Working creatively with other people means energy pooled and shared; ideas breeding ideas. Giving a shared talk on Art and Collaboration with Shane Waltnener at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art was a fine opportunity to reflect on and discuss my creative output over the last few years, to learn from the attending artists’ experiences and to consider the many elements that can influence the direction and success (or not) of collaborative work – authentic participation, risk, integrity.

I’ve realised that the stimulation I get from this way of working stems from the newness, the lack of repetition – starting afresh every time and trying to clear away any preconceptions before rooting out the unique qualities or histories that each person can bring into the mix. This way of working is time-consuming, however it energizes me and keeps me interested, productive and focused.