'Portal' Charcoal on Fabriano mounted on timber frame. 9ft x 4ft

We Never Met. Artist Talk and Exhibition

‘Portal’ Charcoal and Graphite on Fabriano. Mounted on timber Frame; back lit.
9ft x 4ft



A public participatory artwork; a conceptual HS2*

This section of the blog shows some of the art works included in the show and the participants who have taken part so far. I have also included a few of my influences that were discussed in my artist talk entitled ‘Johnny Morris speaks for us all‘; a discussion surrounding the tendency to speak and think for others, animals and inanimate objects. I have also included the brilliant Night Mail by WH Auden.

The audio from the participatory performances can be heard on the VINYL website: http://vinylartspace.com/index.php?/offsite/we-never-met/

The 2nd and 3rd carriage were supported by Friction Arts.



In 1848 a rail link from Bordesley to Duddeston was planned to join the Oxford and London lines, building started however the viaducts were never linked. The remaining parts of the viaducts now appear to be arrested by the path of the road. “As the railway line viaduct had never been linked up back in 1848, I asked myself what the separated pieces would say to each other if they could talk…and I imagined them to say; “We never met”.

Nita Newman

We Never Met started off as an ongoing project that builds a ‘train’ of voices starting in Birmingham and ending in London. Participants were asked to quote the line “We never met” in succession and at varying volumes and paces, repeating certain words. Accidentally stumbling over the phrase added to the composition and recreate the rhythm of a train in this attempt to conceptually bridge the gap between the separated pieces. The train consists of ‘carriages’ each of which will contain a group of people.

Participants (so far):

Carriage No 1. Station Stop: The School of Art Bournville

Sharnaka Haque
Anita Kaur Mann
Oscar Cass Darweish
Sophie Trott
Lucy Matthews
Sonia Fergadioti
Iona Clinton
Urvahi Kanda
Sophie Bracegirdle
Beth Cullen
Xara Griffiths
Laura White
Joe Perrins
Graham Litchfield
Joshua Philpott
Olivia Harrison
Tina Wells
Joanne Kwan
Joud Mohammed
Chris Slesser
Conor Evans
Susan King
Jackie Sanderson
Janette Harris
Amy Templeton
Bob Mucklow
Elizabeth O’Connor
Rebekah Brennan
Jennie Wright
Abby Johnson
Linda Matti

Speed section:

Carole Sherman
Emma Byrne
Davin Pogson
Chrissie Hewitt
Rita Fletcher
Anna Sllandakowska
Carl Farmer
Carl Vinnicome
Bobby Dewsbury

Carriage no. 2 Friction Arts. Art Club.
Station Stop: The Works Gallery. Pershore Street, Birmingham.

Saturday 10th August 2013

Muhammad Saddiq
Holly Turpin
Sanna Javid
Erinn Kenna
Aleysha Saddiq
Apache Birkill
Rose Magaia Makamdem
Dawad Asad
Sonny Ataria-Wright
Tony Lewis-Taylor
Ruben Danber
Shomari Ebanks

'Beacon' Charcoal on Fabriano mounted on timber frame. 6ft x 1ft

Charcoal on Fabriano mounted on timber frame.
6ft x 1ft

Audio capture taken from Performance

Audio capture taken from Performance


This is the Night Mail by WH Auden

An Animal Magic Clip; Johnny Morris in the Gorilla enclosure



Let’s talk. Animated drawings of inanimate objects ‘singing’ to each other





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