NEWS 2020





Right now, all of my energies are consumed with promoting teachers’ rights. Teachers in the UK are asked to ‘Carry On’ amidst a global pandemic with NO protection, NO benefits, NO advice, NO PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). PPE is VITAL for travel (if not when working with children). It is now an underlying scandal that at a time when schools are supposed to be closed, they remain open and staffed by individuals who are unsupported and unprovided for.

Teachers get NO mention in daily PM Briefings or in the news. Contrary to the public view, schools are not only open for pupils with Special Needs (SEN) but to children from an extensive list of Key Workers. As a jobbing supply teacher, off contract, I shall most likely be testing the water on Monday to see how it goes. Unknowing if I can rely on transport which I have to pay for. Along with my own cobbled-together PPE kit which will be inadequate for the long term.

I am mentally and emotionally exhausted. It beggars belief that as a teacher in the UK I am needing to spend time fighting for basic requirements and assurances which are never forthcoming. Please, if you can, spend a moment to respond or to share my updates and posts; in order to promote awareness of these scandalous issues. Everyone can make a difference. Please support those who support us.

WE ARE THE VIRUS @martinslidel


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New slide-show based on recent paintings and sketches:



Thanks so much for supporting my art exhibition at the wonderful Coffee Wake Cup near Clapham Common Tube. It was an equally wonderful experience. I hope that you enjoyed some of the new paintings on show of which I am pleased to report that I made a sale – as rare as the opportunity for a solo exhibition. And so, it’s down-time at the moment with no plans ahead other than to earn some honest cash in the day job. Certain that there’ll be other creative projects in the year ahead. Wishing you all a very happy new decade!

Best, Martin



Thanks to everyone who supported my Crowdfunder; raising a tidy sum to help cover the running costs of my forthcoming exhibition. I am so grateful, and deeply humbled.



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