For #Five2Watch this week we've selected five artists who have made work with education in mind: Anna Chrystal Stephens, Bridget Harvey, Sharon Campbell, Guy Tarrant and Daniel Lehan.
A Sick Logic, 2017
A Sick Logic is a new 200p book by Anna Chrystal Stephens and Glen Stoker, published by Site Gallery following their 2016 Platform Residency There Are No Firm Rules.
The book came from a quest to seek old knowledge and apply it to current problems. Through an exploration of how to exist as part of an integrated ecosystem, the book presents life-changing information about survival strategies and the experience of skills acquisition, as well as demonstrating how we can be part of a cross-disciplinary collaborative approach to making change.
The publication contains responses to research activities such as plant identification courses, instructional skills sessions and long walks, in the form of image sequences and essays. There are a range of contributions from mentors, peers and other explorers who have been part of the project.
Learning Cardigan, 2014
I use Learning Cardigan in workshops to demonstrate repair techniques. Participants also experiment on it, and it is also documentation of these episodes. It was originally knitted by my Gran, and, after inheriting it, I chose to use it in this way - passing on some of the skills she taught me.
Co-creating artefacts from reused domestic objects such as this, is one way I communicate repair as a design imperative, user activity, service, and as community builder.
A Pocket Full of Treasure A new Collaboration between Sharon Campbell and Rachel Ramchurn, 2016
“a child picks up an acorn cap, a shell or a shiny broken hair clip and pops in their pocket”
“an adult carries a small momento in their wallet or bag, that no one sees”
Investigating tiny pocket sized treasures, maybe of little intrinsic value in themselves but for the keeper, immensely precious, holding memories, stories and moments in time.
Chapel Street Primary School
Residency in Primary School with the EYFS ‘early year’s foundation stage’, nursery and reception aged children, resulting in an interactive sculpture in the school playground.
Both artists were in residence for three days of engagement activity with all the EYFS children,
The process of engagement had a two-fold aim; to investigate treasures both natural and brought from home or found around the school scribing associated descriptive words, and the process then used to inform an interactive sculpture commissioned by the school for the EYFS playground.
The schools specific remit being to stimulate and encourage descriptive language development through creative play and art.
At the end of the residency, all the collected associated words from the children were formed into a poem written by the Head Teacher, performed by the children and used within the school as a learning tool.
“The quality of Sharon’s and Rachel’s work with both our children and staff was outstanding. They displayed excellent teaching and motivational skills and great sensitivity to the needs of each individual child; our school population is highly diverse and multicultural and many of our children are in the very early stages of learning English. " Jonathan Power Head Teacher Chapel Street Primary School (just retired this year).
'Confiscation Cabinets' Museum of Childhood, 2013 - 2014
Confiscation cabinets- London Primary schools/ Secondary schools
Teaching Your Grandmother How To Suck Eggs, 2011
Teaching Your Grandmother How To Suck Eggs was a work devised for The School of Chutney - an event during which artists and performers facilitated unlearning, and returned participants to a classless state of pre-educated happiness.
Teaching Your Grandmother How To Suck Eggs asked people to relate stories about their grandmothers. From these memories each person identified the best skill their grandmother had and wrote about this on an egg.
19th June, Camberwell Green as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival.
Published 11 December 2020