PROJECTS : tiles 2020–2021
Good Stuff in St Leonards is a programme of creative activites and events led by local residents and facilitated by arts charity Home Live Art.
In March 2021, it organised Painting The Prom, a community-led project to decorate a stretch of 17 'suntrap' booths on the lower promenade of St Leonard's seafront, with murals designed by local residents based on the theme of 'daydreaming'.
Artwork was commissioned from four local community organisations and a competition was held in local primary schools. In addition there was a public call-out for local artists to submit designs for nine of the booths.
Alhambra was chosen from 161 artists' submissions and painted during May and June. The design was based on a wall mosaic in the Alhambra Palace, Grenada.
The Observer Building is an old printworks in the centre of Hastings. It is now being renovated by a 'locally-rooted social enterprise developer' White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures Ltd, to create rent-capped homes and workspace, and affordable space for learning, leisure and community action.
In summer 2020, I was invited by WRNV to explore and make an artistic response to some floor tiles located in the basement of the cavernous building.
The building was about to become a restricted building site, so I created a memory of the tiled areas by making several rubbings with crayon onto canvas and paper. These rubbings will form the basis of a series of paintings, drawings and hangings.
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