Art Explorers

To coincide with the 2019 Turner Prize being exhibited at Turner Contemporary, Margate, this term focused on exploring a range of ideas and processes inspired by Turner Prize nominees, both past and present. Programmed by Coral Brookes.

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Together we dance part 1: We began the term by focusing on the work of Lubaina Himid, winner of the 2017 Turner Prize. Her work explores ideas about identity and culture. Inspired by Himid’s cut out figures, we created cardboard portraits of ourselves holding belongings that represent us, thinking about who we are as individuals/together, where we are from and what that means.

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Together we dance part 2: In this session we developed our Lubaina Himid inspired cut outs using fabric, paint and newspaper to colour, collage and embellish. This session was documented by the BBC and the short film they made can be viewed here.

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Art Rebels: Looking at Jeremy Deller’s folk archives and local archives from Margate, we thought about subcultures and the idea of being rebellious through art making. We created our own memorabilia/archive influenced by punk/protest references, consisting of DIY printed t-shirts, collaged posters, badges and patches. This session was also documented by the BBC and the footage was included in a short documentary about Margate.

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Architecture in reverse: Inspired by 2018 Turner Prize nominee Forensic Architecture, we took objects apart to uncover a new world inside. We experimented with forensic techniques and different ways of looking at these object components to build new stories. This included processes such as cyanotypes and casts in clay.

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Beyond continents: Many of the artists nominated for the 2019 Turner Prize explore ideas about people and places. Tai shani’s work looks at real and imaginary worlds whilst Oscar Murillo creates flags or textiles thinking about migration. In this session we used mark making inspired by the artists to look at these ideas. We experimented with marbling influenced by Tai Shani’s sci-fi inspired sets and created a large canvas together using mixed media as maps, flags or evidence of our movements inspired by Murillo’s paintings/installations.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

The artist’s hat: Monster Chetwynd is an artist who continuously changes her name. She works around ideas of popular culture and storytelling through her performance and costume making. In this session we explored our artist identities, making flamboyant hats inspired by her DIY and playful approach to making costumes and characters.

Wednesday 30 October 2019

How are you feeling: In this session we experimented with life drawing inspired by David Shrigley’s Turner Prize nominated project ‘How are you feeling’. Using our artist hats and objects from previous weeks as props we thought about playful and unique ways that we can make observational life drawings of each other, using collaborative experimental activities and different mediums.

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Earwitness: Inspired by 2019 Turner Prize nominee Laurence Abu Hamdan, we thought about how different objects make sounds that can tell us about events and places. For this session we used sound and listening as a way to navigate spaces and create stories.

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Pots for the people: In this session we worked with clay to create unique pots and bowls, inspired by Laure Prouvost‘s nominated work ‘Wantee’ and Grayson Perry’s autobiographical pots.

Wednesday 20 November 2019

The message: This week we glazed our ceramics and experimented with writing activities inspired by one of the 2019 Turner Prize nominees, Helen Cammock. We used this as a method to reflect on
what has been learnt over the term.