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We Are The Artists: Issue 1
 
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iimawashi: Contemporary Art from Japan
 
Give me some truth
We Are The Artists: Issue 2
 
Trip to Kamaishi and Ofunato
 
Art@Tsuchizawa (English).
 
Fall of the Rebel Angels
We Are The Artists: Issue 3
 
Trip to south Ofunato
 
Art@Tsuchizawa (Japanese).
 
We Are The Artists: Issue 4
 
Trip to Otsuchi
       
We Are The Artists: Issue 7
 
Support group report
 
   
We Are The Artists: Issue 8
           
We Are The Artists: Issue 9
           
We Are The Artists: Issue 11
           
We Are The Artists: Issue 12
           
We Are The Artists was a quarterly journal published in a broad sheet format and distributed globally. The project was the brainchild of Oliver Keilmeyer, a Swiss curator working out of Zurich. Selected artists were given the brief to report, "warts and all" about their experineces and observations as artists. I enthusiastically participated in this project from it's launch in 2003 until 2007, relishing the opportunity to explore the free association of my experiences. I tried to make the articles both insightful and humourous. I had no idea that I might actually be shooting myself in the foot.
 

On the 11th March 2011, Japan was struck by its largest recorded earthquake and the subsequent tsunami caused immense devistation. My wife and I became involved in the support of displaced people after we visited the coast to search for friends of ours.

There is a 35 minute documentary that I made from out inital trip to the coast on the 18th March. It can be viewed here. During those early days we started a grass roots support group, eventually wound down 18 months later. The follow texts were uploaded to my website in the first few weeks, to help those, with an interest to understand our position.

 

iimawashi was written as the catalogue text for the group exhibition IIMAWASHI: Contemporary Art From Japan, which I researched and curated for Gallery Merz and featured in the first Edinburgh Arts Festival, part of the Edinburgh International Festival of events in August 2005.

The second text was written to accompany work i presented during the Art`Tsuchizawa biennale exhibition in Iwate, Japan in 2009.

 

a-n The Artists Information Company has supported my work through their bursay programme.

In 2017 I was awarded a travel grant to spend one week in Italy.

In 2015 I was awarded a "Go and See" travel bursary to attend the opening week of the Venice Biennale.

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