Join artist Leila Houston on 5th or 6th August in the development of an artwork ‘A Local Voice’ exploring the importance of conversation and interaction, and creating spaces to interact with.
No experience required, all communities welcome. Deadline 28 July 9am
Date: Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 August
Time: 1 - 3pm
There will be a short break with hot drinks and snacks provided.
Location: Two Queens Gallery 2, Queen St, LE1 1QW (downstairs project space)
- Introduction to the project and materials
- Interactive games and activities
- Open discussions and ideas exchange
- Collective sculpting of a large artwork from individual ideas and discussions
- Dialogue involving the future of the artwork and the selling / exhibiting process
Leila will be leading a project downstairs at Two Queens Gallery on 5 & 6 August, 1 - 3pm where she will set up several fun, creative scenarios and games at Two Queens Project Space. This will take place in a relaxed setting whilst making and creating individually and / or in groups.
By the end of the weekend, the space will be filled with interactions between each other, the space and the materials used.
These interactions will be recorded; echoes of thumps, crashes, steps and conversation will be later developed further by Leila collaborating with musicians and sound artists, culminating in a sound work and further installation pieces, responding to what has been made on the day.
Some of this collaborative artwork and the progression of her six month development will then be displayed during this year’s City Festival at LCB Depot on 26th August- Summer Art Thread as part of her ‘Austerity Today project’ (11am - 4pm) funded by Arts Council England . Summer Art Thread is part a Silver Vine Arts event and brings together the collective mix of Leicester’s creatives whilst in collaboration with national and international talent. On the day there will be arts and crafts stalls from (11am - 4pm), live music and spoken word provided by Myoptik (1pm - 11pm), art exhibited in light box and the back gallery and food (courtesy of Grays coffee shop & kitchen).
This project is part of Leila’s ongoing practice, which explores the importance of community and exchange in both art and our society at large.
Please send a short paragraph outlining what you would like from the experience and why you would like to be involved to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 July at 9am outlining if you can be involved in one or both days.
For more information on Leila’s work, see her website at: http://leilahoustonart.weebly.com/
Photography and film will be recorded during these sessions. This is part of the concept of the work and cannot be altered.
Everyone involved is free to be open in discussion and to play with materials, however there has to be an agreement to try and show respect for opinions, backgrounds and experiences as well, as creative abilities different to your own.
FREE, booking essential, spaces limited, for ages 17+.
(All participants will have free entry to Summer Art Thread events at LCB Depot on 26th August 2017)
Last week i was invited to speak on the radio-Londo (listen here) to discuss life in Leicester & my current project, along side Street Artist Anna Laurini.
Last week Jude Cowan Montague in London invited me onto radio station Resonance as part of the NEWS AGENTS program to discuss life in Leicester and my current project, alongside street artist Anna Laurini.
(I appear 01.24 - 09:07 )
Both Jude and Anna were brilliant. Anna is really interesting discussing a commitment to simplicity and focus in one area and her excitement for street art. Her work can be seen all over the streets of London and I can really see how her paintings stand out (painting see below).
Jude, also an artist (visual arts, writing, spoken word, musician), I met in Venice as we are both exhibiting at the Venice Biennale. In fact, 30 minutes after we met we went into a derelict building on the Lido and created a huge installation using found materials (see here) with a few other exhibiting artists. On the radio here she made my day by singing and playing the piano - a really quirky gorgeous set, loved it (listen from 12:36).
Looking at artists that are looking at ideas that I can relate to with my work (conceptually or use of materials - paper, disjointed & merged figures, projection and space, object and self, cold dead limbs and objects that match and vulnerability).
Brilliant show. Names of artists will follow soon (the gallery map was a little confusing)!
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.