Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Nest

Junk Metal Nest Sketch, originally uploaded by Wayne Chisnall.

Firstly I’d like to congratulate John McIlduff and Brian Irvine for winning one of the 12 Artists Take the Lead awards (commissions totalling £5.4 million) with their proposed Nest project - and secondly I’d like to thank them for using a blown-up image of my Junk Metal Nest sketch for the recent press conference here in London. After the conference John told me that he’d seen my sketch appear on Channel 4 News. It’s probably more like 15 seconds than 15 minutes of fame, but hey, I’m easily pleased.
John contacted me about using my drawing after he came across it on the internet. Although I’d already heard about the Arts Council England and London 2012 award (with money like that up for grabs, what artist hadn’t) it was the first that I’d heard of their Nest project. And once they told me about the similarities between their work and mine I immediately agreed to let them use my sketch.

Below are a few paragraphs about the project that I found on -
But you can also find out more about the project at –
and at -

THE NEST invites the people of Northern Ireland to create art on a massive scale through the simple act of donating an object. These will be collected and assembled into a gigantic creation to be built in Belfast by a team of artists and designers. THE NEST will become a focal point for a large-scale music and choral event, composed, written and directed by Brian Irvine and John McIlduff - inspired and performed by the people of Northern Ireland.

This huge multi-media project will have a presence throughout the towns and villages of the nation, as artists and volunteer teams travel to collection points to find out about and gather in the objects that people wish to donate. A multitude of items, small and large, will be collected from donors who will be asked to attach a baggage label illustrating how they are connected to their donated object. Donors will be filmed with their objects and the objects will be photographed, catalogued and under the direction of an artistic design team, take a single shape that will become THE NEST.

Words from these baggage labels together with film footage of people making their donations will be transformed into a large-scale musical work that will be performed by an orchestra and large community chorus made up of people from all over Northern Ireland: professional and unemployed people, young and not so young, farmers, doctors, bankers, shop-keepers, and people with disabilities amongst many others.

With thousands of objects and labels and hundreds of singing voices and musicians, THE NEST will be a far reaching, all embracing, sonic and sculptural landscape that examines and questions relationships between people and the things that we surround ourselves with - the things from which we make our own nests.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Spidey Pods @ Orbital Comics

Incase any of you eagle-eyed comic fans hadn'd noticed, I thought I'd mention that my Spidey Pods prints are now on sale at Orbital Comics (a framed copy can be seen up on the wall behind the first counter). Orbital recently moved to 8 Great Newport Street, just round the corner from Leicester Square tube station. If the adddress sounds familiar to anyone it is probably because it is the former location of that fine institution, the Photographers' Gallery (now relocated to 16 - 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW).

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA. Tel: 02072400591

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

South Bank Graffiti

Here's a short video montage of what we all recently got up to at Ctrl+Alt+Shift's 'Writing On The Wall' event at the South Bank, London.