Artist’s Eye, Printmaking Today

March 27, 2014


Thanks to Printmaking Today for including an article about my work in the Spring 2014 issue. The Artist’s Eye feature was part of the Printmaking Today award from Print International exhibition last year at Oriel Wrecsam, N Wales.


Print International Opening at Oriel Wrecsam

Printmaking Today Award

Printmaking Today website

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The City from Bankside- Phone photo

March 04, 2014


Sandra Crisp: The City from Bankside

(Click on the image and then zoom for a larger view)

This photo was taken using the camera on my (Android) phone,  from the small outdoor viewing terrace attached to the friends room at Tate Modern, Bankside, London. Upon walking onto the busy terrace, I was immediately struck by the fading light of this late afternoon in early March, casting a warm light to the right of the picture and cooler tint to the left.

The image is formed using 4 or 5 images. To do this, the phone must be panned from left to right in a totally straight line (avoiding my usual camera shake) The device then automatically stitches the separate frames together to create the panorama format.

Due to the fairly large size of the resulting file, a lot of the detail from this complex city scene is revealed. But it still has the slightly softened/ painterly quality of a lower-resolution JPEG, which I prefer to sharpness and perfection of high-res/HD photography.

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BAR Film Night

February 16, 2014

Thanks to filmmaker Constantine Gras for including Mapping London’s Substerranean Rivers in West Ten Fade Out film program. The screening took place to a full house on 13th Feb at BAR (Brent Artists Resource) Gallery, 4-5 Queens Parade, London NW2.

Photo credit: BAR Gallery

‘…a curated programme of 11 films exploring the urban environment of West London: From buried waterway to elevated road, carnivalesque collage to historical reflection. Originally screened as part of the Portobello Film Festival.’

Also, thanks to BAR and their 10 ft projection screen, alongside a very welcome supply of wine and popcorn.

More info HERE on BAR Gallery website

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Book Launch

December 21, 2013

This ‘Me’ of Mine, Self Time and Context in the Digital Age has arrived!


The companion book to This ‘Me’ of Mine touring exhibition will be available in Tate bookshop in early 2014, also on-line from publishers: Amazon , Foyles and Barnes & Noble . ISBN ISBN 978-1-4836-7006-5

Memory Surfaces , an interview with Sandra Crisp by Jane Boyer is included, alongside images of the artwork. Interview excerpt can be found here on the project’s blog site.


The heart and soul of the book are the artworks in the touring exhibition and full versions of artist interviews with: David Minton, Aly Helyer, David Riley, Anthony Boswell, Melanie Titmuss, Shireen Qureshi, Sarah Hervey, Kate Murdoch, Sandra Crisp, Annabel Dover, Edd Pearman, Cathy Lomax, Hayley Harrison, Darren Nixon and Jane Boyer.’

Also contains additional texts by Gen Doy, Paul O’Kane and David Houston Jones and more.

The book is more than an exhibition catalogue, it is an intricate view of self in relation to context and explores issues of memory, objects and identity, finding a voice and being an individual in the contemporary world.’

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Danube and Simultan Screenings

October 15, 2013

Sandra’s recent moving image project Tales from the City (1 minute) will be screened at 2 different European festivals in October, including

18 – 20 October 2013

Danube VIDEOART Festival
Stadtkino Grein Austria
View full program Here


10 – 12 October

Simultan Festival 2013 – ‘Popular Unknown’ -
Sinagoga din Cetate, Casa Artelor, Timisoara Romania
Website: Here

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>>Rewind|Hastings|Coastal Currents

October 04, 2013

Really pleased that I made the trip down to Hastings for <<Rewind, where Oceanics, alongside a selection of other screen-based work, was displayed in Underground’s dark basement on 35 Robertson Street.


A visitor spending time with Sarah Locke‘s  A house Full of  Beautiful Rooms (Detail)

“<<Rewind brings underground’s recent outdoor projects inside to present a series of video and sound installations in the unique underground project space for Coastal Currents 2013. The work on show reflects the artists’ concerns with a discordant world characterised by conflicts between the natural world and technology, burgeoning dystopias and explorations into the slippery gaps between things. As a continuation of Underground’s….

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Sandra Crisp Oceanics (Sea pod scene)

….End of the World projects started in 2012, <<rewind offers audience the chance to once more step into their dark basement, to experience a range of  shadowy and disconcerting episodes. The inspiration for these projects comes from numerous sources including the work of Angela Carter, William Gibson, Jean Luc Goddard, William Burroughs, JB Ballard the Golden Age of TV and our ever expanding dependence on the digital technology.” (Text by Sharon Howard)


Sandra Crisp Oceanics,  installation view

Oceanics was was projected directly onto the wall of a small, darkened side-room with 2 wooden armchairs: The walls coated with blackboard paint gave the work a more luminous quality than the more usual white-wall gallery/ screening space.

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Sharon Howard‘s Doomsday Machine

Projected on the back wall inside one of the two rustic, arched side-rooms, complete with crumbling debris.

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Central exhibition space

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Sarah Locke A house Full of Beautiful Rooms (Detail)

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Emma Jex Interior

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Rachael Finney Chimera

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Lucinda Wells Glitches and Slippery Places 1

And Finally: 2 extra scenes from Oceanics:

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Breakaway Ice-melt  scene

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Windfarm scene

>>RewindSharon Howard, Sandra Crisp, Rachel Finney, Sarah Locke, Emma Jex, Sebastien Seynaeve, Lucinda Wells.
Including a selection from Sussex Coast College current/ x-students. Shammi Begum, Izabela Montoya, Lucy Dixon,Rosie Howard

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Ipswich Art School Gallery

September 24, 2013

The final exhibition in the year-long This ‘me’ of Mine ACE funded tour has now opened at Ipswich Art School Gallery, Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service, Ipswich, Suffolk. The show will continue until January 5, 2014.


