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Art and Local History: create and explore with Islington Museum’s new class!

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Local History and Art Class – 12.30-15.30 at Islington Museum. 

Saturday 20th May 2017

Saturday 10th June 2017

Saturday 8th July 2017

Unearth amazing local stories, explore archival material and make art in our relaxed and friendly new classes.

Re-discover what makes this fascinating pocket of London so special, learn new skills and make friends over tea and cake.

No artistic experience is needed. These will be relaxed and informal sessions, with ample opportunities to make new friends from your local community. Sign up here.

These monthly classes are offered in partnership with the Local Initiatives Fund from Bunhill Ward.

If you have any questions please email rebecca.campbell-gay@islington.gov.uk or call Islington Museum on 020 7527 7988. 

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Family Days at Islington Museum: Art Now!

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Join us this Easter and be inspired by our current exhibition, Art Now, have fun and learn creative skills as a family.

Family Day: Beautiful Adornments

Friday 7th April, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Be inspired by the beautiful colours, textures and patterns used by pupils to adorn jewellery, portraits, frames and sculptures. Then experiment with different materials and techniques to create your own dazzling responses.

Family Day: Explore Textiles

Monday 10th April, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Explore the textile works, from fabric printed frames to felt and tie dye. Then experiment with different materials and techniques to create your own tactile responses.

All ages welcome, including under 5’s.  £3 per family.

Please book in advance at: rebecca.campbell-gay@islington.gov.uk

 

 

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Under 5’s at Islington Museum: Art Now!

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Under 5s workshops

  • Messy Play: a range of creative and messy crafts. Messy play is messy – bring a change of clothes! Under 5’s. £2 per child.

  •  Storytelling: join our interactive stories, explore historic objects and get creative! Under 5’s. £2 per child.

For more information please contact Rebecca Campbell-Gay at rebecca.campbell-gay@islington.gov.uk or 020 7527 2837

Messy Play: Art!

Thursday 6th April, 10- 11.30am, drop in.

Create your own sculptures, explore colour and texture and test different printing tools.

Storytelling: I’m an artist!

Tuesday 11th April, 10- 11.30am, stories at 10am and 10.40am (if enough people).

Come with us on an exciting sensory adventure to explore our exhibition, Art Now! Investigate the unusual materials, colours and techniques used, then experiment as a family to create your own artworks.

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Autumn Under 5’s at Islington Museum

Under 5s workshops

  • Messy Play: a range of creative and messy crafts. Messy play is messy – bring a change of clothes! Under 5’s. £2 per child.

  •  Storytelling: join our interactive stories, explore historic objects and get creative! Under 5’s. £2 per child.

For more information please contact Rebecca Campbell-Gay at rebecca.campbell-gay@islington.gov.uk or 020 7527 2837

15th  September 2016, 10am-11.30am
Messy play: Golden Autumn
Come and explore autumn in all its glorious colours. Decorate our giant collage tree, create your own sculpture with leaves and twigs, and get cosy in our den!

29th September 2016, 10am-11.30am 
Storytelling: The Great Fire of London
Stories at 10am and 10.40am

London is burning! Come and find out what went wrong, build your own mini Tudor London with Lego and make a clay pot to take home.

13th October 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Messy play: African textiles
Travel to another continent and learn how fabric is made. Then create your own patterns using centuries’ old techniques like tie-dyeing and block printing.

27th October 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Storytelling: Fighting Fires
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What does a day in the life of a firefighter looks like? Find out about these modern-day heroes who keep us safe as well as the animals that help them!

10th November 2016, 10am-11.30am
Messy play: Fire Fire!
Explore warm colours in our sensory containers, put out fake fires with glittery water, make your own fire engine to take home and much more!

24th November 2016, 10am-11.30am 
Storytelling: Bonfire Night
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Bonfires, bright lights and fireworks, but what is the story behind Bonfire Night? Come and take part in our interactive story to find out about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.

8th December 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Messy play: Frosty Wonderland
Get warm in our winter wonderland: play in our sensory messy containers, make your own Christmas cards and print your own giant wintery wallpaper.

22nd December 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Storytelling: Decorating Christmas
Stories at 10am and 10.40am
It’s that time of the year again and we are celebrating it with stories and crafts. Expect lots of tinsel, sparkles and fun!

