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Friday, 11 April 2014

Acts for Drawn to the Beat at Victoria Baths 26th of April

I can now confirm the acts who will be performing at Drawn to the Beat, but first a reminder of what to expect. I am inviting people to share in an immersive participatory performance drawing event. We will fill one of the empty swimming pools with an enormous drawing, made in response to listening to live and recorded music including a silent disco.

For more information and to get your ticket follow this link

And for a look at Drawn to the Beat at Band on the Wall in Manchester and at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton follow this link

I am very pleased to introduce the following incredibly talented musicians who, if the rehearsals are anything to go by, will be transporting the participants to truly wonderful and surprising places on the night!

 Firstly the incredibly talented musician and sound artist Najia Bagi!

“Ethereal vocals” – John Fordham, The Guardian
A self-professed fan of soul, jazz and motown, Bagi’s work is rich, classically influenced and driven by the ever-popular topic of love and loss. With keys set to quiver and her tumble-down voice primed to captivate, Bagi half recalls a heartbroken Regina Spektor – if the latter were better versed in, say, Beethoven ‘s sonatas and less taken with flights of whimsy.[sic] Magazine

Najia Bagi is a musician based in Manchester. She has written, produced and performed with several acts over the past few years including To Sophia, The Ground, The Electronic Exchange, Beats & Pieces Big Band and most recently, W E I G H T with Duncan Meadows of Marconi Union. Najia also works as a sound artist, most recently working with families at Manchester Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool. FB:

AND... our grand finale, formed especially for Drawn to the Beat at Victoria Baths the truly amazing 'Dark Pools Of Liquidity' - A new musical quartet bringing together regular collaborators Dan Bridgwood-Hill Ed Troup, Ian Breen and Charlotte Holroyd who have had a hand in a variety of excellent Manchester bands over the years such as NASDAQ, PLANK!, Borland, Claw The Thin Ice, Wode, Gold Blend and Day For Airstrikes. The group have prepared a largely improvised piece especially for the event, which will use guitars, keyboards, percussion, violin, saxophone and flute to make sounds that may drift from swampy psychedelia to something more influenced by jazz or folk.

I really cant wait! Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 6 March 2014


Feb Baby Art Club 2014

Well, it's been a while! A year has past and I am now a proud mum. I am just starting to get back into the swing of things with work, here is a picture of myself and Musician Najia Bagi with whom I run Baby Art Club at Manchester Art Gallery. Prior to my maternity leave I had been doing Baby art Club for a while, I really enjoy it as I am essentially commissioned to create different temporary multi sensory installations. Najia then comes up with an amazing sound element to complete the experience. This is what the babies, who are of course very multi sensory focused themselves, get to explore each time! For more on my return to baby art club follow this link
Its Back!

Drawn to the Beat at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 2011.
Drawn to the Beat at Band on the Wall, Manchester, 2011.

I am really pleased to announce that I will be doing a third version of my participatory event 'Drawn to the Beat' at Victoria Baths in Manchester on the 26th of April, and it looks to be the most ambitious one yet so I really hope you can join us on the night (see below for more info)

'Join us with artist Naomi Kendrick to share in an immersive participatory performance drawing event, filling one of the empty swimming pools with an enormous expressive drawing. We will be recording visually our physical experience of listening and responding to music including some live acoustic as well as recorded music via a silent disco.

Drawn To The Beat with artist Naomi Kendrick is part of UN-REST a 10 day long exhibition and series of events 24/4 - 4/5 2014 where contemporary artists explore physical expression in sub-cultures and dance phenomena.'

the project is supported by Arts council England and Victoria Baths

tickets £5 + booking fee

To read about my two previous Drawn to the Beats follow this link

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Goodbye for now!

 I will be taking some time out from this blog and a few other things, as I am going to have a baby next month and imagine i'll be pretty busy!

To mark my last performance for a while David Birchall, Dan Bridgwood Hill (DBH) and I performed for a few friends last Saturday in Longsight, Manchester. It was a really lovely evening to pause on. Here are a selection of photos from the night courtesy of Andrew Brooks, to see all click here

Gemma Lacey has written a great post about the night which includes her own drawings of the performance

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Drawing Sessions # 2 - Liverpool Biennial 2012

A performance in which I drew in response to live improvised music by David Birchall & Dan Bridgwood Hill. This took place at Drawing Sessions # 2 as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2012 at Camp and Furnace. Drawing Sessions # 2 was an incredible 12 hours of participatory drawing event involving the public, artists, performers and musicians created by Drawing Paper and The Royal Standard.

Photo Jon Barraclough

Photo Jon Barraclough

Photo Jon Barraclough

Photo Jon Barraclough

Photo Jon Barraclough

Jam for Drawing Sessions in Dan's basement. Photo Andrew Brooks.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Coming Soon - Liverpool Biennial Performance 17th November 2012

David Birchall, Dan Bridgewood Hill and I will be performing at Drawing Sessions #2 on the 17th of November at 8pm. Drawing Paper, The Royal Standard and the Liverpool Biennial are putting on a full 12 hours of drawing, music, film and talks. It looks amazing!  

More info here

Monday, 29 October 2012

Drawings 2012 - A Selection

Click here for more of my 2012 drawings

'Untitled' pastel on black paper, Naomi Kendrick, 2012.

'Dancing Barefoot' (Drawing in response to music), pastel on paper, Naomi Kendrick, 2012.

'The Onion' Studio drawing in response to music (Dan Bridgewood Hill & David Birchall Improvising), charcoal on paper, Naomi Kendrick, 2012.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Whitworth Gallery 'After Hours' Performance October 2012

Drawing in response to improvised sound by musicians David Birchall and Dan Bridgewood Hill. Film maker Patrick Baxter provided live film of the drawing emerging, seen by the audience on a big screen.

View Paddy Baxter's film of the performance here

Read Artist Bronwyn Platten's fascinating take on this performance here

For more images from this performance click on the link