In 2015, I took a break from Regular Marvels, as I began work on A Restless Art, a different project about the origins, history, theory and practice of participatory art. Since that was not about my present creative work, it got its own website and the book, published in 2019, is available there to download.
With that book finished, I wanted to see if I could still make art with people and, if so, what what would be the result. I applied for a small creative writing commission: 10 two-hour workshops with older people in Leicester. To my surprise, what came out of that was a lovely small book – a collective text produced by the group. Inspired by Joe Brainard’s 1970 book ‘I Remember’ it’s called I Remember: Leicester and it became Regular Marvel number 6, though it’s rather different from its predecessors.
And now, I’ve begun work on a huge, three year project to make community operas in Irelands Portugal and Spain, working with an exceptional group of artists, technologists and researchers, To be honest, I’ve no idea what’s going to happen but I think it will be exciting and I’m confident the journey will be worthwhile. So this site will document that work, and other community art projects that I’m working on. If you have thoughts or questions, please do get in touch. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy reading what you find here.