Street Matters is an off-site project organised by Gasworks led by Barby Asante with pupils of Archbishop Tenison's School, Vauxhall, which examines ideas and issues relating to urban regeneration, as well as a series of artists’ interventions in and around Vauxhall and Oval.
The aims of the project are to give students the opportunity to experience contemporary art through contact with a professional contemporary artist; to experience hers and other artists’ practices and see examples of their work, and to give experience of working with a professional artist and web-designer as well as experiencing the use of computer technology in making art and image making.
The intention of the Street Matters project is for the students to explore and represent the Vauxhall area through personal discoveries made from a series of walking tours. The project will begin with a talk by Barby Asante about her practice as an artist and about other contemporary practices. Walking tours of Vauxhall will then be conducted with the aim of encouraging the students to look closely at their surroundings, to seek out interesting elements and details about their everyday environment, sourcing materials; including images, writing, drawing, sound and moving image clips; from which the resulting screensavers will be made.
Barby Asante has worked in this way previously with tours for her 2002 exhibition Journey into the East, The Showroom Gallery, London; and also with other artists in Journey into the Suburbs, Live Art Development Agency/Artsadmin/Newark Network, 2002. Both projects took the participants on a journey first to the East End of London (to explore and to have tea) and then on to the outskirts of London as a source for artistic inspiration.
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Street Matters is part of Artfull managed by Engage on behalf of the DFES