Abstract Playground

Just before Christmas we had the wonderful opportunity to see the interactive exhibition Abstract playground by artist Will Hurt. The exhibition was at LEVEL near Matlock and gave us the chance to experience, engage with and best of all play with digital artworks. Well worth checking out if you get the chance!

A Spacecraft-y Christmas

Christmas crafting is in full swing at our (work)shop Spacecraft… With the help of some excellent tuition from printmaking staff at West Notts College we’ve designed and produced some rather excellent linocut Christmas cards. they proved to be really popular on our stall at a recent craft fayre and were going like hot cakes! If you’re local (or even if you’re not!) why not pop in to Spacecraft and pick some up? Your family and friends will love you for it, and you may even see some other handmade crafts that will make perfect presents..!

Deck the Halls

We’ve held off for as long as possible, but we can’t contain ourselves any longer… Christmas really is coming! As you can see from the photos, the festive fun is in full swing at our Mansfield Woodhouse site as we start to deck the halls, trim the tree and turn Grove Street into our very own grotto. Seasonal shenanigans will continue for some time, especially as we are open for the Christmas period this year, so check back for more festive frolics whilst you warm your toes by the fire!

Body as Canvas Workshops

We are lucky to have a good relationship with the team at the New Art Exchange and for and we’ve
taken part in a couple of their Body As Canvas Workshops previously. The workshops are seasonal creative sessions for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Sessions are led by collaborators, experienced artists and support workers from LEVEL, a Matlock based arts space.

This workshop was based on the NAE’s current main gallery exhibition, Africa State of Mind, a group show featuring the works of African Photographers. The exhibition explores themes of identity and place, with images focusing on the urban environment in African countries and how a new generation of Africans are expressing themselves.

Poppin’ Portraits

We do some great creative projects here at Space, and a recent one that caught our eye has been happening at our Pelham Road site. Using the style of artist Julian Opie as inspiration,
our folks have been creating their own portraits using Opie’s characteristic thick black outlines and solid colours. Space clients have been recognising the simplified facial features and characteristics and producing some fantastic work.

A Walk in the Woods

Autumn is always a super time to take a walk, the changing colour of the leaves, the cold crisp weather, woolly jumpers and a nice hot drink at the end… Our folks in Mansfield Woodhouse are in a perfect spot too, with some lovely countryside and forest walks right on their doorstep. A recent five mile (good work guys!) stroll around Sherwood Forest (stopping by to see the Major Oak of course) included a chance sighting of some very handsome fly agaric mushrooms. As they are toxic hands were kept firmly in pockets, and unfortunately there were no sightings of pixies on this occasion… Maybe next time..!

Pottery and Print

Our good friends at West Notts College are kindly delivering some excellent art sessions for some of the folks at our sites in Nottingham. As you can see, some rather fetching tote bags have been produced using linoprint techniques. Some very bold ceramic heads were made in a pinch pot style during pottery sessions too. Everyone had a great time over the six week courses and we can’t thank the team from Adult Learning at West Notts enough!

Everything is Illuminated

On Friday a group of intrepid adventurers from our Sherwood site made the trip to the Lakeside Arts Centre to enjoy the sensory delights of the Illuminarium. Created by Nottingham based artists Architects of Air, the Illuminarium is a regular visitor and offers people the opportunity to be immersed in light, colour and offers a different perspective of the world… Personally, we’d like a small one in our back garden!

Parklife

Last Friday we paid a visit (again!) to a Yorkshire Park – this time it was Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

For a day’s fun with art, it really is hard to beat the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

Set in a landscaped garden laid out in the eighteenth century, it’s a place to wander, discover and be amazed – and so it was for our clients.

One thing they especially enjoyed was imitating the sculptures around them to create innovative photographs. Some of the sculptures were very fun indeed, some had spiritual connotations, some were colourful and others were tactile. All were unique in one way or another, which meant that there was always something new and different to look at.

Sculpture, when it’s in a gallery can sometimes be a bit bewildering or hard to understand. When it’s set in a park like the YSP it certainly becomes more interesting and intriguing. Thank you to the YSP for giving our clients a day to remember.