For these workshops families from St John the Divine, St Marks and Herbert Morrison primary schools worked with artists Albert Potrony and Mateo López.
The first session drew inspiration from the work of residency artist, Güne Terkol. Her techniques including line drawings, traced images and home made banners are often simple and quickly produced to communicate her daily life. Terkol’s practice of tracing images from newspapers and magazines removes them from their original context, while her banners invite associations with politicised protests, public forms of demonstration and performative actions seeking an audience of onlookers. Both techniques make an immediate, self-produced (or reproduced) statement on contemporary Turkey where Terkol is based.
Using Terkol’s drawings as initial reference points, families completed quick portraits of each other, which, when combined with traced drawings from magazines and newspapers resulted in new and surreal compositions. Each newly created image was then projected on to large pieces of canvas fabric. Using simple sewing techniques and scrap material, each person worked on their banners, mirroring Terkol’s practice. New narratives were then conceived for each piece, inspired by a combination of the original source images, the newly formed composition and each person’s own reflections on their daily lives.
The second session focused on Mateo López's practice of describing personal journeys, interior spaces and locations through the processes of drawing, installation and carefully constructed and minutely detailed three-dimensional sculptural pieces. Drawing as a tool for making ideas real and tangible offered the context to explore Gasworks’ gallery and education space.
Just as López presented the gallery space as a three-dimensional drawing in his Made to Measure exhibition, workshop participants explored the education space in a similar fashion. Finding inventive and playful ways to measure the dimensions of the room, families eventually transformed it into an exhibition space alongside López's show. The methods employed to measure the space included using elbows, stride steps and hand widths.
After familiarising themselves with the space, families looked at how López had utilized plinths and cardboard shelves in Made to Measure as part of the artwork, incorporating the space into the experience of the exhibition. Using these techniques, family members developed work they had made earlier, changing the education room into a gallery space to accompany Lopez’s show. The workshop concluded with a Private View of the newly created exhibition and a curators' talk hosted by the families to Gasworks' staff and studio artists.
Volunteer workshop assistants: Caroline D’ Souza, Karen Land Hansen and Isis Mera.