Pete Ashton Archive



  • Offloaded nearly all my comics and graphic novels to various people. Kept two small shelves worth.
  • Holiday in Fuerteventura.

### Feb

  • Open Zine Archive - showed zines to Kath and Katie of Cross City Zine.

### Mar

  • Rivers of the World starts.
  • Diagnosed with Strong Autistic Traits.
  • Went to Astronomy night at Lickey Hills. Decide to build telescope.
  • Blow-Up 2018 - contribution to Black Hole Club group show.

### Apr

### May

  • AI for Artists - Workshop for the Art AI Festival commissioned by De Montfort University and The Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester.
  • Photo shoot for The Courtesy Group.
  • Artefact’s back room and yard open.
  • Commissioned to do a photo walk in Jewellery Quarter.
  • Attend Joey Holder’s What Are The Deep Belief Networks in Derby. Audio.

### Jun

  • Rivers of the World session in Pershore.
  • Apply for Near Now fellowship.
  • Open Zine Archive at Artefact.
  • Coventry Artspace residency.
  • Flash - a camera obscura-based installation for Another Dimension group show at Vivid.
  • Attended Living Room Light Exchange 1.

### Jul

  • Attended Living Room Light Exchange 2.
  • Sian McFarlane’s crit club.
  • Niece and nephew come to stay.
  • Narrowboat holiday with sister’s family.
  • Trial some Photo School intermediate classes at Artefact.
  • Start regularly volunteering at Fat Fluffs.

### Aug

  • Applied for job at Loaf.
  • Attended Dinosaur Kilby’s crit club.
  • Had “art day” with Emily Rodderick.
  • Set up camera obscuras at local allotments BBQ.

### Sep

  • Start work at Loaf.
  • Stirchley Salon starts.
  • Attended Screaming Females gig with Jez. Discovered current punk/DIY scene.
  • Jewellery Quarter heritage photo walks.
  • Dead Shrines camera obscura test in Stirchley Park.
  • Mother visits from New Zealand.
  • WiP screening of Andy’s library film.

### Oct

  • BOM re-opens after major refurb.
  • Do my own crit club at Vivid.
  • Run first Bournville photo walk.


As Artist

  • Instructions for Humans - Major three-month exhibition of new body of work at Birmingham Open Media funded by Arts Council England.
  • Black Hole Club - Member of Vivid Project’s programme for artists, designers, curators and writers in the West Midlands to share and test ideas through regular group exhibitions.
  • Spectrographic Manifestos - Interactive artwork using sonification to respond to the General Election.
  • Engine Travel Bursary - Awarded by New Art West Midlands. Report.

As Speaker

  • Human Interfaces Conference - Invited speaker at Association for Photography in Higher Education Summer Conference.
  • ASTONish - Invited speaker at creative leadership workshop.

As Practitioner


As Artist

As Speaker

  • Random String - Invited speaker at arts and technology conference.
  • The Mediated Self - Invited speaker for Warwick University’s School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies.

As Practitioner

  • Trailblazers - arts practitioner on youth civics project run by Stan’s Cafe Theatre Company.
  • Art in Crisis - Workshop and photography walks with homeless people resulting in exhibtion of their work at Birmingham Open Media.
  • Escaping Victimhood - Photography walk commissioned as part of therapeutic retreat.
  • Gallery 37 - Photography mentoring for young people not in education, employment or training.
  • SOAK - Guided Photography Walk along river for suburban arts festival.
  • Photo School - Regular photography group walks around areas of Birmingham.

As Producer





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