Sunday, 3 March 2019

Last Day - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Love Tokens and Bad Pennies exhibition. From artists to writers, and not forgetting all of you who have been out looking for artworks and getting involved online. After placing artworks out on the streets for 30 days we reach the end of the exhibition. Today we are posting the final artworks, some have written pieces to accompany them and some exist on their own. We will try and write an update in the next few weeks, visiting some of the locations and see if the artworks still rest in the #unsettledgallery spaces.

The next exhibition is the Art of Caring at St George's Hospital in May (and then onto St Pancras Hospital in July). The deadline is 7th April 2019 so please send in your artwork (It's free to enter) and support the nurses, carers and the NHS. http://collectconnect.blogspot.com/p/submit.html

Tracy Boness - #unsettledgallery No.8, London Bridge
Art - Tracy Boness / Words -  Francesca Albini

Precious and frayed,
Tangled and free,
Caught in a net,
Sparkling diamonds,
Our love
Eternal

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Melanie Honebone
Art - Melanie Honebone / Words - Ed Arantus 

That knot in the pine brow
A cut near the front eye
The moon is high; from sides of the world where nightmares grow
You made all my fears and,
You held them in raptures
But there's no magic without death you said
You are a belief, short rotting
A prophecy dying on a dull mind
You can save your second coming,
I'm not the kind you need to pray for

Now I know where we went wrong
Growing green branches from dead wood
And I still swear that you can’t save me
Even when push, came to push, came to shove
Well you can swallow that sweet breath baby,
Until your death is the magic of love.

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Stella Tripp
Art - Stella Tripp / Words - Kevin Acott

One World

People have asked me what Nelson would think about Trump and all the hate swirling across the earth. Sometimes I tell them they should listen to The Three Great Alabama Icons by Drive-By Truckers. Sometimes I tell them Nina accused Nelson once of being 'no better than the rest of your people'. Sometimes I ask them why they really want to know.

The first and last interview I did with Nelson, he was drunk, drunker even than other people had led me to expect. We were in his room in some crappy hotel in Mile End and at one point he started talking about desire and Muddy Waters and - of all people - Bertrand Russell. He said Russell was convinced desire dictated everything we did, good and bad. To Nelson, Russell’s ‘desire’ wasn't about sex. He meant, instead, that even when we try to do good, it's because of desire: our desire to possess, to compete and overcome other people, to look good in the eyes of the world, to have power over ourselves, others, the whole world. To become, ultimately, God.

He told me all this and I listened and tried to follow and tried to make notes and then I watched him tip gently back onto the bed and start snoring.

So. We want the best for others because we want to become God. Nelson's 'Kissinger Blues' was, I'd always thought, simply about how there's something evil in each of us, a Kissinger, a Hitler, a Trump. But in that East End hotel, I suddenly realised it wasn't that straightforward: have a look at/listen to the YouTube video of Nelson playing it at Glastonbury in '75 and the extra, rambling verses and see what he does with the song he'd once vowed never to play again: he's saying (I think) that by pretending to have good motives for being good, rather than accepting the universality of desire, of egocentricity, we not only miss the point, we find ourselves unable to truly fight racism, hate, division. I could tell you I'm writing this purely because I want to convince you of the genius of Chopsticks Nelson and help preserve his memory. But I also want to accrue, to possess, I also want you to respect me and give me power and a way of being, however temporary, that makes me feel good. And - if we can both accept that – we can eventually find peace and love and the joy of singing a single, shared song. 

From the epilogue to 'Chopsticks Nelson: A Southern Life' by Kevin Acott (2019).

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Dean Reddick
Art - Dean Reddick /  Placement - Walthamstow

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Lesley Cartwright - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies


Lesley Cartwright
Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Artist - Lesley Cartwright  / Words - Ginny Reddick

Pass On
Old heart, pass on,
Grandfather, Father,
Son,
broken,
pass on
unbroken, pass on
divided and melted, pass on, pass on
sickened, pass on
lessened, pass on
mended and filled and pass on, pass it on.
You can borrow its beat Until it's time to pass on. If we're lucky, Grandfather, Father, Son.