Atrium balcony and glass roof: Installation-in-progress

The gallery is housed within a Victorian purpose-built art school that serves mainly as an exhibition space today, alongside education programmes and workshops. There are are numerous rooms leading from the striking, octagonal, light-filled atrium and entrance, with more exhibition spaces connected to the upper balcony.  Lined with exposed water pipes, the glass roof is both a functional and beautiful structure.


(Above) Self portrait in our new screen-based avatar-generating artwork (Enigma) – A Collaboration between Sandra Crisp, Luis Marques and Jane Boyer

We were really pleased to have the interactive project ready for the show after a relatively short development, thanks to Luis’ expert programming skills. Also to Visual Planet, Cambridge, for their kind sponsorship of the touch-screen.

How it works:

(1) The viewer generates gestures on-screen by using direct touch

(2) Then clicks a ‘create avatar’ button 

(3) Each avatar will then be archived, visible on the surface of a rotating 3D sphere 

(4) This will eventually become richly textured with the different avatars and will be searchable by rotating it in space.

Once the sphere is filled with 100 avatars, it will return to a blank state, beginning the process again


(Photo Credit: David Riley) Interacting on the touch screen: Jane Boyer (left) and Sandra Crisp (right)

Children from the morning’s workshop held at the gallery seem to really enjoyed drawing on the screen and created great avatars for the sphere.


Sandra Crisp: Texture brush sample

The project incorporates brush samples/ textures that can be used to draw on the touch-screen, sampled via a menu of interactive thumbnails.


 Luis, testing, testing….

Luis Marques, our creative programmer creating his own avatar.

On the afternoon of the opening September 21 (2 – 5pm) it was really great to eventually meet co-exhibiting artists, who I had been in contact with on social media but not actually met in person, including David Riley, Gary Mansfield, Annabel Dover and Suzanne de Emmony.

THOM Upswich (16)#

 …and a visitor trying out ‘Enigma’


Top Left: ‘ Tales from the City (1 minute)’ Right: The Bigger Picture’ (Sandra Crisp)

I am exhibiting ‘The Bigger Picture’ digital print and 2 short moving image works: ‘Tales From the City (1 minute)’ and ‘Zoetrop_Motion’ both on continual loop in one of the ground floor exhibition room.

Out of frame, to the right, ‘Zoetrop_motion’ is projected onto the lower section of the same wall. Therefore, there are concurrent audio tracks playing in the same room, which works fine as they are both use abstracted layered sounds, rather than containing dialogue. Exhibiting the moving image work in juxtaposition with other wall-based artworks, such as painting and mixed media by other artists, presented the opportunity to re evaluate how the work is received differently when compared to a more traditional darkened, sit-down, cinema-style screening. Rather than being set aside in a separate room, the moving images now relate to nearby works in quite unexpected but positive ways in terms of colour, composition & concept.


Left to Right:’Artists in Conversation’ Left to right: David Riley, Darren Nixon, Annabel Dover and Jane Boyer

‘Artists in Conversation’ at Ipswich was a lively event this time around and dealt with the topic of Irrationality. Annabel’s talk revealed fascinating and vivid memories from her childhood, and how these inform her work. To the far right of the second photo above, can be seen David Riley’s artwork ‘Hello World’, a short Vine video of  the work being installed at Ipswich can be found here


Molly Behagg (Detail)

A young visitor is fascinated with Molly Behagg’s work, part of a 2 piece installation.

Behind the scenes:


Set-up: ‘Artists in Conversation’

Photographer Henrietta Thomas gets ready to film, behind the camera.


Set-up: ’Zoetrop_motion’ 

Thanks to in-house technician Darren for performing a magic trick with the projectors so that my films looked really sharp, not displaying the usual DVD fuzzy compression symptoms which my work usually succumbs to. I must remember this for the next time as it makes such a difference to the image quality. (Which wires, where?!)

And, last But not least:


Atrium: Foreground: Gary Mansfield. Background, floor and upper balcony: Molly Behagg

Exhibiting artists are: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Cathy Lomax, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, and Jane Boyer.

Guest Artists are: Kai-Oi Jay Yung, Gary Mansfield, Molly Behagg, Andrew Litten, Suzanne de Emmony, Helen Scalway, Lisa Snook, Jacqueline Utley, Edward Chell and Kate Elliott.


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Sharon Howard’s Screening Event: Rewind>>

September 14, 2013

I am delighted to say that Oceanics will be screenedat Sharon Howard’s forthcoming video event <<rewind at UndergroundProjectSpace 35 Robertson Street, Hastings, TN34 1HT. Underground takes place an artist-led project space in the UK seaside town of Hastings and will be part of the well-known Coastal Current festival.

All welcome, do stop by for drinks and nibbles if you are in the area!

Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September 6 – 9 pm…..



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Portobello Film Festival, August – September 2013

August 19, 2013

As part of the Portobello Film Festival this year, West London-based film-maker Constantine Gras will be presenting West Ten Fade Out, a curated programme of 11 films exploring the urban environment of North Kensington.

