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As part of Gasworks' families programme Even better Together, artist Abigail Hunt ran two days of free family arts workshops at Gasworks. On each day, families  from Archbishop Sumner, St Marks and St John the Divine Primary schools were invited to spend the day  exploring the exhibition Everything has a name, or the potential to be named and make artwork collaboratively as a family.

Tuesday 12 May 2009

In response to the exhibition, the group considered the different possible names they could use to describe themselves. Listing them on labels and displaying them on the walls of the education room, the group created an interlinking web of  the collected labels.

Exploring the idea of naming people, animals and objects further, the families then looked at the work of Alberto Baraya, Herbario de Plantas artificiales (Herbarium de Artificial Plants) (2001-present) and Maria Thereza Alves, This is not an Apricot, (2009) creating their own collages of animals and developing names as far fetched as the 'Cameley-elephant' and the 'Birdacasaurus' for each new creature.

After lunch the group looked at mapping their own environment and describing their own journey to Gasworks, creating a sculptural representation of the journey in response to Jimmie Durham's Black Walnut (2005). The group then came together to reveal their different interpretations and discuss  how they had come to have such different responses.  

Tuesday 19 May 2009

In this second workshop to look at the exhibition, families  were inspired by its' consideration of  botanical classification and how fauna and landscapes have been renamed and dislocated. Looking at Antonio Caro’s billboard outside the gallery, the families worked together to make their own giant wall drawing. By using an overhead projector and tracing the shadow outlines of flowers and plants, the drawings exaggerated the scale of the flowers and changed their relationship to the immediate environment. At the same time, the families also worked together to produce a similar drawing using vinyl but taking the outlines from shop bought fake flowers.

The families then looked at residency artist Gabriel Sierra's work, and in particular his ongoing series called Parafunctional objects and structures. Each family adapted plastic drinks bottles using coloured tapes and used photocopied images of plants and flowers to colour and add to the taped up bottles. The finished pieces were then taken into the gallery space and displayed alongside the original works.

“I was happy with the way I learnt new ideas and worked with my family