First of all I should introduce myself: I’m an artist, curator and writer working out of my shed studio in Elland. I’m a multidisciplinary artist which basically means I dabble in all sorts: sculpture, video, print, drawing, performance, sound, publishing. My current obsession is rubbish – I completed my Masters by Research at the University of Huddersfield in the value of rubbish in art practice – and I’m passionate about talking rubbish!

  Mothers Who Make

I know our lovely editor Liz through Mothers Who Make Halifax and the Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network as we both trained as volunteer peer supporters. I currently coordinate the Mothers Who Make Halifax group which meets monthly to talk about our current activities as makers (artist, writers, crafters, bakers, etc) and juggling making and motherhood. This is an open group and all mothers who make are welcome to attend, children welcome too (and there’s cake!). Our October meeting is on the 19th at 11am at Word of Mouth in Hebden Bridge.

I often have several project on the go at once and this Autumn is no exception. I’m Artist in Residence at the Brighouse Recycling Centre for Brighouse Festival 2018: This will involve researching and documenting rubbish on site, resulting in a performance on site and an exhibition at Brighouse Library for the Festival. I’ve curated projects for Brighouse Festival previously on the theme of discarded materials, and have long been keen to be resident artist in a tip, so this is a dream come true! You can book onto the performance here I’ll update how that’s going in future issues.

I’m also producing a project called Dwell Time which is concerning reflections on mental wellbeing. The project is in partnership with the Penistone Line and we’re publishing a newspaper of art, writing and poetry about mental health in 2019. We’re also performing poetry on the Penistone Line for National Poetry Day (4 October 2018) and welcome submissions to our open call  Mental health can be ‘rubbish’ in that sometimes our mental health is good, sometimes it’s rubbish. Everybody has mental health just like physical health, but it still remains a taboo subject that’s difficult to talk about sometimes. Art and poetry has the power to convey what we experience in great magnitude. And talking about mental health is important too! It’s good to talk.

Feel free to contact me via the links below to talk rubbish! I’ll be back next month with more rubbish.

Alice Bradshaw