A New Creative Adventure for Women in Norwich

VOYAGE WITH ME is a new adventure into the world of art for a group of women in Norwich. Thanks to funding from the People’s Health Trust, women from two different parts of the city, Eaton Park and Mile Cross, are joining staff and volunteers to investigate world art collections at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and make art in response at Sweet Arts, a creative arts organisation for women in Norwich. Continue reading A New Creative Adventure for Women in Norwich

VWM at St Margarets – more to come

Mindful drawing led by JJos - 5 minutes blind, 5 minutes blind, 5 minutes chair but don't look at the paper. Be in the moment.
Mindful drawing led by JJos – 5 minutes blind, 5 minutes blind, 5 minutes chair but don’t look at the paper. Be in the moment.
Special person, owner of collection of odd and cake baker especially warm
Special person, owner of collection of odd and cake baker especially warm
Socialist totem
Socialist totem
Lee Grandjean at Yallops Gallery, St Augustines, Norwich. Beings animate and inanimate
Lee Grandjean at Yallops Gallery, St Augustines, Norwich. Beings animate and inanimate
Lee Grandjean, Voyage With Me and Being
Lee Grandjean, Voyage With Me and Being
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Lee, VWM, Yallops, Being
Beings, sound, space, light
Beings, sound, space, light
Dr Maureen Tilford, Mindfulness, power, resources
Dr Maureen Tilford, Mindfulness, power, resources
Sculpture. 10 minutes and pass on. 10 minutes and pass on. 10 minutes and keep or pass on. 30 minutes make and display.
Sculpture. 10 minutes and pass on. 10 minutes and pass on. 10 minutes and keep or pass on. 30 minutes make and display.
Collection of odd
Collection of odd
Small jugs
Small jugs
Collection of matchbooks
Collection of matchbooks

 

Sushi rolls
Sushi rolls

VWM AT THE MISSING SHOE

2nd March, at the lovely Missing Shoe.

Two sets of 5 minute poses with our life model Jos, from every angle.

A conversation about VWM’s future plans and our upcoming occupation of St Margaret’s Church of Art on St Benedict’s.

Focus on an object from the intriguing Ponds collection, a reminder of the building’s life as a landmark Norwich shoe shop. Look hard. Then draw it (no looking).

We’re good at that.

So good that one of us, Diane Grantham, has been accepted for the Norwich University of the Arts Fine Art degree. CONGRATULATIONS DIANE!

 

 

Well on the way

Planning for our exhibition at St Margarets Church of Art in Norwich 13 – 20th March is gathering pace.

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We spent this morning writing catalogue entries for people’s personal collections at the lovely The Missing Shoe cafe – thank you Missing Shoe!

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Mind and body day on Tuesday 15th March will begin with a warm up and interconnectivity movement session led by Tessa Kirkpatrick. Mindful Drawing with Jos Wickham will be followed by Dr Maureen Tilford on mental health and mindfulness.

Sculpture workshop day on Wednesday 16th March will be run by a fantastic North Norfolk artist…..to be confirmed….

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Next planning session Weds 17th Feb, meet 10.30 at St Margaret’s Church of Art on St Benedicts.

De-cluttering?

We are thinking about collections for our exhibition at St Margaret’s Church of Art in March.

Collections, hoard, clutter – what distinguishes one from anther? And can you make a straightforward link between external and internal stuff?

Here’s information about Clearing your Life Inside and Out, a talk by Sue Baylis at The Norwich Wellbeing Centre, Wednesday 27th January 7pm. Screenshot 2016-01-18 10.28.22

Sainsbury Centre 6th January 2016. Christmas break objects and Magnificent Obsessions

It was good to meet again after the Christmas break. Below are almost all the objects chosen to represent the winter break. There was a wish for snow and coldness, which led to the Hepworth (on loan) and the Sugimoto photos. And a desire to enjoy beauty.

We only had time to hear about two choices because we went to see the Magnificent Obsessions show of artists’ collections. When does hoarding become collecting, viz Warhol? How oppressive are things? What is it with taxidermy?

Careful attention was paid to the exhibition design, in view of our upcoming show at St Margaret’s Church of Art. Did the strong colour of the walls work? How useful were the labels? Did the spaces make sense? How were Pae White’s Vera textiles fixed (magnets to wire)?

No photos of Magnificent Obsessions, due to copyright restrictions. Sigh.

