How Happy A State Does A Miller Possess

A project with [Insert Space] i’m one of four artists (the others being Marcus Coates, Blue Firth, Leo Fitzmaurice) commissioned to create new work for selected public houses in Digbeth, a long time industrial area and home to a great number of pubs of varying ages and styles, each with its own atmosphere and communities. Many are still managed by families that hold a wealth of local knowledge and stories. The plan is to create a ‘pub walk’ where CAMRA meets Pevsner…
Photo Courtesy Dan Burwood


A project by Merseyside-based Leo Fitzmaurice, Detourist features a new text piece by Tim Machin. Detourist launches tonight in London at MOT and is hosted by: K3, Zurich; Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger; The Royal Standard, Liverpool; General Public, Berlin, Island6 Art Center, Shanghai and


Things are really busy currently. On one hand there’s trying to make work, on the other, juggling shows and possible shows, and then trying to make a buck ro make it happen. Nottingham is all going ahead
Went to the opening of Bureau, a new space in Salford on Friday – nice work by Seb Patane, ink on paper my kind of stuff.


Have spent the morning working on an image for ‘sideshow’ a programme of shows, events, projects in Nottingham to coincide with the British Art Show… I’m going to keep the image under wraps (shame to spoil the surprise) but it involves crows, bird watching and Alfred Hitchcock in a kind of contemporary reworking of the Haywain…

Snow on snow

Freezing cold today. Still dark when I got up. Looking out of the window – its snowed! I like to think this gives me inspiration for my work (The Last Plane Anywhere, Snowstorm et al) but probably the truth is more prosaic. For each of those pieces the insporation was respectively a long wait at East Midlands Airport to collect my parents from their holiday, and hanging round in [my new favorite shop] The Sherlock Holmes Emporium on Baker Street to get out of the pouring rain. But, snow is always good, even if it was just a dusting. You might say especially if it was just a dusting (in a kind of forensic way). Which reminds me, have just been invited to be in a show with (amongst others) David Adkins again.