Sandra Crisp’s moving image project  Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers will be included in the programme at the Louise Blouin Foundation 3 Olaf Street London, W11 4BE


(Above) Flyer for West Ten Fade Out. Credit: C. Gras

‘From canal to subterranean rivers, carnivalesque collage to historical reflections - Films by Sandra Crisp, Dee Harding, Colin Legge, Pat Naldi, NewRedHouse, Helen Petts, RandL and Rickster Includes a trilogy of short films by Constantine Gras: Flood Light, Home and Nursery.’

Event Details

Wednesday 28th August – Sunday 1st September 

Artist talk by Constantine Gras and Q & A with the filmmakers: Saturday 31 August, 2-3pm

This programme is kindly suppord by an RBKC Arts Grant

Full screening programme: West Ten Fade Out

Full Portobello Film Festival programme: Portobello programme2013 (1)


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londonprintstudio’s Members Summer Exhibition

June 22, 2013

Sandra will be showing a large format print 5Ways to Save the World at the Members Summer Exhibition, LondonPrintStudio Harrow Road, London

Event Details

Opening Party Thursday 4th July 2013 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Exhibition runs from Friday 5th July  -  Saturday 31st August 2013 Admission Free

Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm

LPS Members Summer Exhibition
(Image Credit: LondonPrintStudio 2013)

Forty artists are showing work, ranging from emerging artists to established names. Work was selected by Murray Macaulay, Director of Christie’s Multiplied Art Fair. Murray selected forty prints from more than 100 submissions. The work comes in a range of print media, from Jonathan Ashworth’s woodcuts, Alexander Massouras’ etchings, to Lorna Scobie’s screenprints.
LPS members2
(Image Credit: LondonPrintStudio)
Artists:Margaret Ashman, Jonathan Ashworth, Sara Beazley, Guy Bennington, Jackie Biddulph, Alex Brady, Sandra Crisp, Elizabeth Duncan-Meyer, Jessica Greenman, Clare Grossman, Caro Halford, Iasonas Kampanis, Jennifer Jokhoo, Pierre Julien, Matt Kelly, Roberta Kravitz, Ricky Leaver, Vivien Lodge, John McAulay, Asma Mahmoud Hashmi, William Martin, Alexander Massouras, Georgie McAusland, Vincent McEvoy, Janet Milner, Henrietta Molinaro, Rosie Montford, Eileen Murray, Elena Ortiz, Bronwen Paterson, Sumi Perera, John Phillips, Lorna Scobie, Charlotte Steel, Maaike Anne Stevens, Nicola Styan, Chisato Tambayashi, Jade They, Sally Titterington, Beryl Touchard, and Nicole Vinokur.

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Digital Printing: Five Ways to Save the World

June 07, 2013

Just posting a quick photo showing Five Ways to Save the World archival digital print 110 cm x 110 cm slowly emerging from the large format printer, in the digital studio at London Print Studio Harrow Road London.

The image uses the entire width of a roll Somerset Velvet 330 gsm printing paper and took about an hour to print. The paper has a slight texture lifting the density of tone and colour; at the same time saturating the surface with layered detail embedded in the digital file.

The print will be exhibited in the forthcoming Members Summer Exhibition at LondonPrintStudio

Thanks to Constantina in the digital studio for really helpful advice regarding choosing the right paper and for taking this picture.

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Printmaking Today Award

April 24, 2013

Some great news: I have been received the Printmaking Today prize awarded at Print International exhibition 2013, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrecsam, North Wales.

I look forward to my work and text being included in the journal’s Artists’ Eye column, Spring 2014 issue.

Printmaking Today website Here

Printmaking Today was first published in 1990 by Rosemary Simmons. From 1994 to 2000 it was published by Farrand Press.

‘We continue to comment on aesthetic, educational and theoretical matters as well as bringing the reader new developments in print technology and re-assessments of traditional methods. Many of our writers are printmakers and speak from experience. Others are art historians, publishers, educationalists and suppliers of materials and equipment. We keep you up-to-date with exhibitions and opportunities for printmakers. You are encouraged to air your views, exchange information and above all, keep in touch with all aspects of international printmaking. We are based in Britain but have contacts around the globe and see printmaking as the most international of all art forms.’

Printmaking Today is the authorized Journal of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

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Print International Opening at Oriel Wrecsam

April 18, 2013

On Saturday 14 April I travelled to the opening of Print International 2013 exhibition at Oriel Wrecsam, North Wales. Really pleased to have 3 of my digital prints selected for exhibition alongside around 40 international artists working in a diverse range of print media including: Etching, lithography, woodcut, mezzotint, screenprint, Ceramic, monoprint, various mixed media, lazer cut and installation.

Print International 2013 launched Creative International, a month of art activities in Wrexham that will run until Saturday 11 May. The exhibition is being held across 2 venues: Oriel Wrecsam gallery and Memorial gallery in nearby Yale College.

Print International is open!

Oriel Wrecsam Director Steffan Jones-Hughes (left) and Professor David ferry (right) in gallery 1.

First image, left: [Imprint] Soft_Terrain (inverted) in Memorial gallery, Yale College.

The exhibition included series of work ranging from 3 to 6 pieces from each artist in order to show continuity within the work.

Interesting to see The Bigger Picture exhibited in an entirely different context to This ‘Me’ of Mine at APT gallery,  London last month. Print International is a survey of contemporary printmaking rather than being based on any particular theme; work with very different intentions were displayed side by side. Whilst in ‘This ‘Me’ of Mine’ APT the curatorial theme of  ’self in relation to context’ connected my work to others in quite a different way.

