19 December 2013
Facilitated by Helena Lee
At the core of Making Conversation is the learning processes that we all go through, individually and as a group. During this session, we thought about what Making Conversation is to us, shared some of our ideas and artwork with the outside world and talked about the future.
To us, Making Conversation is:
Inspiration & new skills.
Great company, good friends.
A chance to sit & make things.
Smells like chocolate, Feels like velvet.
Ideas to take home.
Helps people enjoy the gallery, who might not otherwise.
Feels like a marshmallow.
Experiencing the exhibitions as a group.
Looking at art in new ways.
Helping new people get involved.
Talking about art.
A chocolate log. An indulgent luxury that I allow myself each month.
Laylah baked this beautiful chocolate log to share with all of us which was such a generous gesture to bring us together.
We invited Gallery staff and visitors to our Open Studio to showcase what we have been working on over the past year; including some of our artwork, this blog, videos, with Sumaira and Samiah doing live performances of creating clay sculptures.
We started thinking about the year ahead and how we could develop Making Conversation if the sky was the limit, if we could add/ expand/ change a few things or what key elements of the sessions we would keep if things stayed as they are. It would be great if we could:
- run more sessions, maybe twice a month, like catch up sessions to develop the artworks that we make
- have a permanent Making Conversation studio space to access at all times
- have really exciting, good quality materials to work with
- demonstrations of artistic techniques that we can see in the artworks on display
- meet artists like Grayson Perry - could he run a workshop?
- do trips out
- do drama performances
Whatever happens, we need to ensure that Making Conversation maintains:
- stimulating activities that keep the conversation going (chat is important!)
- enough time to spend both in the Gallery and in the Studio (it’s good to set homework to continue ideas at home)
- the Open Studio for us to show our work in progress
From April we can try:
- to start sessions with a show and tell of what people have been working on at home
- do gallery tours in smaller groups so that there is more time and space for conversation