Space Invaders – Project invites

Luce Choules

TS Hazard Faversham

How the Wind Blows / Tide

‘How the Wind Blows’ is a collaborative project between the artist and the Sea Cadets at TS Hazard. During the residency, Luce has been walking the Saxon Shore Way between Teynham and Whitstable, looking for sites to photograph winds that blow along the creek around Faversham. The Sea Cadets will contribute to parts of this work by suggesting sites and areas for Luce to investigate. Luce Choules’ practice explores physical and emotional geography, locating experiences of landscapes through transformative cartography. She records journeys on the land and water – the marks of pathway and the wash of shoreline; the movement of people on the land and sea. During the residency, a large-format mapping publication ‘Tide’ has been created to document a series of journeys around Faversham Creek and The Swale.

http://www.travelnotion.com / www.howthewindblows.co.uk

Juneau Projects

Queenborough Castle Connections

Creative Fête Saturday 17th March 10am – 2pm

Artists Ben Sadler and Phil Duckworth from Juneau Projects have been in residence at Castle Connections community centre in Queenborough. They are organising a fête, exhibition and activity day showcasing the creative talents of local people. They have been building stalls and exhibition stands with the help of the centre’s youth groups, which will create a colourful backdrop for cakes, paintings, poetry, ceramics, music and more, all created by local people. If you live in the area and have something homeade you would like to include in the fête, please get in touch with Ben and Phil. Contributions could include craft, hobbies, art, cookery and anything else you have made yourself. These can be delivered in advance to the centre or brought along on the day. Visit them on a Monday or Tuesday at the centre or call the centre on 01795 661277, or email anytime on juneau.projects@virgin.net

Lucy Steggals

Blue Town Heritage Centre

Colour Mining Blue

Colour Mining Blue is the first in a new series of works created by artist Lucy Steggals. The purpose of colour mining is to explore with local people, through colour, their place. This process will create an alternative archive and devise ways to re-distribute the colour within the environment. You will be able to view the archive of photographs, film and audio data and see the blue that has been collected in Blue Town at the Heritage Centre until the end of March. Over the weekend of 16-18 March, you can take a tour of the neighbourhood with local expert Jenny Hurkett to explore the area’s rich history. Everyone who pops by will receive their very own unique piece of blue from Blue Town.

www.colourmining.co.uk

Jeanine Woollard

Swale House

www.jeaninewoollard.com

The Island of Dr. Swale

At Swale House, Swale Borough Council’s offices Jeanine Woollard has made photographs that subvert the everyday workplace, inviting the possibility of fantasy and the exotic. The building features an abundance of seventies utilitarian design and long, austere corridors, creating an ideal setting for an unexpected dialogue with fiction. Meeting rooms have morphed into over grown jungles and stray jaguars roam the council chambers. During Jeanine’s residency the building has become a kind of stranded island, where both employees and the architecture they inhabit are seen awry.

Simona Paintieri

Sheppey

www.simolab-creativeav.co.uk

Here I am

Simona Piantieri’s work summons an encounter between cinema, photography and fictional narrative. The deadly immobility of photography and the imagination of the mediation of cinema detach the spectator from the image and positions the witness in a fictional world of narrative, paradoxes, duality and introspection. This film explores, through locations and recollections, life on the Isle of Sheppey for young people expressed through their memories, hopes, fears and dreams.

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Sea Cadets’ Study Trip follows the footsteps of Nelson

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Luce Choules took the Seacadets on an exciting trip up to London in the Half term to see the Greenwich Martime Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The young participants learnt about the details of Nelson’s life, whilst being surrounded by significant objects, including his formal uniform coat, and various paintings relating to his life.

The group then moved on to Nelson’s Column and the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait gallery workshop got them to look at ideas of Kit and Dress, and the importance of what they wear. The entire day was a huge success with many of the Cadets saying how much fun it was.

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How the Wind Blows – Luce Choules

http://howthewindblows.co.uk/

 ‘How the Wind Blows’

Luce Choules is the artist in residence at TS Hazard, working with the Sea Cadets in Faversham during February and March 2012. During this time, she will be walking the Saxon Shore Way between Teynham and Whitstable, looking for sites to photograph the 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, and an image-lab will be constructed inside the training ship to act as a giant map of the artist’s activity. The project resonates with the activity of sailing, and a sailor’s haptic and kinetic knowledge of the wind, and will be combined with a museum and gallery visit in addition to workshops focussing on stories involving kit.

Luce Choules

Inspired by exploration, Choules’ arts practice documents experiences of journeys through a collection of written and visual details. An archival record of photographs, drawings, paintings, routes, itineraries, weather reports and kit lists are made for each cycle tour, walk, field trip, climb or expedition. New work looks at a relationship of people and place through a growing archive of photography-led narratives, large-scale mapping works and sculptural interventions.

Her research interests are photographic mapping and transformative cartography.

Luce is currently engaged in independent research at the Foyle Reading Room archive,RGS, London. This research provides an environmental context in which to inform an ambitious and over-arching research project ‘The Moving Landscape: a physical and emotional geography of place’.