In Memorial gallery Wrexham, many of the works used black and white media – bringing different works together graphically rather than by concept: My prints were connected to others by exploration of print media rather than by curatorial concept- It’s interesting as an artist to view (own) work in these different contexts. Each undoubtedly altering the reception of the work.

 5Ways Filmstrip 4 and The bigger Picture

I enjoyed a very friendly and lively opening and it was also great to unexpectedly met up with fellow artist Heather Upton and her husband who I had not seen for some time since teaching at Kensington and Chelsea College, London.

Also lovely to meet Pam Newall on the day and have a quick chat about silkscreen printing and etching. I had seen  Pam’s work previously on Axis web website and also on Twitter –  great to meet artists and see their work in reality rather than just virtually.

In fact, I was so busy talking that I forgot to pick up my exhibition catalogues before the event closed for the evening. Thanks to Oriel Wrecsam for kindly posting these on to me. Just received…..

(Above) Print International catalogue with Pam Newall‘s screenprints (top of image) Urban 03, 2011. Urban 05 2011 and Urban 04, 2011

Heather Upton‘s waterless lithographs: Secret Map, Eternal Dust and Voyage

Sandra Crisp‘s large format digital prints: Soft Terrain (Inverted), 2012. 5Ways Filmstrip 4, 2012 and The Bigger Picture, 2010.

The exhibition continues until 8th June and more information can be found on previous blog post:


Print International included the following artists selected by Professor David Ferry RE FRSA:

John Abell, Michael Agnew & David Blyth, Amanda Agyei, Duncan Bullen, Cardiff Sessions with Bruce McLean, Cardiff Sessions with David Ferry, Cardiff Sessions with John Gibbons, Frances Carlie, Bill Chambers, Sandra Crisp, Paul Croft, Alexe Dilworth, Morgan Doyle, Ruth Gibson, Jo Gorner, James Green, Graham Hall, Yuji Hiratsuka, Linda Kosciewicz-Flemming, Peter Lloyd, Arabella Marsh-Hilfiker, Thomas Martin, Nan Mulder, Stephen Mumberson, Pam Newall, Sarah Robinson, Sander Schoonbeek, Kara Seaman, Giske Sigmundstad, Serena Smith, Eric Storey, Dionne Swift, Heather Upton, Gini Wade, Florence Walkey, Pete Williams, Roy Willingham, Christina Wrege, Josee Wuyts & Frans de Groot.

Print International 2013 13 April – 8 June

Opening Saturday 13 April 2pm

Oriel Wrecsam Rhosddu Road, Wrexham LL11 1AU. 01978 292093. Monday  - Friday 9:30 – 6:45. Saturday 9:30 – 4.

Memorial Gallery Yale College, Grove Park Road, Wrexham LL12 7AB. 01978 317329. Monday  - Friday 10 – 12 & 1:30 – 4:30. Term time only or by appointment.

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This ‘Me’ of Mine’ at APT Gallery – Installation Photographs

March 25, 2013

Installation and private view photos from This ‘Me’ of Mine exhibition at APT Gallery, Deptford,  London 14 – 31 March 2013

(Above) Sandra Crisp: The Bigger Picture Archival digital print 110 cm x 110 cm - Installation view

This ‘Me’ of Mine showcases work by: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, Cathy Lomax, and Jane Boyer.

All images: ©A.Borgerth ©Marion Piper ©JPickering ©Sandra Crisp ©Jane Boyer.

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This ‘Me’ of Mine opens at APT

March 15, 2013

This ‘Me’ of Mine opened yesterday evening at APT Gallery, Deptford, London.

The exhibition includes Sandra Crisp’s archival digital print The Bigger Picture 110 cm x 110cm.

Half an hour to go…..

Upon arriving at APT about an hour before the opening at 6 pm I was greatly surprised by the scale of this  light and airy space at 6 Harold Wharf, Creekside

…..This ‘Me’ of Mine is open

(Photo Credit: Marion Piper)

An early visitor

(Photo Credit: Rosie Hervey)

Jane Boyer and a small team of artists have succeeded in hanging the exhibition in an innovative way that connects these quite different art works together very well: Each piece exists in it’s own generous space, however, all the work connects together well in the overall gallery space due to Jane Boyer’s clear vision for the exhibition theme- The work all shares a common thread of  identity.

Media includes painting, drawing, digital print, 3D assemblage and a code-drive screen-based work.

Left: Poof! 2010 Jane Boyer Right: Whilst I Breathe, I Hope 2011 Edd Pearman.

(Photo Credit: Rosie Hervey)

Exhibiting artists include: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, Cathy Lomax, and Jane Boyer.

Visitors to the gallery listening to Artists in Conversation with Jane Boyer, Kate Murdoch, Shireen Qureshi and Sandra Crisp. The work of David Riley was also included in the event.

(Photo Credit: Jane Boyer)

Many thanks to Jane who has worked very hard on this project in advance of the opening, conducting interviews, applying for venues and eventually securing funding from both Arts Council England.

Exhibition continues  APT Gallery HaroldWharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA.
14 – 31 March 2013 Wed to Sun 12 to 5 pm Tel: 020 8694 8344
South London Art Map 29 March, 12 to 8:30 pm
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This ‘Me’ of Mine awarded ACE grant!

February 19, 2013

Very exciting news today posted by Jane Boyer on This ‘Me’ of Mine blog

that This ‘Me’ of Mine has been awarded a grant from Arts Council England:

The forthcoming exhibition opening in March 2013 will include one of my large format digital prints The Bigger Picture.


