My Europe

  My Europe    PRODUCED BY Z-ARTS, MANCHESTER, 2014

My Europe

PRODUCED BY Z-ARTS, MANCHESTER, 2014

 

The Brief

Z-Arts in Manchester developed a project to encourage young people from across the North West to explore feelings and thoughts on Europe and what it meant to be a 'European.' ICDP was invited to develop a strand of this project, working with the Friezland Primary School in Greater Manchester. The initiative was in partnership with the European Commission in the UK and Instituto Cervantes, with support from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

What We Achieved

Working with a class from Fiezland Primary School in Greenfield, Greater Manchester, we created one collaborative drawing on canvas, depicted in the image above. During 6 half-day workshops, the students explored ideas of what Europe meant to them and how this could be expressed visually, either literally or more expressively and abstractly. It was fantastic to observe how the children grew more confident in their abilities as the workshops wore on, using the power of collaborative drawing to merge all their ideas into one overall sensation. The finished drawing is currently exhibited at Z-Arts, Manchester.  

Kingswood Draw

  The Kingswood Draw  Produced by Emergency Exit Arts for Southwark Council, 2014

The Kingswood Draw
Produced by Emergency Exit Arts for Southwark Council, 2014


The Kingswood Draw was developed by ICDP, funded by Southwark Council and produced by Emergency Exit Arts. It was a large-scale participatory public art project that took place at Kingswood House, Dulwich, London, during April 2014. The project was sponsored by Letraset.

The Brief

London’s Southwark Council, in partnership with a stakeholder group consisting of local businesses, community groups and schools, were looking to develop a unique artistic programme for the Kingswood Estate area of Dulwich, South London. Inclusive workshops open to the stakeholder group and the public would build up to a final celebratory event at Kingswood House, a Georgian manor house. The project aimed to engage local residents in high-quality artistic activity, as well as reinvigorate their connection to and use of the often neglected Kingswood House.   

What We Achieved

After 2 weeks of workshops and events, and over 500 people getting involved, the Kingswood Estate community produced over 10 finished artworks including drawings on canvas, digital light drawings, a music video with the Carl Campbell Dance Company 7, and a colourful finger-knitted curtain. The daily workshops culminated in a final festival day at Kingswood House where the artwork produced thus far was displayed, and 4 commissioned artists each led a separate art laboratory for more creation. The labs were designated into DRAW, PLAY, EAT, CONNECT, standing for a drawing room, a digital light drawing space, an edible art station, and a finger-knitting marathon where participants connected yarn together to make a giant curtain. It all made for a fun-filled day of much laughter and communal creation across many artforms. In the end, many residents had found new friends, had re-connected to the beautiful but often underused Kingswood House, and the community had over 10 new artworks which have since been displayed across the neighbourhood venues which created them.


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Light Up Lancaster

  Light Up lancaster    PRODUCED BY GREEN CLOSE FOR LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL

Light Up lancaster

PRODUCED BY GREEN CLOSE FOR LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL

 

The Brief

Green Close, a Lancaster-based participatory arts enterprise championing work in rural communities, commissioned ICDP to work with the public to create a light-based installation for the city’s annual light festival, Light Up Lancaster. The work was to be situated in an unused section of the central shopping centre, forming part of a trail of light installations throughout the city.

What We Achieved

Taking ICDP’s interest in creating unexpected links between distant communities, we decided to work on a large collaborative drawing on canvas with the Lancaster public, which would also feature projected Native American imagery, from our ongoing work with the Hopi Nation in Arizona. During 3 days of workshops, over 80 people worked to fill the canvas on which we left a specially contoured white space to take the projected image. The finished work was a magical illuminated fusion of imagery from two diverse cultures.


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A Million Minutes

  A Million Minutes   PRODUCED BY AIR @ CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS FOR ISLINGTON COUNCIL, 2012

A Million Minutes

PRODUCED BY AIR @ CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS FOR ISLINGTON COUNCIL, 2012

 

The Brief

A Million Minutes was a two-year programme of commissioned public artworks in Archway and Finsbury Park in North London. The project was initiated by Islington Council during times of austerity, and produced by AIR, a Central Saint Martins research studio which had been committed to local practice in the area for five years previously. A Million Minutes provided the opportunity for a heterogeneous group of practitioners to examine the public process, as well as to activate meaningful creative dialogue with a wide spectrum of local participants.

What We Achieved

We were commissioned by Islington Council to develop a month-long collaborative drawing laboratory in an empty shop-front on Archway's Junction Road. Working closely with AIR and with the help of over 30 student volunteers from Central Saint Martins and City & Islington College, we welcomed over 400 members of the public to help us create 3 mural-sized drawings on canvas. This was accomplished through open workshops and targeted sessions with local community groups. We were amazed to see how the Archway community bonded together to create such dazzling works. 


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