Incremental Urbanism Workshop - April 2013
This workshop forms part of the thesis of Pierre Devlin, Graduate Diploma Architecture, UCA
The ‘Incremental Urbanism Workshop’, held at Stour Valley Arts Gallery on 17th April, explored the themes and strategies investigated and deployed in the design thesis and was evaluated by members of Ashford Borough Council (including Mark Chaplin, the Principal urban designer of Ashford Borough Council) and members of SVA. A workshop/consultation meeting was set up which instigated a conversation and debate about how temporary spaces and strategies could catalyse urban activity and re-generation, how Stour Valley Arts wish to instigate change in Ashford, aid arts and culture in the town and how incremental urbanism could be an alternative to conventional master-planning.
In 2011, Australian artist Holly Story spent 8 weeks living and working in King’s Wood. Arriving in late summer, she missed the amazing springtime displays of bluebells but on frequent walks through the forest, she collected armfuls of spent bluebell stems from which she created a series of small woven objects: delicate containers describing an internal and an external space, though with a porous, organic membrane. Holly became fascinated by the dens precariously constructed by children playing in the forest and her weavings can be seen as responses to their ephemeral forms.
This exhibition brings together the woven objects and selected den photographs, revealing some of the artist’s and the children’s shared impulses to construct in the forest environment; and also sculptural forms made in canvas, wax and plant material inspired by King’s Wood and made in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Make Believe series # 6, 2011 Make Believe series: Coppice Den, 2011
Photos Nigel Green
Holly’s book about her residency at King’s Wood will be launched on May 17th.
Schools’ Arts and Culture Champions
Artswork is pleased to announce the 2013 Schools’ Arts and Culture Champions nominated as part of the South East Bridge schools engagement plan supported by the Department for Education.
“Stour Valley Arts is delighted to be working with John Wallis Academy and Godinton Primary schools in Ashford through the Cultural Champions programme. Both schools value the opportunities offered for enrichment for their students offered by cultural education and we hope to share this learning as widely as possible through these important partnerships. We are grateful to Artswork for making this possible” Lucy Medhurst, Head of Education & Learning, Stour Valley Arts
Stour Valley Arts Youth Forum
If you are aged 14 - 25 and are interested in art and would like to learn about opportunities for work experience with an arts organisation, free art workshops with professional artists, learning about arts education, learning about working in a gallery, applying for funding for projects you’d like to develop and devising and running workshops then please join our Youth Forum. Our Forum meet regularly at our Stour Valley Arts Gallery, Elwick Road, Ashford.
To get involved or to find out more please call 01227 664987 or email email@example.com