motherhood

The End of Lockdown

Image: A middle way in Badock’s Wood, Corsham, 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont (For those with children going back to school after 6 months at home) Maybe it’s not a time for writing. Maybe the coalescing of junctioned thoughts gives too much structure to the wisps of ideas. They haven’t been written for so long …

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A Financial Picture of Self-employment

The recently published report (Dec 2018) from the Arts Council, Livelihoods of Visual Artists: 2016 Data Report, found that 90% of visual artists in the UK don’t make enough money to live on. Across the 2,000 artists surveyed, the average income from art practice was £6,000. This is further skewed by a small number of …

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Dreaming of the resurrection

Image: Natal, 2018, at the Chaiya Art Awards, London. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Natal I almost don’t know how to write. It’s Holy Week (or Still Week, as in Denmark; or Suffering Week, Germany). This year, more than most, I find myself small in the face of Christendom’s elegiac, centuries’ old commemoration of …

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Blue supermoon, and two superstars, at Lacock Abbey

Image: Sharrington Tower in the Moonlight I, 2018. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Photographing celestial events is something I can’t resist. I’ve had my camera trained on the Venus & Jupiter conjunction of 2012, two eclipses in 2015 (one lunar and one solar), and tonight’s blue supermoon. My approach is decidedly non-technical. With wildly varying results, …

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Dylan in the spotlight

Image: Dylan, 12 hours old in Southmead Hospital, Bristol. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. One Born Every Minute, Channel 4, 9pm, 10th March. I find myself emerging from maternity leave with both a work hat and a mum hat on at the same time. In the public sphere of TV and online debate around this programme, …

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The photo before the family

The formal group photograph – in this case a typical college portrait of a particular year – is both a launchpad for stories, or a place where they seem to stall. The front plane of smiling faces and presented posture has no side or back, and there is no way round or into pictures from …

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When I met Verity

Image: Damien Hirst’s Verity, 2012 (stainless steel and bronze), at Ifracombe. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. I’ve seen quite a few Hirst pieces in my young art journey: at the landmark Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1997, and up to recent appearances in Gloucester Cathedral and Bath Abbey – see Artsy about him. I’m …

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The shock of the new

Image: Ultrasound of Baby Beaumont the Second. It feels slightly odd marking this post in my ‘research’ category, but the photograph is such a departure point for so many thoughts, that I can’t help but mull it over:  Up to the point of climbing on the hospital bed for the first scan, the knowledge of …

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