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Oriel Wrecsam – International Print 2013

February 13, 2013

Three large format prints 5Ways Filmstrip4, The Bigger Picture and Imprint, Soft Terrain (inverted) will be included in seventh biennial International Print 2013 open exhibition at Oriel Wrecsam Gallery and Yale College in Wales, April – 8 June 2013. A partnership project run with the Memorial Gallery, Yale College, Wrexham.

The seventh biennial international printmaking exhibition drawn from entries made via open submission from professional printmakers around the world. This year’s exhibition selection will be made by established print professional Professor David Ferry RE FRSA.

Opening Event: 2 – 4 pm Saturday 13 April 2013.

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ISEA Sydney 2013


Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers  digital film has been short-listed for ISEA 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art to take place in Sydney Australia.

Presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and held alongside Vivid Sydney – a festival of light, music and ideas – ISEA2013 will showcase the best media artworks from around the world and provide a platform for the lively exchange of future-focused ideas.

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This ‘Me’ of Mine exhibition

February 06, 2013

I am very please to say that I have a large digital print The Bigger Picture included in the forthcoming 2013 touring exhibition This ‘Me’ of Mine. The artist and curator Jane Boyer, who is based in France interestingly selected most of the exhibited works online via social media sites such as Twitter.


This ‘Me’ of Mine, a touring contemporary art exhibition which looks at self in relation to context, opens March 14, 2013 at APT Gallery in Deptford. It will present issues of socialization and the influence of social groups, our connection to objects as a means to express emotion and to hold memories, the passage of time and limitations imposed by circumstance, and finally the effects of living in a digital age.  This ‘Me’ of Mine showcases work by: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, Cathy Lomax, and Jane Boyer. Boyer is also the curator for the project, her first solo project as curator.

(Below) Dates and Venues


Note: The dates for Art School Gallery, Ipswich have now bee announced:

21 Sept 2013 to 5 Jan 2014

The exhibition will travel to four venues: APT Gallery, Strange Cargo|Georges House Gallery, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and The Art School Gallery at Ipswich Museum. A symposium discussing the effects of social media on identity and our connection to objects as mediators of emotion will conclude the exhibition tour at Ipswich Museum in the Fall of 2013. Members on the panel include: Dr David Jones, head of Visual Culture studies at the University of Exeter; Annabel Dover, exhibiting artist and PhD candidate at Wimbledon College of Art; Dr Aiden Gregg, psychologist, lecturer and member of the Centre for Research on Self & Identity at the University of Southampton, and Dr Emma Bond, sociologist and senior lecturer at University Campus Suffolk.

A companion book including interviews with the artists, essays by symposium panellists and other writers will also be published in conjunction with the project.

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The Eaton Fund – A Thank You

January 28, 2013

Very good news: On Saturday 26th January I was delighted to discover that my grant application to The Eaton Fund has been successful. I was so surprised when the letter arrived (and still am!)  

The grant will be used to fund the printing and framing of a large format digital print ‘The Bigger Picture’ for forthcoming UK touring exhibition This ‘Me’ of Mine 2013. This kind assistance is extremely welcome at this point in my career as the costs involved in producing such large works for public exhibition have proved to be extremely challenging in recent times.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Trustees and Eaton fund administrator Lorna Stagg for their generous support.

About The Eaton Fund

In 1954 the Eaton Fund for Artists, Nurses and Gentlewomen became a registered charity and the trust is named after Ellen Mary Maria Eaton (1866-1949). Faiths younger cousin Faith Sybil Eaton (b. 1927) was a Trustee for 37 years.  Originally, the Trustees were all family members, and the Trust was first chaired by Mr. Charles Eaton Mills, JP.

Faith Eaton: A highly-regarded collector of dolls and dolls’ houses

Since 2007 there have been five Trustees including Marian Shaw (Chairwoman) and Nicola Brooker who are grand-daughters of the first Chairman.

Trustees:  Mrs. Nicola Brooker, BA (Hons), Dr. Harry Dawson, MRCP, MRC.Psych., Mr. Tim Edwards, ACIS, Mrs. Marian Shaw, BSc. (Hons), Mr. Charles Stewart, BA (Hons).

Find out more about the Eaton Fund Here


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Interview with Jane Boyer

January 21, 2013

An interview excerpt from Sandra’s interview with Jane Boyer, Memory Surfaces, has just been posted on This ‘Me’ of Mine blog site Here

The complete interview will be published later this year in This ‘Me’ of Mine, Time and Context in the Digital Agea companion book for  the touring group exhibition This ‘Me’ of Mine. 

Jane, who conducted the interview via email from her home in France,  is a perceptive interviewer devising questions that really made me think about my own practice in new ways,  ranging from the place of digital archiving within today’s  ever burgeoning stream of information and images through to influence of the Internet and social media etc

“Sandra’s art is some of the most visually complex work I have ever seen; every time I see her work I am amazed all over again. She works with both static and moving images, curiously the boundary between what is static and what is moving seems to fade away; bits of data are set in motion……”

Another excerpt from the interview entitled Compossible Worlds is been published on Art Pie website Here


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New Membership

December 22, 2012

I have been accepted by and my new membership profile is now up on the website. (Link to follow)

‘Axis is your contemporary art radar. The website features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch.’


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‘End Of The World’- Experimental Video Night (2)

December 10, 2012

Thanks to Sharon Haward for sending these pics of a recent outdoor screening of  my film/video Oceanics on 8th December 2012. The experimental video nights event look place on a piece of rough ground known as the ‘Space’ near to Warrier Square railway station, St Leonards on Sea (Near Hastings) UK.

