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After a false start my New Expressions 3 New Opportunities Award – supporting artists to make work with museums – is now going ahead.

Earlier this year I was looking intently at the former schoolroom in the attic of the Long Mill (1782-1789) at Darley Abbey Mills, near Derby. For a short time I thought this was it but it turns out it wasn’t and I haven’t been able to include it in the film. But I did do a Pecha Kucha presentation about the relic that is the schoolroom and the veracity of the photograph for the FORMAT 15 Conference at QUAD in April.

An Action Repeated (Tim Shore)
These stills are from the Pecha Kucha. In an attempt to fix the pristine digital image I printed the 20 photographs for the presentation on my inkjet printer – as the colour cartridge ran out. Which was good. I then rescanned them for the presentation.

Thanks to Anthony Attwood at Darley Abbey Mills for permission to photograph the schoolroom.

I’m now working with the National Trust to make a film installation called Blind Spot for The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The Workshouse was built in 1824 and remained in use up until the 1980’s when the site was used for residential care for the elderly. Blind Spot will be projected in a small partitioned room off one of the former dormitories on the top floor of the Workhouse. It will be on show from 24 July to 1 November 2015.

TWH Workhouse IMG_4417The Workhouse, Southwell

TWH Oakum IMG_1522Oakum. One of the many arduous tasks that the ealry Workhouse inmates had to perform was to pick and untwist old tarred rope into individual fibres. Oakum was used to caulk ship’s timbers and lag pipes.

Oakum, junk, caulk, lag.

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Forge for Derwent Pulse

This is Forge, an animation projection that was shown as part of Charles Monkhouse’s Derwent Pulse event at Darley Abbey, Derby on Friday night (31 October). It was made with my University of Derby colleagues Stuart Poynton and Marc Bosward. Rob and Phil at Derby QUAD provided the projection and the PA system.

We were approached by the Darley Abbey Society, after seeing our previous projection piece at Strutt’s North Mill Belper, to make a short animation work which was looped and projected onto the faces of the Grade I listed Long Mill (1782-89) and the adjoining West Mill (1819-21).

Stuart, Marc and I each made short animation sequences, with a soundtrack by Marc. The animation references the history of water, power, fire and rebuilding that characterises the history of the site. I used and abused letterpress printing I’ve made at the Univeristy of Derby’s printmaking studio. There is a certain joy in seeing little pieces of 30pt Univers lead type (with a x-height of about 6mm) transformed via ink, digits and light into 60 centimetre tall kinetic chaos bouncing across the walls of the mill.

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