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A Sense of Place: tactile book

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In 2015/16 Islington Museum partnered with Morelands Children’s Centre on ‘A Sense of Place’, kindly funded by Islington Giving Supporting Families Programme and the Bunhill Councillors.

Over 5 day long workshops we worked with local families from the King’s Square Estate.

Working with artist Sarah Pimenta, families drew and then screen printed images from the past and present of the buildings and spaces that are important to them. Sarah combined the screen prints into a tactile cloth book. This beautiful art piece celebrates the creativity of our local families and the things that make our local area special to us.

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See if you can spot the buildings where we live, work and have fun in!

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There are some archival images within the book, reflecting how our area has changed over time. Can you spot the horse bus that would have taken us from Angel in the past?

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Inspired by WWII embroidered postcards: Sarah Pimenta and Morelands Primary School

In 2016 artist Sarah Pimenta worked with teacher Louise Murtagh and Year 1 at Morelands Primary School on the exhibition Imagine Islington. Sarah supported Louise to design and deliver a 5 workshop programme for the classroom, inspired by the collection of embroidered postcards from the Second World War.

Sarah also worked alongside the pupils in their classroom to create her own new artwork inspired by the postcards and the pupils.

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Why we chose the embroidered postcards:

‘We chose the postcards to fit into a topic the class were already covering and also because of the story of Leonard & Margaret. We thought the idea that Margaret had kept the postcards from Leonard so safe for so many years was a lovely message about treasuring and valuing things given to us by people we love.

 The simple designs of the postcards depicting images from France and England was also an interesting point to start thinking about heritage and identity visually.

 We also thought the postcards would tie in with an upcoming topic our class would will be doing called ‘Hurrah for the holiday’s. We thought it would be interesting for the children to explore the idea of why people send postcards and who people choose to send those postcards to.’

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 Our artwork:

Year 1 created an installation piece inspired by Leonard’s postcards. The installation combine screen prints and a sculptural mobile.

Hung on the wooden frame were wooden postcards printed with the pupils’ designs exploring their cultural identity. The images referenced those on the postcards sent by Leonard.

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Alongside the mobile were three screen printed artworks. Sarah worked with the pupils to create these screen prints from their drawings. Sarah cut out the pupils’ drawings to create stencils, which she then composed on the screen. The pupils screen printed these stencils onto a fabric background. Once dry, Sarah added a different colour wash, chosen by the pupils, to the three works. The final collaborative artwork expresses the vibrant cultural backgrounds of the class.

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Sarah worked alongside the pupils to create her own artwork inspired by the embroidered postcards. She explored her own cultural links to Goa and Kenya. She collected objects from both countries, including images, postcards, stamps, adverts and even shopping bags.

‘I decided to focus on print methods that I don’t normally use in my practise, I chose to do lino cutting as I thought it was a technique which was better suited to working within a classroom setting. It awakened a love for lino printing that I hadn’t felt for a long time ( I first did it over 20 years before as an art student). As part of my own work, I printed my blocks in a Print studio on a professional press & had the chance to experiment a bit and learn some new processes including chine-collee which inspired me in my classroom delivery .  I learnt that despite being a printer there is always something new to learn & the importance of experimenting.  I am definitely going to continue to learn more and develop even more techniques! I’ve a feeling that it’s the beginning of a new creative journey, I definitely intend to continue with my experiments.’

 

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Dad’s Flamingo

Sarah’s dad when living in Nairobi, was given a flamengo as a pet by one of his students. Sarah referenced this unusual pet in a lino and chine-collee print inspired by her cultural heritage. The pose of the flamengo is taken from her father’s photograph, while the background text is from a piece of newsprint collected from Kenya.

‘I loved the idea of exploring the concept of cherishing something that had been sent by a loved one far away.  The story of postcards being sent between countries by loved ones is a theme from my own migrant history, messages flying across the worlds from Kenya in Africa & Goa in India to England –  some probably during the same time frame as when Leonard was sending cards to Margaret. I’m  pleased to have finally made some work which explores my heritage.

