We are really delighted to be able to announce our apple tree growing project working with artist, Annie Lord, which will be working to construct an orchard across our collective neighbourhood. We are currently looking for local residents to come forward who would like to plant a tree in their front garden or publicly viewable space.
Artist Jenny Pope is inviting participants to take part in a collective creativity and coping strategy project promoting mental wellbeing at this difficult time. She has created two art material packs to use at home: 'Tools for Now' and 'Collage Kit'. To receive a pack contact Jenny (priced £5 for limited number supported by Art Walk Projects). Images of artworks made will later by posted up onto social media.
Residency artists, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson, are currently exploring how they continue working @plot55b and have paused practical work for the moment. In the meantime they are developing a home growing project working with people who came forward last year. Keep your eyes peeled for updates in their @artwalkporty residency as they #collaborate at home during #lockdown and #abide at home.
THE VISITED PLACE: occupying the local in art biennials | ENGAGE JOURNAL44
'Biennials and beyond' APRIL 2020
Art Walk's curator, Rosy Naylor, discusses the relationship of the visiting and local audience in her article for Engage's latest Journal looking at art biennales. Rosy takes a look at the different ways in which she considers place and community, expanding on the pairing of place, walking place, collective place and lost place. Artists/groups featured: Greig Burgoyne, Deirdre Macleod, Nicky Bird, & Ruangrupa.
"Biennials present opportunities for curators and producers to consider the way in which a visitor (predominantly a tourist) engages with a place, how the structure of their visit informs that engagement, and subsequent experience...
To me, as a public arts curator, a methodology around place and community is an important one. One in which there can be a joining together: of the visitor visiting a place with the sole purpose of viewing art; and of the resident, viewing commissioned work that responds to and has relevancy for their own familiar neighbourhood or surroundings. Such an interweaving is treated as the destination for discourse, rather than two opposing parts that need ‘bringing together’.
For the visiting art audience, the city becomes the backdrop providing the context through which the programmed art is viewed, assessed, and interpreted. Visitors might get to navigate a city in a specific, directed way, view locations of works in a particular order, in particular regions or outskirts of a city, chosen in order to narrate a certain discourse. These viewers come away having had an experience, having learned about the city, its people, its communities, part and parcel with the art they have seen, one which is interwoven into the fabric of the city; its alleyways, its histories, its localities. Such engagement means the visitor comes away having experienced a sense of place, within which the art has shaped, ordered, and redefined that place.