The New Art Gallery Walsall CreateSpace group worked with artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood. The workshops always took inspiration from the gallery and its collections, and included activities such as lino printing, fabric painting, clay sculpture and book binding. The final part of the workshop programme happened online, with the artist providing weekly tasks and the participants sharing their responses in an online group.
The first cohort of CreateSpace participants did workshops including landscape drawing, lino printing, fabric painting, writing and a behind the scenes tour of the gallery’s store. Next, we did paper cut outs, book binding, experimental drawing, and writing in response to the collection.
Our first participants are now part of a new group called ‘The Graduates’ who meet regularly at the gallery in the art library.
The second cohort of participants did workshops in clay sculpture, wire sculpture, book binding, layered drawing, window drawing and had a tours of current exhibitions.
The workshops online took the form of a weekly activity. They were designed to be carried out at home with minimal art materials and could be responded to however the participants chose. The activities still had a link to The New Art Gallery Walsall’s collection, often using an artwork as a starting point for a new activity. The activities included: paper weaving inspired by Nilupa Yasmin, frottage (rubbings) inspired by Max Ernst, text art inspired by David Shrigley, collage inspired by Dean Kelland and a sunset still life inspired by Jane Simpson.