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‘You say VOLVO, I say Potato’

‘You say VOLVO, I say Potato’

Echoing Space Exhibition – Watts Gallery

Our Creative Arts Team were fortunate to be presented ‘golden tickets’ this month which gave access to the whole of the Watts Gallery. The Watts Gallery, based in Compton just outside Guildford, is a purpose-built art gallery. It showcases some of the finest works relating to the great Victorian artist G F Watts, his inner circle and art of the Victorian period.

The Echoing Space Exhibition is the result of the work done in the Disability Arts workshop to which The Grange was invited by Julie Hoyle at Leith Hill Place in the Summer. The collection of work is by several disability groups and will be travelling round to different venues including the Electric Theatre in Guildford and The Grange itself in February.

We were hosted by Julie Hoyle (Echoing Space artist)and Emma Love (Community Programme Coordinator at Watts) who made us very welcome. After seeing our exhibited work Emma gave us a very interesting tour of George Watt’s paintings and the ethos of the Watt’s Gallery ‘art for all’.  She brought the paintings to life with interesting information and backgrounds about them. We also saw the Henry James Pullen Exhibition which again Emma brought to life which interesting facts about him and his life in the Earlswood Asylum.

The Grange hope to do  further workshops at The Watts Gallery in the very near future.

‘You say VOLVO, I say Potato’ –  Stanley Picker Gallery

Natalie Kay the Participation Curator at the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University invited the Grange Creative Arts Team to their latest exhibition ‘You say VOLVO, I say Potato’.  The Gallery is one of the leading examples of a university gallery in the UK. Its public activities are dedicated to the research, commissioning and presentation of innovative new practice across the fields of art, design and architecture for general, academic and specialist audiences.

We were made very welcome by Natalie who had prepared the workshop and the space ready for us. We started off with Natalie explaining the story behind the exhibition and the way in which Marriott works, she showed us a film about it and how it was done. We then went into the exhibition where the various exhibits were explained; they were all from components of an old yellow Volvo whose shell was displayed in the middle. All of those taking part were fascinated by it. We looked at ways Marriot had used components of the car to make prints using the oil and dust collected from the car. Everyone then was able to make their own prints onto yellow paper at a work station set up for visitors in the gallery. We then went on to use the car components to print onto yellow t-shirts. After lunch we experimented printing using recycling objects onto paper and then prepared plywood boards with brightly coloured paint as a surface to print on.

The board printing and the t-shirts if they would like will be put into an exhibition alongside Marriott’s work starting 7-10th November.

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