Alien Nation - Apologies

All around Exchange Place studios there are posters with a promise and an apology surrounding an artist’s impression of how this area will soon be transformed. The project has a name: From Grey to Green. It might be one of the last regeneration projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Every time I see it the melody from ‘Jerusalem’ comes into my head

Alien Nation - Iqbal MBE

Diagonally across from the house I live, there is the semi-detached terraced house belonging to the Iqbal family. Mr Iqbal is in his 80s and moved to the UK in his late teens or early twenties He does'n’t know his actual date of birth.

Alien Nation


An introduced species living outside its native distributional range, but which has arrived there by human activity, either deliberate or accidental. Non-native species can have various effects on the local ecosystem.

At Your Service #6

The NHS belongs to the people. It is there to improve our health and well being, supporting us to keep mentally and physically well, to get better when we are ill and, when we cannot fully recover, to stay as well as we can to the end of our lives.

At Your Service #5

The last couple of months seem to have flown by.  In June I finished the final interview with Yerusalem from Italy and I'm now on my last few paintings, starting to plan the exhibition at Yorkshire Artspace that opens on 27th September. 

At Your Service #4

I have been working on a portrait of a European employee from Russia.  Bizarrely, neither of us knew whether Russia was a European country.  I initially felt a bit stupid but Bogdana wasn't quite sure herself where Russia belonged.  Interesting conversation with a very quiet intelligent woman.   

At Your Service #3

The best thing that happened in the last couple of months was that I was lucky to get a temporary space to work within Yorkshire Artspace - right on the top floor, overlooking the city. 

New Guinea

On 1st December many old Dutch veterans who served in Dutch New Guinea will again raise the Morningstar flag to commemorate and support the Papuan rights to self determination.