This Arts Council project will lead to the creation of an ambitious new artwork exploring Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and people’s experience of wellbeing today. The artwork will take the form of an interactive artwork containing sound and will be part displayed at Attenborough Art Centre during Mental Health Week 18th-24th May and Fearon Hall 8th - 14th June 2020. During the course of 6 months there will active research using materials, projection mapping, digital tech, sculpting and work using text and music boxes, workshops followed by 2 exhibtions.
This project is ground work in continuing my practise as a full time Artist and taking experience from many other projects considering past installations, concepts, research and how to involve others to make a fully insightful work around welbeing .
Inviting people to add something that relates to their own realities and questions. Working from a place that needs authenticity in a world that is so fragile.
James Chantry Tim Sayers Lydia Towsey Melissa Fletcher Elizabeth Jane Dyer
My studio practise has been taking place over the last two months - gathering ideas and designs for my structures, concepts and careful planning within my budget. I am about to purchase a scafolding podium as my base for building out from. But im looking at my budget before purchase as i want to hire other equipment and the designs in the sound experiance im not final on. It will get there.
Colaberations will develop the work futher with other artists i will be speaking to this month and i working with 4 local community groups in Leicester offering workshops and their own insite and visiting at Attenborough Arts Centre ''Art space'' with Tim Sayers , the Peepul Centre ''Lalu'' with Lydia Towsey and Two groups from Charnwood Arts ''Open Media'' and Arts Programme with James Chantry.
This is my 4th arts council project and 7 year working with a team from Silver Vine Arts/ Summer Art Trail. i am still working with the brilliant reliable and talented Melissa Fletcher - who is assisting with my web design, budget support and general one to one support major decions .
James Chantry i have worked with also for many years - exhibting together at Queen of Bragate Points of Departure (2016) and running workshops around Leicstershire. There are many cross overs with our work and practise. Earlie March we are on a work trip for his PHD- filming and recording in Knorfok in The Fens, a place we both know as children and feel we can discuss and explore the same thinking there. We will also be dropping in on the Music Box museum for future projects.
James Chantry, Silver Vine Arts at LCB Depot- Crass Event (2016)
'Post Cards from Europe' (pre- referendum)
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Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.