Works in The Royal watercolour Society’s ‘Contemporary Watercolour’ Exhibition

As part of our collaborative process, both Debbie and I have experimented, explored and developed our existing practice as artists to create working methods to respond to the webcam and GPS footage. In tandem with the collaborative works which are built up using our alternating layers of hand and machine-made marks, we have simultaneously developed our individual artistic practice, also responding to the webcam and GPS data. We regularly submit our works, both collaborative and individual, to open submission exhibitions and I’m delighted to have these 2 paintings, both derived from sheep-cam footage, selected for the Royal Watercolour Society’s  ‘Contemporary Watercolour’ exhibition currently showing until 18th March at Bankside Gallery in London.

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‘Farmer-cam in Barn Feeding 03.10-04.56’

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‘Farmer-cam in Barn 05.38-06.12’

It’s really exciting to see that more traditional societies such as the RWS are taking an interest in our work and keen to embrace new ideas and approaches to using water-based media. These two works each combine gouache, gesso and Indian Ink, capturing, drawing out, defining, reinterpreting and expressing the movement of the sheep across the barn at feeding time.

The private view of the exhibition last week was great, with lots of exciting works by diverse and talented artists – here’s a few images:

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Exhibiting and sharing the works, both individual and collaborative, is very important to us, so we’re delighted that these two works have been recognised and exhibited at Bankside.


Creative Gym Workshop at RWA

We were pleased to be asked to run one of the Creative Gym classes at the Royal West of England Academy ( in Bristol, which are a series of fun and informal art-making workshops for adults.  We entitled our class ‘Drawing Inspiration’ and encouraged the participants to work collaboratively to create layered works, using experimental hand-made and machine-made marks.  The aim of the workshop was to explore different methods of gathering resource material from the surroundings, either in the studio or the fantastic RWA galleries – eg. drawing from life using the exhibitions as inspiration, working with embroidery, taking rubbings, or using drawing machines to record movement. 01

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As part of our project, we are embarking on the exciting process of adapting and developing our large-scale collaborative works into smaller scale prints. We are very grateful to The Elmgrant Trust, who have kindly provided us with funding to pay for printmaking inks, papers and sundries to help support our printmaking developments and experiments – we’ve learnt a lot already and are really excited by the potential of the process and our resulting series of prints so far.

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We have been amazingly supported and encouraged by Double Elephant Print Workshop who have lent us a small portable printing press, which has now resided in Sara’s studio for the past two and a half months while we have explored the various possibilities of layering and combining drypoint etched plates with painterly monoprint and stencilled print layers. We have endeavoured to retain the integrity of our collaborative layering process, whilst simplifying and down-sizing the image. Our aim has been to create each print as an individual one-off original, each one unique as a result of the subtle nuances of layering inks through our multi-layered process involving intaglio and relief printing methods.

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Each print combines between 6-8 separate layers and we have really enjoyed experimenting with different types of inks and papers.

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The first set of prints are finished and about to be mounted and framed; each print currently takes about a month to create, as each layer must dry completely before the paper can go through the press again – we learnt this fast!


A few of the first prints will be shown initially at Woodlands Castle, near Taunton on the evening of 18th March at the ‘Friends of SAW’ event there. This will give an early taster of things to come…..more prints will be included in our forthcoming exhibition at the A2 Gallery in Wells later this month. We are looking forward to working with the support of Double Elephant Print Workshop later this year, to create an exclusive series of limited edition prints……more to come about this later.


Working in the studio

We’ve been busy in our studios working from the footage and GPS data recorded at Tony’s farm to create a series of large scale paintings and drawings.  From the footage we’ve agreed on several sequences that we think might make an interesting series of works and started on the first layers – Sara using the video as her basis, whilst I work with the drawing-machines, to map the movement.  Once the initial layer is made, we swap the work with each other – either in person, or by post – and the next layer is made over the top.  By alternating the layers, the work is then built up, slowly over time.

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An introduction to ‘Flock Together’

This blog will document the progress of our project ‘Flock Together’ over the coming year and we hope to include insights into our working methods from the initial resource gathering stages at the farm, through to the planned exhibitions of all of the work.  We are delighted to have received ACE funding and can’t wait to get started!  Firstly, here’s an introduction into the background of this project:

‘Flock Together’ is an on-going collaboration between two artists, Sara Dudman and Debbie Locke along with a farmer, Tony Woollacott, in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, who generously allows us access to his flock of sheep and his working dog Fly.

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‘Flock Together’ is a collaborative project comprising artists Sara Dudman and Debbie Locke RWA working with a Blackdown Hills sheep farmer to capture the working relationship between a farmer, his sheep and his dogs.