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EDUCATION & PROJECTS  | 2015

'A Sore Head' |  Robert Welch

Art in Perpetuity Trust is pleased to announce the publication of ‘A Sore Head’, an artist-book by A.P.T artist-member Robert Welch.

£22.00 + £4.00 Postage and packaging
Total £26.00

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'A Sore Head' |  Robert Welch

ISBN  978-0-9931685-1-2

Edition of 500

All artwork and text © Robert Welch 2015
Introduction © Mali Morris 2015

Project managed by Jian Wei Lim
Design by Adrian Sharman
Artwork photography by Jian Wei Lim
Printed by gpex

Published by Art in Perpetuity Trust, April 2015

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Book Launch

250 people visited the A.P.T Gallery on Thursday 16 April 2015 to celebrate the launch of ‘A Sore Head’, an artist-book by Robert Welch, published by Art in Perpetuity Trust.

Robert Welch is an artist-member of A.P.T who has been exhibiting in the UK and abroad for the past thirty years. In December 2011 he suffered a stroke, resulting in a loss of coherent speech. Encouraged by his partner Paula and his daughter Betty he began working on a series of drawings, whilst still in hospital. Friends brought in art materials when they came to visit and initially Robert could barely hold a pencil, but, as he regained control, though not sensation, he began to make different marks, and tried various ways of combining them.

In November 2013 Robert showed this body of work, along with new paintings, at A.P.T Gallery. The works were accompanied by comments he had dictated to his speech therapist, reflecting on the experience of being in hospital for eight weeks. They documented the thought processes that explained how the drawings developed over that time.

‘A Sore Head’ tells the story of Robert’s recovery and return to painting, after a life-changing event. It can be read as an examination into the fundamental nature of creative practice, showing the artist's process in a stripped back form.

The book features an introductory essay by friend and fellow A.P.T artist-member Mali Morris RA.

“I had expected to see a struggle, perhaps an ungainliness compared with the paintings made before the stroke. Instead I was looking at, falling into, works which were articulate, unfamiliar and completely absorbing.”

This publication coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the Art in Perpetuity Trust, and is the first artist book to be published by A.P.T.

A.P.T launched the publication A Sore Head on Thursday 16 April 2015 at the A.P.T Gallery.

                                          Photography by Debra Burgess-Lim

The publication was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign conducted by A.P.T in January 2015. Over a period of thirty-five days we aimed to raise £5,500 to meet the costs of design and production. We met this target after day twenty-nine, going on to raise a total of £6,621 from 169 backers. We are greatly indebted to those who have supported the project and thank them for their efforts in helping us make this project a reality and share Robert’s story with a wider audience.
A.P.T would like to thank everyone who supported the project.