By some serendipity at the beginning of this project two people dear to me travelled to Kenya & Goa.  I explained the project to them & they both agreed to send me stuff from their travels; postcards, bits of fabric, scraps of paper, money etc which I could use a impetus for my artwork.   I decided to make some simple lino prints using imagery and ideas from this collection of well travelled inspiration with a view to gifting a print back to Lucy & Ruth to complete the cycle of giving & receiving.’

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Kenya Ruth uses chine-collee to incorporate the ephemeral brought back by Ruth from Kenya.

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Dahlia string, feathers and coins from Kenya are relief printed on to fabric, the dye from the string merging with the ink.

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Mirroring the techniques used by the pupils and referencing the visual language of the WWI postcards, Sarah combine layers of lino prints and chine-collee.

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What we thought about the project:

‘It was a pleasure to see the pupils responses to the artwork they had created themselves and see their enjoyment in the printmaking process which was their first attempt at this type of arts activity.  They were also very receptive to my work & were full of questions!’

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‘I learned that it is possible to use a historical object and turn it into a really interesting art project. I liked the idea of making it personal for the children so they felt connected to their work and could see the importance of why Margaret kept the postcards safe. The children enjoyed talking about their family and what they know of the countries in which their family live.

It was important not to limit the children’s interpretation of what our idea was important too. The outcome was not what I had imagined but the results were personal and have a story to them and so I think they are real works of art as they have so much thought in them.

Through observing Sarah, the children were able to see a range of ways to design and print work and also to see how a professional artist works and the amount of time and skill that is required. They could see the importance of thinking and improving your work.’

Louise

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Inspired by 53 Cross Street: Ella Medley-Whitfield and Montem Primary School

In 2016 artist Ella Medley-Whitfield worked with teacher Ed and Year 1 at Montem School on the exhibition Imagine Islington. Ella supported Ed Musgrave to design and deliver a 5 workshop programme for the classroom, inspired by the collection from 53 Cross Street.

Ella also worked alongside the pupils in their classroom to create her own new artwork inspired by 53 Cross Street and the class.

Why we chose 53 Cross Street:

‘I am drawn to objects or remnants left behind that can tell a story or have a narrative. I realised that these objects would be food for children’s imagination, they understood the historical aspects and were able to think imaginatively about how the objects had arrived at the house and the museum and who they had once belonged to. All three objects were things that had once been worn by a person and the fact that the shoes had come from the Victorian times gave the children a real historical idea about how long ago this was. This aspect fitted into the curriculum as the group had previously done some work on Victorian times and had some background knowledge for us to develop.

 The objects inspired many art ideas for me and the group as it was easily transferable to look at lost objects in the children’s school situation, it is a Victorian school so lent itself well to thinking about the schools history and things at school we could preserve. We particularly looked at the school’s lost property, which I think was a very successful approach as it made the children think about things they overlook everyday.’

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Our artwork:

Ella collaborated with the pupils to create the Museum of Lost Objects, an installation piece.

The installation contained sculptures of lost objects created by the pupils, and installed on an old school display board. These were presented alongside a framed installation of object labels, that identified the sculptures. Referencing the unique history of the Cross Street artefacts, pupils’ lost objects are similarly elevated to museum pieces.

‘I view my practice as relational and socially engaged, I work with people to collect stories and accounts. I believe it is my responsibility as an artist to retell these stories or accounts creatively for an audience. For this project I was concerned with collecting stories and information from the children. I devised a museum of lost objects, the students recreated in clay objects that they had either lost or misplaced that they really miss. By remaking these objects, they were preserving the memory, so it almost became an object graveyard. I used these clay pieces to incorporate old lost objects taken from the school, taking ownership over the way they were presented and narrated for an audience.’

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Alongside the Museum of Lost Objects  is a sculptural installation. Pupils created plaster of paris bricks. Peaking out from inside the bricks are found objects, which pupils salvaged from their playground. Lost property has been cast in to the fabric of the bricks, hidden from view but preserved for prosperity, again referencing the history of the Cross Street collection. The bricks are presented within a perspex box.

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What we thought about the project:

‘Each week, Ella used different artistic media for the children to use and respond to the artefacts, they created some fantastic artwork which encompassed skills of sculpture, drawing and painting. Resources including plaster, sculpting wire and photography were used effectively and were well above the calibre of normal art materials the children use at school.

