The Experience Shift

During lockdown I was involved in a large research project led by Sophie Shaw at House of Cultural Curiosity, that considered the changing needs of commissioners and audiences in participatory settings.

Together we considered: What creative/ designed/ interactive experiences are good for and what we can achieve with them?

In short we concluded: given the onset of Covid, but also in recognition we are in a time of great change, we all saw how equity, access and the individual’s relationship with the world needed to feature more heavily in our planning and conversations. We all agreed how “Experience design” becomes more about creating compelling spaces for audiences to step into as opposed to providing them with a predetermined fixed experience. Leading us to acknowledge the question becomes more then how we facilitate participation rather than how we design an interactive experience.

For the Manifesto and full report including sections aimed at creative individuals, insitutions and brands visit: The Experience Shift

The Notice Board – Kate Genever

Kate Genever. UK

Title: She loved, loved and loved. Woodcut print. 69cm x 59cm

During a residency in Wakefield I worked in with Wakefield City of Sanctuary; a charity which promotes and encourages the inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in their district. This opportunity helped me understand more about the UK’s asylum system, and the fate of refugees as they are processed before being deported or offered safe and stable homes. While their status is determined all are supported by many volunteers and organisations who offer expertise and care. This effort and the emotional toll it took shaped the artwork I created. This print is one outcome.

At the time of my residency in 2017 people were walking across Europe, before entering and hiding in channel crossing lorries to get to the UK. Now they also come by sea. Imagery of overloaded boats, and worse the drowned, is heart-breaking. Which makes this print still relevant. So I share it again to highlight the ongoing, politically complex, international refugee crisis and the toil of volunteers and charities who help. Asking all the time what would you do for freedom?

F.E.A.S.T. Caythorpe

F.E.A.S.T evening events are all about good company, local food and interesting discussions. Our recent successful event at Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall explored issues connected to the “local” including production, accessibility and relevance. The above selection of photos are from that evening.

F.E.A.S.T utilises locally sourced ingredients including surplus food in the production of plant and animal based dishes. Specialist Producers included: @gelstonlamb @nelsonsbutchers @ancaster_butchers @belvoir_bakery Proctor and Son: Potatoes. E.Moore and Sons: Brussels and @3_daughters_croft_farm Lamb and Mutton.

F.E.A.S.T would not be what it was without the support and efforts of many. Including Clare Byrom, Ali Bews and Lucy Glen
F.E.A.S.T was supported by InvestSK

Whoses Culture? vinyls installed

Featuring the work of all us Whose Culture? commissioned artists these vinyls are now installed on Bridge St. Peterborough. As the lead artist I’m glad to be able to share the work we all undertook and give voice to the many overlooked and marginalised communities within the city. The vinyls not only showcase the work we made alongside them, but also give opportunites for viewers to find out more about the wider consultation via QR codes embedded in the design.

FEAST Exhibition with Nisha Keshav

This Friday and Saturday [Dec 3rd and 4th] 2-4 sees the F.E.A.S.T exhibtion open at Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall. I will be showing a series of drawings alongside photographs by Nisha Keshav. All the works we have chosen to show will reflect on our experiences and understanding of the Lincolnshire landscape.

This free event is supported by InvestSK

Wireworks Residency. Derbyshire

22 – 27 Nov see’s me returning to Shiningcliff Woods, Belper and The Wireworks Project to further develop what I started research on back in early October. My residency is taking place over the next 6 months, supported by artists @ivanpatricksmith and Tony Shepherd. Their energies are amazing and I’m proud to have been invited to be the first resident.
The woods hold a long histories including quarrying, wire making, charcoal burning, the Grith Pioneers with their ambitions for Peace, a giant yew tree which is alleged to be the spot where the Rock a bye baby nursery rhyme began….But now much of this past is no more and instead veteran Oaks, Beech, Sycamores and managed Pines take their place. It’s a complex and layered site and one I’m looking forward to further responding to. I can’t help but think of reverting and reclamation. But also imagined futures as Tony and Ivan create new beginnings.
The Wireworks Project, set up by them, aims to host their practice and other artists from across the world during longterm residencies. With outcomes showcased in or near an old industrial building they’ve cleared for the purpose.

