Thursday, 9 August 2012

Pdf format for journals

I am currently in the process of transferring the journal into pdf format.  The reason isn't because I haven't anything better to do, but that The Liverpool Biennial have asked me to upload them to their website.  I've really enjoyed getting the old issues off the shelf and revisiting their content.  So far, i've transferred 4 issues into pdf, so only another 5 to go!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Big Break!

OK so I've had a very big break from this journal. Mainly because of tightening the purse strings but also having less and less time to devote to it.

I am, however, building a new website for myself for my artwork and will be starting to visit and write about exhibitions again. I'm also starting some research about art criticism and active engagement in the arts which I will be writing about too. 2012 will hopefully be a busy and productive year!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Pr1 Exhibition - showcasing my new journals!

My new journals made in my AA2A residency will be on show at the Pr1 Gallery at UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) in Preston from Tuesday 7th Sept to Fri 17th Sept. It is running in conjunction with the MA show there at UCLan so two very good reasons to go and see!

The Private View will be on Wed 15th Sept from 6-8pm - if you're at all interested or want further info just let me know!

I will also be exhibiting my previous journals and all will be for sale.

Unfortunately I wont be able to make the PV as it clashes with the Exeter Contemporary Private View (which I was selected for!) but the other 3 artists will be there with bells on.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Update inc AA2A

My AA2A residency has finished now but I'm still very much 'working on it'. This thing was always very much home based for me but the residency has served to provide me with the opportunity to converse and speculate about the journal. This has been very useful as i feel I'm at quite a cross roads with it. This residency wasn't so much about giving me materials or even space but simply the reason to develop something. This is important for an early-career artist/writer like myself as I have so much other stuff going on. I don't have time to loll around doing this and that as I please but rather I do things for very definite reasons. Also, you have to think about justification - how can I justify doing this Journal? It sometimes isn't enough to do it because it's good for you and your career - you need a concrete reason like an exhibition to work towards, or a residency or a commission etc.
I'm very decided that this journal will be changing in the following ways:

  1. The journal is no longer monthly - this was too much pressure and I found I didn't have enough time to really get connected with it.
  2. I am no longer just the editor - I wasn't involved enough with the journal and this would, in the end, have left me getting bored and frustrated with it - also the quality of the journal suffers when I am acting as an organiser and not an artist/writer.
  3. A strong part of the journal will be as a space for collaboration between me and other professionals or other professionals together - this way the journal acts as more of an artwork in itself. Criticism and critical debate will still run alongside this activity and the journal won't become some sort of image book - writing will stay as its most important aspect.
  4. I will endeavor to get some funding for this journal so that I can start paying contributors and covering costs for myself.
  5. I need to spend more time marketing this thing and developing distributors as no-one knows about it!

The next thing to happen is the production of the 3 (maybe 4) issues that I am working on at the moment - these will be unveiled and sold at the AA2A exhibition at UCLan 6th - 17th September this year.



Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Residency at UCLan - AA2A

I'm about half way through my residency at UCLan to develop TLAJ. I've felt a little funny about doing a journal for an artists residency and its been really helpful in strange ways. I'm quite different from the other artists on the scheme who are studio based but actually this journal is a strong part of my practice as an artist and helping it is definitely helping me. It been quite slow starting but Ive got 2 project-journals on the go and more in the pipeline before the end of the scheme.
The most important thing is definitely thinking about where I want this journal to go and deciding how much of 'me' I want to put in it!

New AA2A inspired issues out soon!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Lancashire Zine, Artists Book and Multiples Fair 29-30th Jan UCLan

Organised by Craig Atkinson, Cafe Royal this fair will be in 'The Atrium' at University Central Lancashire. I'll be there with TLAJ and the new Issue 7 *fingers crossed*.

Fri 29th 10am-5pm
Sat 30th 10am-4pm

There'll be 30+stalls run by independent publishers, artists and makers and a full colour catalogue will be available.

There may also be sound installations, performances, workshops and readings at set points throughout the day - hope to see you there, come say hello to TLAJ!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Issue 7 - out soon!

For Issue 7 TLAJ has collaborated with ex-students from Liverpool Uni's new 'Philosophy of Aesthetics' course. The theme was loose from the outset but it seems to have drifted to 'Investigations into Gallery Practice'. It features a look at Tate Liverpool's Fifth Floor programme by Nigel Gully and the amusing 'The 10 Commandments of doing a creative project in Liverpool' by Kenn Taylor.
The issue should be ready for the Lancashire zine fair at UCLAN 30-31st Jan.