Marshmallow Soup: Cubitt Salon #8

marshmallow soup

Paige Perkins and I are delighted to have been given the opportunity to host a Salon at Cubitt where we’ve been painting this summer. These Salons celebrate Cubitt’s 25th anniversary this year.

We will be presenting a playful mix of our paintings and invite you to join us for a vodka jelly, or tipple of choice, and a little bit of nonsense.

6.30-8pm Tuesday 23 August

Cubitt, 8 Angel Mews, London, N1 9HH

Turps Studio Programme 2016


To mark the end of our wonderful journey at the Turps Studio Painting Programme, we will be showing a selection of works at our show, opening this Wednesday evening at Art Bermondsey Project Space.

I have just finished my two years of developing my work there and it’s been amazing.

Please join the Turps Studio Programme 2016 at the opening of our end of year show…

PRIVATE VIEW – August 17th 6-9pm

Exhibition continues 18th-27th August Wed-Sun

Katie Brookes, India Dewar, David Edmond, Roisin Fogarty, Maj-Gret Gaupas, Athene Greig, Norman Hyams, Benjamin Jamie, Mari Kolbeinson, Fiona Long, Stephanie Maeseele, Jessie Makinson, Scott McCracken, Coll McDonnell, Paige Perkins, Nadja Plein, Tim Ralston, Mel Scott, Anna Jung Seo, Jenny Smith, Jonathan Stubbs, Sharon Swaine, Nadine Talalla, Rhys Trussler

Art Bermondsey Project Space
183 – 185 Bermondsey Street

Turps Painting Programme Open Studio and Mentors’ Exhibition


To mark the end of our year at the wonderful Turps Painting Programme, we decided that rather than trying to cram all of our work into the gallery, we’d prefer to open up our studios so that you can come and explore what we’ve been up to, and see the context in which we make it. We may tidy up a tad, but this way, you can see more work displayed, and take a peek through other things we’ve worked on throughout the year if you’d like to see the wider context of any of the artists’ work.

Our thinking is that you’ll get to see more paintings, and we can get painting again straight after the show! We are all prolific! Our mentors and visiting artists often comment on the quantity of work we produce, and our level of dedication compared to the various MA programmes they teach on. There’s a great energy of mutual support.

We are delighted to be exhibiting paintings from our mentors at Turps Gallery concurrently with our Open Studio event. It’s an opportunity for us to demonstrate the unique, reciprocal dialogue that happens within the discourse at Turps.

This event will also include the launch of Turps Banana issue 17! The most wonderful contemporary painting magazine, written by painters, for painters, and with no adverts! You can nab yourself a launch event discounted copy on the night.

I’ll be there on the Friday opening event, and Sunday July 3 from 2-5pm.

Art Car Boot Fair London 2016, June 12 12-6

Art Car Boot Fair London 2016

I’m pleased to be taking part in the London Art Car boot Fair again this year with my fellow Turps Banana Art School Painters.

The line up this year includes Sir Peter Blake, Tracy Emin, Marcus Harvey, Bob and Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, and many more!

The theme this year is the hand, which inspired my pieces.

growing crowds

Do come along, soak up the atmosphere, and pick up an art bargain!

I’ll be there from 3-6pm.

“The Art Car Boot Fair returns to Brick Lane on June 12th and it’s all hands on deck to bring you our most incredible line-up of artists, art and frivolity yet.

Last year we went to the dogs for inspiration with a celebration of our four-legged friends.
This year we’re making it all about the hand.

As well as bootfuls of art, hand-made, drawn, painted, thrown, tooled and printed, there’ll be astonishing glove -puppet performances, palm readings, sleights of hand, artisanship and thrilling things to do with your own hands!
Originals, limited editions and maybe even a few second-hand objets… who knows?

A bird in the hand is worth two in the boot at this year’s super exciting Art Car Boot Fair!

Join us on June 12th, doors open at midday at the corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street.”

