Community Art Project Rothley
Over March and April 2016 Roberta Bernabei (jeweller and jewellery historian from Loughborough University, Leicestershire) and I (Sally Renshaw a local freelance artist/ performer) are collaborating on a community art project. We are working with residents from a local care home (Cedar House, Rothley) to produce some artwork in celebration of their lives and for the Queens 90th birthday celebrations. This participatory project seeks to share and preserve memories for current and future generations.
The project will consist of 4 stages.
1) Artist(s) Talk and Introduction to the Project
2) Interview: Brooch created
The residents will be asked to bring along an image, photograph or object that relates to them and their memories. The artist(s) will take a record of the object(s) and will ask the residents to describe it/ them and its/ there significance to them. This will form the basis for a brooch design that the artist will make.
Each brooch will take its form from a window frame found in the local area and will be completed with imagery and words given to the artist(s) by each of the participants. As the brooches are finished they will join part of a special exhibition/ installation. At the end of the exhibition all participants will be able to collect and keep their brooch.
3) Hands of Workshop
A workshop whereby the the residents create their own brooches based on memories and/ or objects/ images.
3) Exhibition/ Presentation
As the brooches are finished they will join part of a special exhibition/ installation. At the end of the exhibition all participants will be able to collect and keep their brooch.
A brooch has been chosen as the final design because brooches (similar to lockets) have been used historically to store keepsakes, pictures, hair, and, in some rumoured circumstances, powdered poison or ashes. Although they were once used as a momento for sentimental reasons, they are more often viewed as fashion jewellery by our current culture.