Showing posts with label art in architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art in architecture. Show all posts

Thursday, 28 January 2016

2015 - 2016 Catch Up (Part 2)

Now we need to introduce the lovely ladies from Wandsworth Asian Women's Association and the South London Tamil Welfare Group.  Both groups involved in the heART of libraries pilot project in 2014.  Very keen to learn about the world of iPads, if a little apprehensive at first ...

Workshops were led by community artist Jeni Walker and David Owens from Wandsworth City Learning Centre, supported by lovely librarian Therese Rajadurai from Tooting Library.  

These photos from the workshops made a great temporary installation in the computer room in Tooting library and were recently featured in the Spanish edition of Homify.

Darryl Bedford from Oak Lodge School converted me to the kaleidoscope effect app, having been a little reticent at first.  The women's groups photographed some of their jewellery, fabrics and a variety of other items to create some wonderful effects that were printed onto banner material and used as tablecloths for the Asian feast event in Tooting library. 

Due to the apparent lack of seating in the library, I had always been keen to use some furniture with printed upholstery as part of the public art exhibition from May - June 2015.  I ended up buying six second hand Dwell chairs and adding a vinyl graphic to the surface instead.  A very popular part of the exhibition, both using the wonderful photos by Sasha Mihalova from the feast event and some of the kaleidoscope images from the workshop.  The library liked them so much that they kept three of the chairs, with two of the others being exhibited throughout February at Orleans House Gallery in Richmond.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

the heART of libraries pilot project

Following on from the success of ‘the heART of libraries’ pilot project, I am working with Wandsworth Library Services and GLL to develop proposals for the next stage of the project which is seeking support from the Arts Council's 'Libraries Fund'. This would include a programme of community art and new technology workshops based in Tooting and Balham  libraries, working towards a series of multi-media exhibitions and events,  scheduled for  Wandsworth Arts Festival and Fringe 2015. 

The heART of libraries aims to build collaborative partnerships and cross community links, exploring and developing our relationship to the library environment.  It's innovative approach to creative engagement aims to celebrate libraries today, giving vision to the libraries of tomorrow. 

Here are some comments from staff and participants who took part in the pilot project:

‘I enjoyed going to the library to see various books, especially doing the embroidery afterwards, copying the fish. If my health allows me to I would like to do more work of this kind in the future.’
Zubaidah Shah, Mantle Court Asian Women’s Group

‘When an artwork goes up on a wall anywhere there is always more to it than simply what you can see.  The shared time, ideas, skills and even food with the ladies of Mantle Court Asian Women’s Group will be enriching my life and work as a community artist for years to come.  The fusion of technology and crafts has proven itself ideal for facilitating connections between people, places and hearts. I look forward to developing this concept and reaching out more to the community members and collaborative working partners.’ 

Jeni Walker, Artist, Transition Town Tooting

‘This was a fantastic project which was brilliantly orchestrated by Sam Haynes, the students felt proud of their work and their teacher has expressed an interest to work with Sam again.  I really enjoyed being involved in the project and it's great for the library to showcase such an exciting display!’  

Sophie Brownell, Children's Librarian, Earlsfield Library

Hi Sam,
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for today.  I was really impressed by the work you put in to this project and the lovely way you rounded it all off for the students.  You are a STAR!!  I look forward to future collaborations with you.

Kind regards, Antony Lipski, Manager, Autistic Resource Base, Garratt Park School

'This innovative arts project was a great success and all the ladies involved said how much they had enjoyed participating in the project.  The finished product revealed many of their hidden skills like sewing, painting and applique work.  When they saw their products displayed at the library they were delighted with the end result. Sam, Chris and Jenny were great to work with.  They were very adept at working with people who have limited English.  As project lead Sam Haynes was excellent and I hope we can work with her in the future.'  

Therese Rajes Rajadurai, Librarian, 
Tooting Library

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The heART of Libraries

‘The heART of Libraries’ is a Wandsworth based project using art, craft and new technology to explore our relationship to the library environment, bringing a new perspective to familiar surroundings. Taster workshops in 2013 will lead onto a program of community art workshops next year, working towards a series of temporary installations and events, bringing local people together to celebrate libraries today, giving vision to the libraries of tomorrow.

'Cover to Cover' will launch the project with a series of taster workshops engaging three local community groups, working in collaboration with local artists Charles Whitehead and Jeni Walker (Transition Town Tooting) and new technologies consultant Chris Nash.

smartphone tag trail revealing the hidden stories of library life

The barcode is a very traditional way for libraries to access information about books.  These workshops will teach participants how to use the latest barcode technology (Microsoft Tag), using ipads to make sound recordings and slide shows inspired by their individual choice of books.  A trail of customised barcodes will be developed by each group, using photography and fabrics to create multi-layered artworks, inspired by the recorded information behind each code.  Library users will be invited to discover this unique interactive trail, searching for hidden codes that will unlock the true character of our local libraries.

To download the free smartphone app search for ‘Microsoft tag’
Funded by a Wandsworth ARTS GRANT