Festive Folklore Puppet Making Workshop

Puppet making workshop exploring alternative characters of Christmas. 
Learn how to make and fully decorate a ‘jumping jack’ puppet of a festive folkloric character of your choosing.
The workshops last three hours each. All materials provided and no artistic experience necessary.
We will spend a little time in the workshop briefly getting to know characters from different countries, such as Krampus (Austria), The Yule Lads (Iceland), and La Befana (Italy), before making the puppets.
Each workshop is a standalone session – you do not need to attend all three, unless you wish to. We will be making a jumping jack puppet in all three sessions. Each session costs £10.
Refreshments provided.

A Mental Spaghetti 2016, here’s to the future!

2016, despite its infamy as a problematic and troublesome year, brought us many positives and much pleasure in the form of large scale group exhibitions, our first ‘Spaghetti School’ residency at Free Space Gallery, and working with some of our favourite comrades on exciting new projects designed to spark debate and question closed answers.

We worked as part of the Roving Diagnostic Unit (see photo, right), for Bobby Baker’s Daily Life Ltd., which saw us carrying out performances and workshops at the William Morris Gallery, Vestry House Museum and the Wellcome collection, for the Diagnosing Diagnosis symposium to accompany their latest exhibition, ‘Bedlam’. The workshops were designed to make people think about diagnosis and what it means. Our workshop, A Diagnostic Portrait of…, had participants team up to draw large scale portraits of their patients (objects in situ at Vestry House) using only character descriptors.

Our own exhibition output last year was bumper – we had a large group show to kick things off at Menier Gallery, followed by two more exhibitions in London, co-curated with The Dragon Café and Uncooked Cultures, plus a co-curated exhibition with AIMS, at the Oxford Museum and Town Hall Gallery. Over 20o artists were promoted through these exhibitions, with many of them selling work and gaining further professional exhibitions through the exposure of our shows. To date, (since 2011), we have reached an audience of over 10,000 online, shown the work of over 200 artists to a physical audience of 1,000+, and worked closely with 10 artists to mentor and support their practice.

Workshops have covered printmaking, sculpture, collage, alternative ways of drawing, and a collaboration with artist and photographer, Catriona Gray, to deliver a series of photographic mixed media workshops at Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town. The photos below show collage work, the process of lumen exposure photography, and the final outcome of combining the lumen technique with printmaking. All workshops are free, supported by the ever excellent Kentish Town Improvement Fund and Free Space Gallery. Extra support in the form of volunteers comes from Clean Break.

Collage work by Alexandra at Spaghetti School Lumen exposure photography Lumen photo exposure combined with printmaking

2017 – onwards!

First up, January 23, we have a printmaking workshop at The Dragon Café for Broken Grey Wires. If you already know the Dragon Café, you’ll know that spaces are limited, and you must be registered with them to take part. The workshop starts at 3pm.

Next, we are over the moon to be working with the young people of Snowsfield Adolescent Unit at the South London and Maudsley Hospital. Work to start in February, and while it is only open to residents at SLaM, we will report back with our artistic endeavours.

Spaghetti School will be starting again in March, and continuing in 5 week blocks throughout the year. Keep your eye on the blog for news to come!

We’ve got loads of new artists to update you with, so make sure you are following the blog and all good social media outlets (you know the ones, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to keep up to date with who’s doing what.

Finally, Happy New Year, everyone!

Review: Terence Wilde & Harrison Moore, ‘Shared Insight’

Screen printed t-shirt by Terence Wilde and Harrison Moore. More images and video, below.

Six months ago, artists Terence Wilde and Harrison Moore had never met. Harrison was, and still is, a third year Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins. Terence was, and still is, an established artist and art and textiles instructor at Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Six months later we have arrived at June. Terence and Harrison, together, have produced an impressive range of collaborative work, amassed many hours of filmed discussion and pushed personal boundaries to develop new approaches and methods of working.

Their meeting was the initiative of Outside In, who selected Terence and Harrison to work together on a four month residency, located at Free Space Gallery in Kentish Town, and Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross.

Together, the pair disseminated what it means to be artists working in contemporary London, arriving at their ultimate outcome by going on the creative journey itself. Their collaborative residency culminated in an two-floor exhibition at Free Space Gallery. The exhibition demonstrated their working methods, films, scripts, photographs, modified t-shirts and artworks created during their four months together.

Back in January, prior to the residency, I met Terence at the Tate Modern to discuss an upcoming Mental Spaghetti exhibition he took part in. He’d just been given the news that he would be awarded the residency opportunity. It was a lot to digest, he was excited and apprehensive, worried whether he would live up to the opportunity, and work well with the other artist involved.

The next time I saw Terence, he had met Harrison, and discovered that not only did they get on well, but Harrison had much the same worries as Terence, in relation to their place in art, and how the residency, and working together, would go.

Being given this opportunity, offering great potential, to explore and create, knowing that at the same time it will expose more of who we are, would make anyone nervous. Adding to the mix, a collaboration with someone, who, at the point of entry, is a stranger, to lay everything bare and work together, both responsible for the outcome, is without a doubt daunting proposition.

That was the beauty of this collaboration – documenting and sharing feelings of of identity and sense of self that we all feel, but often think we don’t have the license to express. That we must only succeed and absolutely not show any misgivings about our process.

I found the confessional side of Terence and Harrison’s process so profound; the majority of their intimate discussions based on life experience, such as love, loss, mental states and identity, so accessible to all of us, as vulnerable as we are underneath, in comparison to the considered image of who we are, that we present on the outside. An armour of sorts.

Terence and Harrison had produced, quite organically, through their discussions and discovery of each other, soundbites, slogans and ideas that allowed a pointed insight to the human condition. It was entirely human – inquisitive, touching, indecisive, self-assured, self-doubting, playful and serious.

I hope to see more from Terence and Harrison, working together, although not physically together at the residency any more. They have a collaborative blog, which I hope they will keep updating, now that they have moved on to new projects. To see more of their work, please take a look at their websites: Terence Wilde & Harrison Moore.

Background to the residency

“In 2014 Outside In worked with the University of Chichester to pair an Outside In artist with an MA Fine Art student to see how they could learn from each other in both life and in artistic practice.
Such a fruitful relationship occurred that Outside In wanted to replicate it with other university students and Outside In artists. The Kentish Town Health Centre approached Outside In about the possibility of a residency, and Outside In then approached Central Saint Martins to be part of the collaboration.
Proposals were received from both current and alumni students from the Fine Art Department. Harrison and Terence have got on really well, worked across many new disciplines and have developed their own artistic practice and ways of thinking. It seems that both artists will be leaving the process in a better mind set, but also as friends.”
Outside In
Blog address: http://www.sharedinsite.wordpress.com