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The Factory
Artist Residency
Artist Residency
The Workhouse, Southwell, UK
As 2019 – 2020 Trust New Art Creative Fellow at The Workhouse (National Trust) I created The Factory.
“She (the artist) lets you be yourself.” – one of The Factory tutors
The Wellcome Collection evaluation

The Factory alternative art school

I co-created The Factory alternative art school with 200 neuro and mobility diverse looked-after children, young people and adults. from 2019- 2020.

Although inspired by Basic Design, The Factory curriculum differed by foregrounding social relationships, experimental processes and material encounters. The Factory drew on diverse educational philosophies and approaches and were informed by social art forms.

“Everyone has been able to get across their own opinions. Morgan came up with an idea and got everyone involved in their own way. They could express themselves through drawing, music, or film. The project broke down barriers. It was embracing the difference in everybody.” – project partner
The Wellcome Collection evaluation

The Workhouse and The Factory

The Factory sought to disrupt the internalised manner by which power was encoded into social practices and human behaviour by The Workhouse routines in the past.

Institutional Biopower and The Factory

By breaking from the Foucaultian idea of Biopower, The Factory shed light on how these ideological legacies and practices influence social structures in the present.

“Morgan throws the clay in the middle of the table, and says this is what we are doing. She doesn’t do it for you. She says it doesn’t matter if you are wrong.”- one of The Factory tutors
The Wellcome Collection evaluation

The Factory and Do It Different

I brought in a range of collaborative creatives to work on 3 Do It Different projects. The Do It Different exhibition, website, arts trail and film (Casual Terms).

I also negotiated a permanent artist residency for an artist from Mencap who worked every weekend at The Factory. Click here for more info.

“When we do groups, we are more focused on what we want. Morgan has an idea and lets participants go with it. If the participant does something wrong we get them to do it again. With Morgan there is no right or wrong. She wants what is in your head. We have learnt a lot about sitting back and letting whatever comes out happen.” -project partner
The Wellcome Collection evaluation

Do it Different

As 2019- 20 National Trust Creative Fellow at The Workhouse, Southwell I devised and ran a year-long commission in collaboration with over 200 neuro and mobility diverse children, young people and adults.

The Factory alternative art school

I built the Factory alternative art school at The Workhouse, which evolved co-creatively over the course of 12 months. The school existed across 4 sites (inside two children’s homes, at Nottingham Mencap and at The Workhouse).

Everyone involved shaped the structure, process and outcomes as both a tutor and creative collaborator.

Do It Different curriculum and work

The Do It Different curriculum responded to the unique sensory, communication and movement styles of everyone involved and was characterised by free imaginative exploration. It ​informed three Do It Different Projects that explored movement, sound and textiles and also shaped The Factory space which housed paintings, sculptures textiles work and performances.

The title, Do It Different, was coined by one of the tutor/collaborators.

The school and projects evolved into the Do It Different exhibition, Do It Different website, Do It Different arts trail and Casual Terms film.

Some Do It Different tutors at The Factory, The Workhouse, Nottinghamshire, 2019

The Workhouse context

By foregrounding and developing collaborative structures that challenged conformity and hierarchy, the art school intentionally broke the rules and routines of The Workhouse past.

Do It Different in the future

By highlighting and breaking from historic structures and practices that inform our educational, creative and social care institutions today, Do It Different also asks us to consider how these institutions can evolve more progressively in the future.

Trust new Art Creative Fellow at The Workhouse, Southwell 2019 – 2020