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HOME About the Project This exhibition shows artwork that investigates and reflects on the theme of home created by young people from Oxford schools. The starting point for the project is a four-storey high wall painting, KIDS, by international artist Michael Craig-Martin at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Led by artist Dionne Barber (www.dionnebarber.com), the students have developed their own work in response to the wall painting through a series of artist led workshops at their schools and on site at the hospital. The project aims to capture different young people’s responses and expressive exploration into the meaning of ‘home’. Playing with scale, colour and application techniques, the artwork will take the form of drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture. Home is led and managed by artist Dionne Barber, and has been developed by Oxfordshire Hospital School in association with Modern Art Oxford and Artlink, the arts programme for Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust. Schools participating in the project include St Andrews Primary School, Oxford Spires Academy, Cheney School and Meadowbrook College. The exhibition is sponsored by the charity Bear Givers. Artwork will be for sale to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital. HOME exhibition at Modern Art Oxford A selection of artwork produced as part of the HOME project will be exhibited at Modern Art Oxford (www.modernartoxford.org.uk) from until 30th June- 10th July and all participants will be invited to a special preview on the evening of 1st July (7-9pm). All costs relating to the exhibition (including framing of artwork and the preview) have been kindly sponsored by the charily Bear Givers. Artwork from the exhibition will be for sale to raise funds for the Children’s Hopsital at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Bear Givers Bear Givers (www.beargivers.org) developed from the charity Bears 4 Kids which was founded in 2002 by Joseph B. Sprung, as the realization of his philanthropic vision. When visiting ill children, “Joe” would cheer them up with the gift of a Teddy Bear to keep them company. In 2002 he founded Bears 4 Kids which evolved into an organization that has continued to distribute teddy bears to the sick and elderly but has also supported a wide range of other programmes, including educational projects using bears as a teaching tool, and the sponsorship of various charities worldwide. As the organization grew, Bears 4 Kids saw the need to respond to a wider population and therefore in 2009, Joseph Sprung formed the umbrella organization, Bear Givers, which includes Bears 4 Kids, the Empowerment Program, and other programmes relating to adults.
INTRODUCTION WORKSHOPS School visits To start the project Dionne Barber visited Schools, meeting staff and students involved. Dionne gave all the schools a presentation on her own practice, and its relevance to Michael Craig Martins work. Dionne outlined the many strands to the project; the workshops at the hospital “studio” space, The Oxford Artweeks exhibition, the exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, the role of the hospital and the impact of the project. Home project logo
The first workshop also involved an introduction to the new approaches and techniques, brainstorming the theme of home, and the possibilities of the project .
Hospital Workshops St Andrews Primary School Students experimented with different paint applications and drawing techniques, exploring the meaning of “home” to them- the people, buildings and objects in their lives at home.
“This project has not only celebrated the creative talents of children in Oxford’s schools but, by bringing the young people into the hospital to view Michael Craig- Martin’s artwork and have fun, we hope it has done something to demystify the hospital environment and make it feel less intimidating. The project was not only enjoyed by those participating but by patients, visitors and staff who enjoyed the watching new artwork being created in the workshops in the midst of the bustle of a working hospital – a welcome distraction from some of the stresses of being in hospital. We hope that the exhibition at MAO engaged a wider public, and helped to alter their views of their local hospital – a place where creativity and artwork can help to improve wellbeing.’ Ruth Charity Arts Coordinator John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford Spires Academy Workshops Students decided on investigating childhood memories at home and representing them in objects.
Cheney School Workshops Students from Cheney school focused on objects that truly represent “home” to them
Hospital School Workshops Students at the hospital School worked individually and in groups to make their own personal responses to the theme
“I really enjoyed today because we got to input our own ideas and got to work in a team we were comfortable with. I learnt to think outside of the box, not just the obvious, and was able to interpret my personal experiences into the artwork.” “Today I have really enjoyed coming up with all the ideas and start to making them in real life” “I thought it would be a bit boring, just someone telling us what to do, but it’s actually really fun and I feel I am being allowed to work to my full potential. I would love all art lessons to be like this.” “I enjoyed the experience because it was a good opportunity with the school to be creative.” “I think deciding on making a sculpture of a hug was one of my best decisions ever. I never really noticed how powerful one image can be, but looking at our art I feel a strong sense of achievement. It was one of the best experiences of my life.” “Once I listened to Dionne and took her advice, I became more confident in my work ending up with two fabulous pieces I’m chuffed to bits over.” “Doing this project has made friendship groups stronger and made us more determined to achieve our goals.” “It was brilliant and exciting . Yeah !”
Family Day Workshop at The John Radcliffe Hospital The families of the participating Schools with patients and families of the Children's Hospital, were invited to the 10am-4pm Saturday drop in workshop at the hospital. A large 2 metre collage was created to display in the hospital on the theme of Home.
HOME The artwork in this exhibition has been created by young people from Oxford schools in response to KIDS, a 4-storey wall painting by artist Michael Craig-Martin at the John Radcliffe Hospital. All the work investigates and reflects on the theme of home. This is just a small selection of the artwork created through a programme of workshops led by artist Dionne Barber both at the hospital and in schools. Young people from schools across Oxford – including the Hospital School – visited the wall painting and developed their own work in response, playing with scale, colour and application techniques, to create drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture. The aim of the project has not only been to develop the students’ individual creativity and encourage them to learn about the working methods of one of Britain’s foremost artists, but also to demystify the hospital environment and make it a less intimating place to visit. A film by John Rolfe following the development and installation of the wall painting KIDS, with an interview with Michael Craig-Martin, is showing in the exhibition. This was produced as part of an education pack for schools and used as a learning tool for the project. HOME has been developed by Oxfordshire Hospital School in association with Modern Art Oxford and Artlink, the arts programme for Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust. It has been led and managed by Dionne Barber. Schools participating in the project include St Andrews Primary School, Oxford Spires Academy, Cheney School and Meadowbrook College. The exhibition is sponsored by the charity Bear Givers.
Home Exhibition Family Day A Saturday Family Day workshop was run and held at Modern Art Oxford, families were invited to view the exhibition and make their own responses to the theme
“I have been constantly inspired and enthused by the work produced during this project, the variety of ideas and responses to the same theme has been fascinating” Dionne Barber Artist
“ It was a wonderful opportunity for students in the Hospital School to work on a project with Dionne together with other schools. It was a real achievement for some of them to see their work in Modern Art Oxford and was a huge boost to self-esteem.” Anne Stevenson Arts Coordinator Oxfordshire Hospital School
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