I was really happy to be part of the Pride preparations at Metal Peterborough on Sunday - making placards for marching with on Sunday June 30th. Here are some examples of the results - they say everything and more and I reckon also will add some extra colour to the preceedings. More info about the whole Pride Program can be found here:
We’ve had a busy week rounded off by a great group who came and added themselves to the work. More imaes and info can be found at instagram accounts: yartspace and neverlandsheffield
Happy to be working in the space and meeting interesting people whilst thinking about potential futures? Collage plays and ever important part of the work - the table, the postcard additions, and the now the wondow piece. Layers of action, traces of past actions and histories. We are looking forward to being in the space next week and welcoming in people to think about what Europe will look like in 200 years
We have the crew with us,,,and feel happy to be setting up at Yorkshire Artsapce Persistence Works. Steve has built a table of scrap from Site Galleries skip. We have used all recycled materials to prepare the space and have 600 second hand postcards for adaption. We are offering a opportunity for a young writer and more info can be found here: http://artspace.org.uk/articles/young-writer-commission/ and we are looking forward to welcoming people in to think about what Europe will be like in 200 years
Making Ways Sheffield has supported us to document the entire archive of posters made across several projects. We think it makes for interesting combinations and meanings when watched as a short film.
How can we imagine a new 200 years from now Europe that challenges exisiting negative stereotypes? It’s hard to create any ideas or images that are not doom laden - flooded cities, overpopulated areas, upheveal seem easy to believe. Part of our new commission for Yorkshire Artspace is to think again, not by burying our heads in the sand, but having faith that we’ll all do the right thing and leave the planet better than when we found it.
We are really pleased to be commissioned by Yorkshire Artpspace for our new project. Never-Land.
Never-Land - Sheffield is a fictional nowhere, imagined for this project. Its ambition is to ask young people what Europe will be like in 200 years. Never-Land- Sheffield is the initial and catalysing part of a 3-stage project with confirmed multiple partners Leicester Print Works and Ca’Forscari University and Liceo Guggenhiem School, Venice. Our proposa for Yorkshire Artspace includes a 6-week gallery takeover featuring debate, making and large-scale window based interventions. Working intensively with a cohort of 16-18 year olds from across the city Never-Land-Sheffield will bring diverse participants and audiences together to consider what a positive future could look like.
We are really happy to have had We are not an Island reviewed by Simon Boase [ artist and writer]. It’s and interesting read and made us think deeply about our work and what we do…. Read the article here:http://www.corridor8.co.uk/article/poly-technic-we-are-not-an-island/
Clare who was part of our latest Best things in life commission for PECT has sent these photos. For the commission she wrote a new poem and shared it as a print on dissolvable paper. Taken at the sea they complete the piece and offer an interesting poetic response to issues central to PECTS mission.
The complete sound piece for The best things in life arent things commission
The Poly and its commissoned artists were happy to take part in PECTS green festival at Nene Park yesterday. The sun shone and we were able to guide visitors around the park in a variety of different ways. This included our sound portrait of the City using wireles headsets, a wander with walk led by Katy Hawkins, some stone skimming with Alice Pool a dissolvable poem by Clare Curie. All this was supported by small acts of kindness supplied by Ann Bellamy and the Jailbirds.
Also happily we invited women from across the city to join us to stitch picnic blankets.
Here are some photos from across the day
Heres some further info about out new commission.....
On August 11th PECT are hosting a Green festival in Nene Park. Peterborough. We have been commissioned to develop and deliver a new participatory artwork that will take place before, during and after the event as part of PECTs wider program. The title of this artwork is: The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things - What Does the future Hold?
This artwork involves 3 major elements:
1. A series of interactive posters placed around the city prior to the Green Festival
2. A recorded sound piece shared with festival go-ers via wireless headsets generated by talking to Peterborough people during the summer of 2018.
3. The commissioning of a series of mostly Peterborough based artists/poets/makers to develop and deliver participatory artworks for the Festival.
Further artists commissioned:
Peterborough based Katy Hawkins will be leading a series of Wander With walks with card based prompts to encourage mindfulness, reflection on our city and the sharing of local knowledge. https://twitter.com/kghkaty?lang=en
Sandra Keating a Peterborough born photographer will be developing ‘snapped moments’ with Festival visitors as part of Wander With and creating an online visual essay. http://www.sandrakeating.com/
Peterborough’s Poet Laureate Clare Currie will be writing new poems to be shared in 3 ways across the day on August 11th. This will include a public reading, a dissolvable poem and a sound recording http://clarecurrie.co.uk/
Ann Bellamy and Jailbirds - a social enterprise within Peterborough Prison, are creating hundreds of ‘seed pods’ which will be given out during the day. Every pod will have a quote on to inspire and be full of seeds for you to grow your own green space. Jailbirds info
Alice Pool will be inviting festival goers to select there ‘perfect skimming stone’ from the stones she has collected for you to use. She’s keen for people to take time, choose a stone, skim it and in doing this create a memory. https://skimstones.wordpress.com
Processions is a group of women from across Peterborough who came together to make banners to celebrate the centenary of some Women getting the Vote. For Green Festival this group is inviting festival goers to sit, sew, talk and eat together with them. They will be making a giant picnic blanket to host a bring-and-share picnic.
The Poly is pleased to have commissioned Katy Hawkins and photogrpaher Sandra Keating to deliver these Wandering Workshops as part of our The Best Things in Life Aren't Things project for PECT in Peterborough. This commission is the first of 5 we will be managing alongside the development of a new sound piece we are creating with city residents and visitors alike
We are proud to have been commissioned by Peterbrough Environment City Trust [PECT] to work on their Green Festival this year in August. This is the title of our proposal which will see us collecting audio and sharing it with visitors through 'silent disco' wireless headsets. As part of the project we will also be commissioning 4 other Peterborough based artists to develop and deliver new artworks for the city and festival
When we were printing and then projecting in Sheffield we met a kind man who was keen to join and now has sent some great photos. PLease find his Postcard site HERE and this photo above is his too. Thank you Nigel