Marking an important 20 year anniversary

    On my bedroom wall sits an apparently unremarkable photograph. A fragment of a larger photo-collage, it blends with other family snapshots that are scattered in plain, wooden frames around our house. In the photo I am smiling, wearing a red, seersucker dress from a well-known UK retailer founded in Leeds in 1894 by a Polish-Jewish refugee Mr Marks and his friend from Skipton, Mr Spencer. The blue fabric mules I’m wearing are from the same shop. Sunglasses swing on a string around my neck and my hair is in a short phase, lightened by having lived in the sun. I’m wearing…

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Una’s Spotify playlists

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl back into my loneliness.” Maya Angelou. I’m not from a particularly musical family. I remember a lot of excitement when we got a  Radiogram* combining a radio, a turntable and speakers in an enormous, polished, wooden cabinet. It was already an old-fashioned thing when it arrived in our house. My mother would occasionally play a Barry Manillo record on it. Apart from that, it mostly gathered dust until I started using it to dance round the room to Siouxsie and the Banshees when everyone was…

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour live drawing

  I’m lucky enough to have been invited on to Woman’s Hour twice. The first time, in October 2015 I was interviewed by the lovely Jenni Murray about Becoming/Unbecoming. Jenni put me totally at ease, even though I was so nervous I thought I’d forgotten how to speak! The second time in November 2015, I drew along with the studio conversation. The drawings were then tweeted by BBC radio 4 crew. I had been asked to make drawings in response to a studio discussion about what people looked like as part of a feature called Mirror Mirror. However, on the day…

On Sanity: A Book, a zine, a project.

It’s been a few years since I’ve worked as an artist with groups of people that funding bodies like to refer to as ‘communities’ and it was such a pleasure to return to this kind of work after so many years of isolation in the shed, while working on my book Becoming/Unbecoming and also on my PhD, which I’m supposed to be writing up (sigh!). I’d applied to the arts council with a vague feeling that my application would probably be unsuccessful so I was actually quite surprised to get the money to do the project, but extremely pleased to…