Small World Futures – CollectConnect at the #unsettledgallery

Small World Futures
Small World Futures is the title of an exhibition which took place in Bermondsey, London, in February 2018.
The exhibition comprised 38 miniature sculptures depicitng what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks was placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we featured one of the Worlds on the CollectConnect website alongside a piece of writing inspired by the artwork.

As with all CollectConnect ventures, Small World Futures was a non profit making collaboration. Sixteen artists provided the Small World sculptures and six writers provided the words.

This chapbook includes an art work from each of the sixteen artists alongside the words from the writers. Copyright remains with the individual artists and writers.

Lesley Cartwright (art) Ed Arantus (words)

Small World Futures
Jill Hedges, Alban Low, Alan Carlyon Smith, Kevin Acott, Sara Lerota, Lesley Cartwright, Ed Arantus, Stella Tripp, Natalie Low, Bryan Benge, Dean Reddick, Wayne Sleeth, Bethany Murray, Rebecca Lowe, Tracy Boness, Francesca Albini, Melanie Ezra, Ann Kopka and Jenny Meehan
Published May 2018
Edited by Dean Reddick
ISBN 978-1-910578-80-3
A6 Size
32 printed pages
Chapbook 24
Print run of 250
Price – £3.70
BUY Small World Futures (£3.70 + £1.20 P & P)

The Exchange at Brunswick East

On Tuesday 16th February 2016, 6pm we’ll be showing 5 of our creative chapbooks at the Official Opening of the Independent Artist Bookstore in Gillett Street, Dalston, London.

25%_The_exchange_feb_2016The Exchange is an independent artist bookstore formed from an (ever growing) collection of independently produced artists books, zines and comics from over 50 artists and arts collectives. All items within the collection are available for sale with all proceeds going directly to the artists (it’s important to know that not only do artists receive 100% of the money collected on their behalf from works sold, but that artists are not charged any fees to display/sell through The Exchange.It’s a rare Exchange for us artist folk, especially in the cutthroat capital.

Some of the Sampson Low authors will be there so come and join us. Afterwards why not visit The Vortex on Gillett Square to experience the  inspirational Michelson Morley in concert.

Our chapbooks will be selling for £1 and include –
Dreamtime Reflections by Francesca Albini
Murmurations: A visual exploration of individuality and community by Stella Tripp
Vertical Prose by Peter S Smith
Adam’s Story by Bryan Benge
Pasta Prose 2016 by Robin Hutchinson and the Hungry Poets

Adam’s Story – Bryan Benge

Bryan_BengeBryan Benge’s debut chapbook is the tale of Adam, a robot who finds himself in the very strange world we call Earth. Adam tries to navigate our society through his wit and observational logic. Bryan Benge is a conceptual and digital artist who had been a member of the London Group for many years. He regular exhibits and organises exhibition across the UK with the artist’s group CollectConnect.

Adam’s Story is the first in a trilogy of chapbooks from Bryan Benge.
(1) Adam’s Story
(2) Eve’s Story (The Opera Singer)
(3) The Journey Man

BUY Adam’s Story (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)
Bryan Benge
Published January 2016
ISBN  978-1-910578-22-3
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Chapbook 8
Price  – £2


We are Lost!: Little Dartmouth to Big Dartmouth & Back

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Little Dartmouth to Big Dartmouth & Back

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-07-0
A3 fold out map
Author – Bryan Benge
Editor – Alban Low

BUY  We are Lost – £2 (+£1.20 P&P to UK Address)

“My wife and I enjoy this coastal walk. To those who have not had the opportunity a scenic feast awaits ,plus a nice cup of tea at Riverside Tea rooms. Watch out for Cows and yachts not necessarily in that order.”
Bryan Benge 2015.

20%_BryanBryan’s current working practice is informed by an investigation into the use of LTM (Long Term Memory), particularly episodic memory/ schemata that refer to specific events in time (autobiographical). – His reading is at an early stage but already has introduced him to the concept of MTT (Mental Time Travel), the ability to mentally project oneself in time to relive past experiences, (or future ones). In somewhat of a paradox it is past experiences/memory that preoccupy him at the present time. MTT is a concept being investigated by Canadian Psychologist Endel Turvig. Bryan Benge is a valued member of both The London Group and CollectConnect.

To see more of Bryan’s work visit his website at…

This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.


On The Map exhibition

50%_poster_map_6 copyWelcome to the On The Map exhibition from CollectConnect artists. Earlier this year publisher we commissioned 12 new maps from a group of exciting contemporary artists. Each map was designed to be printed as an A3 fold out sheet with 4 supporting pages on it’s reverse side.

There is an inherent beauty in maps, like the Dwell book that proceeded this exhibition maps are a 2 dimensional rendering of a 3 dimensional form. They are often interpretations of the real world in a graphic light with motifs and lines that help us find anything from roads to windmills.

Artists are natural observers and organisers who like categorise through visual means. This map exhibition gives us the chance to see the world around us through the eyes of 14 artists from around the UK.

The Sunbury dice game by Alban Low and Harvey Wells

The Sunbury dice game by Alban Low and Harvey Wells

The artists were asked to consider 3 criteria.

Their map should be set in the real world, somewhere in the UK.

That it should include a route which could be walked.

The walking of the map shouldn’t cost more than £10 (train fares, entrance to museums, lunch)

Sampson Low Ltd have printed them all in colour at an A5 (21×14.8cm) size with an A3 fold out map incorporated. They will be selling the maps at an affordable £2 (+ Postage and Packing) so that anyone can try one of these artist’s walks or frame them on their wall.

