Title: Your home is ours…
Project: Multisensory multispecies storytelling to engage disadvantaged groups in changing landscape
“When I was walking I saw a very pretty tree, but there was plastic wrapped on its branches. Made me think how the tree would feel and how it effects nature. You can’t go anywhere without noticing that humans have been there.” Josh
Materials and dimensions: Mixed media installation. Approximately 30cm x 50cm x 30cm
The artwork, consisting of a film, model, temporary installation and related imagery was inspired by reflections and conversations by students Alicia, Josh, Liv and George on their visits and interactions with Glass Knott wood, Rusland in Cumbria.
Collaborative discussions evolved about how the creatures who use Glass Knott as their habitat might feel when humans enter to make a shelter and fire within it.
Understanding that we share our environment with multiple and diverse species, the work explores the concept of woodland as ‘home’.
It examines feelings of domination and control, questioning whose space belongs to whom and how woodland species might feel if they were given the ability to assert themselves into our own homes and environments.
Artist: Sue Flowers working with students from Furness College, Barrow 2022 www.greenclose.org
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Film in collaboration with, and thanks to Adam York Gregory www.adamandgillian.co.uk
Title: Mix & Match Art Workshops
Project: Connecting disadvantaged young people with landscape through arts
Materials and dimensions: Short film and six photographs of artwork of varying dimensions created by participants.
Inspiration: Workshops were held online during the first lockdown, where young people met each other in a space to explore their relationship with the environment and how differing environments made them feel. Using mirrors to develop a fascination with what was out there – we journeyed into new worlds, imagining new possibilities: where mirrors reflected beauty, stones, pebbles and flowers became a thing of fascination, dog poo was eradicated, flooded football pitches disappeared, plantations of fresh fruit (bananas) arrived and new artworks were made.
Understanding how we feel about places, valuing the small and seemingly insignificant details of our environment and its beauty was at the heart of this learning. Developing an understanding about how we can use our imaginations to become more curious about affecting changes in spaces that are important to us, was at the heart of this work.
Artist: Sue Flowers working with young people from Aspired Futures, Blackpool, 2020
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