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Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art (MECA), Church Walk, Malvern, Worcestershire.

4th – 31st October 2009

‘Bog Standard Signs’

The Sustainabilitree Show

Paul Mines CEO Stanelco Plc and Justin Rowlatt 'Ethical Man' admire the Sustainabilitree

Bog Standard Gallery has spent the past few months trapped inside a garage.ย  Sadly the owner of the garage in which the gallery was being stored passed away, leaving no way of getting her out!

The good news is that Bog Standard Gallery is now out, and free! And is currently residing with close family and friends at the Superloos depot!!

Bog Standard Gallery will be back on the road in June, with a new exhibition about Waste.

After receiving 48 000 visitors at various locations across Manchester, Bog Standard Gallery is now at it’s first London exhibition

Apthorp Gallery

Barnet Open

Thursday 8th May 2008Sunday 15th June 2008 12.00PM- 4.00PM

artsdepot’s answer to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

This annual event, now in its fourth year, will offer an opportunity for talented visual artists to exhibit their work. Ranging from ceramics to photography, installation art to oil painting, The Barnet Open will showcase a broad range of styles and mediums in a contemporary gallery setting. The exhibition is the product of an open submissions process with local residents, artists and community groups having the opportunity to put their work forward for selection. The result will no doubt be a vibrant group show by compelling artists.

Last week Bog Standard Gallery arrived to London ๐Ÿ™‚

In preparation for it’s next exhibition this is your last chance to submit photographs for possible inclusion in the gallery.

Since Bog Standard Gallery’s last exhibition at Urbis in Manchester my travels and the collection have become quite extensive and the toilet signs inside will be even more varied and interesting than before.

I still continue to receive great toilet sign images from all over the world and if anyone has any that they still have not sent that they would like to be included in the gallery now is the time to send them.

Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

It sounds a bit drastic to accuse an art gallery of kidnapping a toilet but that’s exactly what happened!

Not only did they kidnap my precious portable loo but they then held her hostage for about a week not granting me permission to go in and check she was ok ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Put yourself in my shoes – imagine you had been privileged enough to go to Portable Toilet Land, and pick out your own very special looking portable toilet from all the ones they had lined up in need of some TLC and a home, then you spent 100 hours inside the thing, cleaning it and doing it up, putting up with the fact that you smelt like poo and bleach for about two weeks, six months later having people still refuse to shake your hand on the basis they know where it’s been, travelling half way around the world photographing toilet signs, getting laughed at by lots of people when photographing the mens’ door and a man walks out in the middle of the picture being taken, only to go and check your precious portable toilet was ok where it was being safely stored only to find that it was gone and hear that an anonymous white van had been and removed it without a trace earlier in the day!!!

Enough of the rant, she was found safe and sound…

…if only the Tate had the same mentality!

So basically what i am trying to say is – Bog Standard Gallery is now on exhibition in Urbis for those that want to pay a visit!

It’s on the 3rd floor and forms part of the ‘Catapult‘ exhibition – entrance is free – you don’t need to spend a penny to go in! ๐Ÿ˜›

For those that don’t live near Urbis you can also pay Bog Standard Gallery a visit on Second Life!

This week i had an article about Bog Standard Gallery in Chat magazine. I have mixed feelings about this! Sold at 78p a copy, the reader definitely gets value for money if they take the ‘it’s so awful it’s funny’ approach! It had my sister Sara in hysterics for a good half an hour or so, and in fact i think she thought it was so hideously hilarious that she can’t wait to buy next weeks! For those people that have never read it, and i am hoping this is true for most people, i think it is something you have to read cover to cover at least once – it will open your eyes to a whole new world you could never imagine existed, (with people apparently eating their cousins with rice), as well as giving an entirely new definition of the word ridiculous! I would be quite fascinated to work out the ratio of exclamation marks in relation to the word count of the entire magazine, it’s sickening!!!!!

Tomorrow i am going to South Africa for a couple of weeks, so i wont be posting anythingย  up for the duration, but will be back 3rd September after a good bit of toilet sign spotting. Woo! ๐Ÿ˜›

I think the highlight of my toilet sign media frenzy has to be the 3 page spread in this months Sanitation Journal!