Parable Shift at Whitstable 2016

I’m proud to be taking part in ‘Parable Shift’ a.k.a. ‘Parables Displaced‘, a POST Artists‘ exhibition which is a Satellite project to this year’s Whitstable Biennale.

Remnant of St. Aphege

We are exhibiting in St. Aphege Church, and I became fascinated by the extraordinary tale of this saint’s life. My tattooed “relic” presents a glimpse of the chronicles of St. Alphege. Peer through this anachronistic religious relic, illuminated by the light coming through the church window, and witness the tales of an extraordinary life.

Parables Displaced
11 – 12 June 2016
Sat 12:00-18:00 Sun 12:00-16:00
St Alphege Church
High Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AY

POST is the peer-led UK network for artists who respond to place. Inspired by the historic ties of St Alphege to Whitstable, ten artworks have been specially commissioned for installation in the Victorian church building on Whitstable High Street. Each artist has responded to produce distinct and unique works in a variety of media. A fissure appears in the church representing a point of intersection between science and religion. A walking experience that engages ones sentiments when visiting the religious space. A music score that is illuminated, taking inspiration from the crescendos of orchestral music and vocal harmonies along with the imagery conjured up by the poetry of the hymn itself. A performance of a site-specific existential dialogue that leads into a sung performance of Edith Piaf’s Je Ne Regrette Rien with accompanying projected visual art.

Performances will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday, with two timed performances at 14:00 and 16:00 on Saturday, one at 14:00 on Sunday, and an Artists Tour and discussion, open to all, Sunday 1pm.

Artists participating: Marco Cali, Matthew Kay, Aliki Kylika, Fiona Long, Jessica Mautner, Danielle Imara, Natalie Sanders, Soren James, Helena Wee, Mary Yacoob

It’s Your Birthday – Cubitt Artists


I’m thrilled to be taking part in It’s Your Birthday, the first ever group show of Cubitt studio artists, in the spirit of their 25th anniversary as an artist-led organization, which is located in the same building as Darbyshire in Islington where the exhibition will take place. Cubitt’s landmark quarter century birthday is a hard won, collective achievement well worth celebrating.

Private view Wednesday April 27th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Darbyshire, 19-23 White Lion Street, first floor, London, N1 9PD

This exhibition presents work by artists who are currently either studio holders or work at Cubitt and is part of a celebration of Cubitt’s 25th anniversary since it was founded in September 1991 at Goodsway in Kings Cross. Since then it has been located in three additional buildings in Cubitt Street, Caledonia Street and now Angel Mews. Since its early inception both the gallery and education programs have developed substantially so that there are three key elements to Cubitt as an arts organization. Central to its ethos has been that it provides studios for artists to develop their work in a central London location. Since 1991 numerous artists have had studios at Cubitt producing an extraordinary and diverse range of works. This exhibition is a reflection of that diversity and demonstrates the vitality of the work that continues to be produced at Cubitt.
Mark Wright, Cubitt founding member

Cubitt studio artists are a group of dedicated practitioners, many of whom show both nationally and internationally. Over the last twenty five years, members have come and gone, allowing emerging artists to enter the fold and create new dynamics within the studio complex. It is no small feat to get 30+ artists to work alongside one another in a nurturing environment, which encourages creativity, and so It’s Your Birthday is a celebration of individuals, and a view into the history of Cubitt as a significant part the London art community.
Alexandra Darbyshire, curator

Exhibiting artists
Toby Boundy, Frances Burden, Andrew Child, Georgina Corrie, Tom Crawford, Alex Crocker, Dexter Dalwood, Liz Davies, Melissa Gordon, David Harrison, Chris Evans, Rhiannon Fraser, Annabel Frearson, Gareth Jones, Paul Hamlyn, Derek Harris, Nicky Hoberman, Jessica Johannesson, Kerstin Kartscher, Connor Linksey, Fiona Long, Henna Nadeem, Sarah Pickstone, Anne Ryan, Karin Ruggaber, Ross Taylor, Milly Thompson, Laura White, Hendrick Wittkopf, Mark Wright, Nicholas Wyatt, George Young

Viewing by appointment only: 020 7812 1200

For more information, contact:


Metropolitanical and detail

My new art practice utilises biofilms to create sculptural paintings. I’ve been developing this since 2014. I grow microbial cellulose surfaces from probiotic good bacteria and yeasts.

