andy Warhols work ,not his best known work but some good stuff none the less

Andy 01

My Photo of the Artists rooms at the Whitworth

Andy 02

self Portrait by Andy

Andy 03

Guns  i think this is a painting of the gun which was used in an attempt on Andy’s life by a deranged feminist Valerie Solanas

 Solanas was a radical feminist and playwright who had reportedly been turned away by Warhol’s team earlier in the day, after asking for a script that she had given to the artist to be returned.

you may  know  that on 3 June 1968 he was shot and pronounced dead – and it took open-heart massage to bring him back to life. This exhibition at The Whitworth Gallery uncovers how he was influenced by this dark event.

As you might expect I took a camera with me and below are three of my photographs taken the same day

one of which is a manipulation of a photo I took in the Whitworth GallerySitting in a Gallery rld 01 small

And here are two of a series I took through a pub window on the way to the Exhibition

Through the Pub window rld 01 Blog


Through the Pub window rld 02 blog