The Notice Board – Jane Wheat

Jane Wheat is based in Nottingham. For Exhibition 28 at The Notice Board she has created an exhibition under the title: Fixed Point Semaphore.
Of the work Jane says: My interest in rituals and the characteristics of cultural events has underpinned much of the work I have been making for several years.
I have a large extended family in South East Asia and visits there have given me a great insight into their traditions, which date back centuries.  I have made several films based on their colourful celebrations conjuring a sequence of images & sounds that are redolent with meaning.
During the on-going pandemic the separation from loved ones has proved difficult and distressing. Families living maybe only a few miles from each other became isolated. There are many families separated by continents that, even in pre pandemic times feel this separation often for years. These thoughts have led to this exhibition and a dialogue between me, my grandson and his maternal grandparents who live over 6,000 miles away. The idea of personal message from a grandchild drifting through space and time is something that I hope could amuse and entertain my relatives in their faraway country, which they can view on social media.
Flags have evolved as a tool of national identity and as a means of communication as well as decoration and demarcation. Semaphore is an international flag based language. So I asked myself ‘How can I create a flag relevant to my situation?” In response I’ve made one that contains  a personal message that can only be read by people who speak this foreign tongue.

The Notice Board enjoys the layers of code in Janes work – with private languages only available to some of us. Technology be it flags, telephones or the internet have always offered a potential freedom to speak privately and connect across great distance. The Notice Board enters itself into this list happy to support a family connect and laugh.

Jane’s website: janewheat.com

As part of her exhibition Jane has created a quiz and invites you to join in. Find the Quiz here and Answers here

Assembly Wirksworth: Rural

Taking place online, Assembly Wirksworth: Rural will focus on rurality, activism and climate change. Led by Haarlem Artspace, this 2 day event aims to enable discussion and make more visible the work that artists do within rural contexts, while also exploing how place affects practice. Co-produced by Olivia Penrose-Punnet and Catherine Rogers [co-directors of Haarlem Artspsace] it will feature artists and curators including Kate Genever, Verity Birt, Ama Josephine Budge, David Gilbert, Jessica Harby and Adam Moore. The event will also showcase films by Gavin Repton and music by Geoff Diego-Litherland. Feral Practivce and Victoria Lucas will also share soundscapes.

Please register to attend: a-n.co.uk/assemblu/assembly-wirksworth

The Notice Board- Tobias Loemke

Born: Augsburg. Germany
Lives: Nuertingen. Germany

Title: Generating Pictures (under the table)
The Notice Board remembers playing under a sheet suspended across a clothes horse or kitchen table – using cushions, blankets and toys to add to the magic. Perhaps you too built imaginary homes where you sailed away or just explored a space that was uniquely yours? It’s those ‘Free Lands’ that Tobias’ images draw on, coupled with experimental making explored in a recent summer class led by American artist Francis Ruyter.
Tobias says: In terms of picture generation I knowingly play with relationships, constellations and the compositions of things, … like playing as a child under my grandma’s kitchen table, where I was protected but also curious about the unexpected and strange …
Tobias Loemke is an artist, teacher and researcher, working at Nuertingen Geislingen University (Art Therapy). www.tobiasloemke.de Insta: tobiasloemke

FEAST 2. Caythorpe

Hosted in unique spaces F.E.A.S.T. brings people together over locally sourced food to discuss sustainable farming, the environment and culture. It aims to encourage debate by linking social, environmental, scientific and cultural thinking in an artful way. F.E.A.S.T. is a collaboration between me and my sister Liz, a scientist, who also farms alongside me and our family on a traditional mixed farm in South Lincolnshire. Agriculture and its related concerns are central to both our work, as is encouraging people to connect and share ideas.
F.E.A.S.T. began pre Covid with successful events at Uffington Village Hall in 2019 and continued in lockdown with a Zoom discussion in 2020. Now we will be hosting the second live event at: Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December.

Each F.E.A.S.T has two distinct, yet overlapping elements:
1: A Free Exhibition by professional artists, whose work is relevant to the local landscape and F.E.A.S.T themes. Open between 2 and 4pm, each day, the exhibitions welcomes people to meet the artists while enjoying complimentary tea and homemade cakes. Nisha Keshav and I will be showing work.
2: A Dinner on the `Friday 3rd Dec 6-9pm offers a social atmosphere, delicious food and an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding. Each meal is opened with provocations from both the arts and science on a pertinent subject that enables the conversations to start and all to be involved. Guests are welcomed from a wide range of interests, backgrounds and specialisms. This F.E.A.S.T will explore issues connected to ideas of ‘local’ including production, accessibility and relevance.
Each dinner lasts three hours and has up to 25 places, utilises locally sourced ingredients, including surplus food in the production of plant and animal-based dishes. The dinner costs £10.00 per person.

F.E.A.S.T is supported by InvestSK, South Kesteven District Council’s economic growth and regeneration company, as part of the council’s commitment to boosting the local arts offer. Michael Cross, head of arts at InvestSK, said: “F.E.A.S.T. provides a great opportunity for artists to bring their work to a local community and explore new ways of developing cultural programming in a village hall setting. Village halls play an enormous part in community life and it is important that art events feature regularly in their schedules.”

For more information contact: kate@kategenever.com          
To book a place at the meal : https://www.tickettailor.com/events/feast/589609

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