Invisible works is a working title for a series of fragmentary articles about history, heritage and our place in the landscape by me. My name is Nick Stone – not the monumental mason or the Andy McNab character though, apologies.
The site is a collecting point for all of my various things I think about and some times end up doing. In part it records my work on the impacts we have on landscapes and the traces of habitation and life left behind, I also noodle on about memory and place quite a lot. There are subjects that overlap or meander into each others occasionally. Most of subjects I work on are visual arts based or photographic, usually supported by writing. I consider myself a craftsman not an artist. I’m primarily a photographer, I collect things, I write a bit, make things, map things – a butterfly with my interests.
I usually photograph landscapes and talk about those – both urban and rural, occasionally they’re temporally distant depending on when I am, sometimes it’s people, occasionally it’s found photos taken by lost people. I’m particularly interested in how we connect with place, our sense of it and ourselves, how memory works in that context, and the traces we leave both physically on and under the surface as well as within.
I like starting fires inside my head that never quite go out, then start the next one. A lot of what I do is triggered by wandering and seeing, the focus shifts around; it can start with a place, object, person, event or a point in time. A lot of what I like studying starts around a sense of belonging or dislocation in particular settings. I like places that hide stories, things that almost don’t exist anymore in a real sense; the overlooked, the arcane, where there is still something you can sense or sniff out via folk memory, history, archaeology, stories, or folklore. Nothing ever begins or ends.
A lot of my photography and writing contains elements of geography; both human and physical, geology, and geomorphism. And history and our heritage as a species; both contextual and social. I’ve been informed this is in the bracket of Landscape Punk, which suits me fine.
You will find some material on conflict, an old nexus I dwell in occasionally. History often lies in its deepest drifts in these moments of human experience, often in the mundane. War has left a scar across the imagined and actual landscape; it also touches all of our experiences somewhere in our collective timelines. These changes are deeper and more complex than destruction of physical and societal fabric and human life. It brings about changes that echo onward for future generations and are part of a broader story of who we are. These generational links are what gives us the real history and what forms us.
Thanks for looking.
I am a director of a multi-disciplinary design agency called Starfish in Norwich. I work as a designer and communications consultant, creating content, writing, producing installations, designing exhibitions and publicity materials, books, magazines and websites. I also work as a photographer/visual artist and generally can be found dabbling in communications – including social media and on the web. My specialisms are working with Arts and Heritage organisations, but I’m happy working with anyone who has an interesting idea or project, and doesn’t mind me occasionally going off at tangents. I like words, images and people, and cats.
Alongside this I am also a trustee, board member and art director of The Rialto. And can occasionally also be found staring at bits of metal at Fakenham Museum where I’m also a board member, tea drinker, and chin-scratcher. In addition I also work as an advocate for Menscraft which provides help for men experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing.
Museum of Norwich – Crome’s Norwich, exhibition creation, photography, authoring, design, (solo show).
Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society – Branding and web design.
Norfolk Archaeological Trust – branding, photography, web build.
Vanishing Points 2018 – exhibition (solo show).
Armistice 2018 – Mural.
Time & Tide Museum: Drawn to the Coast; Turner, Constable and Cotman – branding, exhibition and advertising design.
Paston Footprints: Creative lead, branding, display, exhibition, web and production.
The Assembly House heritage project. Exhibition; content creation, research, writing, design, social media, management.
Returned from the Front – Community engagement and heritage project, design, content creation, research, management.
The Casualty Book – Feasibility study, consultation, website.
Along the outskirts – Psychogeography: Branding, catalogue and online.
Change Minds – Heritage and mental health: Branding, design, consultancy, exhibition.
Museums Norfolk – Website design, photography.
Norfolk Music Festival: Rebrand and web.
Black Dog Tales: ‘Mapping the grim’ Public Archaeology/PA2015. Online content development, research, writing.
Fakenham Gas Museum: Rebrand and online presence, publicity and audience development, social media, photography.
Norfolk at the Pictures: Develop engagement, redevelop branding, website and the social media.
Museum of Norwich: Coordinated, curated and produced ‘The History Wall’ Installation. Social-media/social-history.
Gressenhall and MoEAL: developed ‘Learning from the past”.
Longshop Museum: Redeveloped the museum’s web presence and online branding.
Waveney Archaeology: Branding, publicity materials and website.
Hidden Commemoration: WW1 centenary branding, online and publicity materials.
Lowestoft Maritime Museum: Online.
British Schools Museum: Develop branding and publicity materials.
WFA: Image procurement, curation and design.
Cafe Writers: Website and branding.
Ink Sweat and Tears: Website and pamphlet design.
Norfolk Music Hub: Design, publicity materials.
East Anglian Music Archive: Design and consultancy.
Share Museums East: Consultation and development of new website, strengthen brand, publicity material.
Exhibitions and installations
Crome’s Norwich – Museum of Norwich, Bridewell Alley. May 2021
The Wilson Collection exhibition – The Gallery, The Forum, Norwich. Autumn 2019.
Vanishing Points, solo exhibition – St Peter Hungate, Norwich. November 2018.
Great War Mosiac – Castle Museum, Castle Meadow, Norwich. November 2018.
Imagine Hillfields – Fargo Village, Coventry. Summer 2015.
The History Wall – Museum of Norwich, Bridewell Alley. Permanent installation May 2012.
Brilliant Beacons: Portraits of East Anglian Churches – Peter Tolhurst (2019) Bromholm.
Inside Landscape – Magazine feature (2018) Various
A history: The Assembly House, Norwich – Author, illustrator, cartographer, designer (2017) Various
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme – Gavin Stamp (2016) Thiepval.
The Rialto Poetry Magazine – Various