Our Notes

A collection of thoughts and reflections from project artists, aiming to capture and record the experiences of their learning journeys.

play tank instead of think tank

This has been recommended to me and I think it will be of interest on the subject of art, art learning, hierarchies in art world and society, our value systems, and a conversational thread that rose to the fore during our workshop as a group - the value of making and...

read more

Odds & Ends.

Spaces for learning - past, present and future. I didn’t want to hold the April workshop in a school, but since there wasn’t much of a discussion of other possibilities, we went there. At least it was empty. For me school held too many negative memories although I do...

read more

Young ProspectUs

Alongside this project, known as Prospectus, I have also been assisting in a learning and education project coordinated by Beccy Swaine at Somerset Art Works called Young ProspectUs. “The aim of Young ProspectUs is to facilitate the opportunity for a small number of...

read more

Granny Smith

When Fiona Hingston brought a collection of bird-eaten apples to ‘show and tell’ during a Prospectus planning meeting in February, it sparked something in me and in other members of the group too. Winter fuel for Blackbirds, Starlings and Fieldfares they had been...

read more

Semi Formal Discussion Network

Found this pamphlet, Semi Formal Discussion Network  at Hestercombe Gallery's Buffet d'Art exhibition this afternoon. It instructed me to copy, use and distribute it. I obeyed, please see below. Apart from the title Semi Formal Discussion Network which sounds all a...

read more

cocoon?

"One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth. ......

read more

Prospectus week long residency – a reflection

At the end of our week long residency in the 'school holiday time' art department of Huish Episcopi Academy, Natalie put forward some questions to provide a structure for reflection.  So I'll use them. 1) What have you learnt? How good it is to have time for learning,...

read more

apple being dropped down the steps of the college

The idea of running the first short session came out of a show and tell experience in a group meeting and we decided to bring apples, as a basic but symbolically laden 'thing' to work with. I set some short instructions for the group to explore themselves and new...

read more

anti academy – alice maude-roxby

I have spent the weekend scan reading this book, lent to me by Zoe Li,  from back to front - anti academy edited by alice maude roxby and published by john hansard gallery I am thinking : so making space in time is utopian, outrageously so in fact. people are asking...

read more