I developed, curated and installed the Do It Different exhibition which features work from The Factory and the Do It Different projects.
From the monitor plinths (which are made from paintings), to the Light boxes I built to fit within alcoves (which feature drawings), everything is the exhibition was co-created with The Factory tutor-collaborators.
As the public enter the exhibition they saw The 3 Do It Different documentation films looped on monitors and a digital Kaleidoscope.
The digital Kaleidoscope Tommy Chavannes and I made features sounds from the Biorhythm project and visual work from The Factory.
Room 1 housed 3 large paintings by tutor-collaborator Tyrone. The Workwear banner and several textile pieces are shown in this room.
The central reading space housed books on neurodiversity, disability and art, social mobility and socially engaged art which the public were encouraged to read/enjoy.
Room 2 is dominated by The Factory studio/performance space which I transformed into a video installation for Casual Terms.
Casual Terms was made in collaboration with filmmaker Tommy Chavannes and the tutor-collaborators, staff and volunteers from The Factory.
Casual Terms poster
For every major exhibition I produce a poster and mini essay that can be taken home by visitors and participants.
For the Do It Different exhibition I produced a poster with an essay about my film Casual Terms.
Do It Different Essay
On the back of the poster is a QR Code that takes visitors to the Do It Different website I commissioned.
This explores the residency, projects and wider commission in an inclusive, visual manner.
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.
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.