Over the summer I had the privilege (and pleasure) of designing a bespoke workshop based on my own practice for the TEA National Sketchbook Circle’s Summer School event. The event itself spanned a weekend and offered a variety of professional development and networking opportunities for Artist Teachers; some travelling from as far away as Germany.
This project aimed to use found objects to work through complex ideas and challenged the participants to create a pop up exhibition, taking over an entire white walled gallery space at Gerald Moore Gallery in South East London. The themes explored were all selected at random from past secondary art AQA and Ed Excel exam papers.
An object of misunderstood value is something which has been kept/collected/found. It has no clear value and perhaps no clear purpose; and yet, it is something one cannot bring oneself to throw away. Sometimes these are personal--photographs of past lovers, used concert tickets, clothing which has become too small. Other times these are curiosities collected from the street, flea markets or even online; perhaps the object is evidence of something more meaningful or perhaps it was purely superficial. In any case, like artefacts under museum glass, these misunderstood everyday objects find power through their amalgamation and their presentation.
This project sees the artist as collector, scavenger, archaeologist interpreter, curator; object as artefact/artefact as fiction
For more details and images of the workshop, please visit the ‘Learning Projects’ section of my website.