Feeling a way through …

feel your way

  • to judge where you are going by touching with your hands instead of looking
  • to act slowly and carefully because you are not certain how to do something

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Feeling a way through … is an invitation to participate in the work of art.  In a shared exploration of paintings and video made during the artist’s ongoing project of making sense of climate change responsibility, you will share your readings and responses to the artwork – through reflection, conversation, dialogue.  Come and feel part of it.  

Carole Kirk, Painter and Cultural Industries PhD Scholar

Hand feeling painting

Tuesday 17th December at 12-1pm or 2-3pm, Alec Clegg studio, stage@leeds.
Free entry, but please email to book as places are limited – c.kirk@leeds.ac.uk
School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds

‘Touch’ symposium

This Friday, I will be contributing to a symposium on ‘Touch’ in Art process as part of the Didsbury Arts Festival.  I will be talking about my installation The Gesture of Thinking, and about the role of ‘touch’ in interpreting painting.


In the tactile engagement with materials in my studio, I make sense out of physical ‘sense’.  But if the ‘thinking’ is in the making, how can I share this ‘felt’ knowledge with an audience?

Advance notice of new exhibition

As the sun is shining, I thought I’d let you know about an exhibition that I’m working on for the summer.  I will be having my first solo show at South Square Gallery in Bradford in the Meeting Room Gallery.  It’s an intimate, light space which will be perfect for the work I’m doing which is a series of small, postcard-size paintings on panel.  Apologies for the lack of activity on here – any spare time I have I’m in the studio!

Meanwhile, here is one that you may not have seen.

Fishing 2011

Acrylic on paper

Water Street Gallery

You can now buy my work in Water Street Gallery in Todmorden. It’s a beautiful contemporary art gallery, with some seriously gorgeous ceramics and jewellery, as well as fine art with a lot of imagination and a good dash of wit. Rosemary and Mike have got a good eye for something a bit different.
my work in Water Street Gallery

Todmorden is a thriving Pennine market town with a number of independent shops, including the remarkable Makepiece who rear, spin and knit their own wool to make their own designer clothing.  If you enjoy walking, Stoodley Pike is a popular destination with beautiful views once you get up there.  The Bear cafe does delicious fresh and beautifully presented vegetarian food (we ate lunch there today).  And if you run out of things to do in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge is just down the road …

Forthcoming Exhibition

Advance notice that I will be exhibiting at ArtsMill in Hebden Bridge in February 2011.  This will be a collaboration with three other artists who also use childhood as a theme in their work.  ‘Have you seen my childhood?’ will be on show from Wed 9th February to Sun 6th March.  More details will follow.


Hebden Bridge 2010 Winter Open Studios is nearly here

My entry for the ‘Matryoshka‘ exhibition at Northlight Art Studios, as part of Hebden Bridge 2010 Winter Open Studios this weekend – 4th and 5th December, 11am – 5pm each day.  Artists will be opening their studios, and you can buy original art direct from the artists.   Fantastic original Christmas gifts for those people who’ve already got everything.  There will also be mince pies and hot refreshments in case you get hungry and thirsty…

'To Decorate'

'To Decorate' - collage and transfer on matryoshka doll

Part of my work explores dressing up and playing with dolls, and with this piece I have used images of a child playing at ‘being mummy’; dressing up, posing for the camera, pushing a teddy around in a cart.  These are layered over collaged fragments of ephemera such as recipes, fashion shots and marketing textbook chapters which can be glimpsed beneath the surface.  Their messages are subtle, but their substance creates a landscape.

This piece will be for sale at £100.

‘Matryoshka’ Exhibition and Northlight Open Studios

Northlight Xmas Open Studios 2010

Warmly inviting you to our Christmas Extravaganza!
Open Studios
and our stunning Matryoshka exhibition, artists’ individual take on the Russian doll,
take place the weekend of 4 and 5 December, 11am – 5pm at Northlight Studios in Hebden Bridge.
Do come and join the artists for a festive weekend – there will be a fantastic selection of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, prints, cards and more.
Look no further for all your Christmas shopping needs!
And of course there will be mulled wine and mince pies on hand – and even a raffle.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Festive greetings from all at Northlight Studios.