The second ArTELIER session took place in Claremont and had a focus on Pedagogy and Planning. the session was organised by Simon and Lesley and used Victoria’s current ArTELIER partnership with Claremont Goodstart as a case study in exploring emergent and co-designed approaches to developing projects with communities. The group visited the centre and spent much of the day challenging their own approaches to palnning projects. ArTELIERs, here is a short video on the ArTELIER Slack channel …
This week saw Victoria sow some seeds for a project around making, creating and publishing books at Goodstart Childcare centre in Claremont. They proposed the idea of books as gifts – for special events, anniversaries – or simply for anyone large or small who may need a little cheering. “As the first time in a while I’ve been at the chalkface, I find I am bringing a new reflexivity from my research into children’s community publishing into my practice: exploring an emergent project design that is both challenging and illuminating.”
The children have provided some magic moments in this first week, and I look forward to listening deeply to the staff’s responses to these preliminary explorations before we plan the next phase and co-opt some other ArTELIER artists into the mix.
Come and join on the first Friday of the month 10am – 1pm (RSVP required) at the all that we are Reading Room. We are gathering quite a collection of books in our library, particularly focused on socially engaged practice so come and peruse some new and old publications critical to our work – and join in a discussion with however else is around. Have a coffee while you’re here.
Alongside the first ArTELIER session in Launceston the group went to visit the project partner Skills 4 Kids Cafe in Newstead, Launceston. This new initiative encourages a skills sharing session at early years centres by fostering intergenerational engagements. Basically, it invites elder in the community to come into the early years centre and have fun teaching children sustainability while cultivating meaningful cultural and social communities. The group started to plan the future collaboration.
In order to accommodate ArTELIER artists from across the state there were two introductory session for the 2019 ArTELIER sessions – one in Launceston and one in Sandford. The first session was organised by Sheree and Joel and featured a presentation by Dr Anna Alomes, Human Rights Philosopher, Communicator and Wanderer on Global Pathways, about respectful listening and mindfulness. This was great introduction to working together and offered an opportunity for the group to meet.
Victoria is pleased to have finally reached this first significant milestone of her PhD. CoC is an opportunity to present to her peers and get feedback from a panel on her proposed research plan and review of the literature to date. Next step, to work out the fine detail of the data gathering process, ready to submit for ethics clearance.
The B4 Early Years Coalition (B4) and partners invite all children aged birth to 4 years to make marks and submit their work. there will be an exhibition opening in late September at TMAg of some of the works from this initiative.
Simon presented self assembly at Tate Modern on Sunday 2 June 2019. Preparation of the woood took place in Somerset in the South west of England. Over 1500 pieces of wood were prepared for the session for adults and children to construct thiemselves in plaster and wood.
Thanks to Dan Weill photogrpahy for some great shots of the beginning of the session.
You can see the program for the session here:
Several times a year the Tate Associates from across the UK gather at Tate Modern in London to share practice and build networks. As one of two international associates Simon attended the small and informal gathering in May to build the relationship between ArTELIER and Tate Exchange. the intention is to build an exchange program between the two projects for a partnership in 2021.
The 2019 ArTELIER program was officially launched at Salamanca Arts Centre last week. Following a welcome to Country by Sinsa Mansell and an introduction to the project by Simon Spain and Victoria Ryle, Hon. Elise Archer, Minister of the Arts, launched the 2019 program. 40 Tasmanian artists are signed up for 2019 – all work on intergenerational arts projects in Tasmania in a variety of disciplines. 2019/20 events and gatherings will be announced in the next couple of weeks.