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Life Drawings

Friday, 10 April 2020 at 15:29

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Life Drawings

Friday, 10 April 2020 at 15:26

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I've added a few more drawings to the Life Studies portfolio, and started a new portfolio Life Drawings. Both are accessible from the Painting page.




Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 12:28

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 11:37

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I've not got round to the blog for a while. Now with the corona virus lockdown in its third week, with more time than I need on my hands, I thought I should get back to it.

I've put a few drawings up in the Life Studies portfolio. There are a few hundred drawings tucked away somewhere. As an experiment I've just picked a few that were close to hand and that photographed reasonably well. Many of the lighter sketches wouldn't work, but I'll look through the other portfolios and see what might translate to screen.

Life drawing in one of the things I've missed lately, but maybe it's time to get the pencils out and draw the wildlife in the garden. The tadpoles are wringgling, and the pond will soon be hopping with froglets. The birds are nesting, and it won't be long before the fledgings are out.


Cityscape Paintings in Ferens and Beverley Open Exhibitions

Friday, 14 February 2020 at 10:46

Passengers at Paragon Station, Hull

Two of Cliff's large cityscape paintings on a railway theme, Passengers at Paragon Station (left) and King's Cross Station, appear in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull 2020 Open Exhibition. The exhibition opens 15 February and continues until 26 April.

Another painting, Fountains, Queen Victoria Square, Hull is in the Beverley Open Exhibition, which opened in December and continues until 29 February. Both exhibitions are free.

Frost Fair at York

Friday, 29 November 2019 at 13:32

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Mary Aherne and I are reading at York Frost Fair, at 12.30 pm.

Sunday 1st December.

Do come along if you're in York. It's free! Mary and I will bring some of our books for sale. And also some freebies, including the latest issue of The Critical Fish.

Thin Ice Press Frost Fair

Sunday 1st December 2019, 10am – 4pm

King’s Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP

Thin Ice Press invites you to our first festive Frost Fair, hosted in the historic King’s Manor. Join us to celebrate York’s printing heritage, find out more about historical adventures on the frozen Ouse, do a little bit of pre-Christmas shopping — and try your hand at letterpress printing.

In 1715, a London Frost Fair boasted nine-pin bowling, ‘Cripple Atkins roasting an Ox’, boys sliding, a printing booth, a music booth, a shoulder of mutton roasting in a string, a tavern, a rolling press, a geneva (gin) booth, a gingerbread stall, a goldsmith, ‘Huffing Jack’, and a husband-and-wife team of poets, ‘rhyming on the hard Frost’.

We’ve done our best to recreate that spirit. Join us for
– letterpress printing from Thin Ice Press and The Print Project, including a chance to print your own souvenir of the day;
– lino prints from Joanna Lisowiec, who has been working on some magical new prints for the occasion;
– gorgeous jewellery from Karen Ward;
– a pop-up bookstall from Fox Lane Books, with titles chosen by University of York English Department staff and students;
– gingerbread made to an eighteenth-century recipe;
– ninepins, children’s activities (including story times), poetry readings, and talks;
– the King’s Manor refectory, open from 10-4; serving mulled wine, mince pies ánd other refreshments.

Programme for Talks and Readings
11.00am Children’s story time I
12.30pm Poetry reading from Cliff Forshaw and Mary Aherne
2.00pm Talk on frost fairs and ephemeral printing from Professor Gillian Russell
3.00pm Children’s story time II

King’s Manor is off York Exhibition Square, next to York Art Gallery. The Frost Fair will be held in the Huntingdon Room and Anteroom.

Tables are free and we do have a couple of spaces still available. If you would like to know more, please email

Critical Fish

Friday, 22 November 2019 at 11:17

Critical Fish

The second issue of The Critical Fish has just swum off. It is free, in that it has been liberated from the printers, but also in that it costs nothing. The journal is an artist-led collaborative project which promotes critical and accessible writing about the arts and visual culture. It's centred on Hull, but also looks outward. The Fish supports creativity throughout the region and invites contributions and ideas from further afield. The second issue is "Brill"... each issue is named after a fish...  and has a couple of my poems in, one accompanied by my painting of Paragon Station, the other by my aquatint of the Truelove sculpture.

The Critical Fish is interested in creative, critical and collaborative writing. Insde you'll find essays, painting, poetry, photography, illustration, interviews and conversations.

The commissioning editors are Jill Howitt and Lauren Saunders, and you can get in touch with them via thecriticalfish on facebook or at hello@the



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