Saturday, 31 March 2018

RISOTTO's RISO ROOM at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Between 23rd March-13th May RISOTTO will be taking over Gallery 1 of the Lighthouse for a jam-packed print programme + exhibition, celebrating all things RISOGRAPH!

Throughout this period, the space will play host to a full programme of unique events. 

Highlights include:

Specialist workshops from leading movers and shakers of the print world; CORNERS (South Korea)   Atelier Bingo (France)   and (Netherlands), focusing on specialist prepress techniques, playful collage, and a collaborative zine workshops, respectively. 

This will be the first time these studios have delivered workshops in Scotland, offering a chance to learn from world-leading Risograph experts.

Poster Nights; our cheapest, fastest and most popular workshop will be back; and at 25 participants strong, this is as much a social as it is an intro to the print process. 

These workshops always produce a whole concoction of patterned prints for participants to take home.

Find out more about the RISO ROOM here:

Friday, 30 March 2018

BBC Arts Digital features designer Gabriella Marcella, Director of RISOTTO

BBC Arts Digital has created a series of short films focusing on specialist artists and craftspeople. 

The second episode in the series features Gabriella Marcella, a designer and Director of RISOTTO, Scotland’s leading risograph print specialist, and stationery company. 

Set up in 2012, RISOTTO produces creative print for a range of clients – from leading art organisations to bands and brands, quickly and sustainably.

Risograph printing is similar to screen-printing, using rich spot colours and stencils to create tactile and vibrant prints, affordably and with little impact to the environment.

I've had things printed at RISOTTO in the past, and they are great! As you will see from the clip below, Gabriella is really knowledgeable and her helpful and friendly approach makes RISOTTO an excellent company to work with.

Check out the RISOTTO website here

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A cast from the past...

I was recently contacted by a friend in Glasgow who had purchased a piece of my work a number of years ago. He kindly sent me the above photo of the work displayed in his house. It was a lovely reminder of a past body of work that was exhibited at 1 Royal Terrace, and an example of how the work now lives on in many different people's homes.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018


"Exploring creativity and beauty across different media. Scholarly and journalistic. Lushly illustrated. Passionately global."

I was recently told about ON ART AND AESTHETICS, a website featuring artist interviews (with painters, sculptors and photographers) and book reviews (of literature, poetry and non-fiction like memoirs and cultural/aesthetic studies).

Topics include:
Fashion and Textiles
Music Videos
Public Art

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Opportunity to purchase artwork at Bitter/Sweet

If you would like to have your very own artwork created by a Bitter/Sweet exhibiting artist, head to the 'merchandise desk' in the entrance to the gallery. There are a number of artworks for sale, including prints, drawings and artists books. 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Last chance to visit Bitter/Sweet

This weekend is your last chance to visit Bitter/Sweet, the group exhibition at Assembly House, Leeds that I am participating in.

Featuring work by:
Neil Carribine / Emily Garvey / Jawbone Jawbone / Oliver Perry / Helen Shaddock
Curated by Emily Garvey & Liam McCabe

The artists have drawn upon their own Bitter/Sweet experiences and emotions, to produce new bodies of work spanning animation, sculpture and a site specific wall mural.

The gallery is open 10am-4pm
For access please contact Laim McCabe: 07828 104125

Here is a sneak peek

Friday, 23 March 2018

WRITE Festival at The Word

The preview of my solo exhibition will take place at The Word, South Shields on Thursday 10th May and will continue until the 21st June 2018. It will coincide with the WRITE Festival which returns to The Word between 12th - 25th May 2018.

"After a fantastic first year, the second WRITE Festival boasts an even bigger programme of events for people of all ages to enjoy!

WRITE Festival celebrates writing in all its forms and this year, with more than 40 events spread over 2 weeks, you will be able to enjoy writing workshops, performances, comedy, storytelling, poetry slams, a silent book disco, a murder mystery night and more.

Make sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!"

Here are a few examples of what is to come.


"Join multiple slam winning poet Jenni Pascoe as she eases you through the process of creating your own poems, guides you through performance techniques, and prepares you to take part in WRITE Festival’s very own poetry slam."


"Led by a professional writer and supported by group leader, Lisa Burns, the group will take pen to paper to write other worlds, create a parallel universe and to explore the extraterrestrial."


"Graeme Wilkinson, author, artist, musician and graphic designer, from Sixth Element Publishing will run this friendly and informal workshop.

He will cover topics including how to write, self-edit and revise your final manuscript, the production process of typesetting, proofreading and print, as well as the all-important issues of distribution, sales and marketing."


This session explores the increasingly diverse number of ways to get our voices heard, both through utilising new technology and grass roots print movements.

From self-publishing zines to submitting poems to anthologies, there have never been more creative ways to get your work out there and start on the track to publishing success.

To see the full programme of events please visit

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Tones, Drones and Arpeggios : The Magic of Minimalism - Episode 2 - New York

In this episode Charles Hazlewood meets Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

"Across the 1960s these New Yorkers added new orchestral dimensions to compositions based on repetition, transcendence and new technology, and broke into the mainstream in the following decade. Charles explores how breakthrough techniques Reich first explored on tape were transposed for orchestral performance. Glass's experiments with repetitive structures, along with his innovative work in opera - Einstein on the Beach - revealed new possibilities for classical music.

