IN CONVERSATION with… is a series of collaborative events that look to challenge engagement, imagery, action, participation, exchange and discussion in art practice.

IN Conversation with(9) …Neil Ferguson & Gareth Jones

“Raw Rewards”,  Incidents from Dungeness

Raw INCIDENTS: decisions in an inhospitable environment. 

3rd & 4th March 2018


The Reward:

“If we had not done what we did at Dungeness we would not know what we know now. We would  not        have that knowledge.”


The collaboration involved walking on the stony barren beaches of Dungeness in mid December 2017 in seasonal, but wholly inhospitable weather; locating ourselves in particular unsheltered spots that anchored, drove and shaped our actions.

All actions were relative to the circumstances, directed by the environment. Records were made on pre-prepared paper working only with what was found, extracted, mined in the cold, wet and windy conditions. These “works”  looked to capture the moments of their production where scraping, grinding and pulling boards across rocks and sand left “histories”, capturing the physical and sensory connections involved. Would they reflect what was being felt? Would the outcomes measure up with the sensorial difficulties?

 “Raw Rewards”, Incidents from Dungeness,  are products of “touching with the earth”, where the environment refuses interaction – sandwiched between the savagery of the elements and the coping strategies for recording in extreme discomfort. No transference of pleasantries…more the exhilaration of coping with raw difficulty; strategies sustaining efforts “keeping us out there“.


IN CONVERSATION with(8)…a Play with Maciej Blazejewski, Fred Vernon & Neil Ferguson

“Those Rehearsals”

The 2 Act play took the form of a meeting about previous meetings about writing a play about a play.

IN CONVERSATION with(7)…Carol Wyss & Neil Ferguson

“Beyond Controls”

Beyond Controls is formed out of 10 sets of 32 drawings.

From initial lines, each drawing was scanned, emailed and printed to be developed further by hand. The repetitive nature of these procedures regularly exposed the limitations and idiosyncratic qualities of scanning and printing.

The structure of the collaboration would always be infinite, sequences without final drawings, statements held in digitized time becoming cycles of series that cannot be closed, like circles that cannot be joined.

IN CONVERSATION with(6)…Peter Bromley, Matthew Vincent-Townend, Neil Ferguson et al.



IN CONVERSATION with(5)…with Maciej Blazejewski, Fred Vernon & Neil Ferguson


IN CONVERSATION with(4)…John T.Freeman, Hugh Gilmour, Irene Godfrey, Qing Qi & Neil Ferguson

“From where YOU sit.”

IN CONVERSATION with(3)…Lucy McGeown & Neil Ferguson

“Ivy Road is an Artwork”.

IN IN CONVERSATION with(2)…Matthew Vincent-Townend & Neil Ferguson

“Circulating Air”

IN CONVERSATION with(1)… Fred Vernon & Neil Ferguson