Thursday, 3 February 2011

Upton Hall School

Im currently working on a group exhibition project with two of my friends, Antonia Clarke, and Kathleen Maginn.

When first planning what kind of an exhibition we wanted to do we decided that we wanted to create some of our own work relating to the project but we also felt it would be interesting to share this project with the community, and give others the chance to help decide the direction of our project, and final outcome.

An idea we had was to get students of different ages involved in creating and displaying there own ideas.

We decided the best way to do this was by running a series of workshops with students from Upton Hall School, and encouraging them to explore different ways of expressing the chosen topic.


We wanted to chose a theme that the students we would be working with engage with understand and relate to, but that also has also has enough scope that they can interoperate it in their own, different ways.

We thought about themes relating to ‘place’, we could ask them to think about where they live, their city, or a place they have been too, or even a site specific piece, which would then involve and interact with the place it was displayed. We saw how well this idea can work in a piece by Maria Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan and Alfredo Juan Aquilizan called ‘Passage which was shown in the Tate during this years Biennial. In the piece they asked people from Liverpool to create boats out of cardboard boxes, which they then displayed though out their gallery space.

We are very interested in creating a piece for Upton Hall School grounds. The grounds surround the school and consist of a long walk-way where the children can get in touch with the outdoors.

It will be interesting to get a different point of view of the subject from the students; we can then collate the pieces and chose what will be appropriate for the exhibition.

During this process it will be important for us to stay in contact with the school, getting information about what they want, and listening to the students ideas, and being involved in workshops with the students would be a good way to do this. 

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