19 May – 30 June, 2021
Opening time: 11-2 (WED, THUR, FRI) 11 – 3 (SAT)
Starting with a series of podcasts recorded in a Somerset Care home and with elder residents in Yeovil, the Together We Are Stronger project has unfolded to other groups in the community, with a programme of activities throughout October 2020 – March 2021. The exhibition is now open to share with the public the creative responses that have been collected and accumulated over the last 6 months, capturing the stories about resilience, bravery and kindness across generations in Yeovil.
Twelve members of the Yeovil Creatives artists answered a call to make and contribute a piece of work in response to the theme of ‘Resilience’. All artworks will be donated to the Somerset Care home where the podcasts were recorded. Artists: Stéphanie Max, Rhiannon Cross, Jess Egan, Samantha Hann, Dale Perrett, Elizabeth Caires, Grażyna Wikierska, Lucy Hawkins, Joanna Martin, Natasha Rand, Hannah Bottomley and Julian Bird.
Creation Generation Young Creatives
Led by Natasha Rand, 16 young people aged 7 -13 from Creation Generation art club attended 3 weekly creative workshop on Sunday mornings. The workshop encouraged the young creatives to explore old posters from the World War eras, devising themes on how the country was inspired to be stronger which were then developed by listening to the podcast stories. Then parallel comparisons to the times we found ourselves in were made and, by using mixed media and collage techniques, visual response were created.
Working with educator Kara Bignell-Bird, a creative writing project was created and offered to local secondary schools and as an online learning activity. In addition, a creative writing workshop led by Kara took place on Saturday afternoons, via Zoom, to a group of young writers aged from 8 – 21. They discussed the narratives of the podcasts, and produced a variety of written responses. Some beautiful conversations were sparked and captured in the written pieces in the exhibition.
Yeovil College BTEC Students
Natasha Rand was invited by Yeovil College BTEC course leader Clarissa Ready to share the concept of the project. A LIVE brief was shared to invite the students to create their own graphic design work in response to the podcast.
Public Art Display
18 podcasts will be played at the exhibition space and Quedam sound system throughout the exhibition.
Listen to the podcast and about Together We Are Stronger >>>>>Together We Are Stronger
Artist Natasha Rand, Yeovil Art Space and Eastville Project would like to thank the following:
Jaine Thorne, staff and residents at Burnworthy House, Somerset Care
Zoe Li & Stephen Ives from Eastville Project
Jos Richardson from Somerset Libraries
Clarissa Ready from Yeovil College
Alice Edmonds from Love Yeovil
Quedam Shopping Centre
Young Creatives from Creation Generation art club
Gillian Taylor for marketing support
Kim Wide from Take A Part
The generous funding support from The National Lottery Community Fund & Somerset Community Foundation