A great fun day for all ages organised by Exeter University's Arts and Culture Department. Ably assisted by daughters Charlotte & Lily and girlfriend Jen, I provided blank cards with pre-printed designs and coloured inks enabling the participants to design their own coloured flying insect cards.
I'm delighted that my photograph 'Penguins' was selected for the Observatory open show at Exeter University.
I took this photo at Kandahar Airport in 2007. The signpost seen was erected by a Danish military unit. I was interested by the mix of poignancy and soldiers' humour. I had to look up the 'Pingviner; when I realised it meant 'penguins' I couldn't help but laugh out loud - there, in the baking heat of the desert it was beautifully ridiculous!
In conjunction with Art Week Exeter (AWE) and ahead of my residency with Devon Wildlife Trust I produced a series of 10 small works - 5 drawings and 5 dry point etchings of birds. Thanks to Stephen Petett-Smith, curator at the RD&E for facilitating.
'Fallen Tree, Stoke Woods' has gone on long term display at Dartington Space. I have loaned it pending future exhibitions and was delighted to provide the opportunity for more people to see the work. Thanks to Richard Povall of artdotearth for facilitating.
A stunning room now houses one of my favourite works, Evening Light, Newton Woods. When I produced this work I wanted to suggest the possibility of stepping out of your urban setting and into a wild space; I think this is the ideal setting for it.
I'm delighted that 'Track, Newton Woods' picked up second prize at the Plough Art Centre's 'Big Draw' open exhibition 2016.
A solo show at Exeter Cathedral Chapter House. 160 attended the Private View with Brian Kirby providing accompanying music on the piano. A great space to see the work and I felt honoured to be showing the work beneath Ken Carter's great sculptures. Ken was a close friend of my father's and I spent some time helping him in his studio as a boy. Ken's daughter Amelia attended as did many good friends so it was a very special night.
I had a lot of fun running a charcoal drawing workshop at Thelma Hulbert Gallery's Garden Party - it was great to see young and old getting their hands dirty.
Richard Rochester lives and works in Exeter in the south west of England