I was invited by Making Space (a community-based arts organisation) in Hampshire to talk about my practice at their bi-monthly networking lunch.

As the lead craft organisation in Hampshire and the only visual arts organisation funded by Hampshire County Council, Making Space initiates opportunities for new networks and partnership working to raise the profile of craft. This includes working with local arts organisations and contributing to regional and national developments around craft and community engagement.

It was a great experience for me and I was honoured to be invited. I was invited by Mary Dalton (RCA) after working as an invigilator for her solo printmaking exhibition in ArtSway over the summer. The MakingSpace networking lunches is a great opportunity for artists and local communities to get together and discuss their work and everyone just brings a dish!

The audience gave me some great feedback and we discussed issues in the talk long after the talk was finished. MakingSpace also run various community workshops and house seven studios for practitioners to use as well as two fully equipped workshops.

I hope to go back there soon and the organisers and I were discussing to collaborate on projects involving the sonic-based workshops that is a key theme in my practice. I am also hoping to visit Mary at Hollybank woods where she is an artist in residence and am liaising with her on a project involving the woods.

For more information please visit: makingspace.org