Showing posts with label learning disabled artist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label learning disabled artist. Show all posts

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

'OUT OF PLACE' Library Project 2015

After six months of fairly excruciating fundraising (hence the long silence on my blog!), the 'Out of Place' Libraries project is now in full swing,  with a series of 24 workshops leading up to an 'out of hours' showcase event in Tooting and Balham Libraries at the end of March.  Five groups are participating including the Wandsworth Asian Women's Association, the South London Tamil Welfare Group, Pocklington Arts Group and Oak Lodge and Garratt Park Schools.  

The workshops have introduced each of the groups to a range of iPad apps that they have been using to document their library visits and develop artwork for both of the installation events.  This project aims to encourage the groups to experience the library spaces in a new way, working towards a series of site specific public art installations, launched within the Wandsworth Festival and Fringe in May.

The project will also be using the amazing 'augmented reality' Aurasma app, using images to trigger audiovisual files created during the workshop program and 'out of hours' events.  There will be iPads available from the front desk at each library, with additional information about how to download the app onto your own device to follow the trail.

So far there have been some really wonderful workshops, including a session with Oak Lodge School for deaf children at Balham library, working alongside Apple educator and art teacher, Darryl Bedford, musician Antonio Testa and Handprint Theatre Company. 

Workshops are also supported by artist Jeni Walker, and iPad trainers Dave Owen  and Alex Webster from Wandsworth City Learning Centre.  

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