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

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

2015 - 2016 Catch Up (Part 1)

Sadly ignored for too many months, I am now returning to mull over and savour the many  wonderful outcomes of 2015 with a view to building something equally satisfying and surprising on their foundations ...

It is now obvious that when life gets busy blogging hasn't been my greatest strength.  FB and Flickr no problem. I think that possibly my feeling that a degree of analysis and more detailed explanation is needed has led to a snowballing effect, which has left me with a  mountain of things to show and say, creating a blockage that obviously needs to be flushed away with the beginning of a new year.

I will therefore purge myself with a cross section of the tastiest delights from a memorable year that involved working with many wonderful people.  Thought I might group things together unexpectedly to bring some new order of enlightenment but seem to be trying to make things more difficult before I even start!  It might be best to just begin wherever the feeling takes me and end when I have nothing more to show or say. Could take all year or just a few posts with a sprinkling of detail where absolutely necessary ....

Lets start with a joyous video of the Garratt Park School students enjoying the music section of Balham Library, preparing for our first 'Out of Place' iPad session early last year ...

.. and then maybe Pocklington Arts Group having a round of applause for libraries directed by film maker Stephanie Webber.  Can't help but love them!

Some wonderful iPad drawings by Sally Booth ...


Bill from Pocklington pacing words to stairs and the beautiful voice of his wife.

Handprint Theatre working with children from Oak Lodge School at Balham library.

And maybe finally from Balham a video by Tahmina, a year 11 student from Oak Lodge School capturing the sound and movement of our first visit to the library (when it was closed to the public), working with musician Antonio Testa exploring the space through rhythm.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

heART of libraries - Video Clips

Here are three short videos, one from each of the interactive barcode exhibitions at Wandsworth Town, Earlsfield and Tooting libraries as part of the heART of libraries pilot project.  Library users need a smartphone (old ones may not work!) to read the microsoft tag barcodes which are either overlaid or placed next to a series of artworks developed by three local groups.  The aim of the project was to provide 'taster' workshops, focusing on a selection of books, using ipads and art to create an interactive trail, allowing library users to experience the space in a new way.

This pilot project aims to lead onto a series of public art installations and events across Wandsworth, bringing local people together to celebrate libraries today, giving vision to the libraries of tomorrow.


download free app
to read the barcodes above

Wandsworth Asian Women's Association
Wandsworth Town Library, March - April 2014 


Autistic Resource Base, Garratt Park School
Earlsfield Library, March - April 2014

South London Tamil Welfare Group and Tooting Tamil Reading Group
Tooting Library, March - April 2014

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