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Group Photo, Issyk Kul, Kyrgizstan

Thursday, 28 June 2018 at 15:25

Group Photo, Artists, Issyk Kul, Kyrgizstan

Here we are on our last morning at Issyk Kul. From left to right:

Mary Aherne, Ivana Ognjanovac, Regula Schelling, Laura Arena, Cliff, Peter Srager, Goran Hudec, Florin Dan Prodan, Mare Suljac.

We had a great time. All the very best. Hope we all meet up again!

Kyrgiz Musicians

Thursday, 28 June 2018 at 15:01

Kyrgiz Musicians

Here are the Kutt family, who came and performed Kyrgiz traditional music in the main yurt. For the most part the instruments seemed appropriately ancient, though they did also bring out an accordian which became popular during Soviet times. Madame Kutt is wearing an impressively feathered hat. The men have these white hats, though they seemed more popular in the the south. I got one myself in the great bazaar in Osh, and intend to wear it when (and if) I perform my Issyk Kul poem - a sort of fragmented epic of the power struggles around contemporary Central Asia. The Great Game goes on... as indeed does the other game and its struggle for international superiority. Here and there, signal and electricity permitting, we managed to catch a couple of the World Cup matches.

Mid-Summer Performance, Kyrgistan

Thursday, 28 June 2018 at 14:35

Mid-Summer Performance, Kyrgizstan

For the mid-summer solstice, we had a performance on the lake. There was poetry from our group of visitors, as well as a performance by a family of Kyrgiz musicians and a short recital of an episode from Manas - the Kyrgiz national epic poem which has been called "the Iliad of the Steppes". Necessarily short: this collection of tales is twenty times as long as the Odyssey. 

The super-hero is the Khan Manas, and the narrative revolves around his exploits in carving out a homeland for the Kyrgiz people in the face of hostile hordes. There are references and monuments to the epic throughout the country; even the capital's airport is called Manas.


Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at 15:06

Outside my Yurt

I've not posted anything for a while as I've been in Kyrgizstan with Mary Aherne, staying mainly in this yurt on the shoes of the great lake Issyk Kul. The lake is huge and sandwiched between two mountain ranges, bordering Kazakstan to the north and China to the south and east. The lake was off limits to foreigners in Soviet times and was used by the navy to test torpedos and much else. There is also a decommissioned Soviet plant which manufactured heavy water on the shores of the lake. It has been decontaminated now - just as well, as we could see it from our yurt.

We were there with a group of artists, invited by my Romanian poet friend Florin. I'll post some more pictures over next couple of days.

Prospect Gallery Exhibition Continues

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 08:58

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The exhibition at the Prospect Gallery continues. The gallery will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am - 4pm. See previous posts for details. Here's Andy Fairbank at the opening.

Paintings for sale include two of my recent Tidal Barrier works and two of my Hull cityscapes.

Hull Print Collective

Friday, 4 May 2018 at 16:46

Hull Print Collective

The Hull Print Collective is an evolving group of printmakers which meets weekly at Hull College to exchange ideas, offer advice and use the facilities to print and make final work.

Hull Print Collective organises several exhibitions a year, with one at Beverley (details below) and one at Burton Constable coming up in 2018. Cliff has recently joined them and some of his prints appear on the website, where you can also find details of exhibitions and other events.

Hull Print Collective Exhibition at Salt Architects

Saturday 30th June to Thursday 30th August 2018.

There will be two Open Days were the Hull Print Collective will be represented by various members of the group.

Saturday 30th June 10 am to 4 pm – Open Day

Thursday 5th July 5.30 to 8 pm – Open Day

We plan to have some ‘Meet the Artists’ days in August – Watch this space for further details.

Framed and unframed prints are available to purchase throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Exhibition @ Salt
54 Lairgate

New Prospect Gallery Opening. Sandra Holle's exhibition

Thursday, 3 May 2018 at 08:50

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Sandra's exhibition accompanies the retrospective mentioned on the previous blog. All welcome. Come along and let us put a drink in your hand as you see both shows.

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