Issue 122

Jun/July 2021

arc Jun/July 2021 – Issue 122

A new arrival…
Welcome to the world, Daisy Mae Waring…

If you’ll forgive me for taking a moment to be incredibly self indulgent, the last couple of months since our last issue has seen my world turn completely upside down as on 25 March, my wife Emma and I welcomed our daughter, Daisy Mae into the world. The adjustment to parenthood and the transition from a duo to a three-piece has been an adventure to say the least, but luckily we’re both coping very well, and even managing to get some sleep!

It has meant that working from home to produce this issue has suddenly become a lot harder as alongside interviews, meetings and deadlines, there are now nappy changes, feeds and general cuddles thrown into the mix. It’s certainly true what they say about learning to do things one handed once you have a child!

I also want to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to my colleagues Sarah and Helen for stepping in and holding the fort while I was on parental leave, and for helping out with some writing too.

Onto this issue, and as you’ll have seen from our stunning front cover, I was lucky enough to sit down with Christopher Bauder, the founder and creative mind behind art and design studio WHITEvoid on the eve of the launch of its latest exhibition, Dark Matter. Bauder has produced some exceptional pieces of light art over the years (winning two [d]arc awards in the process), so it was fascinating to chat with him about his creative process and learn more about the history of the studio, and the new exhibition.

Speaking of the [d]arc awards, it feels like a very long time ago now, but back in April we were thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2020 awards in a special online presentation. Well done to Helen, Sarah and Paul for your top notch hosting duties, I’d have been involved too but was up to my eyes in nappies at the time! Huge congratulations to all of the winners (if you missed it, you can find out who took home the top prizes later in this issue), and a big thanks to everyone who tuned in, submitted projects, voted, and generally got involved in the awards process. We love doing the awards each year, but it would be nothing without all of you!

We’ve already opened entries for the 2021 [d]arc awards too, so make sure to submit your latest and greatest works.

Enjoy the issue!

Matt Waring