The Sanitation Journal is a cutting edge magazine distributed in America, ‘Serving The American Liquid Waste Industry Since 2002’.

‘Each month the Sanitation Journal teams with liquid waste professionals across the world developing a platform of information for readers through the journal magazine. Utilizing the latest in technological advances, portable toilet businesses spanning the globe embrace the Journal as a resource to secure information regarding technology, sales and marketing, legislation, management training and equipment. A trusted industry publication backed by equipment vendors proud to advertise and be part of the dynamic Journal experience.’

Enough said!

After having spent 10 days at my degree show talking about my work, i think it has really got my mind very focused to notice absolutely anything that is remotely toilet related or spotted. Probably more so than when i was actually creating the pieces, because during that time i was thinking specifically about the tasks i was doing, rather than about the work as a whole. During the show, i have had chance to think about my work in a wider context, and i have been thinking about what will happen next – not only for these 2 pieces themselves, but for their development and some entirely new work.

Once i had taken the show down i went to London for a couple of days, and i realised when i got back, that most of the things i had taken photographs of were toilet related or spotty! I just hope i wont notice something similar next time i open my wardrobe!

I noticed this lorry after stepping out of the tube station when i first arrived. I think it must actually be a really hi-tech portable toilet, and was very excited indeed! It made me wonder about giving Bog Standard Gallery some wheels and attaching is to the back of the caravan!…

I was even more excited to spot this portable toilet (it even seems to be the same model and as mine!) from the top of the London Eye!! (It’s just under the second train carriage from the left)…

And to see this spotty building was just the icing on the cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that i am back from London i will be working full time for the Manchester International Festival. Having been doing a few hours a week there in the past couple of months, i think the work will begin to become quite exciting now that the festival has actually begun.

My younger brother Jonathan is always involved in my work – whether he offers advice, gives his opinions or just helps to create a mess!

I have to say i think he was the best dressed visitor to my exhibition…

Ok so, one quite entertaining part of my day is where i look at how many hits i have had on this Bog Blog – i am able to see what people have Googled to have found the Blog.

I am always surprised by the amount of people that Google the word ‘Poo’ in a day – i can’t believe there are people that actually do that, and it’s not just the odd one or two either!

…but this morning to see that someone searched ‘Mel is a weirdo’ (and incidentally i just discovered that if you do that my Blog is the first thing that comes up :S) …i am shocked! I am hoping that the Mel in question is not me, but if it was, grrrrr! …I will track you down!!

Bog Standard Gallery was featured on Channel M News on Tuesday the 8th May.

The past few days have been absolutely manic with radio, newspaper and TV interviews. I have to say i am completely overwhelmed with the interest in my work from thousands of people world wide. It’s such a busy time of year in terms of organising the rest of my work for my degree show, its been hard to juggle all the interviews around actually getting any work done and responding to all the emails i have had from people all over the globe!

It has been an exciting time getting used to revolving a day round interview slots and has definately been a great learning curve. It is also fantastic to be meeting and getting to know so many people along the way. The past week has probably been one of the busiest weeks in my life and the motivation i have gained from the huge interest in so many people has been amazing!

This afternoon i did an interview with Spin 103.8 a radio station based in Dublin and this can be heard below:

Below are some photographs from when Channel M did an interview inside Bog Standard Gallery later this afternoon.

Tune into Radio 5 live on Sunday 29th April at 11.30 pm to hear more about Bog Standard Gallery!

P.S. The ribbon is going fast!

Follow the link below to join the group!

http://mmu.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2406456468

So…people are asking me what i am doing with all that red ribbon that Bog Standard Gallery was wrapped up in before it was oficially opened. I have decided that i will give strips of the ribbon from the opening of the worlds smallest art gallery, to those explain why they should get a piece! Or to those who offer ยฃยฃs, or amazing photographs of toilet signs from somewhere i have not yet been! There is 6m of ribbon…and i will cut it into strips of 5cm – so the supplies are very limited! I may even sign the strip for you ๐Ÿ˜›

Be imaginative and let me know by sending a comment to this page!