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 Continue reading Old School Ideas
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 … Continue reading Design for a screen – Charlotte Podger
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 … Continue reading Ideas That Bend
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 … Continue reading Illustrating Ideas
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 … Continue reading Fleeting moments within Collaborative Environments
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 … Continue reading Artists working on Collaborative Environments
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 … Continue reading Relational Objects
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 … Continue reading We asked care staff what sorts of environment the people they worked with needed..and their answers were….
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 … Continue reading Yvonne is back!
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 … Continue reading OLD SCHOOL FABRICATIONS – Collaborative environments
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 … Continue reading Artist Laura Spring on her Artlink practice
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 … Continue reading The Project – 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 … Continue reading Artists brief for collaborative environments
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 … Continue reading Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff
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 … Continue reading What is the impact on the individual, care staff & the environment you work in?
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 … Continue reading What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?
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 … Continue reading What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?
Laura Aldridge presents a new installation for Tramways main gallery which reflects on her engagement with the relationship between art, craft and performance. Drawing together sculpture, textile, print and ceramics, Aldridge sets up a vivid and tactile environment inhabited by a variety of ‘display-scapes’ through which the viewer is invited to interact with the exhibition in various ways. Functioning both as exhibition and a site for collaboration and discussion, the installation will operate as a backdrop for dialogue about craft and contemporary art, creative processes, connections and collaborations. Supported by The Elephant Trust and Creative Scotland. Events will be announced … Continue reading California Wow! at the Tramway
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 … Continue reading Fiona’s Weaving – the foundation for future work
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. Continue reading Sensory ‘toys’ made to encourage participation