No Match Found

“Round peg in a square hole” (adapted traditional saying) Take a look at the first picture. This is a print by Tracy Emin, the queen of contentious art. What do you think? The second picture (below) is a picture that I have made recently in response to the process of redeployment. My current employer has […]

Reflection on the city of Leeds

The next in our series of recorded reflections is all about the city of Leeds, which we call home. We made it for our friends in the Leeds North and East Methodist Circuit. It is 10 minutes long and starts with a stilling exercise to get you into a calm and reflective mindset. We ask […]

Activists: on not burning out

At the heart of an activist’s drive for transformation is a set of challenges. How do I maintain balance, perspective and proportion in my campaigning and resist the temptation to demonise my perceived opponents? How do I ‘keep at it’ when the energy and focus fades away in the face of ongoing disappointments and setbacks? […]

Get me out of here: joy in the everyday

“Wait here and stay awake with me” Matthew 6 I wonder what you see in the first picture; graffiti on a wall, a cryptic message perhaps. This piece is part of Portal – a series of interventions I made around Bradford city centre, exploring the concept of escape and other worlds. We may feel like […]

Session 3 of ‘mindfulness in difficult times’: grounded

This is session 3 of a 6 part introductory course to mindfulness techniques, which is about calming, soothing and helping us become more grounded. In this session accredited mindfulness teacher Cathy takes us through some more primal movement, helping to ground us in the present moment. She shares teaching and then offers some meditation to […]

Meditation for peace and justice

The next in our series of guided meditations, this one focuses on peace and justice. I was going to create a meditation only about peace but I soon realised the relationship with justice is so siginificant it had to be about both. There is a stilling exercise to begin then I gently explore the co-dependent […]

Session 2 of ‘mindfulness in a difficult time’: gentle movement

This is session 2 of a 6 part introductory course to mindfulness techniques, which is about movement, stretching and breathing. It is taught by the wonderful Cathy Ward a mindfulness teacher and massage therapist. Cathy has created this for everyone, whether you have tried mindfulness before or not. Cathy’s teaching style is gentle as this […]

Where the heart is: a visual meditation

“Heart is where home is” Nancy Horseman When you look at the first image what do you see? What does it make you think about? This picture shows a piece called ‘Stay’ which I made several years ago about the refugee situation. The little houses each have one of the (often random) categories that allow […]

No going back: a visual meditation

I wonder what you see when you look at the first image: butterfly ghosts perhaps, disappearing into the night. This picture was made by two adults with a disability whom I work with (‘artmakers’); Nat painted the background and Lucy printed the butterflies. The second image is by Amy, also an artmaker. This last two […]