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September 20, 2018

Today I started to explore how I could show my experience of how it feels to have a conversation with a man with dementia.  I wanted to get the sense that rather than people talking nonsense, it often feels more that thoughts are confused and cross in difficult ways, b...

August 31, 2018

I'm really excited that Crisis Skylight have asked me to work with their service users.  In September I will be visiting hostels and talking to residents about what makes them feel safe.  I will be inviting the men to join me in six workshops, where we will talk about...

June 24, 2018

It's been a very long time since I wrote in the blog.  I have been keeping notes in my book, I find it easier, having it by the bed like a diary.  I hate getting on my ipad, or phone, or computer once I'm in bed.

The last few days have been brilliant and chall...

April 14, 2018

I'd got stuck.  I was still making the shirts, but I started to feel like they were too shirty, and not communicating enough about the stories they hold.  I talked to other people and have to thank Catrina McHugh Artistic Director of Open Clasp Theatre Company (www.ope...

February 28, 2018

Shirts at the Shipley on 16th February was great.  First the thank-you's.  To Ruth Sheldon of the Shipley Gallery for setting up the event, and being so supportive all day, to Joe Thwaite who helped me with the get in and out, and made tea and coffee all day for me and...

February 15, 2018

After a week of thinking, planning and doing, I’m finally ready for my first gallery event at the Shipley tomorrow. I’ll be tweeting throughout the day (@richardne001).  Thanks again to Ruth Sheldon of Shipley Gallery for the enthusiastic help. Mind you I’m pleased I h...

January 14, 2018

I mentioned in passing that the first thing I can remember making just for myself was a toy dog. I was 7 or 8 at the time. The brilliant thing was that my Mum didn’t tell me boys shouldn’t sew or make soft toys. This would have been the very early 70’s and ideas about...

January 11, 2018

My year has started amazingly with the news that Arts Council England have awarded me a grant to make shirts in museums and galleries across the North East, and to take part in the Curious Festival in July. Thanks go to so many people for their support, but especially...

December 21, 2017

I think the adrenaline has finally dropped out of my body.  Lubaina Himid was always the winner in my mind, but Lubaina was convinced that she wouldn't win, and I started to think that my joking that 'I was with the winner', or '...in the winner's room', started to mak...

December 5, 2017

Congratulations to Kate and Claire on a brilliant exhibition opening at Northbourne last night. The work looks fantastic, and transforming the former care home space into a very cool gallery is amazing. Residents, their families, staff and gallery visitors mingled toge...

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