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My Place explores ordinary objects and environments in order to uncover extraordinary stories: an exploration of how the imagination can transpose the familiar to the fantastical, the magical and the illuminatory.
During the last eight months our homes have become ever more familiar whilst being cast in an unusual new light. What have we learned about how we live, about what we value and about what we share with those around us during these times? This is the premise for My Place, a project where schoolchildren will explore ordinary objects and environments in order to uncover extraordinary stories: an exploration of how the imagination can transpose the familiar to the fantastical, the magical and the illuminatory.
In My Place children will be asked to tell their stories about this transformative time from the perspective of the special objects they find within their familiar home environments. Storytelling and sound will be important in both the gathering of experiences and the communication of these within the final artwork. To find the imaginative in the mundane the children will be invited to choose objects from home that are special to them and to ask, what does this object think and feel? What would it say about its own experience? Through this animating approach, the re-imagining of household and domestic objects can facilitate the articulation of a range of viewpoints. Practically, this process will involve experimentation and play with a range of materials and techniques which themselves explore transformation, for instance between spoken word and sculpture and between drama and drawing.
My Place was delivered to 6 primary school classes through a series 4 virtual creative workshops with artists Jane Butler and Duncan Ross, filmed and edited by videographer Will McConnell. These creative exchanges resulted in an exhibition in the MAC Common Room Gallery, comprised of a physical installation as well as a virtual gallery tour as part of the Belfast Children's Festival.
● Creative expression through meaningful experiences and process
● Encouragement of abstract thinking by expressing ideas in multiple materials.
● Encouragement of thinking empathetically by imagining experiences from different perspectives.
● Innovative collaboration between artist and school through virtual facilitation.
● Innovative collaboration between artists, school and gallery.
This project was delivered in partnership with the MAC and with support from Belfast City Council.