These Even Better Together Saturday sessions, led by artist Abigail Hunt, engaged participants in a collaborative and materially-driven exploration of physical space.
In week one of the workshops families freely responded to space through a considered set of materials, focusing on the process of making rather than producing a finished ‘piece’.
Taking inspiration from Eric Baudelaire Hunt inverted the concept of ‘27 years without images’, presenting participants with an overabundance of photocopied and dis-attached magazine images and photographs with which to create live collages directly onto the surfaces of the space around them. This idea and the manipulation of images were also explored through play with mirrored and transparent colored acetates, as well as light, shadow, and projection.
In the second series of workshops families explored awkward or overlooked spaces within Gasworks and the ways in which we can creatively activate them. In this workshop, Hunt drew inspiration from residency artist Minae Kim, who creates site-specific structures and spatial installations, which intervene in found spaces within urban and architectural environments.
After identifying and marking specific spots in the gallery that typically go unnoticed, participants collaboratively produced small structural forms. They then inserted the sculptures into one of their highlighted awkward spaces, considering both the ways in which the sculptures activated their particular sites and the impact the space had on the sculptures. Once physically situated, the sculptures continued to grow and evolve, drawing increased attention to those small architectural sites often overlooked.