Collaborative Environments

Introduction

Old School Ideas (12/1/2016) - We asked Old School Fabricators to work with artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring and design a space within a Day Centre for people with profound Learning Disabilities.  Her are their ideas…..old-school-ideas
Design for a screen – Charlotte Podger (12/1/2016) - Charlotte has worked with Artlink over the past few years, in particularly on the Sensory Workshops at Cherry Road.  We asked her, given her knowledge of the …
Ideas That Bend (11/1/2016) - IDEAS THAT BEND is the umbrella title for a series of collaborative interventions to take place at Cherry Road Day Centre. The term comes from our desire to create artworks that respond to, develop with, and grow around the people …
Illustrating Ideas (3/23/2016) - We have been working with illustrator/designer/writer/woman of many talents Charlotte Linton. She is helping us make visual some of the ideas we are having – these will act as tools when talking about the project, to help others see what we are thinking. They will function not only as illustrations  but also they paint a portrait of the people we work with – they are diagrams, they are instructions, they will be AWESOME! She is making visible the things that are hard to describe, fleeting moments of feeling and experience –  its a difficult job, but we feel its necessary …
Fleeting moments within Collaborative Environments (1/28/2016) - In a meeting today with artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring we looked at the work they are currently undertaking and where emphasis lies in their current approach. ‘We are focusing on our activities within the workshops and how we …
Artists working on Collaborative Environments (12/7/2015) - Here are some of the artists who are working on collaborative environments.   This ideas team involves bringing in new artists to work with artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring.  Both have years of knowledge and experience of working with …
Relational Objects (12/4/2015) - I (Aldridge) have been thinking a lot about what direction to take the work we are doing in. I’ve been thinking a lot about the sensorial and experiential in sculptural practice lately, in relation to my own work, a teaching …
We asked care staff what sorts of environment the people they worked with needed..and their answers were…. (12/3/2015) - Staff at cherry road brainstorm for the artlink room: Interactive environment James Morrow/Sonos Costumes Projectors/Planetarium Interesting/ stimulating smells Bubble machine Velcro walls weightlessness seasonal affected disorder Colour therapy lights trampoline levels hammock control heat/cold Mylife tech smart board wind machine …
Yvonne is back!  (9/28/2015) -    Artist Yvonne Mullock who is currently based in Canada will be collaborating with her old team as part of Collaborative Environments. Yvonne who was one of the founding members of the sensory workshops, will be working on ‘costumes that …
OLD SCHOOL FABRICATIONS – Collaborative environments (9/28/2015) - Artists Laura Spring, Laura Aldridge and depute manage John Connell met with Old School Fabrications to discuss changing spaces in Cherry Road. Here is their brief:- We would like you to come up with a series of designs based on our …
Artist Laura Spring on her Artlink practice (8/20/2015) -  Laura  Spring:  I  believe  Artlink  has  a  huge  benefit  to  the  individuals  we  work  with  because  of  it’s  unique  approach. Working  intimately  over  long  periods  of  time  to  establish  relationships  is  rare  in  a  workshop  environment  but completely  necessary  when …
The Project – Collaborative Environments (7/15/2015) - Artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring invite artists and designers to re-think day centre environments as theatrical/carnival/fairground spaces, looking at colour pattern, the design of a room from the perspective of someone with profound learning disabilities. This project is all …
Artists brief for collaborative environments (6/7/2015) - 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 …
Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff  (5/22/2015) -    Laura Spring: I  believe  Artlink  has  a  huge  benefit  to  the  individuals  we  work  with  because  of  it’s  unique  approach. Working  intimately  over  long  periods  of  time  to  establish  relationships  is  rare  in  a  workshop  environment  but completely  necessary  when  working  with  people  with  profound  learning  disabilities. You  learn  about  someone in  an  unconventional  way  as  exchange  and  communication  is  often  through  other  means  other  than  spoken word,  so  the  slightest  gesture  can  become  of  great  significance.    It  is  often  about  working  instinctively  and Artlink  allows  for  the  time  and  space  for  this  to  develop  that  isn’t  always …
