Between 1974 and 1979 I was given four grants which resulted in the exhibitions 'Stand before the world', 'Spirit of Place' and 'Lila' and in 1979 a small monograph was published as part of the ACGB's publishing venture British Image 3 John Blakemore ISBN 0728701073.
At first I found the award a burden. For four years I had been producing work purely for myself, suddenly I felt beholden to an outside body! I behaved in an uncharacteristic manner. I dashed to areas unfamiliar to me. I made work for which I had no feeling.