Lesley Cartwright's Love Token on a communication box in Walthamstow
Lesley's Love Token lays on this battered box in a quiet residential road in Walthamstow. Waltham Forest is currently the London Borough of Culture and many parts of the Borough are undergoing extensive change with rapid housing development and large scale gentrification. 
Lesley Cartwright was born in Liverpool but later moved to Essex to run a Hostel for homeless teenagers. She made her name in the commercial graphic field and music photography until she developed MS and now paints portraits from her Billericay studio. Cartwright is a multitalented artist who is not bound by genre nor convention. Cartwright has been exhibiting with CollectConnect since the Cardboard City exhibition in 2013.ttps://twitter.com/ley9
Ginny Reddick is a writer and educator. She was one of the artists who exhibited at the first ever CollectConnect exhibition, Open Fridge, in March 2010. Although there has been a 9 year hiatus between that exhibition and this one she has curated numerous CC projects including the Walthamstow street art favourite HideBird.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Francesca Albini - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Francesca Albini
Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Art - Francesca Albini / Words - Ed Arantus

Her beautiful silver skin,
the light a moon could spark off
I found her lying round
I fell in love with the way she shone
next time I see her I’ll make her mine
leave me broke
take my breath
away and keep it close
a dream of Penny


Francesca Albini
Francesca's artwork sits on a  brick wall at #unsettledgallery No.3 near London Bridge. The #unsettledgallery is a gallery which includes, railings and gates, as well as spaces between bricks, in gullies and beside drainpipes - basically anywhere an artwork can rest and be seen by the public. Placing original artworks in these everyday public spaces sharpens our appreciation of our environment and brings into focus the context of the art object.


Francesca Albini divides her life between literary and artistic endeavours. She is a PhD in Classics, and has worked in publishing for her entire adult life, as a translator, author and editor. She is a self taught artist and photographer. Her work is inspired by folk art, but also by design. Albini is a collector of memories, and uses any medium that allows her to remember and share, express feelings and narrate stories. From line drawings to plastic cameras, from collage to upcycled jewellery and dolls. "My work is playful and dreamy, child-like but also philosophical. I fall in and out of love with many styles and tools, but I'm always me, whatever I do."

Ed Arantus is no stranger to art and writing, he first published his work in the Censored Zine (July 2010) and has exhibited his work ever since at venues like the Contemporary Arts Research Unit in Oxford (2014). Last year he exhibited his poem 'Google If' at the Museum of Futures as part of the Enemies Project.

Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th



Thursday, 28 February 2019

Barbara Dougan - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies


Barbara Dougan Love Token


Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Art - Barbara Dougan / Words - Dean Reddick


MotherDaughter

28 Slides, magnified x1000.
28 views through a telescope to see into the past.

Close-up crumbs breed across the disc, each one a mote, vital, discarded.
Or spread across light-years, painting a galaxy.

Zoomed in, great chunks of toast that could not be managed.
Or asteroids tumbling, silently, forever.

Intimate, the eye close to the bacteria
and beyond reach black holes, coloured dwarfs, wait to go supernova.

Clear crystals of chemicals sparkle, star-like.
Spilt liquids are dust clouds, congealing with gravity.

Two crusts dance, touching and spinning.

28 days, one every morning.

A film created by Barbara Dougan accompanies this artwork



You can find Barbara's art work on a strange derelict box in Wood Street, Walthamstow. These broken remnants of street utilities can be found throughout our villages, towns and cities, hinting at some recent past but no longer functional.
Waltham Forest is currently the London Borough of Culture and many parts of the Borough are undergoing extensive change with rapid housing development and large scale gentrification. 

Barbara's film, waiting to be collected in Walthamstow 
An interest in the environment informs Barbara Dougan's work, along with an ongoing exploration of constraint, change and adaptation. For two years she collaborated with choreographer Darren Ellis and dancer Hannah Kidd, leading to films Tea Break and Living Room, and a participatory work Unentitled: channel your angst in the Edwardian Cloakrooms in Bristol. Currently she is collaborating with fellow artist Henry Driver. They are artists-in-residence with Collusion, developing TEO for a showcase which will bring together all the innovative interdisciplinary work commissioned from artists. Work will be installed at Cambridge Leisure Park from 5 - 14 April 2019 with the public launch on 5 April. 

Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist, occasional lecturer and editor on the Art Therapy Journal ATOL. He has a small studio space at his home in Walthamstow where he works on sculptures and drawings often based on his fascination with birds and trees.  

Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Natalie Low - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies


Natalie Low

Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Art - Natalie Low / Words - Dean Reddick

I decided to bag it and keep it despite what you said.
I plucked each thin dark strain out of dreams in your head
(often when you were asleep in my bed).

The net I knitted as the hairy mat grew.
Somewhere to keep private my tribute to you
(some things are too sensitive for the public to view).

I love the slight bulge, the frizz and the curl.
The little tight knots make me feel all secure.
Night after night I will take each small glory

'Till your hair is all gone in the grey of the morning.

Natalie's art work nestles on a broken brick wall at the
#usettledgallery near London Bridge.
Natalie's artwork nestles on a broken brick wall in the #unsettledgallery; a gallery which includes, railings and gates, as well as spaces between bricks, in gullies and beside drainpipes - basically anywhere an artwork can rest and be seen by the public. Placing original artworks in these everyday public spaces sharpens our appreciation of our environment and brings into focus the context of the art object.

