Meet Our Artist in Residence: Richard Shilling

In our recent Meet the Artists post we introduced you to land artist, Richard Shilling. Today, we are delighted to announce that Richard will be beginning his role as Boundary Way’s Artist in Residence. Richard will be with us for two weeks and has a jam packed schedule of land art workshops, visits and art creation that we just can’t wait for him to begin. The autumn leaves are on the trees and we know that he has great plans for art that can be made from found natural materials on our inspiring site.

So, who is Richard Shilling? Richard is a land artist, from Lancashire, who makes sculptures from natural materials he gathers from near to where his sculptures are created. Richard practises Land Art, which is an is an art form that uses the landscape and materials found in the nature of a place to create a site-specific pieces of natural art. The art comes in many different shapes and forms and is also known as earth art or nature art. It is all about using found material to create masterpieces. Each sculpture is of a temporary nature, photographed in the vibrant elements before left to be taken back by nature.

Sycamore Square by Richard Shilling

Sycamore Square by Richard Shilling

We are so glad that Richard will be with us during the early autumn because the colours at Boundary Way at this time of year are so inspiring. The palette of autumn colours on our site is endless, as you can see from the picture of found materials below. You only have to look around the site to see the beauty of the oranges, reds and yellows that are currently punctuating the green garden. It is really is a magical time of year to be creating art and we know that during his time with us Richard will be  inspired by the vibrancy of the site. Richard will be taking inspiration from the autumnal side of our site to create pieces of land art that are unique to Boundary Way. We can’t wait to see what he creates and you can see it too at our October Exhibition ‘A Sense of Place’, which is to take place Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October, 12:00 – 5:00pm.

Found Materials in Autumn Colour from Boundary Way

Found Materials in Autumn Colour from Boundary Way

Through his ongoing relationship with nature Richard explores themes to do with time, ecology and the constant flux of the seasons. He expresses these ideas through his unique land art images, creating art that ‘consists of small scale ephemeral sculptures using natural materials found near by.’ At the start of his art career Richard found Andrew Goldsworthy particularly inspirational; he now provides inspiration to others and delights teaches the art of land art to people of all ages with a willingness to learn.

Autumn Land Art by Richard Shilling

Autumn Land Art by Richard Shilling

Richard is going to have a busy time whilst he is here at Boundary Way. One of the main things he will be doing is running Land Art workshops for students of all ages from PennFields School, including the group of Sixth Formers who are working towards their Arts Award with us, thanks to funding from Arts Connect. Alongside this he will spend two days working at Wolverhampton’s Gatis Community Space and will also be working on his own artwork for our October Exhibition ‘A Sense of Place’.

Mandala by Richard Shilling

Mandala by Richard Shilling

Autumn Art by Richard Shilling

Autumn Art by Richard Shilling

Richard’s Residency will culminate in his work being shown at our ‘Sense of Place’ exhibition, which is to take place on Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th October, 12:00 – 5:00 at Boundary Way Community Garden. On the Saturday of this weekend Richard will be running a public Mandala Workshop, where  you will be able to work with him to explore our community garden and create beautiful circular patterns using natural materials found on site. What’s more, the work you create will be exhibited alongside Richard’s in our ‘Sense of Place’ exhibition

The workshop will be based around mandalas, which are circular symbols/geometric patterns that are used widely in art and culture across countries and religions in our world. They most often represent the world and universe and through their creation, and being, act as a means of exploring ourselves and our connection with nature. They are often associated with meditation and we feel they really represent what our project is all about. Hence why Richard is going to be running an amazing Mandala Workshop where you will be able to create your very own natural, autumn mandala. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it. Read on to find out how you can get involved…

Work from a Land Art for Kids Workshop at Muncaster Castle

Work from a Land Art for Kids Workshop at Muncaster Castle

Richard’s Mandala workshop is suitable for adults and children, and families are welcome. We just please ask that you note this workshop will take place outdoors so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. We also have have shelter in case of rain, hopefully we won’t need it!

This workshop is free of charge and is supported by funding from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If you want to join us for an afternoon of creative fun then please reserve your place via Eventbrite using the ticket link below… we can’t wait to see what you create!

Get your tickets for the Mandala Workshop here… www.eventbrite.com/mandala-workshop-tickets

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