Its been a while since writing a blog, but we have been as busy as ever and working on a new project A:Void (click button for images curtesy of Pintest).
Endings are so often charged with the emotional traces of previous endings, and as 'Allowing', our collaboration with the artists at Isledon Road MHRC, came to an end last week and the installation was taken down, there was something especially poignant about deconstructing the net that had come to symbolise beginnings of relationships and connectedness. As art therapists, we are familiar with the idea of an art work being kept as a concrete reminder or a souvenir of a relationship or a communication, but at the end of this collaborative experience, it was necessary for the art work to be dismantled. The individual elements were made separate once more and returned to their makers.
Thank you to the staff and the members and artists at Isledon Road MHRC for the memories, and to Sara Rivers who succeeded in capturing the essence of those memories in the photographs here.
Special thanks also to Rowan Arts and Islington Exhibits.
Photographs by Sara Rivers
As promised, the latest images from the installation process at Isledon Road MHRC that began yesterday evening.
We had a very industrious and merry crew of workers and everyone seemed to find a role that they were comfortable with. But there's still lots more to do before everything is ready for the opening on Friday, so it will be all hands on deck again tonight.
As the artwork, and the two groups, come together, the project's name, 'Allowing', seems increasingly appropriate. It's becoming relevant in ways that I hadn't anticipated; as if the net has been cast out and is gathering all manner of unforeseen treasures.
Please do come and see the final haul on Friday 10th October 6pm - 9pm
photographs by Helen Omand
Here's a sneak-peek at our latest project, 'Allowing', that has involved teaming up with the artists/members at the Creativity Centre at Isledon Road MHRC.
After some careful planning and meetings over the course of the last few months, we all agreed that in order to experience a side-by-side approach both groups would work together on a single artwork that was to be made during a one-day workshop. By doing this, relationships were able to develop and the artwork was given the space to grow in an intuitive way.
The idea of using a net came out of our early discussions and was considered to be rich in metaphors associated with connections and networks. It became the starting point for the work and provided a framework. It also held the potential to symbolise those important aspects of inclusion and safety.
On Tuesday the installation process will begin, ready for the opening on Friday 10th October. We'll keep you posted on developments and will aim to share another snap-shot or two.
For exhibition details:
photograph by Helen Omand
We met for at the Darnley Gallery in Hackney for the first time as a group and got enthused and excited about the project. Not everybody was present but we made some headway on discussions for the theme/title for the show.
empty spaces; haunted places
rituals of space
the spirit of place
the unthought known
I was thinking about how we could promote our art and work, create some discourse and access new technologies through sites such as Tumblr and Pintrest as well as Facebook and Twitter. This could involve us doing micro artist blogs and a virtual online gallery. This brings up issues around confidentiality etc. and raises an interesting dilemma as both an artist and therapist: how do we manage the balance between promotion and privacy, tabla rasla and a priori? Maybe here we can begin to address these issues.
As the exhibition is in the February 2014 half term we will try to organise some workshops in conjunction with the exhibition through local schools and organisations. The centre is happy for us to use the art studio next to the gallery to run workshops.