July 21, 2018

In June 2018, I participated in the Arteles Creative Centre ‘Back to Basics’ residency programme.  Arteles is located in a rural area near Hämeenkyrö, Finland and is host to more than 140 selected international artists and creative professionals each year.  The centre...

April 9, 2017

On Monday 27th March, I methodically packed my belongings – some of which I’d leave at Sunbeach Hotel and collect at the end of the week.  Lewis, Zoe, and I decided to pay a last visit to Galle before I would head on to Mirissa and Tangalle, and they’d fly back to Scot...

March 28, 2017

27 March 2017, Mirissa

Yesterday morning (our final morning in Hikkaduwa) Lewis asked if I was feeling emotional at all, to which I replied “I think if I sneezed right now I’d burst into tears”.  Our final few days together have been beautiful and heartbreaking and it’s...

March 21, 2017

On Monday 13 March, we began structuring the finale event that will take place on the 24th of the month.  Each day of this week has been spent designing and programming the solo and collaborative work that we’ve been working on during this residency.

Part of this proces...

March 14, 2017

Another very full week!  On Tuesday morning we made our way to Colombo to present to students and staff at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts.  Upon arrival, we were guided through the building where a great number of music students were rehearsing for th...

March 5, 2017

3 March 2017

Somehow it’s March and we’re coming to the end of the 3rd week of our residency.  This week has been much less eventful than last week, and I’ve deliberately stayed close to “home”.  And it really did feel like coming home after our visit to Kandy.  I’ve ne...

February 23, 2017

21 February 2017

It’s 7.20am and I’m sitting on the balcony of a stunning villa up in the hills of Kandy.  I awoke around 6 to a beautiful chorus of birdsong and a call to prayer coming from a nearby mosque.  Our accommodation for the first half of this week must be the...

February 16, 2017

It was something of a shock to experience the blast of humidity when steeping out of the airport in Colombo some 18 hours after leaving the almost sub-zero temperatures of Glasgow.  Climbing into a small minibus, my driver took us on a knuckle-biting journey through th...

January 7, 2015

Exercise #1: To move from one end of a room to the other, shedding our skin as we go.  I lower myself to a crouching position, feeling the cool wooden floor beneath my fingertips.  My breathing is anxious.   I feel myself pulled flat and begin to crawl slowly forward,...

October 5, 2014

The following is a presentation I gave at the sonADA pilot event at Seventeen on Belmont Street, Aberdeen on 4 October 2014:

 

When I was first asked to present at this seminar I was rather thrown by the initially proposed theme – “what does it mean to...

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