Sunday, 2 August 2015

Warehouse Residency and July activities

We have hit the ground running on the Warehouse Residency! Week one we built our booths from a selection of abandoned wood and panels we found inthe building.

Then on week two we started to do our own thing, which for me (Claire Hignett) was to paint some symbols onto fine fabric for an installation in the Islington Mill Gallery at the end of the month. It was great to have so much space.

In week three we hosted an introduction to Art Academy Potluck, inviting a lot of new people to come along and see what we do.  This involved lots of interesting discussion, including about the value of an arts degree versus other experiences! Those of us on the residency took people on a tour of the warehouse and explained a little about what we are doing and then we went into the Gallery for a sneak preview of the Flat Pack Art exhibition, which  Michael Holland, talked us through.

Lisa Risbec organised a tour of the Peoples History Museum art archive to look at political art, which was really interesting.

And finally I set up my installation "Secret and Sacred" in the gallery at the Mill. All the Warehouse Residency artists came to my opening night, and then this Thursday we did a crit on it which I found really useful.

We were visited by Kerri Jefferis and Paul Haywood
who got involved in the crit and visited the warehouse, discussing alternative Art Schools and ways to involve and link artists.

All in all its been a pretty successful three weeks!