Artists brief for collaborative environments

Brief for artists Laura Aldridge and Laura spring

Collaborative environments
This project offers its artists the freedom to imagine their most incredible ideas and the resources to realise them.
We would like you to think about day centre environments as theatrical/carnival/fairground spaces. By this we mean that we would like you to think about all of the people you have worked with and ‘what rocks their boat’ then we would like you to think of artists who you could work collaboratively to create a series of ‘sets’ in which people can perform, be mesmerised, loose themselves or at times just sit quietly. By the end of this current year you should have a series of ideas, established collaborations, drawings and plans which respond directly to the people you work with.
This project is all about collaboration.

Experimentation and design

For the next year this is where the majority of your budget should be invested. Meet up and talk about what you would want to do. Remember this stage is about coming up with a series of plans. Plans which we will seek to find additional funding for next year. Your aim will be to explore collaboration, creating partnerships which enhance the ways you work. I’d love to see a series of sketches after the first block accompanied by a strange presentation of the ideas along with a bit of performance. Go for it! Just think about the people. What they like, would want and how odd you can go in order to achieve it. Think about the past work, about drawing with light, about colour, pattern, shape. About what people hold and want to hold. About warmth. About the sound of a voice, about time and about touch. What would people lie on if they were out of their chairs. What detail do they stare at…..what would that look like as an art work? You don’t need to be in cherry road all the time to achieve this. Bring ideas in with you. You can create experimentation times, where you try out an idea….. Bring people in. You can book different people at different times of you want and we can arrange with staff to document what went on and feedback to you. We can also provide you with someone who can arrange things for you and liase with staff…it’s up to you.
Ideas Planning Meetings and workshops

A series of meetings which discuss and explore creative ideas in response to the issues and responses provided by Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring. The artists will have a budget to create new small scale workshops, asking artists in to prototype an idea, inviting different artists to look for solutions to a particular problem. i.e. Old School fabricators should be given a set of problems to solve and come up with a series of responses to it ( there would need to be regular contact to ensure that what they do is a ver very imaginative resoponse to particular individuals and particular needs).

List the artists, make some suggestions of people you know and we will work out a way to involve them in the project. They can stand in for you when you are not there, they can sit in on ideas meetings or they can be invited in to work with you around a particular practical idea or question.

For example ..how could someone ‘get lost’ in a room? Or how could a space evolve as an individual’s interests develop? How can you make colour and pattern physical for someone who is blind? Can you hear a colour? How can one person change the ‘feeling’ of a space. What is a shape if you have no perception of what a shape is? What is a space if your only experience of if it is through the other people who are in it? What other forms of touch can comfort? Artists can work with you to design an object or to design a space. Whatever you do you should learn from and that should inform the developing idea.

What should the frame work be?

Start with what you know. Think of all the people. Think of spaces and experiences. Think of colour and pattern. Plan an approach for the next block which will allow you to experiment.
What do we expect at the end of financial year? 

A series of drawings and plans to realise a large scale artwork or artworks. The artworks need to come from the people you work with and the work should evidence some interesting interpretations of what collaboration is.

We would expect a presentation/talk/performance of developing ideas half way through the work in December.

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