Members of the Public creating Land Art with Artist Richard Shilling
Last weekend Boundary Way opened its doors to the public and put on its very own ‘Sense of Place’ Art Exhibition as part of the Wolverhampton Open Studios Event. Across the weekend people came from far and wide, some as far as Shenstone, to visit our inspiring indoor and outdoor exhibition and to take part in creative arts and nature workshops. The weekend was a huge success and if you came to see us we hope you enjoyed it, we certainly did. Today we are going to do a roundup of everything that went on over the weekend and share some of the photographs taken by both Geoff Broadway, filmmaker & photographer, and other members of our team. If you missed the weekend we hope that this will give you a flavour of the vibrant work that was on show and the fun that was had, we hope to see you next time!
Artwork by Kanj Nicholas
Artwork in the evening by Richard Shilling
The wonderful exhibition mainly took place inside the polytunnel, this working exhibition space allowed the artwork to sit in the environment it was inspired by and surrounded by plants the work looked amazing. The exhibition included work in a huge variety of media, such as painting, drawing, print and work created from natural materials, all developed in response to our location. The work was created by our brilliant team of artists, who have been working with Boundary Way to find inspiration in the allotment. These artists were Kanjana Nicholas, Clare Wassermann, Hannah Boyd, Sue Chand, Marie Sewell, Shelley McGregor and Richard Shilling, and we would like to thank them all for creating such beautiful work that really captured the essence of our magical site.
Art & Nature Tour Workshop with Storyteller Ana Lines
Setting up the Exhibition
The exhibition didn’t stop in the polytunnel though, it spread outside were our Richard Shilling’s Land Art punctuated different areas the Community Garden. HE created such amazing art simply out of found materials and showcased the incredible array of colour available from nature. We also exhibited a series of concertina books that were created by the project team and artists, these sat on Moya Lloyd’s Allotment in the Artist’s shed. The books were created in an inspiring workshop run by one of our artists, Clare Wassermann, a few weeks prior to the exhibition. These books were a result of exploring and responding to our site. Everyone’s creativity combined with the autumn colours of the allotment meant that these wonderful books in all media turned out so well and were a joy for many of our visitors to delve into on their visit.
Concertina Books by the Project Team created in a workshop with Artist Clare Wassermann
The Exhibition in full swing
Land Art Creation with Artist Richard Shilling
Alongside the exhibition across the weekend workshops with different focuses, including arts, nature and health, took place and were really popular with our visitors. Our Herbalist, Maria Billington, ran an amazing workshop that allowed participants to explore nature in the Autumn in the community garden and had a focus on health. Everyone of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the workshop which allowed them to use natural materials to make soap and investigate primitive toothcare, again with natural materials. Maria shared her wealth of knowledge and everyone learnt so much. It was a real success.
Richard Shilling’s ‘Sunflower’ Land Art
Following Maria’s workshop was another successful workshop, this time run by Richard Shilling. This Natural Mandala Creation session, alongside the exhibition, was the culmination of Richard’s two week residency with us here at Boundary Way. Again the workshop went amazingly well and, with the assistance of Julia Brooklyn from Land Art for Kids, Richard taught the art of natural mandala creation with fantastic results. Following the workshop many participants stayed to learn more from Land Artist Richard and created some further Land Art of their own including intricate leaf boxes and willow spirals. No-one wanted the day to end, but there was plenty of excitement in store for Sunday.
Artwork by Kanj Nicholas
On Sunday we enjoyed a fascinating talk by leading allotment historian Twigs Way at Newhampton Arts Centre. The talk explored the history of allotments in a wider context with reference to the development of Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden. This was such a brilliant event and we will be doing a separate blog post all about it, so keep an eye out for that. Also on Sunday Ana Lines, the renowned international storyteller, led a beautiful Art and Nature Tour of the Community Garden. She moved around the space with members of the public, telling different stories along the way and captured everyone’s imaginations. That was the last of the weekend’s workshops and it was a great way to round off a brilliant set of sessions that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
Artwork by Clare Wassermann & a Land Art Workshop being run by Richard Shilling
Silk Paper Artwork by artist Sue Chand
We had an amazing weekend and it was all funded through Arts Council Grants for the Arts to support research and development work to establish Boundary Way as a venue for community arts activity. Thank you to everyone who was involved and visited and we hope to see you all again soon.
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