Celebrating Hamworthy – Spring 2021

Celebrating Hamworthy was part of COIN: Celebrating the old, inspiring the new.
CoCreate were commissioned by The Powerhouse Poole to develop a community artwork as part of a wider gallery exhibition at Lighthouse Poole from local artists.

I enjoyed the mindfulness of slowing down and taking the time to explore my local environment in a more observed and sensory way

CoCreate developed the project through lockdown, working with local residents in Poole and Hamworthy. We created consultation space, were we met online with people who had stories to share about place, people, environment and history. Through these conversations we developed the idea of working with tiles, celebrating the area’s rich connections to pottery and Carter Tiles.

…memories of my childhood, walking to the old Hamworthy primary school with my mum, and shouting through the arches and listening to the echo..

Working within the constraints of lockdown, and differences in digital access, we sent out packages of arts materials, and offered ways to engage through a regular online workshop, or instruction sheets for people participating by post only.

Our approach focused on working with different creative techniques, and celebrating the local area. Each session or task involved using memories, or experiences of place to inspire the work. Our community artists worked on concertina books, and at the end of the sessions were invited to select ‘squares’ for the exhibition.

My eyes were once again opened to everything around us, seeking things to sketch, sharing experiences with those on the project and at home. I found a real love for drawing that I hadn’t acknowledged before and it has left me itching for more!

The selected work was then printed onto ceramic tiles, and mounted for installation, along with a selection of the original artwork revealing the process.

The result is a beautiful, and unique set of tiles, each very different, but all sharing common themes of place.

Anna Shiels – Rosemary Edwards – Gemma Alldred
Abbie Balachandran – Alix Digby-West – Aimee Dunkley – Alisa Ede – Tracy Hayman
Rachel Huggett – Kelly Jordan – Maureen La Frenais – Jane Thomas – Donna Tuzul

I chose Mackerel because of my history as a child and a youth, fishing and cockling with my dad. It is a tribute to him and our memories together.

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