The episode includes excerpts from minimalist pieces, including Reich's Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards performed by the Army of Generals orchestra. Charles Hazlewood's All Stars Collective performs part of Mike Oldfield's minimalist-inspired Tubular Bells.

The key attributes of minimalism, its reliance on repetition, its mesmerizing transcendent qualities and innovative use of technology are also discussed with broadcaster and writer Tom Service; director of music at the Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore; composers Laurie Spiegel, Nico Muhly, Julia Wolfe, Max Richter and Bryce Dessner; and musicians Jarvis Cocker and Adrian Utley."

Although I thoroughly appreciate and enjoy the music of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as La Monte Young and Terry Riley, whom were featured in episode 1, I am disappointed at the lack of recognition for female musicians who made a vital contribution to the minimalist genre. 

Thanks to my incredibly knowledgeable and talented friend Jez, for alerting me to a series of posts highlighting some of the names & influences that have been overlooked in this series:

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Drone Ensemble record Friction Drums

Over the past couple of months I have been working with the Drone Ensemble on some audio for my forthcoming exhibition at The Word, South Shields. We have recorded some vocal experiments and have been using a limited selection of instruments. I have chosen to focus on the friction drums to produce a constant background hum sound that I think relates to the notion of hearing a relentless voices or voices. 

With practice, Ben has mastered the technique of playing the friction drums in a way that eliminates any slapping or wavering as the players hands move from the end of the dowel, off the dowel and to the other end of the dowel nearest the drum. This week we focused on achieving some high quality recordings of a range of the friction drums played in different combinations. I will then layer these and edit them with my other recordings to form the audio part of my installation.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Tones, Drones and Arpeggios : The Magic of Minimalism - Episode 1 - California

"In this episode Charles Hazlewood tracks down the pioneers of minimalism, which began on America's west coast in the 1950s. Describing them as 'prophets without honour', Charles explores La Monte Young's groundbreaking experiments with musical form that included notes held for exceptionally long periods of time, and drones inspired by Eastern classical music and Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath.

La Monte Young

He drives out into the Californian countryside to the ranch of Terry Riley and discusses the musician's revolutionary experiments with tape recording looping and phasing, along with early synthesizer sound. The episode includes excerpts from key early minimalist pieces, including Riley's now famous In C, performed by Charles Hazlewood's All Stars Collective and detailed workshopping by Hazlewood where pieces are deconstructed musically.

Terry Riley

The key attributes of minimalism, its reliance on repetition, its mesmerizing transcendent qualities and innovative use of technology are also discussed with broadcaster and writer Tom Service; Gillian Moore, Director of Music at the Southbank Centre; composers Morton Subotnick, Max Richter and Bryce Dessner, and musicians Jarvis Cocker and Adrian Utley."

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Play by your own rules - The Drone Ensemble collaborate with Pester & Rossi at The BALTIC

Infinity Pitch
Pester & Rossi

24 March – 15 April 2018

Pester & Rossi have invited The Drone Ensemble and a group of other collaborators to make, break and re-make the rules of play. Their forthcoming exhibition, Infinity Pitch, will involve up to eight live action stations and big, fun, colourful inflatables across BALTIC’s largest gallery space. Visitors will be able to take part in activities where they can watch, listen, explore, improvise and play.

Infinity Pitch is for everyone and open daily. No need to book, just drop-in.

Sat 7 Apr 14.00-17.00
Drone Ensemble
Infinity Ensemble experimental sound making workshop

For more information please visit

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Free lemon-aid available now at preview of Bitter/Sweet at Assembly House, Leeds

Get along to Assembly House in Leeds to the preview of Bitter/Sweet, an exhibition of new work by

Neil Carribine / Emily Garvey / Jawbone Jawbone / Oliver Perry / Helen Shaddock

Curated by Emily Garvey & Liam McCabe

Free lemon-aid available 6-9pm, Thursday 15th March 2018

Exhibition open 15th-25th March 2018

10am-4pm on 17th-18th, 24th-25th March & by appointment

Contact Liam McCabe on 07828 104125

TONIGHT- Bitter/Sweet Preview - Assembly House Studios & Project Space - Preview 6-9pm

The final preparations are being done ready for the preview of Bitter/Sweet at Assembly House tonight. Escape the dreary gloomy weather and brighten yourself up with some delicious art and a dose of lemon-aid. Enjoy!

Assembly House Studios & Project Space
44 Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2PL

Preview: March 15th 2018 - 6-9pm - Free lemon-aid
Exhibition runs: March 15th-March 25th
Open: 10am-4pm on 17th-18th & 24th-25th March & by appointment
Contact: Liam McCabe on 07828 104125

Featuring work by:
Neil Carribine / Emily Garvey / Jawbone Jawbone / Oliver Perry / Helen Shaddock

Curated by Emily Garvey & Liam McCabe

Emotions are often fleeting and can be forever lost in a moment. A memory can be at one point beautiful, transient and wondrous and in the next filled with sadness and nostalgia - these experiences are unique for every individual and are the focal point for Bitter/Sweet

Bitter/Sweet brings together 6 artists from Newcastle and Sheffield to exhibit in Leeds for the first time. Each drawing upon their own Bitter/Sweet experiences and emotions, brand new bodies of work will be on display spanning animation, sculpture and a site-specific wall mural with free lemon-aid available at the preview.