In September 2019 ActionSpace entered into the second iteration of a successful partnership with Camden Art Centre, supporting an ActionSpace artist to work alongside two other contemporary visual artists delivering art workshops for the Centre’s SEN Schools Programme. ActionSpace artist Evan Bond was selected to be a co-workshop leader alongside artists Natalie Zervou-Kerruish and Lydia CS.
During the Covid-19 pandemic the three workshop leaders have continued to work together via video call to share artworks and develop ideas for the programme.
Geamma Wright, who is Head of Education at Camden Art Centre details how the artists have been developing the programme over the last few months.
“On 17 March 2020 Camden Art Centre closed its building, and as such paused all of our learning and engagement activity. We were keen to consider how we worked with our artists and audiences in different ways during this time but were faced with the barrier of making these new virtual spaces accessible.
Since September 2019 we have been working with ActionSpace artist Evan Bond on our SEN Schools Programme, alongside artists Lydia CS and Natalie Zervou-Kerruish. We wanted to keep this connection and continue to work together during lockdown. From April we instigated weekly zoom meetings with the artists, which have become a focus for research, reflection and making new works.
Over the weeks the artists have agreed themes for their meetings such as gesture, symbolism, nostalgia and translation. These themes use their practice as a starting point and the connections between them as a team. They have created new works to share, discuss and reflect upon. We now see that this time has afforded us the opportunity to pause, connect and review, and the work that the artists have been sharing will form part of the SEN Schools Programme when it returns in autumn.”
View Evan’s photo blog of working on the SEN School’s Programme here.
Images: Artwork by Evan Bond and screen shots of the team working via video call.