News - Summer 2022
We Bear USA
The We Bear exhibition, produced by 31 incarcerated participants during lockdown, received an amazing 56,068 visitors and is now travelling to the US for the Ann Arbor Art Fair, with support from Arts Council England, Novus and PCAP.
To mark the new exhibition and to share the project even more widely, online you can now explore a new version of the We Bear publication as well as a specially created StoryMap with additional behind-the-scenes material. You can also join me, participants and project partners in a free online panel discussion on 14 July.
Walsall triple news
A publication of the work from my New Art Gallery Walsall lockdown residency has joined the gallery's permanent collection and is now on display in the Twenty Twenty exhibition. In addition, on 20 June I co-chaired a discussion for the gallery on Art, Motherhood and Lockdown. This stems from the residency, during which I asked children being home-schooled by parent artists to make a response to their parents' work. The results consider parent-child home-work relationships challenged through lockdown and provide valuable new perspectives on wider issues of social and personal inheritance. The children's responses are summarised here.
And in yet more news from Walsall:
Plants, Prisons & Potential exhibitions
My project with women at HMP Send can now be seen in a moving RHS online exhibition and a photographic print and film from the project are in Walsall as part of the West Midlands Open until 25 September. We used the Ruhleben Horticultural Society archive to explore present-day experiences of horticulture behind bars and also produced a large-scale building print for RHS Wisley, bringing formerly unseen participants and archives into the heart of the gardens.
Near Belonging project
I'm working with people living in Warwickshire, using the amazing discovery of lost portraits to explore belonging in many forms, with participants sharing stories of asylum, prejudice, family and, ultimately, refuge. Thanks to Arts Council and Warwickshire County Record Office support, a film and portraits bringing together archives and participants will be exhibited later this year in multiple venues. You can already see a preview of the film online as well as behind the scenes blog posts and you can join me on 16 July for a practical talk in Warwick on 14 July in a free event to explore the archive (with limited places).
Room for the Soul public artwork
The Room for the Soul installation created for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) with the Forest of Hearts Green Therapy Group, can still be seen for just a few more weeks in The Dell, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
Room for the Soul evolved from a series of workshops to explore participantsí personal memories of people and nature. The installation was designed to be temporary, but an online version of the project book ensures the