What I have done today –

  • I submitted my ethics form and risk assessment form for my exhibition before 5pm
  • Alumni Workshop- Took part in the Ellie Shipman Workshop 2-5pm- This was an engagement workshop with Ellie Shipman. It was a half day workshop on ways to involve people in our art practise, exploring socially engaged art, working creatively with communities and art education. Around 10-15 students attended this.

Thoughts-

Below are some photographs which I took while I was on the workshop:

Activities we did and what I learned-

The first task we had to complete was to answer the following questions:

What is something you have done in your practise that you are proud of?

What are your ambitions?

Why does working with others in a social environment appeal to you ?

We answered these questions by writing a short paragraph on each question. We then stuck our pieces of coloured paper with our answers on, onto the wall wherever we so desired. Following on from this, one person was asked to discuss their answers to the question. If a person found a similarity in their answer to the person speaking, they began to talk discuss their answers and describe how they linked. In conjunction with finding the links between peoples answers, we attached a strand of string to the sheet of paper, linking up each sheet. At the end of this task, we discovered that our practises had lots of elements that were similar. Furthermore, discovering each others ambitions was really helpful because we could then collaborate with each other about future plans.

This year, I have struggled with the amount of time we are given as independent artists. I love to be organised and love to know what the plan ahead is. This lead me to question whether or not I want to become a solo artist and I have more recently become interested in becoming an art therapist. I have done lots of research into becoming an art therapist and I have learned a lot about what it entails. Doing the activity I previously spoke about helped me a lot because I thought I was the only one who felt that they were unsure about becoming an artist. I learned that a lot of people have very different aspirations and goals. I found another student who is interested in art therapy and I finished the task feeling a lot better about the future.

Another task we were given, was to organise our own workshop that we could do for the community. Our group was split into smaller groups, with 3 people in each group. Then we were given 5 category cards to inspire us to think of a workshop that we could complete. The cards we were given were the following and some thoughts we had:

Gallery – The chance to exhibit/ lots of space/ a secure and safe place

Recycled materials – House hold materials/ donated clothes/ found objects/ natural objects

Local history – Roman Baths/ Crescent/ Assembly rooms/ The Circus

Early years – Make sure everything is safe/ Primary school age- around year 5 or 6/ Supervision needed

Corporate sponsor – Lots of money/ Spend money exhibiting in a great location eg. the crescent costs £3000 to exhibit there/ exhibit in a gallery/ employ helpers/ employ other artists

Our idea- We came up with an idea which would tie together all of these concepts. Our thought was to organise for schools in the county to get together and go on a community walk. The students would be supervised by teachers or volunteers. Each student would observe their surroundings and in their heads they should think of a design of a place which they would feel safe in. The idea is about bringing together the community and making people feel comfortable and happy. Each student can either bring materials with them, pick up materials they find on their walk or they could use materials which we have provided either from our sponsor or from donations. With these materials they would be required to make a structure where they feel safe inside it. So they could bring sheets and make a den, they could bring plastics and make stools etc. The idea is to bring each child’s thoughts together and to work together to make a place they love.

Things to think about –

  • Ages- safety/ ability/ disability considerations/ are you strict on age?
  • Demographics
  • Attendee numbers- ask people to sign up before hand/ ask attendants to make something to leave behind in the gallery so we have an idea of how many people attended/ surveys/ red yellow and green report cards answering questions, this could be videoed to get feedback on the session
  • Opinions- audio feedback/ headcounts/ photographs (permission)/ cups/ painting pebbles
  • Learning, outcomes and legacy
  • Be aware of ethical concerns/ considerations- consent/ DBS/ vulnerability/ listen to issues/ don’t assume/ health issues/ provoking curiosity/ don’t be afraid to ask for help/ even if others can donate money to a workshop etc. opinions are important/ don’t discriminate

Eve Mosher- http://www.evemosher.com/

  • A participatory artist
  • High water line= Based around climate change, the workshops that are organised raise awareness  and aims to develop a resiliency to climate change as a community. This is done via workshops and public art activities where knowledge is dispersed and new skills are introduced. Below are some examples of workshops: http://highwaterline.org/about/ 

 

  • Translating Scientific Data into Information that Resonates with the Community: We guide participants in using scientific data to develop their local HighWaterLine route. This workshop also includes identifying places of community, historic and cultural importance as well vital community infrastructure that will be impacted by climate change.
  • Creative Brainstorming: Artists are wonderful at inspiring people to expand the solutions they devise.  We facilitate workshops in which community members and experts participate in solution focused workshops facilitated by local artists to help people expand the possible approaches for tackling climate change.

Eve practises what she preaches !

Sara Zaltash – https://sarazaltash.com/

  • A performance and participatory artist
  • One day day one- Included travelling around Bristol in deprived areas outside the city centre. She is interested in those who show commitment to becoming resilient in their approach to the future. The question asked was: How can we become more resilient to stress, shocks and change?
  • About – https://soundcloud.com/bristol2015/one-day-day-one-resilience  – asking people about the future/ passion is for the city of Bristol/ working to create a project to help people prepare for the future, and to help stop people being fearful of the future
  • She is welcoming, and makes a safe, nice place

My thoughts –

  • I found this day incredibly beneficial. Organising community workshops is something I had never considered as a practising artist. However, as I am interested in art therapy, doing something like this could be great for me. I would have to change to talk to new people, collaborate with others and help others. My ultimate goal when I practise work is to help others and to help them enjoy art. This could be something I could do to get myself working more socially. After this workshop I feel a little more confident about organising a workshop like the ones I have spoken about.
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