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A princess standing beneath a sapling. A princess standing beneath a sapling. India, Rajasthan, perhaps Sarwar (Ajmer district). Late 17th century. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper. 19.6 x 9.4 cm. Acquired 1973. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 539

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Bottle with monkey. Bottle with long spout held by monkey. South America, Ecuador, Manabi province: Chorrera culture (c. 1000-100 BC). Pottery. h. 21.6 x w. 15.5 x d. 15.5 cm. Acquired 1981. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 788

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Head of Boddhisattva Kannon. Japan. Hakuho period (late 7th – early 8th century). Bronze. Acquired 2000. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1193

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Earliest Human Relatives. Hiroshi Sugimoto.2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Barbara Hepworth, 1936 Discs in Echelon, version 2. 
Plaster, 1935–6 (BH 73 B). Hepworth Estate, on loan to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich

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Polar Bear. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Cro-Magnon. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Devonian Period. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Permian Land. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Gorilla. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Homo Ergaster. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Neanderthal. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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The sisters. F. E. Mcwilliam (b. 1909). England. 1946. Paper, crayon. 30.2 x 44.1 cm. Acquired 1949. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 103. © The Estate of F.E. McWilliam

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SHOW AN IMAGE OF THIS FAMOUS HENRY MOORE BECAUSE OF COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS. SO HERE IS SOMETHING I FOUND ONLINE

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Mother and Child. Henry Moore (1898-1986). England. 1932. Green Hornton stone, beads. h. 91.4 cm. Acquired 1933. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 82. © The Henry Moore Foundation. The image must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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Large flat form. Claudia Casanovas. England. 1989. Stoneware and mixed clays. h 107 x w 53 x d 32 cm. Acquired 1990. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1002. Artist and Galerie Besson.

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Mythical beast. China. Han Dynasty, 206 BC-AD 220. Earthenware, pigment. h 42.0 cm. Acquired 1997. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1149. Mythical beast. China. Han Dynasty, 206 BC-AD 220. Earthenware, pigment. h 43.7 cm. Acquired 1997. Robert amd Lisa Sainsbury Collection. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1157

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Man’s hunting hat (RLS 68). North America, Alaska, Aleutian Islands. Late 19th/early 20th century. Wood, paint, walrus ivory and whiskers, glass beads, fibre. Lent by Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury. Acquired 1996. RLS 68. (photo taken in gallery, with some reflection on the case.)

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Ladle. North America, Northwest Coast: Tlingit or Haida (?). Mid 19th century. Mountain-sheep horn, walrus ivory, abalone shell, copper. l. 28.9 cm. Acquired 1958. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 121

 

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Breast ornament. Melanesia, Santa Cruz. 19th/20th century. Clam shell, turtle shell, cloth. diam. 16.5 cm. Acquired 1980. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 745

 

Winter break

 

A session of making at Sweet Arts, where people reflected on their experience of VWM so far, was rounded off with our Christmas party. We said goodbye to Veronica, who is leaving the Sainsbury Centre for new adventures in Kings Lynn, and welcomed Mel who will be joining us from Sweet Arts while Toni is off.

Ideas flowed about workshops and visits coming up. Workshop favourites look like glass, willow, metal, creative writing and photography… somehow we’ve got to choose!

When we meet again on 6th January at the Sainsbury Centre we will look at the Magnificent Obsessions show. And the session at the Sainsbury Centre after that, the Alphonse Mucha exhibition. Coming up are exhibitions about Giacommetti (April 2016) and Fiji (October 2016). Longer term there is going to be a John Davies show, the first for many years.

Tate Modern is the favourite for a trip. Yorkshire Sculpture Park got the thumbs up from some, and the Fitzwilliam was another mention. But YSP is too far for a day trip and Kettle’s Yard is closed for refurb so that makes Cambridge less appealing.

Tate Modern extension is opening on 17th June, so maybe after that might be extra interesting. Check the Time Out clip. There are some great shows at Tate Britain too; here’s Jo Spence for instance.

We might have a training trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park  for people who are interested in learning more about arts and health practice.

Our main event after the break will be our exhibition at St Margarets on St Benedicts St from 13th – 20th March. Are you inspired by the idea of artists as collectors? What do you collect? Why? How do you display your collections? Can you share what you’ve got with others? Or perhaps you hate collecting and prefer disposing of stuff?

Lots to think about and do in 2016. Very best wishes to everyone in Voyage With Me, and Im looking forward to seeing you at the Sainsbury Centre on 6th January.

Laura

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Eaton Park event, 2nd December 2015

A drop-in session at Eaton Park Community Centre, where we used this object as the starting point for everyone’s making.

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Comb. North America, Northwest Coast, Cross Sound: Tlingit. Late 18th century. Caribou antler. h. 10.8 x w. 6.0 x d. 1.5 cm. Acquired 1983. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 875

Word association maps took people to different places, though materials were restricted.

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Eyes, a totem pole with eyes.
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Fabric with wire threaded through.
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An underwater sea goddess, krill
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A caterpillar wearing shoes

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Totem in  making

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Tribe
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More members will join

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Geisha
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Totem
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Missing
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Tension
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Eyes
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Indentation
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Teeth with fillings
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Broken leg

Beautiful, powerful, crafted pieces in a busy, rather fragmentary session, the penultimate one before our Xmas break.

 

 

Norman Centre, 4th November 2015

More transformations, in the vast space of the Activity Hub at the Norman Centre, Norwich NR3. Sainsbury Centre objects represented on laminated A3 images for inspiration, materials aluminium foil, wire, string, lining paper, masking tape, charcoal and chalk.

Choose an object to focus on; create a word association diagram; pick a word; in 5 minutes make something from 3 materials; have it photographed; three 5-minute makings.

Break.

Pick a word; in 45 minutes make something from 3 materials; have it photographed; show and tell.

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