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Colour Mining Blue in Blue Town – By Lucy Steggals

The Blue Town Space Invaders commissioned artist Lucy Steggals talks about her ideas ;

 

‘Colour Mining Blue is the 1st in a spectrum series matching the seven
colours blue, green, red, yellow, orange, indigo and violet with seven
places – one in each of the seven continents Africa, Europe, Asia,
Australia, North America, South America, Antarctica.

Each place will be selected because it either has the colour in its
title or has a strong relationship with a spectrum colour. The purpose
of colour mining is to explore with local people, through colour,
their place. To create an alternative archive and to devise ways to
re-distribute the colour within the environment.

The process of colour mining will unfold as follows:

I will spend approximately a month in each place.
I will wear a pair of shoes in the corresponding color, every day I am there.
I will keep a blog diary of the process.
With the help of local people I will mine for data in the form of
photographs, film and audio recordings. All these acquisitions will be
logged and archived for future reference (they will be donated to a
local library, museum or heritage centre along with my shoes).
With local people I will devise ways to re-distribute the color in the area.
A short film will be created in response to the color mining journey.’

Colour Mining- Blue
Bluetown
Isle of Sheppey
UK
Europe
Feb- Mar 2012

To read the blog please see http://www.colourmining.co.uk

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The Shipping News Room -Germander Speedwell

At Queenborough Town Quay, South Street, from Jan 21 till Feb 5

This ROOM shipping container will be the base for a ship-spotting and boat-noting project, in which writer Germander Speedwell will be collecting daily sightings of vessel movements, recording them on charts and researching their journeys, and using this information to write a piece about the character and activity of Queenborough Harbour and Creek.

Pop in and see the displays, and better still, let us know your own sightings in the Harbour and Creek. If you use Queenborough Harbour or Creek yourself, know about local boating, yachting, shipping, marine industries or geography, your knowledge will be gratefully received by Germander, who will be on hand personally between 1-2pm on all the below dates (except for the final weekend), as well as at other times when not ship-spotting herself!

Opening times:

Jan 28 & 29 (Sat & Sun):  11.30 – 4.00

Jan 31 & Feb 1 (Tues & Wed): 11.30 – 3.00

Feb 4 & 5 (Sat & Sun): open 11.30 – 4.00 for viewing of the final chartings 

A final event will be held at Castle Connections in mid-February (details to come), at which Germander will present her completed piece and lead a walk around the Quay and Harbour.

    http://www.germanderspeedwell.org.uk

 

 

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Promenade

Art at the Centre presents Promenade inside ROOM, an exhibition which looks at how people move through public space, as part of the weekend’s Promenade festival. Promenade Festival aims to celebrate Heritage, Architecture and Art in Sheerness with a series of events, talks and performances.

The word promenade means a leisurely walk or a public place for walking. Sheerness seafront is architecturally framed by the concrete promenade which wraps around the town.ROOM has been placed directly onto the walkway to draw in visitors as they conduct their own promenade.ROOMpresents new works by two recent graduates Jim Allchin, and Amy Curtis.

Amy’s piece will be focusing around the Sheppey light railway that used to run on the island from 1901-1950, using the route it took from Queenborough to Leysdown as a way of journeying around the island, whilst bearing in mind the connections it had with bringing holiday makers to the island as well as it being part of the islands history.

Amy said: “I am creating an authentic looking fold out map in the sort of style that would have been provided at the time of the railway, using images alongside each stop showing what exists there now merged with parts of the old stations to show that it was once a railway”.

100 limited edition copies of Amy’ Map of Sheppey light rail, were produced and handed out for free to visitors to ROOM over the festival weekend.

Amy Curtis – http://www.amy-elisabeth-curtis.blogspot.com/

Jim’s work is a film he made called ‘Running the Tide’. The film itself simply documents me running from the shore line to the edge of the tide at its lowest point

“The act of running the tide is something I have performed before against time. I have no desire to attach any greater meaning to the work than that however inexplicably strange it may seem it is purely a celebration of place and the act of running.”

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Change Management

Dan Scott is a sound artist and Trish Scott a performance and video artist, both based in Faversham, Kent. With a background in social anthropology, they have recently graduated from the University of the Arts London – Dan with an MA in sound art from the London College of Communication and Trish with an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College. Dan and Trish have been working together since 2007 including on site specific projects in Germany, Iceland, Portugal and Spain. Their collaborative practice explores place based narratives (both real and imagined).

www.trishscott.org

www.danscott.org.uk

Change Management -the project Summer 2011

ROOM at Milton Creek (click on image above to see film)

The land around Milton Creek is undergoing rapid change: Previously a landfill site the area is now in transition from wasteland to country park. On paper, the strategic vision for the park is complete. In reality though the site feels uncertain – in between states, unsure of what it is. Change Management will involve a two week programme of action to embed the strategic vision for the area into the landscape itself. Actions will include workshops for weeds, presentations for paths and life coaching for the creek. Though a targeted programme of events Dan and Trish Scott will prime the landscape to deliver the aspirational outcomes expected of it. The project will examine how language and corporate processes shape perceptions of place and the gap between ideology and reality. The piece will use the Room as its base and at the end of the residency the project’s process and outcomes will be displayed via a three day exhibition.

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