Entre Guillemets // Quote Unquote.

On December 4th-5th 2018, artist Joseph Edwardes Evans presented a new series of small sculptures in an exhibition entitled Entre Guillemets // Quote Unquote.

The works, made entirely of found objects and ‘scrap’ or ‘waste’ materials, emerged in response to the conversations Joseph and I had about post-traumatic landscapes.

Joseph writes:

Made of found metal and severed branches, the sculptures’ construction and display is tightly post-traumatic: they perform as citations by re-appropriating and putting forward material extracted from elsewhere, as if plucked from the receding past at the moment of being consigned to it. This extracted material is made to enter (the “entre” of “entre guillemets”) the present as a vase-type object, testifying to, presenting, or pointing towards histories of use and waste. But at the moment of enunciation, the vases are suggestively illegible as to what their specific material past is. Haphazard, contingent and diverse, they are an uncertain record. […] Whilst the vases represent citational space, an ambiguous plane, they can only bring the idea of the past to us. What we do with it then – what we put there – remains to be decided.

During the course of the two days, visitors were invited to create works around, and in response to, the sculptures. We provided watercolours, typewriters, marker pens, ink, glue and pencils on a large table in the rather chilly foyer of Jessop West.  What emerged was a collaborative scrapbook and an agreement that mental health and wellbeing might be significantly improved if we were able, in our cities and public spaces, to create similar spaces of conversation and creativity. 

What were the key insights of the two days? 1) Coffee has become a tax on interactions; 2) we need spaces to make a mess, be directionless, take a risk and not fear being unproductive;  3) art makes space – it isn’t a thing we add to space. This table, then. as ‘ritournelle’ – a space that emerges through the scratching of pencils and the putting of paint on paper; through conversations and encounters, and a shared desire to do this again.

With thanks to Joe, Lucy, Seth, AJ, Emma, Jordan, Neve and Rebekah for all their hard work, creativity and insight.

Free writing workshop at Furnace Park, Saturday February 22nd

Anne Grange will be running a free writing workshop at Furnace Park on Saturday February 22nd, 2pm-4pm.

Places are free but limited. To reserve, please email a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk

The workshop, which will focus on the Furnace Park site, will begin with collecting items, taking photos, discovering facts and listing colours, textures, smells, sounds – possibly not tastes!
Then we’ll go to a nearby cafe to share what we’ve discovered and to do some writing exercises based on the things we’ve discovered. At the end of the session – about 4pm, participants should have come up with several pieces of writing that are either finished or could be developed further and published online.
We’ll also do a collaborative exercise, combining lines of poetry into a villanelle – a poem with repeated, interconnected lines.

 

Moving With Thought

On Saturday 23rd June, poet Matthew Clegg led a poetry workshop, Moving With Thought, hosted by plastiCities in collaboration with the Longbarrow Press.

You can now listen to some of the workshop participants read their poems (in a range of urban landscapes) on the Moving with Thought SoundCloud site.

You can also read poems by the participants by clicking on the links below:

John Barron
Emma Bolland
Matthew Clegg
Mark Doyle
Chris Jones
Oliver Mantell
Mary Marken
Julie Mellor
Gareth Parry
Karl Riordan
Steve Sawyer
Zoe Walkington

 

another free plastiCities workshop – photographing urban wildscapes with Matthew Conduit

plastiCities will be hosting a free photography workshop exploring urban wildspaces on Saturday July 21st.

The workshop will be led by photographer and artist Matthew Conduit.

More details will be published her shortly, but you can register your interest and reserve a place by emailing Amanda at amandacrawleyjackson@gmail.com

Places are free but will be limited.

Please note that in order to participate, you will need to bring your own camera.