The event was the last of a series of exhibitions and events based upon the theme ‘End of the World‘; although the weather was reportedly awful on the previous night with lashing rain and wind, the 8th December screening went off  in a much calmer fashion- it’s not the end of the world yet anyway…..

For more details on the event see post: 

End Of The World’- Experimental Video Night 

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‘End Of The World’- Experimental Video Night

December 04, 2012

I am very pleased to say that my film/video Oceanics will be shown as part of

Experimental Video, Projection and Performance night

The Space, St Leonard’s on Sea UK (Near Hastings)

Start date: 07-Dec-2012 

End date: 08-Dec-2012

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Wrap up warm!!

The Space, a rough outdoor plot which adjoins the Warrior Square Railway Station, will host a series of experimental video installations, projections and performances as a part of an ongoing programme of outdoor sculpture and installation projects curated by Christine Gist.

From 6pm on the Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of December the dark winter night will be lit up by outdoor projections devised by underground artists Sharon Haward and Sarah Locke as the final part of the ‘End of the World’ series of projects, projections and screenings.

The experimental video, projection and performance event is the second ‘End of the World’ event held in The Space, and will feature work by Sandra Crisp. Underground are pleased to be able to show Sandra’s ‘Oceanics’ where the viewer is taken on a spatial journey through various simulated environmental layers suggesting the evolution of climate change, hinting at possible future consequences and environmental damage.

Sarah Locke will also be undertaking a performance entitled Mother of Grace Moskow Discow / The Bar at the End of the World, at 7 pm each evening. Mother of Grace is the alter ego/identity Sarah Locke and for this event we find her in a bar, grasping at visions of the past and treading carefully around an uncertain future.

Other artists featured include Matthew Pountney and Johnny Crump who have created an audio-visual ‘mash-up’ that pulls viewers into an intensely hypnotic and at times nightmarish world. The audio design was created to challenge the way we hear music and to break some fundamental rules of music production.  Installation artist Sharon Haward will be showing ‘TransitionOverload’ where an abstract industrial fragment is overlaid with ambiguous and ominous sound to create a sense of disquiet and dislocation and Belgian artist Sebastien Seynaeve’s  ‘Integral Conversation’ imagery and sound are an expression of the radiating aspect of our contemporary environment and the withdrawal of the individual and his loss of control in profit of superior forces. The inspiration for these projects comes from numerous sources including Angela Carter, William Gibson, Jean Luc Godard, JB Ballard the golden age of TV and our ever expanding including dependence on technology.

New work by past and present students from Sussex Coast College will also be showing – Shammi Begum, Lucy Dixon, Izabela Montoya and Rosie Haward

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Heygate Estate, Elephant & Castle

October 10, 2012

A meander with my camera through the soon to be demolished Heygate estate in Elephant and Castle, London. On the weekend of 6th October this site of Brutalist concrete 1970′s architecture hosted a number of site-specific artworks as part of the Elephest festival including Nadia Berri’s eerie and evocative performance piece, the Last Waltz.

I was prepared to find a claustrophobic and austere place but was struck by the number of trees and also a strange sense of quiet seclusion away from the busy Walworth road outside. Graffiti & wall drawings, Parkour, barricaded walkways, a community gardening project, inside-out furniture and long since discarded possessions all made for a visit steeped with human, and urban history.

The Heygate estate was home to around 3000 people, although the structure is reportedly still sound it is now marked for demolition as part of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area.


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Latymer Film Collaboration

September 23, 2012

Great fun and a surreal day of art-making during a collaborative filming event with artists Constantine GrasDee Harding and Nadia Berri in Latimer Road, West London.
Shot nearby to the dramatic railway arches and under the famous Westway flyover,  and in the soon to be demolished Latymer Projects HQ- A former nursery seeped with local history stretching back to the Notting Hill Race Riots in 1958.

Constantine’s short film Day Care will pay homage to the site and its intricate social and historical connections. I can’t wait to see the final DVD!


Also see: Latymer Projects Mapping Project Screening|Soundcards


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Oceanics Screening|Coastal Currents Festival, Hastings

September 14, 2012

Very pleased to be invited to screen my film Oceanics on October 5th at:
The Space, Kings Road, St Leonards on Sea (Nr Hastings UK)
Click Here to View End of the World Facebook Page

The outdoor  screening will be a continuation of End of the World* installations curated and created by Sharon Haward and Sarah Locke for Coastal Curents Festival in Hastings 2012

Shanty towns, nomadic populations, scrapheaps awash with redundant products and technologies, ever-expanding, competing populations and the famous late-2012 assertions of the Mayan calendar have all been starting points for the show.

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Latymer Mapping Project Screening|Soundcards

April 23, 2012

[updated September 2012]

On Saturday 21st April I had the pleasure of working with London-based artists Constantine Gras, Natalie Marr, Alistair Ashe and Emily Ballard who kindly arranged the screening of my film Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers at Laytmer Projects, 154 Freston Road, London W10.

The screening was followed by a short talk discussing how I made the film including varied research into the Subterranean rivers over a 6 month period, ranging from books, maps and walks across the urban landscape. I also had the opportunity to bring along and discuss a large folder of maps, texts and images for the first time explaining my research process and how all the different strands eventually came together to make the film (See above, some of these materials on the low level shelf)

The screening formed week 6 of Latymer’s fascinating 7 week Mapping Project inviting members of the local community to contribute personal and historical accounts of  local history whilst learning about open source mapping techniques. Varied and (sometimes infamous) local histories were recalled, particularly by Constantine, including the Notting Hill race riots of 1958.

