My multi-talented friend Graham Vasey has written a book. Graham is an artist, writer, photographer, countryman and fisherman philosopher, he also brews wonderful beer. I’d recommend you take a look.
The one positive thing to come out of lockdown for me is I have finally finished my book “The Fishing Flies Of A Teesdale Angler” in which I look at over 30 flies published by Robert Lakeland in the 1850’s. Within the book I discuss the flies individual history (many of which go back to the 17th century) the materials they were created with and how we can replicate these simple but effective fishing flies. It is available to buy directly from Blurb.com for £25 plus postage, but if people would like a copy please contact me, if I can order over 20 copies I can offer it at a significantly cheaper at £15 plus postage.
A lovely painting of the Old Wife’s Neck standing stones by my multi-talented friend Tony Galuidi.
Check out more of his work here
The only housing estate in the world to be designed by an abstract artist
A limited first edition print (one of fifty) on paper (210gsm) – available in A3 or A2 size – of Chapman’s 2018 massively detailed diagram of the Teesside music scene in which he tried to link every band and musician he could by the members they shared.
What started out as a small personal project born out of love for the local music scene quickly became a huge regional investigation driven by an incredible amount of online suggestions from musicians and fans. The result is a diagram that will never truly be complete or reliably accurate but is impressive never the less.
First displayed at the Stockton Calling festival in 2018 at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees, this version has been photographed for Trashterpiece by Nick Wesson.
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. Packaged in a postal tube, signed for 1st Class.
55 Years of Space Operations on Fylingdales Moor.
The Whitby Museum at Pannett Park is one of my favourite places to spend a couple of hours so when I saw a flyer for this exhibition I headed over the moors at the first opportunity.
The two nice ladies at the desk said to me ‘it’s probably not what you were expecting, it’s an artists response to the Fylingdales site.’
The exhibition is the result of Michael Mulvihill’s three years of exploring the objects in the sites archive and the history of RAF Fylingdales. I enjoyed the exhibition, if you go I would recommend that you read the accompanying booklet, which is excellent.
The exhibition runs from the 3rd of August to the 3rd of November. There is also a public program of events which can be found here
Two Minutes to Midnight – Richard Clay explores why we are no longer afraid of nuclear annihilation, and whether we should be.
On reflection, the objects on display will have a different meaning depending on your own personal experience. I was born in the 1960s, there was a civil defence siren located on the perimeter of my primary school playground, the four minute warning and the Doomsday Clock were ever-present in our lives. The threat of a nuclear attack was a very real one, the RAF Fylingdales early warning station was a constant reminder of this.
Iron, salt, ships, chemicals – and now birds – A new arts project explores Teesside’s industrial landscape
12 white obelisks appear amid the reedbeds and wet grasslands of RSPB Saltholme as part of Thomas Pearson’s explorations of the environment, history and industrial heritage of the site. These striking sculptural monuments are designed to commemorate the salt found deep below this remarkable landscape, echoing the brine derricks which were used to extract it. Saltholme is now a popular destination for birdwatchers, local families and visitors to Teesside, and is home to numerous birds species including common terns, lapwings, peregrines and water rails.
Details here Edgelandia
Project Lono is a collaborative experiment between electronic musician S.J. Forth and poet Bob Beagrie, who are exploring the integration of the spoken word with original music and soundscapes.