So I didn’t get the Coventry Commission, BUT it feels ok. I am confident about the work I want to do and have a few leads that I feel sure will pick up.
If my vision comes to fruition I will even be able to synthesize the healing framework that I developed in the autumn with a commercial imperative. Not bad for a year’s work!
Watch this space!!
Firstly I have been sick, and am still sick. Tonsillitis. REALLY HORRIBLE. Anyway…
Really useful visit to Coventry at the start of last week, even though the long hours have taken their toll on my already pathetic health!
Have since started conversation with the Head of Development at the Herbert Gallery about using their museum collection as the inspiration for cup designs at workshops leading up to the consultation. She is very open to this and is completely aware of my need not to step on people’s toes by making too many firm plans before the commission decision is made.
It’s a fine line, especially as the HoD is very good friends with the director of Artspace, the commissioning body. So my outline for a workshop is a follows;
- Achieving good colour reproduction
I would really like to be able to use drawing media that is colourful (but not too mad!). Crayons and colour pencils? These on textured papers transfer really well in digital printing so would produce an expressive but professional finish. I am looking for an afternoon workshop, at most two afternoons, depending on numbers.
- There would be a pre-selected form, like a cup or a plate, that the final design would rest on.
I would also depict this graphically in a template that participants would be able to draw over. This would provide some structure to their decision making and develop some understanding of what the end product would look like. This would give people the sense of achievement that is essential in these projects.
- Content, focus really is on a local-global theme.
I would, if possible, like to use the museum collection as inspiration for participants. So, my thinking would be to take some carefully selected ceramic pieces, like the Loving Cup that is currently in the What’s in Store, to explain their origin and meaning.
- Are there any items of Asian origin in the stores?
These need not necessarily be ceramics, but they would be really good to show for the same purpose. We don’t need many items, because I am hoping I can organise a specific group to participate, ideally people who don’t usually go into galleries. I am thinking maybe a women’s group, and if that is the case I’d ask them to bring in items that represent their social/cultural journey to Coventry. Then to make 2d designs based on that.
Still torn about workshopping the application of decals but it IS almost entirely monotonous and could be conveyed at the earlier stages with a video. The restrictions of dry working only at the Herbert also mean this is not possible.
!!! Could do it at the supper after having had the majority of the others finished, as a demonstration exercise. Not too dull for everybody then, and a little bit of performance? !!!
So my investigations into raw clay building and how to sustain it’s life has led me to the http://www.cobinthecommunity.org/
Dropped them a line and was going to meet up with proejct leader at their latest exercise on Friday but the rain stopped play.
Great personality though and we will meet up when the time is right.
This gives me some time to regroup and do some testing of my own on clays I would want to us in Waterlow Park. The contact at Camden Council is holiday until 18 March so there is a little leeway there as well.
Plenty to do!
The General Secretary at BOPA (British Organisation of People of Asian Origin) has invited me to a meeting on Monday.
Their enthusiasm is amazing – I only sent the email yesterday afternoon and they replied within a couple of hours. There is a huge networking opportunity it seems to be had. VERY short notice though, Monday night.
Back to Coventry next week then 🙂
The Victorian garden given to the people of Archway as a ‘garden for the gardenless’ sits within the context of Victorian philanthropy.
Importance given to all the elements in the garden, gates of entry, water, trees, hills, views, reveal the Victorian Frame of Mind (see also Walter E. Houghton’s book of the same name).
In my work as a complementary therapist, ‘elements’ are vital conditions for the facilitation of healing. Earth, fire, water, air, light, inspiration are all depicted symbolically through the ceremonies in complementary therapies. There are rituals of entry that are observed in a healing space; these are normal things, like taking off our shoes, but they are given specific focus so they carry meaning.
The key here is facilitation; the natural propensity for the human body to heal itself is understood as a given. The conditions must be made so that this can take place.
The same is true of the healing garden, in this case, the garden for the gardenless.
At the moment my research has been in consulting with GLIAS (Greater London Industrial Archeological Society). They have been exceptionally helpful in pointing me to various research resources, where I might find more about the tiles that were produced on this site.
The advice I have is that because a name was given to the site, the chances of it being of significant size and duration are greater, and also that this potentially indicates a more ornamental or decorative tiles were being manufactured there.
We will have to wait and see what the research uncovers.
Visit to Coventry today to attend a surgery for the Coventry ArtSpace project I am planning a proposal for.
My first visit to Coventry, and it didn’t rain! Visited the site to get my bearings really and to understand the location, which is Broadgate, the main and oldest square in Coventry. A pedestrian zone, close to the Herbert Gallery and the Cathedral
Really positive feedback from the surgery; they seemed to like the idea; now I need to firm up the plans for the proposal. Main points of my idea are;
- to share ideas and stories through ceramics
- transfer craft skills teaching and exchanging designs for ceramic transfers
- engender a sense of place and discussion between participants/delegates/members of the public
Things to do:
- find contacts for community groups in Coventry
- sort out contents insurance
- research Alfred Herbert’s interest in ‘art into industry’ in the 50s
- explore whether a commercial entity can be involved in the proposal
- locate some possible sites for consultation workshops, including Herbert Gallery’s ‘Whats in store’ room
- N.B. Artspace has a kiln!
- start thinking of an image – possibly work with an existing commercial entity
Things to consider:
- backstamp ideas. There is a logo for the symposium which could be used.
- ownership of the cups – the participants in the consultation need to be able to identify their own work and take possession of it when it is done.
- international community that lives in the city – they are the resource that makes Coventry vibrant
The positives of the meeting were that the will seemed to be there for a peripatetic to be a positive contribution to the work of ArtSpace. There seemed to be an established community willing to invest in the international ‘peace and reconciliation’ message that Coventry had cultivated but who wanted it to promote it nationally and locally. Local-Global factor again. The context of Coventry being a centre for transport seemed to support the idea of a shared story. This is THE THEME.