What is the impact on the individual, care staff & the environment you work in?  (5/22/2015) -   Laura Aldridge : The  biggest  thrill  from  the  work  I  do  with  Artlink  is  that  it  gives  agency  to  individuals  who  through  physical and  mental  difficulties,  quite  often  don’t  have  any  –  choice  is  just  something  that  falls  away  from  their  daily  lives. In  our  sensory  workshop  sessions,  we  try  and  make  the  people  we  are  working  active  –  enabling  them  to  chose what  they  work  with  and  how  –  if  they  are  unable  to  communicate  in  traditional  ways,  we  look  for  other  ways to  have  conversations  with  them,  and  the  staff  that  work  to  support  them.  its  like  we …
What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?  (5/20/2015) -    LAURA  SPRING: Artlink  has  brought  so  many  beneficial  elements  to  my  work  and  myself  as  a  person  over  the seven  years  I  have  worked  for  them.  Many  of  these  I  never  expected  and  I  think  says  a  lot  about  the  unique approach  Artlink  has  to  working  with  people.  Freedom,  room  for  experimentation,  meeting  and  working  with other  artists,  working  in  unexpected  ways  in  unexpected  situations  are  just  a  few.  Artlink  has  constantly challenged  my  ways  of  working  and  thinking,  encouraging  my  creativity  to  grow  in  new  ways  –  not  to  just  focus on  textiles  and  print  design.  It  has …
What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?  (5/20/2015) -    LAURA  ALDRIDGE:    It  has  enabled  me  to  work  in  a  way  to  fits  my  ideas  and  thinking  –  i  struggled  for  years  as an  art  student,  unable  to  make  work  that  spoke  or  sang  even.  Its  made  me  free  in  the  way  that  I  approach  art making  –  I  think,  when  making  art,  so  much  of  it  is  about  allowing  yourself,  space  and  time  to  let  ideas  develop and  flourish.  Artlink  has  encouraged  and  nurtured  this  in  my  practice,  as  it  is  a  fundamental  way  in  how  we work  with  people  –  that  we  provide  the  space  and …
Fiona’s Weaving – the foundation for future work (1/7/2015) - Fiona weaves. The fact that she is so interested in this is the perfect starting point for working with her.  If she can create something as complex as the weaving in these images, then what can she do if she …
Sensory ‘toys’ made to encourage participation (10/24/2014) - In Laura Aldridge and Laura Springs workshops, the artists use materials to enable alternative ways of communicating through light, sound, colour and touch. This involves making accessories that are visual, tactile and functional.  Each toy/accessory is designed around a particular individual.  Some reflect light, make a noise, hide obhpjects and others feel comforting.
Weaving staff involvement (9/4/2014) - It looks like time and patience (and the exhibition) have paid off. The staff are weaving with Fiona. Laura Spring and Laura Aldridge are giving staff and Fiona the materials and the frame to weave. She is doing it in her own time! Look what’s happening as a result!
Laura Spring & Laura Aldridge sensory workshops (1/12/2014) - Individuals are immersed in multi sensory environments, designed around their specific interest. By working in this way the person gains a new experience. Equally, the more the artist learns about the person then the more imaginative the experiences become.
Activity table (2/2/2013) - Very early prototype by Steve Hollingsworth, exploring ways of encouraging Donald to interact. This takes time, there is much trial and error. The object made was a means to an end. A way of encouraging initial staff involvement and finding out more about Donald. The question then is..how do you ensure that the artwork made is of long term and functional value to the individual?
How do we involve staff? (1/4/2013) - We were interested in ways of involving staff at the centre. The notes below are Laura Aldridges’ attempts to task staff, asking them to carry on with an activity, extending the work outside of the workshops. F was weaving and wrapping objects within her workshops but the artists wanted to get her involved in making at other times of the week. Initial notes exploring ways of involving staff> F enjoys an element of routine and will happily work with someone to do this. She really enjoys her wool work and the more we do it with her, the more we …
Wheely walls (2/1/2012) - Laura and myself also collaborated on making mobile sensory walls. They’re basically big MDF painted boxes, with wheels on, we painted them blue and bent some steel bar so we could hang various things. We hung reflective discs and filled them with plants. Our intention was to have them disrupt the space at the day care centre we’re working in. So they would fluidly be moved around the space toward people who would interact with them.
Terrariums (3/2/2011) - http://www.litill.com/ Could we create a world in a bottle, which catches the light and allows patterns to dance around the room?  The terrarium triggers point to other potential ideas.  What if  we placed something inside the terrarium which catches the light and reflects its patterns  around the room.  Does anyone have any information on projects or artworks which can create these optical  illusions?