Tuesday, 20 July 2010

photographer on board

I have enlisted the help of a friend, Christian smith (www.christian-smith.com) to photograph each artist involved in the project. He will shoot them at work in their space. I aim to produce a book documenting the whole project and the photographs will be shown alongside images of the work and the corresponding text. This way, there is a record of the whole story after the show comes down and the work gets sold (hopefully!).
It is exciting to have someone new on board and also good timing. Tomorrow will be the six year anniversary of Georgie's death. It is still a sad moment but enough time has now passed for me to also look at this day as a chance to celebrate everything about her that was so positive. And there is plenty.
What i love about the project is how it's shape already resembles so much of the good stuff about Georgie in a way that would never have happened, had i been more in control of it. the images submitted so far and the people involved all have a certain relevance to parts of her life. So, i feel she is somehow at the helm of this project, steering its course from wherever she may be now.

Monday, 5 July 2010

"...to be delivering his Ikea kitchen units. In fact the painter was so surprised that he..."

Here is one of the paintings and corresponding text that has been submitted to the Georgie Project. Who made it will remain a secret until the end! The artist, Holly Frean, kicked off the project and then sent it onto me. I picked Patrick Hughes, who then asked Les Coleman, who chose Leigh Fox. Leigh is currently working on his piece at the moment. I love the work submitted so far. It is wonderfully bizarre and cohesive at the same time. I shall work out a way to publish parts of the images and text written, on this blog, without giving the whole game away. I want to keep as much of the "story" a surprise until the project comes to an end and I exhibit all the work together.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

about the project

I have recently started a project, outlined below, and will use this blog to chart its progress and keep me motivated. four artists so far have participated and i hope to have at least another 20 on board over the next year. I will publish pictures of the work submitted and the artists involved, as the project continues.

My sister, Georgia Morland, ended her short life in 2004 at 27 years old. She battled with a bipolar disorder and drug and alcohol dependencies. Despite the inevitable suffering Georgia encountered, much of her life was full of joy and surprises. These are the parts that I hope to highlight with the project – with the intention of amusing all those who are involved in its making.


Art brought Georgia much solace in her darkest hours. For this reason I have chosen to donate part of the profits generated by the project to a cause that will benefit others who have also sought refuge in and been uplifted by the process of creativity.

The Other Side Gallery is a London charity supporting contemporary outsider artists. They collaborate with organisations providing arts activities for adults who use mental health services, people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning difficulties and other groups that are disadvantaged or excluded from society, including homeless people, refugees, substance misusers, offenders and ex-offenders. In order to promote and sell artists’ work they host and manage a virtual gallery. They also organize regular exhibitions, and offer opportunities for mentoring, volunteering, networking and professional development. All of this can contribute to the vital boost of morale and self confidence many of these people need. The Other Side Gallery is managed by member artists working alongside the trustees.


A version of “artist consequences”. The first artist starts by making a painting or drawing (or any other kind of two dimensional work excluding photography) in response to a sentence they have written, with a second sentence started that is intended to be completed by an artist of their choosing. That artist then makes their piece, in response to the previous one they have seen and the corresponding sentence. They complete the previous artist’s sentence and begin another one, to be completed by an artist of their choice, and so on.