stepping stones creative presents:
Perceptions of ‘Time’ and ‘Space’
Screenprints and text created by individuals with learning difficulties
“We are always in a box shape all the time. I feel as if I am in a never ending cube. It makes me feel trapped. i want to reach the top to get over it. I do not like the feeling of being trapped. I handle it. To learn I have to be in a place where I can write , etc. I want a place where there is air and open space.” – Billy
‘Time’ and ‘Space’
In collaboration with Steppingstones Creative, pupils with learning difficulties from The Dunham Trust have been influenced by the work of the conceptual artist, Lawrence Weiner. Weiner’s art is founded on the concept of text being non-subjective, generalised and transferrable. Pupils have used this concept to demonstrate how they perceive ‘time’ and ‘space’ within AcreHall Primary School and Lime Tree Primary School.
Lawrence Weiner is regarded as a leading conceptual artist with his use of words as sculptures, which can be transferred to any location. Often his sculptures are generalised statements wrapped in graphics. An example is when Bell Utilities commissioned him to make a piece on the theme of artificial light, recognising that natural light in New York was no longer existent in the evening due to street lights and people could no longer use natural light (stars) to navigate their way around. He constructed pathways of manhole covers, placing the statement ‘this one and the next’ on each manhole cover.
In addition to being introduced to Lawrence Weiner and his practice, the young people were encouraged to construct their own perception of ‘time’ and ‘space’, by exploring their own environment. In this case their school space was explored through drawing and discussion.
The young people were then asked to construct their own statements, which were generalised, non-subjective and transferrable, demonstrating their perception of an aspect of ‘time’ and ‘space’ in their school.
A workshop delivered by Sally Gilford at Islington Mill, introduced the groups to the technique of screen printing, enabling the pupils to transfer their statements onto textiles.
As part of the process of developing language and reflection, the young people were encouraged to offer their own interpretation of their statement. Declaring their views and opinions on their educational location.
This brilliant and unusual work has been exhibited inside the Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University and now, here at Islington Mill.
Steppingstones Creative would like to thank INN8Vds and Islington Mill for their generous support of this project.
The young artists spent the day inside Islington Mill curating their statements for the exhibition opening the following day.