Having a full-time artist in class exposed children to the idea of pursuing a career in Art in the future.

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‘I have worked with objects for many years and really enjoyed this experience to develop my practice with objects. I had never worked with objects taken from a museums collection. It made me think about the historical context of the object more and made me feel more responsible to responding to this object correctly as I didn’t want to get my facts wrong. I also really enjoyed the process of devising creative interactive and educational activities around a single object, this was a challenge but a very positive challenge with many avenues to explore.’

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Installations inspired by Joe Orton’s Book Covers: Ella Phillips and Vittoria Primary School

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In 2016 artist Ella Phillips worked with teacher Helen Roberts and Year 4 at Vittoria Primary School on the exhibition Imagine Islington. Ella supported Helen to design and deliver a 5 workshop programme for the classroom, inspired by the Joe Orton book covers held by Islington Museum.

Ella also worked alongside the pupils in their classroom to create her own new artwork inspired by the book covers and the pupils.

Why we chose the book covers:

‘As an artist, I often work digitally and found the materiality of the objects appealing.

I was interested in how different places invoke certain behaviours and how Orton & Halliwell chose to subvert this within the library space. I wanted to create a connection between their history and contemporary culture, through playing with the idea of ‘hacking as a method of cutting and technological subversion. What does changing an image or text with your own ideas, say about ownership and personal agency? Collage offered an effective way to explore this, with children of all abilities able to make impacting images quickly.

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 Our artwork:

Pupils created an installation, Library: Hacked:

Each student created ‘hacked’ text, book jacket covers and concertina books. These were put together alongside their ‘spliced portraits’ to create a topsy-turvy library.

Bringing together all of these elements, the class created a library installation with our own ridiculous rules to help you understand how to behave! Look around and you might see our spliced portraits, but nothing is as it seems in the ‘Library: Hacked’.

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Ella created While Reading 

This installation was composed of a hand carved book, created from a hacked library text with a video nestled inside. From the book was a pair of headphones playing a video. Sense and nonsense, everybody is welcome!

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A Sense of Place

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In 2015/16 Islington Museum partnered with Morelands Children’s Centre on ‘A Sense of Place’, kindly funded by Islington Giving Supporting Families Programme and the Bunhill Councillors.

Over 5 day long workshops we worked with local families from the King’s Square Estate. Families joined us at Islington Museum for an interactive storytelling session with Dani Bradstreet. In the storytelling sessions we explored our local buildings, transport networks and parks. We pretended to drive the tube, ride historic horse buses, visit local buildings and play in the park with our local guide, Finsbury the fox. There was lots of masking tape, colourful scarves, ‘rain,’ and music involved.

Families then looked at historic images of the local area. They were fascinated to see how the King’s Estate has changed. While many of our older participants were able to share lovely stories about their memories of the local area. We used these images as inspiration for our own drawings.

The adults then used cutting tools to turn the archival images and our drawings into stencils. While the children got messy with play dough, giant drawings, watercolour experiments and printing.

Our project artist Sarah Pimenta worked with families to do mark making on pieces of fabric using tools as varied as leaves, bricks, stamps and hand prints- a particular favourite with the babies!

 

Sarah then screen printed the stencils on top of the fabric. She was guided by our very enthusiastic helpers!

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The resulting printed have been turned into a fabric book telling the story of our local area through art and written memories. To see the beautiful screen prints in this tactile artwork follow this link.

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Sarah also took the artworks and re-interpreted them as a digitally printed map of the local area. This beautiful art piece celebrates the creativity of our local families and the things that make our local area special to us. A copy of the map will hang in both Islington Museum and Morelands Children Centre for our family audiences to enjoy.

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The exhibition of the artwork was opened on the 5th July 2016 by our artists and the Mayor of Islington. The private view was a success with everyone:

‘This is the best party ever!’

‘What a fabulous event, so wonderful that so many families came to the museum to celebrate our great project!’

‘Really fun, it was lovely to see all the work together and lovely to see everyone again and share memories.’ 

‘When I told the children this morning, they said, ‘mommy, mommy, let’s go now!”

‘It’s been lovely to come and see all the work, the food was great and nice to meet the Mayor, great she got involved with the kids.’ 

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