‘No Walk Ins’

‘No Walk Ins’

Touch is a thorny subject these days; COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo. It is also an increasingly and necessarily complex one. Some of these complexities are long overdue in being recognised; the period of time taken in recognising them charged with silence,...
3 lines and a gap …

3 lines and a gap …

A man called Pete Wallis first introduced me to Restorative Justice. I had the joy of working with him for 6 years when I worked for the youth offending service in England. In his book, ‘Understanding Restorative Justice’ Pete suggests that crime creates a gap between...
Drawing a line …

Drawing a line …

Whether it be drawing the first line on an architectural plan, chiseling the formative channel out of a section of wood, stitching the inaugural row of an embroidery, making the initial downstroke of a letter, or being brave enough to make a brush stroke on an empty...
The gift of food shared…

The gift of food shared…

Last week, I was taught the importance of food in transcending culture and language by a friend’s seven year old daughter. Ten years ago I had the privilege of being the witness at a friend’s wedding in the Czech Republic…I had not seen my friend...
Portholes and shoormal

Portholes and shoormal

I went to the opening of a friend’s exhibition last week, ‘Island Connections’, by Vivian Ross-Smith, at Bonhoga Gallery. It is a collection of works that examines the relationships between people and land. Vivian carried out an artist residency on...