Another local resident, Alan presented incredibly detailed drawings – plans of the area showing housing transformation over decades of change. He also had equally detailed knowledge of previous slum accommodation and areas which have since been  cleared for social housing or much more upmarket property/gentrification.

Interestingly; I also learned that the lost subterranean river Counters Creek originated at a nearby source just south of St Quintin Avenue

  [Counter's Creek (or Chelsea Creek is a largely subterranean stream that arises in Kensal Green, west London and flows south into the River Thames on the Tideway at Sands End, Chelsea. Two small tributaries that rise just west of Ladbroke Grove enter the stream close to Latimer Road just south of St Quintin Avenue.] Wikipedia

A key discussion point was how maps simultaneously reveal and hide information depending on the intention of the map maker/ cartographer; that maps are not purely factual records as such but graphical representations of carefully selected data, created for many different reasons that may be socio-politically or economically motivated.


An unexpected outcome from this weeks session was the generation of sound cards (pictured above) containing direct written responses to my film from artists and local residents; these short records will contribute towards a new soundtrack for the film.

The positive thing about these thoughtful sound cards is that they provided great feedback and critique for the work from those who had viewed the film previously online, and from others who had not. Providing informal crit-style feedback that I had not experienced for some time

I really appreciated the perceptive feedback that this short exercise generated; each person touched upon different intentions within the work, some of which I had almost actually forgotten about, and some completely new and illuminating interpretations.

Including ideas such as: The ”organic city’, waterways as urban arteries, ‘violent’ river speeds and the potentially destructive potential of water in both natural and built environments. Alastair even came up with a full musical violin score for the work including the opening soundtrack for Hitchcock’s Psycho by  Bernard Herrmann!

Flows _ could be something other than water

WORDS- flows of information

River as a live body

Sense of time



Chaos of change over time


Flows/barriers between communities


Root Breeze

Memory motion

Archive fragment

Fast running, violent

LANGUAGE – defines territory as much as maps, empirical data


Links: Open source mapping techniques and links covered during the session

Bill Rankin’s maps at reveal myriad aspects of the contemporary world 

Click here to view blog entry for Session 6: Digital and Open Source Mapping

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Mini Print

March 29, 2012

Two mini versions 21 cm x 20cm of large digital drawings for Lessedra Mini Print Annual, Sophia Bulgaria 2012 (Invited artist), printed on Somerset enhanced Satin inkjet paper.

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An edited version my film Oceanics was exhibited as a holographic projection work this year at Kinetica Art Fair, AmbikaP3, London.

The photographs (above) were taken at a different location but give an good impression of how the work looked. The projection system is run by Musion Systems Ltd and is based on a Victorian illusionist technique known as  Pepper’s Ghost; high definition digital images in motion appear 3D on a specially constructed stage.

To give an idea of scale, the image projection area on stage is approximately 4 metres wide and 2.5 metres high

Click here to view Oceanics

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This ‘ME’ of Mine Exhibition Blog and Twitter

February 03, 2012

One of my large format digital prints ‘The Bigger Picture’ has been selected for  a future group exhibition entitled ‘This ‘Me’ of Mine’ curated by artist and writer Jane Boyer.

Click here to view This ‘Me’ of Mine exhibition blog

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‘Myself’ is a loaded pronoun, it is a pronoun which is grammatically suggestive of a self reflected back on itself through actions or thoughts.  It represents my person as I sit here writing this, my past which has brought me here where I sit and write, and the potential of what may happen next.  It is a multiplicity of selves, changed and influenced by time, experience and encounters all woven together in the weave of a fabric called ‘me’.  Yet there are two sides to a piece of fabric, just as there are two sides to me: my interior self and my exterior self.’ Jane Boyer (Artist and curator)

Participating artists include:

Aly Helyer
David Riley
David Minton
Annabel Dover
Sarah Hervey
Anthony Boswell
Kate Murdoch
Cathy Lomax
Melanie Titmuss
Edd Pearman
Sandra Crisp
Julie Cockburn
Shireen Quershi
Jane Boyer
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Oceanics at Kinetica Art Fair

February 01, 2012

An edited version of my digital film Oceanics will be exhibited as a holographic projection at Kinetica art fair 9th – 12th February 2012 I’m really excited! I will finally get to see the work in HD; all the detail I strived to achieve within each frame of the film will finally be revealed rather than compressed down and softened by the usual DVD format. Several scenes have just been removed so the audio is now out of synch,  I am having ‘re-engage’ with the soundtrack and how it connects to particular  visuals and sequences to finish the 5 minute edited version.  The notes below represent a visual mind-map to help with the task

Notes: Rethinking placement of audio layers to adapt Oceanics for holographic projection at Kinetica art fair this year, I have removed certain scenes form the original film so the audio track is now out of sync. I have noted key changes in the soundtrack to help with new placement on the timeline as I edit the film in After Effects

Holographic performances will be on the Musion stage at the following times

  • Thursday 9th at 5pm
  • Sunday 12th 1-2pm
  • Each day 10-11am
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InShort Film Festival at the Lexi Cinema

November 22, 2011

My film ‘Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers’ will be installed on loop in the Lexi Cinema foyer as part of In Short film festival – A digital festival showcasing local short films and soundscapes November 20th: From 2pm to 5pm. I went along to view the selected entries for this local festival open to both amateur and professional filmmakers…..

