Sculpture in Focus, New Art Gallery Walsall

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To coincide with the 60th anniversary year of Jacob Epstein’s death, in 2019 New Art Gallery Walsall are celebrating sculpture in all forms throughout their Collections programme.

I’ve been working closely with the Collections Curator, Julie Brown, on identity design, exhibition design, print and digital work for Sculpture in Focus. Julie has created a sculpture trail which highlights 10 key works in the NAGW collections; the Permanent collection, and the Garman Ryan Collection (set up by two power women - Kathleen Garman and Sally Ryan ). ⁣The collections at NAGW are laid out in 10 rooms thematically: Kathleen Garman wanted to show unexpected links and comparisons across the works from different cultures and centuries. ⁣

As part of the year-round celebration for Sculpture in Focus, in addition to the trail, there will be temporary exhibitions including The British Museum spotlight loan Rodin: rethinking the fragment and the first major solo exhibition of London-based artist Daniel Silver, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation. I’ve created the marketing graphics for these too - and I’m really happy with how they turned out within the overall Sculpture in Focus identity.

The Season Launch of the Sculpture programme is on Thursday 7 February, 6-8pm. Sarah Taylor Silverwood (part of the Women Power Protest zine I wrote about in my last post) has a solo show (4th floor), opening same night.

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Image: Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, The Burrell Collection © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Image: Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, The Burrell Collection © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Image: Daniel Silver, Peter, 2018, Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Image: Daniel Silver, Peter, 2018, Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Women Power Protest - zine

Close up details from the WOMEN POWER PROTEST zine for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery & Arts Council Collections’ partner exhibition, exhibition and zine curated by Emalee Beddoes-Davis and zine project managed by Helen Waite.

Inspired by the bold work of feminist artists, this zine celebrates women’s activism, research and creativity in Birmingham. It includes artwork by Sarah Taylor Silverwood and Baljinder Kaur, poetry by Amerah Saleh and Jasmine Gardosi as well as an essay by Dr Nicola Gauld about the Brummie Suffragette Bertha Ryland.

Printed so beautifully by The Holodeck - it has a glorious holographic hot-foiled cover which no photo I take will do justice of!

This zine is available at the Gas Hall main desk & in the BMAG shop on Level 2.

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Pocket Park Games

Pocket Park Games is another commission as part of the GOOD GAME project that I worked on in the summer with Ampersand Projects.

Anna ran a number of workshops in Warley Woods, a local park in Bearwood, where people were encouraged to play traditional games and then reinvent and remix them. She also worked with Polly Tisdall, a storyteller and theatre maker, to explore narrative games and how families could work together to create their own game-like worlds. Together, these activities informed the creation of Pocket Park Games, a compendium of games and activities that encourage people of any age to explore urban green spaces in new ways.

Pocket Park Games will be distributed to parks, green spaces and community venues in The Black Country and Birmingham from October 2018. To request a pack, please email: matt.andrews[at]ampersandprojects.org

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Photos by Matt Andrews, Ampersand Projects

Photos by Matt Andrews, Ampersand Projects

Green Lens - exhibition

Concept / commission by Kate Andrews (Ampersand Projects) for their exhibition in collaboration with EcoBirmingham, at MAC Birmingham. Identity, basic print, along with exhibition interpretation panels printed on linen, more environmentally-friendly than white vinyl lettering.

I designed the Green Lens visual identity earlier in the year (see previous blog post).

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Activist Selly Oak typeface for Claire Hickey

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I was commissioned to expand the Activist Selly Oak branding to create a typeface for a clay workshop: 

Led by Claire Hickey, an artist who specialises in making site-responsive sculptural objects. participants of the workshop had the chance to work with plaster and specially produced moulds in order to create a series of individual ‘plaques’ for the Activist Selly Oak project.
These plaques will be installed in September at various sites across Selly Oak and the University of Birmingham campus to mark events or places that have come out the project's research, such as the Selly Oak Claimants Union and the Birmingham headquarters for Big Flame on Bristol Rd.

For more about the Activist Selly Oak project, you can browse #ActivistSelly

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Playable Bearwood, Ampersand Projects

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Graphic design for Good Game: Playable Bearwood, a card game created by Gizzago, with illustrations by Annabel Evans & the Bearwood Community. Commissioned by Ampersand Projects.

This was a really wonderful project to work on, it was a delight being a small part of it bringing the illustrations to life through a very simple format layout, colour coding and typesetting. 

These are dotted around Bearwood in various cafes, community centres and Thimblemill Library. Pick up a pack (and pass on some of the cards!) if you see one.

Thanks Ampersand Projects!

 

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