My work uses stories, memories, beliefs that may be held in everyday spaces, people and objects. I often play with found materials and occupied and unoccupied spaces, working to transform the meanings contained within. I then weave together old and new materials . Consistently stitch, costume and ceramics. My work finds life and expansion through its audience.
My practice in the therapeutic arts is intrinsic to my artistic practice. I am passionate about informal creative facilitation and in awe of children’s surviving capacity for magical thinking, sometimes despite all the odds. I am also committed to developing my own practice around the concept of art as a source of nourishment, connection and healing. I believe that art is a necessary part of our everyday lives and that our own personal meanings can be transferred and contained in virtually everything around us; that this is something to nurture, encourage and celebrate. My work is concerned with personal and universal meanings, often involving the collecting of stories and memories. A vital part of this process is a capacity for building a rapport that will excite meaningful dialogue and questioning.
Selected recent curated:
2019-2020 ‘The Dogon Egg’ seven experimental weekend cells where artists try out new material that promotes a conversation with local residents and gallery visitors.Weekend 1 ‘An Actual Occasion’ interactive exhibition and silent disco Weekend 2 ‘Tomorrow’s Daydream’ three artists make and curate work in the space whilst inviting visitors to take part in the conversation.Weekend 3. Affordable Summer Arts Weekend. 10 artists host affordable summer arts fayre.http://mikeygeorgeson.com/?page_id=403.
2017 -2020 ‘Mind Your Head’ Seasonal Art Cabaret with Hosts Calum F Kerr and Caroline Gregory. Provide opportunities for artists and musicians to develop new live works and exhibit dirt cheap art. See website images. http://carolinegregoryart.com/portfolio/mind-your-head/
Selected recent live Projects:
2017-2019 Q-Park Chinese New Year Open Exhibition. curator Vanya Balogh.Including Year of The Dog “Another Fine Mess”, Year of the Cockerel ‘Wishbone Washing line’ and Year of the Pig ‘Bringing Home the Bacon’
2016 – 2019 Annual Bermondsey Artists Group members Showcase at Southwark Park Galleries.Including. ‘Pool’ Live performance and installation. ‘I’ve been a Little Unwell’ Part 1 and 2 Gallery and open air installation and live performance.
2013 – 2018 Chutney Preserves curator Sarah Sparkes. Live performance and installation.
2018. ‘Mum Before Me’ curators Joan Byrne, Phia Goddard and Caroline Wright.Including Live performance and installation.
2017 Inspiral Weekend Gravesend. Curated by Charlie Fox. Interactive installation of ‘Forgotten Sea Chest’
2002-2014 The Surgery and Nunhead Open Art Exhibition.
Co- founded The Surgery an artist led project set up to promote and encourage opportunities for dialogue between artists. The Surgery had use of a shop front gallery space on Evelina Road where over forty events, projects and exhibitions took place. The Surgery established Nunhead Arts week & founded The Nunhead Open Exhibition http://thesurgery.turnpiece.net/
2011 IATE Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Arts Counselling Diploma
2006 Goldsmiths University Foundation in Arts Psychotherapy
1991 St Martins School of Art and Design. BA Hons Fine Art/Sculpture
1988 Wimbledon School of Art. Art Foundation Studies
Informal arts educational projects with children and young people:
2015 Cafe Gallery Projects: Arts activity for 9-11 year olds. In response to Stephen Pippin’s self balancing pencil 2014 ’Hungry Ghost Festival’ arts activities for 8 -14 year olds to celebrate Halloween.
2013 ’At the Moment of Being Heard’ South London Gallery: Arts activities for 14 – 18 year olds. In response to SLG exhibition in collaboration with Southwark CAMHS services.
2013 Gallions School. P4C permanent installation of outdoor artworks and arts activity leading to philosophical enquiry led by year 5 and 6 pupils.
2003 – 2013 Lewisham Young Carers Centre. Planning and delivery of arts activities, clubs and young people’s arts based events including annual coordination and delivery ‘ The Big
Arts Counselling: 2011 -2019 private practice
2009 – 2013 New Woodlands EBD School. Individual sessions
2010 – 2013 Abbey Manor College. Individual sessions.
2009 – 2013 Lewisham Young Carers. Individual sessions.