Lucy Burscough

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Digging for On Site Art Materials and Processing Whitworth Art Gallery Clay!

In Gallery/Museum Projects on 12/06/2013 at 20:09

In the heart of Manchester’s university quarter, the Whitworth Art Gallery is in the process of being transformed into a bigger, better and more beautiful cultural space for the 21st Century. It’s a really exciting redevelopment and extension of the city’s much loved institution which will be completed in the summer of 2014. The build is focused on creating an energy efficient, green building and embraces the University’s Green Pledge towards an ethos of embedded sustainability.  You can read all about it and see some behind the scenes photos here.

Of course, when a building is extended a lot of digging has to be done and that results in a happy byproduct: the uncovering of literally tonnes of very low impact, locally sourced, low carbon footprint, super clay! The Whitworth’s Learning and Engagement team have decided to not let this on-site resource go to waste and so plan to develop workshops with myself and a team of young entrepreneurs from Manchester Academy’s ‘Fresh Made Trade’ that use the clay to create products for selling in the gallery shop. What a great idea!

Lucy Burscough, Mark Slator & clay

Me and ISG’s Mark Slator, during a tour of the exciting new build. Mark is holding a lump of the freshly dug unprocessed clay.

The first stage of this project is to process the clay to a point that is is suitable for doing some test firings. As at this stage the amount of clay I’m processing is so small I didn’t use any specialist equipment. I have one of those houses that if you look for long enough, you’ll find what you need!

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Can’t wait for stage two when we’ll get to see what happens when we fire some test pieces!

Printing, Making and Decorating Bags at The Gallery of Costume

In Arts for Health, Community Arts, Gallery/Museum Projects on 12/06/2013 at 15:10

Spring saw me working with a group of older people from Rusholme at the Gallery of Costume to help them make their own unique shopping bags. Continuing on from the block printing workshop I’ve written about previously, in sessions two and three of the project we created digitally printed collages and felt and fabric embellishments for our bags. Here’s a slide show of how it went:

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‘Reflections’ at Blessed Thomas Holford School, Altrincham

In School Projects on 12/06/2013 at 13:54

I was recently invited to work with a group of sixth form students from Blessed Thomas Holford School in Altrincham. The theme of the project was ‘Reflection’ and the we approached it by looking at portraiture. The group was a very small and talented cohort of just three students so we had plenty of time to look closely at the background to some of my pieces together with the work some of my favourite portrait painters before embarking on creating our own large scale portraits.

The students played with their own reflections and contemplated what the fragmenting and distorting of a subjects’s reflection might covey when it is translated into a painting.

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The students cropped and digitally manipulated their images before learning how to use the grid technique to scale up their images onto large canvases. The group spent a lot of time and effort into making their paintings and that showed in the finished pieces. The results were really powerful images and successful works of art. They were given the prestige and applause they deserved when the paintings went on to be shown at the Local Creation Gallery in Altrincham.

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It was great fun and a pleasure to work with the staff and students at Blessed Thomas Holford School. Good luck with your ongoing studies and creative futures!

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