Showing posts with label arts engagement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label arts engagement. Show all posts

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Transitions Art Group - Light and Sound

 In October and November of last year I had the pleasure of working again with the Transitions Art Group based at Orleans House Gallery in Richmond who meet every Monday afternoon.  The group had welcomed a number of new members since the previous year, now totalling ten participants, all with learning disabilities and some with additional needs.  

The theme for the workshops was light and sound and I was keen to make use of the iPads, exploring some new apps such as the sound activated Waves and animation app iMotion.

We started by making some light sculptures with a variety of materials, and continued on to develop the work, introducing sound and performance.  At the end of the four workshops we presented our work in the form of a large installation, with pop up performances as the audience were guided around the space.

Took me back to some of my early interdisciplinary work with learning disabled groups, with many special moments, some of which we captured within the project video.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Finding an Equal Footing

Last year I was awarded a 'New Collaborations' bursary by a-n, the Artist's Information Company, to research the process of establishing a truly equal partnership between a non disabled and learning disabled artist.  I worked alongside Arts Manager Sheryll Catto, also co-director of the learning disability arts organisation Action Space, visiting five of their London studio projects to find an artist who might be willing to work in partnership with me.  I have now posted this article (across 6 posts) on a-n's 'Artist Talking' blogsite, documenting this process, including a day in ACAVA's Blenchynden Street studio working alongside artist Linda Bell.  This research project hopes to lead onto a collaborative project late 2014, early 2015.

'There are many issues that need to be considered when attempting to build a truly equal collaborative partnership, from taking the first steps in initiating the collaboration through to formulating it’s aims and outcomes.'

'Linda Bell is an artist who I had worked with briefly a number of years ago, standing in temporarily as an artist tutor for the South London Studio Project.   Her artwork uses repeated forms, often set within a grid like structure.  She enjoys interacting with her work, especially if it has an element of movement, very much relating to my own work.' 


 'While I in no way wanted to plan the collaborative day, it was important that the space was visually exciting, with materials laid out or assembled in a way that reflected their potential, encouraging interaction.' 

 'I wanted to avoid feeling as though we needed to create a finished, quality artwork that in some way validated the process.  This was an opportunity to focus primarily on the way in which we could interact, each of our choices and actions ‘leading’ the other.'

 'There was a good sense of energy in the studio as the sculptures were taking form, with Linda and I working alongside each other, at times standing back to admire our collaborative efforts.'

'Each collaboration is of course unique in it’s own right. The experience and skills of the individuals involved, and the environment they inhabit, both socially and creatively will influence the process of initiating a working partnership.'

 'After a little encouragement, Linda obviously enjoyed throwing the wool into the frame, finishing the day off weaving materials in and around the large square structure.  It had felt like a lovely way to round off the day, with smiles all round, having both enjoyed the freedom and spontaneity of our collaborative journey together.'

'Collaboration opens up a new and exciting potential, introducing an element of risk.  It creates an unknown chemistry that can breath life into the creative process.  I felt that my experience of working with Linda touched upon the very essence of this dynamic process.'

Supported by a bursary from a-n 
The Artist Information Company