It’s going to be an exciting year: I’ve just picked up the keys for a new (temporary) studio space at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham. Together with my friend mosaic artist Sue Edkins, I’ll be spending every Wednesday there working on a community art project, The Frame. We’ll be working with schools and community groups to produce three collage-based pieces, inspired by true stories of Twickenham’s connections with the First World War. In June the work will fill three outdoor frames at Diamond Jubilee Gardens, just by the river in the heart of Twickenham, opposite Eel Pie Island.
We were thrilled to be chosen for the project by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ arts team, and we’re both really looking forward to getting started. We’ve already begun researching this fascinating subject, and will be looking at the Hearsum Collection, Twickenham Museum and the Rugby Museum – I’ve also been digging in my own archive of historic postcards, inherited from my father-in-law who collected them his whole life. I’ve posted about this collection before – and very sadly Philip has died since then, but I think he would be pleased to know that his marvellous collection is being used for an art and education project.