This summer, The National Centre for Craft & Design has been a hub for design and making led by the award winning design practice, NEON (Mark Nixon and Viliina Koivisto) through their residency and retrospective exhibition, Fantastical Architecture, Art and Design. NEON: In the Studio.
NEON have been getting gallery visitors involved in a whole host of fun design orientated challenges and activities, including the opportunity to contribute to a new temporary artwork for Sleaford, which will go on display in Navigation Yard outside of The National Centre for Craft & Design next month.
To celebrate the launch of the artwork a block party event will take place in Navigation Yard on Saturday 6 October (12 – 3pm). The free event is open to everyone, with people encouraged to bring food to share (hot drinks provided), dance, party and take part in further creative activities against the backdrop of the finished work.
The idea behind the artwork has been to get people involved to help them understand and de-mystify the processes behind designing and making. Participants were asked to consider where the artwork could go, what it could look like, as well as being given the opportunity to design their own artworks and visualise Navigation Yard as a sculpture park.
NEON were fascinated by the National Centre of Craft and Design building’s prior use as a seed factory, and with this as their starting point they have invited visitors to the gallery to make a large number of fabric ‘cones’ inspired by the colours and structures of magnified seeds. These component pieces have been designed to work ‘en masse’ to create the final, collaborative piece of artwork that can be re-installed in Sleaford in years to come.
Lucy Lumb from The National Centre for Craft and Design commented
“NEON’s design practice focuses on utilising everyday materials in extraordinary ways and their approach to the new artwork for Sleaford has been no different. The finished artwork will be the result of engaging people with simple techniques, materials and processes. Although it will only be a temporary feature in the town, the artwork has been realised as something for people in the local area to take pride in, and we hope people will come along to the block party to join in the celebration.”
The project has been delivered in partnership with artsNK as part of the Ridges & Furrows Arts and Heritage Trail – where artists are commissioned to work in specific locations and with local communities to celebrate what makes places special.
Starting on Thursday 6 September, there are over 170 events across Lincolnshire which are spread over 8 days which will be Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 and Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September.
To find out more about what’s happening at these venues go to www.heritagelincolnshire.org. Alternatively, you can pick up a Lincolnshire Heritage Open days brochure in many venues across the county. You can also request a brochure by calling the NKDC tourism unit on 01529 308207.
Museum Supervisor, Angela Riley said:
To make ‘Gallantry in the Air’ particularly relevant to Lincolnshire, many of the aircrew that are featured were based in the County at some point during their Service careers. Regardless of origin or background, these heroic individuals were determined to serve their country in a time of war and some had to apply to do so on more than one occasion before they succeeded in becoming aircrew.
Many of the airmen, featured in the exhibition, gained the highest award for their valour with some of them paying the ultimate price. Regardless of their individual circumstances, they all shared at least one thing in common - their incredible acts of ‘Gallantry in the Air’.
This exhibition will remain open to the public until Sunday 24 March 2019. Admission is free.
‘Around 5 years ago, NEON began as a vehicle to deliver fantastical art, architecture and design projects that would elevate the everyday life of a place. For us, there is a sense of irony that we would present a retrospective of our practice in a gallery, given that most of our projects take art out of this space! That said; we are excited about this exhibition as it has allowed us to take stock of our accomplishments as a practice and consider what the next 5 years might look like’. NEON (Mark Nixon and Viliina Koivisto)
Commissioned by the Canal &River Trust as part of “The Ring” arts programme for the river festival in Worcester (June 2018), The Weorgoran Pavilion is showcased as a film piece for NCCD. Over 100,000 sequins that respond to the environment create a 'water like' appearance and shimmering spectacle.
Six sculptures inspired by the history of the village and stories that have emerged from community workshops will be sited on buildings in Waddington along the heritage trail. The series of sculptures is entitled ‘Emblems’ - as with emblems, each of the sculptures refers to something that is perhaps known about Waddington but is either unseen or hidden.
"Simon Grennan commented “We work all over the world and haven’t had a better welcome than in Waddington. In the process of making ‘Emblems’, people of all ages and life experiences contributed almost 500 drawings, showing significant and favourite aspects of their lives. Cited on the Heritage Trail, the new sculptures will create a link between past and present in the village.”
All of the artworks, as well as interesting facts and historical information about the village, are covered in a new Waddington Heritage Trail guide, which has been written by Ridges & Furrows project historian Dave Reeves. The guides will be available ready for a celebratory launch event taking place on Sunday 22 July.
The Waddington Trail forms part of the Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail, which extends from The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford to Whisby Nature Park, travelling along the Lincoln Edge and visiting numerous villages and places of interest along the way.
For more information about the Emblems artworks, Waddington Heritage Trail and the full Ridges & Furrows trail visit: www.ridgesandfurrowstrail.org or facebook.com/ridgesandfurrows
The Waddington Trail and Emblems are supported by funding from Arts Council Lottery and Heritage Lottery.
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