The artists are –

Bill Mudge
Melanie Ezra and Rose Davies
Bryan Benge
Robert Good
Peter S Smith
Dean Reddick
Tahira Mandarino
Alban Low and Harvey Wells
Phillip Cribb
Stuart Simler
Jill Hedges
Glyn Walton

The exhibition runs from 14th April to 10th May 2015
Private View – 23rd April, 6.30-8.30pm
The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery
The Walled Garden, Thames Street
Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6AB

All welcome. We hope you can find your way there.
If not, I’ll draw you a map!


We would especially like to thank Robert Shaw, Barbara Robertson, Tahira Mandarino at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery. Also Spelthorne Borough Council for their support of the exhibition.

Dwell: A book of Nets from CollectConnect

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The latest publication from CollectConnect artists is being released in February 2015 by Sampson Low Ltd. London based artist and art therapist Dean Reddick has brought together  artists from around the world to publish a book of 30 practical Nets. Each black and white page is easy to photocopy and ready for all ages to build themselves. The Nets are graded with completion times and building tips. A magical book about 2D plans with the potential to become 3D dwellings that can be adapted and coloured by the reader.

Dwell: A book of Nets
Published February 2015
ISBN  978-1-910578-00-1
64 pages A4 Softback
Author – Various Artists

BUY Dwell – £7 + £2.40 P&P to UK Address

Alban Low Scrunchy Shed
Beth Davis Hofbauer Castle in the Sky
Bryan Benge City Scape
Catherine Wynne-Paton Raft at Sea
Dean Reddick Shelter One and TreeHouse
Eleanor Bedlow Container
Ella Klenner & Fausto House by the Wild Sea
Eve Allsop Home
Gavin Blackhurst 46 Malbet Park
Helen Hunt Thoreau’s Room
Holly Daniels Fairy Dwelling
Jane Hellings Shipping Container
Jay Snelling Pyramid
Jessamy Low Ocelot Villa
J Masson Abri
Keziah Reddick Dream dwelling
Kim Reddick Crates
Lisa Howes Flat Pack
Malc Dow Escape Dwelling
Melanie Ezra Caer Hecsagon
Mike Russell Negated Obstacle
Natalie Low Dwellow Submarine
Nick Gammons Castle
Rajaa Khalife Paixao Confessions of an artist
Sabatin Bascoban The Caravan
Sara Lerota Table as a place..
Steve DT The Sistene Chapel
Stuart Simler Trojan Horse
Tamara Jelaca Little house in Prairie

Visit the CollectConnect website to find out more about the authors.

The Future Bound 2013: A Creative Yearbook from UCA Epsom Further Education Students

future_bound_image69 Pages of insightful artwork from UCA Epsom’s Diploma in Art and Design –
Foundation Studies, Pre-U Level 3 Diploma students and CollectConnect artists

The Future Bound
Published May 2013
ISBN 978-0-9534712-2-5,
72 pages A5 Softback
Author – Various Artists
BUY The Future Bound – £5 + £1.80 P&P to UK Address

The_future_bound_Epsom_UCA_publicity_33%Artwork by 4. Robert Norris 5. Stuart Duffell 6. Abigail Verge 7. Rachel Yemitan
8. Alice Firman 9. Lexy Sharps 10. Perry Rowe – 11. Tunika Biswas 12. Robert
Reynolds 13. Pascale Davies 14. Jessica Tallett 15. Natalie Harris 16. Claudia
Lussana 17. Elouise Chadderton-Illing 18. Charlotte Harris 19. Lydia Dwek 20.
Laura Gravenell 21. Colette George 22. Alice Darby 23. Natasha Skliar-Ward 24.
Kimberley Bautista 25. Rosie Howe 26. Ellie Revell 27. Sophia Taylor 28.
Jonathan Kvedaras 29. Rosie Storer 30. Emmanuel Anim-Ayekoh 31. Elisabeth Lewis
32. Branka Kovacevic 33. Natalie Hallson 34. Alban Low 35.Elizabeth Rudrum 36.
Laura Matthews 37. James Etherington 38. Jakub Grzybowski 39. Flikaline Rosalka
(Lissea Jordan) – 40. Lauren Taylor Slevin 41. Matthew Fiveash 42. Sadiyah Mir
43. Madeleine Taylor 44. Sylwia Misarko 45. Bryan Benge 46. Emily Brinkley 47.
Joshua Rodrigues – The Gambling World 48. Lucy Carasco – and joined 49. Elli
Abernethy – Innocence 50. Daniel Gould – Apollo 51. Rosalind Adams – 52. Chloe
Laurence – Rooftops 53. Michaela Yearwood-Dan – Stimulants 54. Rhys Downey –
Waiting 55. Talia De Cunha – A Nest 56. Perry Rowe 57. Lilian Nejatpour 58.
Fraser Donaldson – The Majestic 59. Rumena Ahmed – A Bunch 60. Sabryanne Surrey
– Shieldmaiden 61. Paige Brown – Everywhere, Peace 62. Louise Griffin – A Cave
63. Gemma Louise Blackett – Plant That 64. Gemma Okeke – Tools and 65. Simone H
Ackuaku – Its Statement 66. Ellie Chasty – Obesity 67. Dean Reddick – Incisionin
68. Claire Moisset – 69. Kayliegh Daly – Ugly Future 70. Stuart Simler – Journey
to Anywhere 71. Nina Patel – Will Be 72. Niamh Wilson