Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, and Laura Dyer, Arts Council England Area Executive Director, Midlands and South West were among the fifty specially invited guests of the Baring Foundation book launch of “Winter Fires” – François Matarasso’s new book featuring seventeen commissioned iPad portraits by resident PRIMARY artist Mik Godley titled “Winter Fires”. Winter Fires is not merely a meditation on “late style,” but about the complex relationships between creativity and agency in later life. Jason Danely, Rhode Island College, Anthropology, and Editor-in-Chief, Anthropology and Aging Quarterly, USA was thrilled to showcase some of the work in Anthropology and Aging Quarterly. “Ever since I saw Godley’s portraits, they have been lingering in my mind. He does with portraiture what a good ethnographer does with writing.” Mik has also been asked by a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand if they might use a couple of images for a non-profit staff training flyer: “We would love to incorporate your remarkable pictures, and hope that you would be able to give us permission”

A “play-back” video of creation of some of the iPad drawings was screened throughout the launch event and can now be viewed on his YouTube channel click here: –

The book is available from the Baring Foundation or as a download from this link: -

Mik is also currently available for commission – to see his blog about portraiture, and much, much more click here

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