Festival Installations -
Utilising dead space/ fill in space as a gallery wall at festivals, communities & events. With thanks to ITP Ltd who have supplied the high quality large prints on vented sheeting that can be reused & have featured at several festival & community events. I also like to thank Kelburn Garden Party, Beatherder, The Old Sawmill Festival, Dunbar Harbour Trust, Dunbar Art Trail, The Old Parcel Office in Scarborough, City Roofing Edinburgh & Scarborough Train Station for the support of these works.
These are the most recent installations commissioned by Kelburn Garden Party this year. Celebrating our relationship with nature, an evocative experience of abstract photographs taken around the estate, positioned alongside suiting quotes.
The printed vented sheeting is designed to fit on heras fencing & scaffold, to both protect the building or building site, & the public passing the site. Although rather than just utilising the vented sheeting for marketing, brand placement & advertisements, they could also work as a free, accessible, public gallery.
Art has always had an element of exclusivity within institutions, cultural centres & galleries, where it is my belief that art is a fundamental part of our lives, as integral as nutrition & exercise. We are so informed by our environments, experiences & conditioning & visual stimulus, we must ensure better messages get into our public domain.
Utilising development, building & construction sites as spaces to hang, promote, share art, poetry, photography & story's, brings art to the street, non intrusive, respectful & with the ability to be changed over time. The vented sheeting can be reused, & rehung in new areas. We worked with Edinburgh Roofers & the work men were delighted with the art, asking for more to be present at their other sites. Proving that bringing art into the public sphere engages with the widest & diverse possible audience.
In 2015 I was lucky enough to receive an artist in residence with the Old Parcel Office in Scarborough, where I was to run workshops with schools & community groups, based around the temporary installation 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' by Richard Bach, that was to be written around the 1 mile promenade, Marine Drive.
However Scarborough council, delayed permissions, messed the project around, until at the last minute halted the project, claiming the writing would incite graffiti & that is would also damage the £53 million pound wall. (if some chalk paint can damage the wall, I think they may have been had!)
Undefeated, open & creative, I looked for other solutions - & this is where I found the wonderful support & collaboration with ITP Ltd, who sent me samples to see if these could be fitted around the wall & the project could then be removed. Although this approach was too much for Jonathan Livingston, it allowed the project new direction & the possibility to work with communities to create art for their own local area.
"I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change peoples consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman."
by Alan Moore
installation at Kelburn Garden Party 2018