I recently had the pleasure of being in the city of my birth, Liverpool with the wonderful Project Art Works on a collaborative project with Fact, Liverpool. We were able to use Fact's cinema box which is a brilliant space to create the kind of immersive environments we (Project Art Works) like to make when working with adults with complex needs. We had a day at Fact, a day in the Forest and a day back a Fact.
Project Artworks have just been awarded £573,611 from the Arts Council’s Ambition for Excellence Programme, to create and deliver EXPLORERS in 2017-20 and this project is a kind of pre cursor to this programme:
Project Art works text regarding this project:
Over three days in October 2016 Project ArtWorks worked with adults from Thingwall Resource Centre on a short-term collaboration that embraced the themes of the Explorers programme. Two workshop days were based in the Box space at FACT, with the third based in Delamere Forest. The project provided a point of reconnection with Thingwall Resource Centre and FACT, as well PAW’s first opportunity to record in a forest with people who have complex needs.
Using projections and other propositions PAW artists delivered the workshop with the aim to introduce the concepts of the forest setting, as well as building relationships.
Using multiple recording devices (video, audio, drawings, photographs etc) the team spent the day in Delamere Forest responding to and capturing the forest environment: its beauty and phenomenology, providing new insights into the impact of these environments through the responses of neurodiverse collaborators.
Using recordings made at Delamere by and with the TRC participants, PAW artists created an immersive installation within FACT’s box space as a proposition for further creative work that day. The whole team worked together within the installation, expanding on the films and other recordings through drawing, painting, and photography.