I am available for workshops, having undertaking the 4 day intensive "Community Arts Training" (CATS 2009) course run by the Slough Community Arts Team. The course provided an insight in to running Community Arts Projects, and augmented a "Facilitating Workshops" course I attended. I've also attended courses on "Art Inquiry" and "Philosophy for Children". The intention is to contribute to my locality, as well as bring to the fore my work-based experience of Training to provide an inspiring experience for those involved.
An Artist's CV is available here.
Nb. for legal reasons no pictures of children can be shown.
The idea of "Thresholds" is to look at the symbolic meaning of entrances and doorways in all three faiths, and find commonalities and combine differences that will be used as the content for the final artworks. In part the research would include looking at meanings of doorways, thresholds and passages in a metaphorical and philosophical context. For instance, rites of passage, divisions between sacred and secular spaces, times and activities, customs and the concept of a threshold through which beliefs and ideas from all three religions can pass. For the second part of the research we looked at the physicality of doorways, how beliefs manifest themselves in architecture, decoration and art.
Influences for the final piece have included experimentation with the abstraction of calligraphic form, building on the textural properties of the doorways we observed – drawing on the reductionism of the process of mark making to form a language. This is likened to the essence of faith, which once reduced of imagery and outer manifestations becomes a personal process of incremental mark makings, passing through several thresholds of thought and individual introspection.
In examining “the rites of passage, divisions between sacred and secular spaces”, I’ve chosen to explore the possibilities of the paint – the “rites of passage” of how the paint behaves. I see this as a microcosm of the choices humans have, the directions we take... I’m interested in how to represent this through layering techniques and subtleties of application.
In 2012 I was invited by The Three Faiths Forum to apply for funding for a collaborative Interfaith Art Project. I worked with two talented young artistsand a fantastic musician - together we won 1 of only 2 nationally awarded prizes to fund our piece. Our proposal was "an installation involving beautiful music, with a light display projecting shapes and patterns, combined with intricate hand-drawn patterns adorning the perimeter". The piece was installed at Candid Arts Trust...
As our project was built out of our experiences of spaces of worship, and so it was crucial that our space was something which can be entered; so we created a definite entry point to the space...through an enticing white curtain.
One thing we have considered, is we wanted the space to give a very deliberate impression of walking in to a new place. We wished to affect behaviour in the same conscious way we’ve interacted with the places of worship we’ve visited (group visits to each other's) – to encourage a sense of cautious discovery, and interaction with newness.
"Architecture Month" with Slough Museum...to encourage local people to re-engage with their surroundings.
Slough is currently in the middle of some regeneration to build a more "vibrant" town centre, so the brochures surmise.
The town is littered with row upon row of bright orange road-work signs...representative of regeneration. However, I felt these could be used to present a more positive, colourful image of change...rather than the mundane, warning-centric, way the signs appear to the public.
And so the idea is to have school children redecorate the signs, to try to represent a colourful, more positive, message of regeneration (through regenerating the use of the signs).
The road-signs will then be part of an installation in the Museum, linking what we see outside the museum with the inside. Children will be creating their vision of a regeneration, also making futuristic buildings from recycled materials...