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She has published two chapbooks, Dementia (2015) and School Run (2017). Natalie is an adept artist often using traditional techniques and everyday materials to create intriguing and sometimes unsettling art works.
Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist, occasional lecturer and editor on the Art Therapy Journal
ATOL. He has a small studio space at his home in Walthamstow where he works on sculptures and drawings often based on his fascination with birds and trees. 

Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th
April 2019. More at http://collectconnect.blogspot.com/p/submit.html

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Chris Brown - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Chris Brown - Walthamstow
Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Art - Chris Brown / Words - Ed Arantus

Wise fingers that scratch the numbers
Take your name and eat your thunder,
Brown ball come weave and whirl
Cracked your nut in teeth of squirrel.

non plus
non plus
non plus
Pluto

Quick minds that flick with fire
Burn like lies in amber tyres
More to turn all hope to sadness
A sombre dream of dying planets.

non plus
non plus
non plus
Pluto

non plus
non plus
non plus
Pluto

Chris Brown
Chris' artwork rests on top of a communications box in Walthamstow. The morning sun slants across it as the UK bathes in this unseasonally warm weather. Perhaps the sun's unwavering gaze has shrivelled this burnt offering to the size of nut. Waltham Forest is currently the London Borough of Culture and many parts of the Borough are undergoing extensive change with rapid housing development and large scale gentrification. 

Chris Brown is an artist and filmmaker. He has worked as an art therapist in the NHS and as a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently a freelance clinical supervisor and an editor for ATOL: Art Therapy Online,

Ed Arantus is no stranger to art and writing, he first published his work in the Censored Zine (July 2010) and has exhibited his work ever since at venues like the Contemporary Arts Research Unit in Oxford (2014). Last year he exhibited his poem 'Google If' at the Museum of Futures as part of the Enemies Project.

Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th

Monday, 25 February 2019

Bryan Benge - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Bryan Benge - #unsettledgallery in Walthamstow
Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Art - Bryan Benge / Words -  Natalie Low

If my heart was a badge, I’d pin it on my sleeve.
Not just through my sleeve, but through my arm-skin too.
Yap! It would hurt. And bleed too probably.
But that would be alright cos I’m doing it for YOU.

If my heart was a trolley token, I'd get out a double-size one,
And we'd never give that baby back.
Checkitout! I'd fill it up to the brim
With forever groceries and stuff for YOU

If my heart was a coin, I’d push it right in your slot,
And choose the best chocolate bar in the machine.
Ker-lunk! I’d reach right up inside if I had to,
And then I would unwrap it and give it to YOU.

If my heart was a button, I’d fasten it up tight,
(there”d be more than one) all the way up to your chin.
Uhuh-uhuh! But I'd undo the top one to let you breathe,
That's the kind of thing I do for YOU.

You don’t ask me to do these things.
I do them in SPITE of you not asking me to
And that’s love!

Bryan Benge
Bryan's Love Token rests gently on a wooden bench in Walthamstow. Perhaps it has slipped out of a pocket or a child has dropped it, has love been lost forever. Or are we looking at it the wrong way round, perhaps someone is going to be lucky enough to find love today. Waltham Forest is currently the London Borough of Culture and many parts of the Borough are undergoing extensive change with rapid housing development and large scale gentrification. 

Bryan Benge is a practising artist, currently exploring digital media in his Fine Art practice.
He has always been an exhibiting artist. In 1992 he became a Member of The London Group.
Bryan's first involvement with CollectConnect was at the Open Fridge Gallery 89 in March 2010. Since then he has enjoyed working alongside his colleagues Alban, Dean and Stuart.
The philosophy of CollectConnect sits alongside his belief that creativity and all its outcomes need to be encouraged and supported for all ages and backgrounds, that is without sanctions of selection or application of a personalised aesthetic.  To enable artists opportunities to exhibit their work, free from barriers and gatekeepers.
From all the CollectConnect collaborations the one that stands out most for Bryan was CollectConnect’s collaboration with the Foundation students at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey (UCA). Bryan worked for 15 Years as a Senior Lecturer/Course Leader where he managed the Foundation course at UCA.
During 2013 the students produced artworks  which were reproduced in the Future Bound book. This gave these young students exposure for their artwork for the first time outside academia. To this day some of the students are in contact with his colleague Alban encouraged by that collective experience.
http://bryanbenge.co.uk

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She has published two chapbooks, Dementia (2015) and School Run (2017). She also appears in this exhibition as an artist/maker.

Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th