A book is essentially not a talking thing, but a written thing; and written, not with a view of mere communication, but of permanence.  The book of talk is printed only because its author cannot speak to thousands of people at once; if he could, he would–the volume is mere MULTIPLICATION of his voice.  You cannot talk to your friend in India; if you could, you would; you write instead:  that is mere
CONVEYANCE of voice.  But a book is written, not to multiply the voice merely, not to carry it merely, but to perpetuate it.  The author has something to say which he perceives to be true and useful, or helpfully beautiful.  So far as he knows, no one has yet said it; so far as he knows, no one else can say it.  He is bound to say it, clearly and melodiously if he may; clearly at all events. In the sum of his life he finds this to be the thing, or group of things, manifest to him;–this, the piece of true knowledge, or sight, which his share of sunshine and earth has permitted him to seize.  He would fain set it down for ever; engrave it on rock, if he could; saying, “This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved, and hated, like another; my life was as the vapour, and is not; but this I saw and knew:  this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.”  That is his “writing;” it is, in his small human way, and with whatever degree of true inspiration is in him, his inscription, or scripture.  That is a “Book.”

John Ruskin – Sesame and Lillies

York, 2011(2)

This is me, I saw this.


Milky Way – The Unruly Page, exhibition at York College

The Unruly Page

York College Gallery

Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB.

2nd March – 28th March 2013

‘The Unruly Page’ is the second exhibition of MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall, an ongoing collaboration between artists Emma Bolland and Tom Rodgers and curator Judit Bodor. The project uses David Peace’s novel, 1980, as a starting point to explore myth-making as method connecting visual art, curating and writing practices in approaching past events through our current understanding of them.

“This exhibition presents fragments of the research process using theoretical and physical deconstruction of existing texts and visual documentation of our visits to sites. We use these fragments to rethink and eventually rework our experience of the novel in a new form of a non-linear publication. In this process the exhibition format helps us in problematizing what a ‘publication’ might be, with reference to the orthodox and constrained concepts of a bound and ordered narrative of images and texts.

It is clear now that the material has not obeyed, and is disrupting and resisting linear narratives, insisting upon a nomadic inhabitation of an aberrant and scattered codex.  In the gallery scraps and scrawls and fragments intrude upon the considered aesthetic of drawings and photographs, in a re-enactment of the unpredictable process of research.”

Judit Bodor, Emma Bolland, Tom Rodgers, 2013

The Unruly Page runs from 2 March to 28 March 2013 at York College Gallery. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday (9am – 5 pm) and Saturday (9 am – 12 noon). Entry is free. Private view, 5 March 5-7 pm.The Language of the Studio

Three Points of Contact Residency Moves to Glasgow

The residency has moved on to the second point of contact at Glasgow School of Art. My contact sheets work has gone with them and now hangs with all the other artists’ work in GSA.

Catherine Scriven, my contact sheets, found vinyl and Spurn Point pebble.

Alongside this, a-n have published a review of the residency: “Pioneering a new model for international residencies, Three Points of Contact brings artists together across a triangle of UK venues to collaborate, research – and just see what happens”


Three Points of Contact – Artists Residency

Three Points of Contact

A new roving residency and evolving network that creates the opportunity for curators to work together, bringing international artists into contact with UK artists at contrasting locations.

The residency sets up as an experimental space in each participating gallery, where the artists can research and develop ideas through collaborative experiments, dialogue and public interaction.

In the pilot year, the three month residency will start in York (13–23 November 2012), move to Glasgow (3–14 December 2012) and finish in Penzance (15–26 January 2013).

The residency is also online at

work in progress

John Berger and Milky Way at Somerset House

The Other Compass & The Other Stars

We are both storytellers. Lying on our backs, we look up at the night sky. This is where stories began, under the aegis of that multitude of stars which at night filch certitudes and sometimes returns them as faith.

and our faces, my heart, brief as photos, John Berger 1984

Site visit

‘Joan’s Rose’. Site visit. Photograph: Tom Rodgers

6 November, 5 pm
Somerset House, London

A discussion session hosted by Emma Bolland and Judit Bodor about Empathy and Uncertainty in Creative Practice as part of ‘Redrawing the Maps’, a week of conversations, collaborations, screenings and workshops inspired by the work of John Berger. Redrawing the Maps takes place between 5-10 November 2012, in spaces around the John Berger: Art and Property Now exhibition at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, London.


Precious Cargo – Eliza Draper an Absent Presence

A gallery of selected works is now available to peruse on the trust’s website.

Highly recommended.



The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall, one time home of writer Laurence Sterne, will be exhibiting work from a range of artists as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme. The Precious Cargo project focuses on an interpretation of the “absent presence” Sterne had with his “muse”, Eliza Draper, before and during her long sea-voyage to India in 1767.

Shandy Hall, Coxwold – 29th April – 29th June 2012

For more information, please see the Precious Cargo website.