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Film poster display at No Object. © Constantine Gras

From No Object to Your Object

No Object My studio is a 1966 council flat that has no domestic furnishings. I invited visitors to bring an object from home and to tell me a story. Many thanks to visitors and participants in No Object. You brought my studio to life for a day with your stories about a milk and marmalade […]

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Open Age group in the House with 40 rooms. © Constantine Gras

Horizons West

It might not be the final frontier. But this blog entry begins and ends with space. The big bang of the widescreen, large format and panoramic. A location for an artist to perform and connect with people. The contested politics of space, building homes and forging communities. First stop. Let me beam you to my […]

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Stone hugging in oil pastels. © Constantine Gras

Artistic habitations

Beyond the garden fence of the studio, the building work of More West progresses. Insulation material is being installed. Inside, I’m holding court on my first open day. It was great to see old and especially new faces. Allan Tyrrell was born in the area. Eman Yosry is a more recent resident. They met for […]

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Completed image that will grace the building site hoarding. © Claire Rye.

Community art in the material world

Definitely settled in as Community Artist: collaborating with local art projects, connecting with the V&A collections and mapping out my own artistic concerns. First off, spray painting at the Henry Dickens Court Community Centre. Local children working with TMO, Steph Perkins and lead artist, Claire Rye, have produced a great picture that will be attached to […]

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My first week as Community Artist in Residence

I’ve finally signed my tenancy contract with RBKC and have kicked the studio flat into shape. Several licks of paint and Constantine’s your uncle, the V&A Museum Community Artist. I am uniquely based at a former council flat that is part of a housing redevelopment. All the flats on this side of Shalfleet Drive will […]

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