Large comfortable armchairs  await visitors to the  Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise North London. Personal touches such as the retro standard lamp to illuminate speakers introducing the festival line-up make this boutique cinema unique in character, the tiny bar served a tea and home made cakes in the interval.

A great line up of 15 films from diverse genres created by both amateur and professional filmmakers made for a really entertaining couple of hours viewing including abstract animation, social documentary and comedy to name a few.  The jury voted 2 films into joint first place; ‘Forgotten Carers’ by Matthew Wolpert -  An hilarious take on the single life of a man left by his girlfriend for being too high maintenance.

‘The Dog Smells You’  (James Wright) a contemporary, haunting & ambiguous journey using continually shifting colour,  filters and textures -  filmed in one day using an i-phone. The audience prize went to (Island) ‘Murmuration’ by Sophie Windsor Clive.  My personal favorites for InShort festival include; Constantine Gras’  Bound for Glory ‘A poignant docudrama about a woman who stitches together memories of her West Indian mother.

The Money Shot – a film by Graham Rathlin:  ‘An ebayer discovers his new camera has magical qualities that could make hime extremely rich’ …with a twist at the end! And finally, 2 young filmakers Marco Pini & Daniel Lubin presented Day 56 a film shot in Wales imaging a world where there are suddenly no people. The judges were; Jack Arbuthnot, Joanna Hogg, Martina Amati and Tora Young, the winning films will be screened before the main program each day at the Lexi during the forthcoming week.

194b Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Rise
NW10 3JU

TRAIN - Kensal Rise (Overground) – 3mins
TUBE - Kensal Green (Bakerloo) – 10mins
Queens Park (Bakerloo) – 15mins
BUS - 52, 6, 187, 302

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‘Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers’ Wire-Frame Screen Grabs

November 15, 2011

Below, you will find several wireframe screen-grabs from a recent film Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers.

Click here to view Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers

The illustrations show how work- in-progress appears within the open software window. The film was created using Maya Autodesk which is a 3D animation program offering extensive tools for modelling, dynamics, visual effects and rendering.

Although I found this software quite difficult to grasp initially, as the interface and layout is very different to regular video editing software. Maya does contain an animation timeline but most other features seemed almost like learning a new language, very different.I finally discovered a small corner of the program where I could develop ideas and, well…experiment.

The key difference between Maya and 2D  animation software is that the artist
may construct 3D scenes and objects in virtual space. Once models have been created and
placed on the ‘stage’, multiple cameras are set up to film the  3D object from as many different
viewpoints or angles as desired. In this case, only 1 map elevation was ‘drawn’ and the various camera views positioned around the map form the various different scenes within the film.

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(Above) Aerial view showing the City, river Thames and various subterranean rivers and overground
ancient tributaries on the map

Wireframe views (above) enable more rapid viewing, rotating of the model and rendering whilst working in the software. Maya takes up a lot of processing power and RAM and this viewing mode means that work can be speeded up a little.

The drawback is that it is rather like working in the dark as colour, texture etc is not visible.


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(Above) View through the ‘Aerial Approach’ camera  used to film the first scene, where the camera gradually descends onto the map

This view shows a little more detail when working within the software window than is available in wireframe mode, some solid areas are filled in to highlight more of the model’s form.

The camera-shape which is coloured bright green, near the centre of the map,  is pointing downwards towards  Highgate.  It was used to film rivers Tyburn and Fleet, the scene also contains model trees assigned a ‘wind dynamic’ so that they appear to be swaying quite strongly in the wind.

The cone and square-shaped objects positioned above the map, coloured dark red, depict the
placement of different lighting objects such as spot, point and area lights. Used to illuminate specific areas and models, casting ‘real-world’ shadows onto the map’s surface.

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Aerial view showing the King’s Scholars’ Pond Sewer (KSPS) – near bottom centre of the image

Highgate hill (blue wire frame object) and the Thames to the left (Wiggling, thicker, solid white line object)

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Side view showing cameras and 3D signage which depicts London place names

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Overall view, from above

The cluster of bright pink, solid shapes are tower block buildings.

It is not possible to see fully-detailed/ textured image sequences/ animations until frames are fully rendered and exported from Maya,  either directly into Quick Time or as a series of TARGA files, which can then be opened up into video editing software such as After Effects. A quick view of any individual frame can be viewed (very slowly) within Maya by using the IPR renderer, but testing out a full animated sequence is beyond the processing power of my rather humble PC.

However, I do enjoy working somewhat in the dark with this process as it allows for certain unexpected results that would not be possible otherwise. A certain Serendipity…

Click here to view Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers

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London Map and Subterranean Rivers

November 04, 2011

Research map created for the film Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers 2010.

(Above) Map based upon  ’Tributaries of the Thames from Kingston to Erith‘ from Nicholas Barton’s well known book entitled  The Lost Rivers of London.

I digitally overlaid this map with another more recent map of  Greater London, showing the borough boundaries and depicting the distinctive outline shape of Greater London. In doing so, I noticed that the outline of London resembled an island cut adrift.

This island-form inspired the 3d model elevation of London, depicting London as cutout sculptural form suspended in empty virtual black space.

The underground rivers are marked in blue and the ancient or lost overground waterways appear in orange. The wiggling pathways of various rivers on the composite map formed a template to (fairly) accurately place the underground rivers onto the 3d map within the animation program.

(Below) Film stills from Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers

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