The Notice Board this month showcases work that raises awareness of EDAN Lincs and celebrates work of Nadya and women she has worked with. Nadya says:The refuge is covered in inspirational quotes in the Live, Laugh, Love vein. This work draws on this tradition of using words to empower, but instead of using existing phrases we created our own. Turning them into posters that can be shared more widely. Women involved wanted their work to be seen by others who might be experiencing domestic violence to “build them up, offer courage, to say I believe in you, it is possible to make a change”.
In response I created the flag which shows a piece of chalk graffiti found inside of the refuge’s smoking shelter. In this small brick shed many take the time to offer each other messages of solidarity, leaving them for those that come after. I was struck by how the now familiar ‘Stay Safe’ refrain taken up by us all since Covid assumes further complexity in this context. Particularly as the last two years has seen incidents of domestic violence soar.
Nadya makes site-responsive installations and other ephemeral works that enable the viewer to interact with them. She is interested in different ways of engaging with people and this often includes collaboration. For more information visit: monfrinoli.com@nadya_monfrinoli
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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