There is no fixed story to these charred, derelict towers, they are objects designed to create a personal narrative with the viewer. They describe an absence and at the same time a primitive desire for shelter and safety
Chris Jenkins, Ian Whitmore installation, The Royal (2013).
This Arts Council funded exhibition was the culmination of a Four week collaborative residency with Chris Jenkins and Ian Whitmore. Exploring themes of narrative, history and loss. The artists worked together, co-created with students and curated an exhibition of several chosen contemporary artists from the Solent area. Unusual found objects were also exhibited alongside artworks, creating the feel of a museum, whilst the artists controlled the narrative and imagined new histories.
The Royal (2013) was a sculptural installation that dominated the exhibition. Wrecked timbers were host to hundreds of names and initials, echoing the nameless lost men, women and children that went down in the disaster. The red LED screen scrolling the names gave the unknown lost an updated representation, bridging the gap that makes it easier to disconnect from the horrific reality of such events.
Charlotte's Wharf gates
Soundscape Fort Project
This Arts Council funded project was the culmination of a 4 week residency, working with composer Garath Balch. Working in a deconsecrated church, the project and final sculptural installation was the culmination of several years exploring abandoned buildings, piers and derelict ships. It marked an attempt to bring some of the emotions and excitement involved (in what can be a quite solitary experience) to an audience, allowing new narratives to emerge from the audience as well as an immersive audio visual experience.
Shoreburs sculpture trail
Commissioned for Southampton City Council by 'Groundwork Solent', this oak chainsaw sculpture trail stretches along the Shorburs trail, referencing local history in places, providing points of interest for users of the greenway. (2013)
Supported by Arts Council England and Bestival
A towering structure built from willow and found cardboard. An evolving platform for public free expression.
Visitors paint, write and colour using childrenʼs poster paint. What they create is thoughtful, funny, political, loving, spiritual and sometimes rude. Itʼs a message board, political placard or a shrine to absent friends. Sometimes its a giant colouring book.
The democratic nature of the artwork means that the artists become facilitators in the creation of an ephemeral collaborative intervention and the ownership is shared.
Arts Council England supported us to build installations so far at Camp Bestival and Bestival 2015 and 2016 with thousands of people taking part in each creation.