Space Invaders

Art at the Centre has commissioned a series of temporary workspaces for artists in unusual settings across Swale. These are taking place in three locations and involve a range of partner organisations: Castle Connections in Queenborough, Blue Town Heritage Centre, and TS Hazard, a Sea Cadet Training ship, in Faversham.
 
This set of commissions will form a case study so that it is not only a set of innovative artwork commissions, but also a pilot model for the future provision of art spaces across Swale. Everyone is invited to come and experience the final artworks on the weekend of 16th-18th March 2012.
 
The Space Invaders project is funded by Arts Council and Kent County Council.
 
Host: Blue Town Heritage Centre; Resident Artist: Lucy Steggals
Artist’s website:  www.lucysteggals.co.uk
 
During early spring, artist Lucy Steggals will be ‘mining’ the colour blue during her residence at the Blue Town Heritage Centre.
 
Lucy is interested in the way over the years the people who live, work and pass through Blue Town do things. There is a strong a culture of co-production, co-creation, barter, exchange and resourcefulness. Everything in the Heritage Centre has been donated, for example. For two months, with the help of local people, she is planning to create an alternative archive by photographing and logging the blue in the town (collecting images of the sky, blue objects in people’s houses, blue artefacts, water, blue signs, doors, clothes, cars and flowers). She will create a film about the colour blue to be screened at the Heritage Centre.
 
Her base will be in the first floor room at the Heritage Centre and it will be a space to talk, collect, create and exchange knowledge, stories and stuff. The project can be followed via an online blog at www.colourmining.co.uk.
 
Host: Queenbrough Castle Connections ; Resident Artists: Juneau Projects
Artist’s website: www.juneauprojects.co.uk         
 
Juneau Projects is artists Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler. Their work involves the use of painting, sculpture, music and animation, often in site specific ways and engages with people and folk histories. They have exhibited nationally and internationally with institutions such as Tate Britain, London; and British Art Show 6.
 
Juneau Projects are planning to discover the creative interests of local people in Queenborough and want to work with them to showcase their talents. They want to design an exhibition framework that will display painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, model making and many other items created by people from the area, and celebrating the talents of Queenborough. They will be using the art room at Castle Connections as their project headquarters during their residency.
 
Host: TS Hazard Faversham; Artists: Luce Choules
Artist’s website: www.guidetohere.com
 
Luce Choules explores physical and emotional geography. She records journeys on the land and water – such as the marks of a pathway and the wash of the shoreline, or the movement of people on the land and sea. She is an experienced explorer/artist and recently returned to the UK from a three-year stint in Spain and the French Alps.
 
‘How the Wind Blows’ is a collaborative project between the artist and the Sea Cadets at TS Hazard. During the residency, she will be walking the Saxon Shore Way between Teynham and Whitstable, looking for sites to photograph winds that blow along the creek and estuary around Faversham. The Sea Cadets will contribute to parts of this work by suggesting sites and areas for Luce to investigate. An image-lab will be constructed inside the training ship with the Cadets, which will form a giant map of the area. The residency includes a study trip to the National Maritime Museum and National Portrait Gallery in London, and creative workshops focusing on stories about the Cadet’s kit.
 
Host: Swale House Artist: Jeanine Woollard
Artist’s website: www.jeaninewoollard.com
 
Jeanine Woollard is a photographic and installation artist who studied at Goldsmith College and has shown both nationally and internationally.
 
Curator Melanie Moreau added: “Her most recent works focus on creating timeless images that have a historical character when, in fact, they use very contemporary means: the use of junk or everyday materials and a woman’s point of view.”
 
The artist has proposed to use office materials and junk to make a series of modern-day portraits, which echo the classic images of political hierarchies.
 
Artist: Simona Paintieri
Artist Website: www.sim-o.com
 
Simona has a BA Hons and a Master Degree in Creative practice for Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London, UK). Her clients include: The British Museum, The Science Museum, BBC Big Screen, Urbis, Corner House, Museum in Docklands, The Tower of London, V&A, The Barbican Centre, Tower Bridge Museum, and The Museum of London.
 
Simona plans to make a short film about rural life on Sheppey, reflecting both the architecture and culture, capturing the beauty of the Island in a large projection work. She will be working with a group of young people from Sheppey Academy, teaching them professional filming and editing skills while in the process of making the work.
 
 
For more information contact nicolemollett@swale.gov.uk
 
Blue town Heritage Centre
69 High Street, Blue Town, Kent, ME12 1RW
http://www.bluetownheritagecentre.com/
 
Castle Connections
Railway Terrace, Well Rd, Queenborough, Isle Of Sheppey, Kent.
http://www.castleconnections.co.uk/
 
Training Ship Hazard
Faversham Sea Cadets, 2a Lower Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7NB
http://www.faversham.org/pages/directory_item.aspx?i_PageID=11214

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