Chichester Festival Theatre Residency

This residency, a collaboration between the University of Chichester and Chichester Festival Theatre, is starting in mid-March. My aim is to engage with the onsite community of CFT (permanent staff and Festival 205 companies/creative teams) and find locations in the theatre to draw and paint. I shall choose those locations in response to the tweets I receive from those working in the theatre who want to tweet about their relationship with the refurbished building. I am particularly interested in transitional spaces such as doorways, staircases and also (perhaps bizarrely) basements. The theme of light and dark is an ever present characteristic of being within a theatre and I expect this to influence my work too.


I’m very excited to have been selected to be the artist in residence at Chichester Festival Theatre during the 2015 season. This will bring to a close my work in Oaklands Park House, which has been a significant step in my journey. I have had the opportunity to work in and respond to a specific environment and continue my exploration of stairs and doorways. The basement area has proved to be the most interesting (and worrying) place to be working. I started with drawings and then spent a day in the basement painting. The painting developed further, back in the studio. As is often the case with my paintings, it was turned through 90 degrees part way through. I also painted out a chunk of the painting, prior to this turn.

Basement Pipes Charcoal on paper

Basement Pipes
Charcoal on paper

Oaklands Basement 1

Oaklands Basement 1

Oaklands Basement 3  Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm

Oaklands Basement 3
Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm

This is the painting which was done in situ.
The theatre residency begins in mid March.

Oaklands Park House Basement

This was my painting after a couple of hours down in the basement – partly spent setting up the workspace and also the video recording, which I hope to upload to Vimeo when the editing is complete.

Oaklands Basement Painting Day

Oaklands Basement Painting Day

Shortly after this photo was taken I turned the painting through 90 degrees and painted out about 25% of the area with white paint in order to give myself something to resolve after a short break. The painting has remained (so far) as a landscape image.
This is a time-lapse video of some of the time that I was painting: You will need the password FAM6 to watch the clip.