These intricate surfaces, resembling skin, are translucent and beautiful. I aim to make artworks that draw the viewer into the surface yet show a sense of decay and the visceral, intrigued by the slightly uncomfortable.

Mushroom Cave

Drawn to the Japanese ‘wabi-sabi’ aesthetic of beauty in the transient and imperfect, and how we react to the abject, I feel that these artworks can subtly convey themes of sustainability. Life-cycles, decay, ruin, and human relationships with nature are intertwined. I incorporate my interest in survival, bush-craft, and making-from-scratch into my practice, creating works which reference the past, and the now by using this alien yet seemingly familiar material with established art conventions like stretcher bars.

'Mother and Daughter' (2015) symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts, each 60x150cm

I consider my ‘Metro-Botanic’ works to be paintings in the ‘expanded field’ since they don’t use paint, brush, or canvas. They have a painterly sensibility and are very much about surface, colour, and allowing the glitches within the material to help drive my compositional decisions.

Beetroot dye on biofilm details

I’ve been investigating the utilisation and display of these intriguing films and have a wealth of ideas I still want to explore. I’m discovering ways to sculpt & collage the material and colour it with pigments which cling in a marbled fashion or natural dyes which impart intense translucent colour. I love exploring materials, testing them to their limits and using their unique properties.

Elbow Room

I learnt about these biofilms from my brother, who did vast amounts of research into kombucha, a health drink made from fermented tea, rich in probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. He used this knowledge to launch his skincare company Biomic, and here is its Facebook page. I used it to explore the culture which ferments the liquid, and grows as a by-product of the process, and how I could harness its properties to make art.



I’m excited to be a part of this show and it would be lovely to see you there. I’ll be showing some of my “Metro Botanic” works, really making the most of this atmospheric environment to showcase the unique properties of the work, and interweave it into this unusual space. This is no white cube show, and worth the journey for a unique experience. I’ll be there for the private view and at other times so please contact me if you’d like to arrange a tour.

HOUSEWORK: 11 Artists’ Take on a Victorian Ruin

An Art Show at Safehouse 1
(behind the Bussey Building in Peckham)
139 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN

Private View Thursday 26 November 6.30 – 9.30pm

Opening hours: Wednesday 25 November – Sunday 29 November, 12 – 6pm
Friday late opening as part of South London Art Map, 12 – 10pm (party in collaboration with Disco Picnic: cocktails and street food)

We’ve all lived in one, almost.
The Victorian Terrace
A setting for everyday life.

Featuring artists who in various ways
Respond and intervene in this
Stripped down skeleton of a space.

They cut and clean,
Sweep, scratch and sand and stretch,
Make noise, brush and write.


Phillip Allen, painter
Leslie Blakelock, sculptor and painter
Paul Carter, sculptor
Jo Dennis, painter and installation artist
Simon Haddock, painter
Lizzie Lloyd, art writer and poet
Fiona Long, painter and installation artist
Jessie Makinson, painter and installation artist
Dorian McFarland, musician and multi disciplinary artist
Playpaint, painter
Isabel de Vasconcellos, novelist, art writer, curator

A show inspired by the beauty of mould creeping across a wall, where paint brushes and scrubbing brushes could be interchangeable, and letters with smudges.

The everydayness of art practice up against the peeling paintwork of every Victorian house you have ever lived in.

Turps Goes West

I’m taking part in a group show entitled: ‘ Turps Goes West’, curated by Marcus Harvey and Phil Allen at Edel Assanti Gallery.

The exhibiton runs from the 25 August – 1 September 2015 with the closing party on the 1st September.

This is the final show of the Turps Banana Studio programme I have participated in over the last twelve months.

Please note that the gallery is closed on bank holiday Monday.

Turps Goes West