July 2018 My Artist in Residence draws to a close at Hotham Primary School, Wandsworth. It has been a great journey working closely with every child in the school from Nursery to Year 6. Many of their projects have culminated in fantastic exhibitions, displays and performances.
Throughout June I have working hard with pupils from Gascoigne Primary in Barking and Dagenham to make 330 collages. We looked at collages created by DADA artists and used images of buildings from the area, both past and present. I worked to digitise their artworks and compile them a 8 panel long permanent artwork for their roof-top playground.This has now been printed onto Aluminium and has been installed.
April 2018 Artist in residence project at Hotham Primary in Putney continues with varied artworks by the children including the unearthing of Roman pots and a suitcase of WW11 letters from beneath the school.
Spring was sprung at Spring Rising Festival on Goose Green. I was commissioned to make a collaborative light piece working with young people at Albrighton Communuty Centre. This project was led by Emergency Exit Arts and Output Arts.
March 2018 I will be showing my new participatory artwork ‘Sorting’ at the London Creative Network Showcase March 22nd- 24th.
January 2018 Work on completing designs for Tideway hoarding commission for London’s super sewer is taking place after an intense period of public programmes with local people.
I am starting as artist-in-residence at Hotham Primary, Wandsworth, working with children to explore, experiment and find ways of integrating creativity into the curriculum.
October 2017 I have been commissioned by Tideway to create a 25m long hoarding for King Georges Park, Wandsworth with local residents creating kaleidoscopic collages of the park in miniature . I have been selected on the London Creative Network programme at Space studios to develop a new project.
September 2017 Work has started on a collaboration with a Medical Historian at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the National Survey of Health and Development for a series of visual art workshops for young people in year 12 and 13. The workshops will explore Britain’s longest running cohort studies which collects information about the health and life circumstances of its study members.
August 2017 It has been exciting and inspiring working on Clutter Bank for Planet B Festival in Peterborough. The project has included taking part in Peterborough’s fantastic Bizzy Boots Car Boot and a pop up shop at The Queensgate Centre. We asked the people of Peterborourgh to delve into their clutter drawers and to think about their relationship with objects. Planet B Festival explored sustainablilty and climate change.
June 2017 A busy month of art projects in schools creating paintings, prints, wire sculpture and paper shoes for Refugee . Work is gathering pace on Clutter Bank a project examining the things we own, for Planet B Festival, Peterborough.
May 2017 Installation at The Dalston Curve Garden of placards calling for urban green spaces to be valued and protected. This project is a part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival 2017. 20th May – 4th June. Wire sculpture project with a consortium of Enfield primary schools including CPD for teachers.
March 2017 March has been a period of research and development into themes around collecting and collections in museums, with the aim of producing a project at the forefront of best practice in Museums engagement and participation with The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, Hampshire. Developing a new project for The Dalston Curve Garden and Chelsea Fringe Festival around the idea of ‘The garden as a place of protest’. May 2017. Selected for Planet B Festival 2017 Peterborough Environment City Trust.
February 2017 I have been selected to take part in ‘Creative Interventions’ a project with The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant, Hampshire. This project is an opportunity to re-imagine the heritage collection and museum by developing a bespoke participatory visual arts project. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore collections and what they mean to us, and how they can be brought alive within the community and museum setting.
January 2017 The installation of ‘Winters Night’ shadow box continues at The Other Place, RSC until the end of the month. Enjoy a cup of tea at The Other Place in Stratford upon Avon , and sit underneath the shadow box and lanterns. Tracy & Hobbs are guest lecturers at University of East London speaking about their collaboration on participatory projects.
December 2016 Installation of shadow light box and lanterns at The Other Place Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon until the end of January 2017. Procession and lantern procession 3rd December to celebrate St Lucy’s day. Open studios Martello Street, London Fields. PV Friday 9th 6-9pm. Open weekend 1-7 Saturday, 1-4 Sunday.
November 2016 E8 Create is a collective of artists, designers and jewellery designers all making and creating in E8, London. Our first pop- up shop is launching on November 23rd 41 Broadway Market, Hackney. I will be selling a limited edition of lino prints. Come down! I am excited to be creating a wintery installation and lantern procession for Winter’s tale at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Statford Upon Avon with artist and long time friend, Julia Clarke.
October 2016 Working with primary school St Pauls and St Lukes and Bow Arts to create a series of banners for the school.
September 2016 After a summer off visiting Green Man Festival to make hip badges with the teens, I have been working with Year 2′s at Winns Primary , Walthamstow, making a spotty installation for their hall. I am looking forward to working with Bow Arts in Tower Hamlets primaries on a range of creative projects.
June 2016 The Bureau of the Unsaid installation can still be seen at The Dalston Curve Garden extended dates due to popularity.
Refugee Week will be celebrated at The British Museum with a special event called Moving stories. I will be making a welcome gateway with participants from refugee communities. The gateway will be covered with envelopes containing drawings and messages. 24th June 6pm-8.30pm and 25th June 11am-3pm.
I am pleased to be included in this years Bow Open at The Nunnery Gallery, Bow. 17 June – 28 August. Headwaters Vol I is one of a series of collages made using National Geographic magazines and encyclopedia’s.
May 2016 The Bureau of the Unsaid is a project which explores the language of flowers and is taking place at The Dalston Curve Garden as a part of Chelsea Fringe. A greenhouse at the garden will be filled with paper flowers, all with hidden meanings. Visitors will be able to make there own message laden flowers to give to friends and family.
I have been working with the Bloomsbury Festival to make a portable artwork for their outreach Festival in Box project. The results will be online soon. April 2016 Stebon Primary School Font project with Bow Arts now been installed and is now a permanent feature in the school hall. Children from the Bow Arts Poplar partnership consortium spent a three days completing an Arts Award making their own zines on subjects ranging from hairstyles to crazy patterns.
March 2016 Stebon Primary School Font project with Bow Arts is underway. Having worked with every child in the school from Reception to Year 6 an amazing collection of new fonts have been created. The artwork has now been collated and we are awaiting its return from the printers. The work will be displayed at Bow Arts Poplar Consortium celebration day before being installed at the school.
Tracy & Hobbs were invited to speak at Silent Signal Symposium, Derby University which explored collaboration between artists and scientist. Silent Signal is a project which enabled 6 artists working with animation to work with bio medical scientists, and their animations are now being exhibited at Quad, derby. We spoke about our ongoing collaboration with Prof. Malcolm Burrows and our projectWaterFolk. It was inspiring to hear about different approaches to collaborating and an over view of work in this field in the UK, and to meet a bunch of interesting people all working away on a host of different projects. We are currently working on a series of 1 minute films on some local beasts such as amazing Froghoppers.
January 2016 ‘Tracy & Hobbs’ will be taking part in the Silent Signal Symposium. In partnership with QUAD and the University of Derby, Animate Projects presents a symposium at the University of Derby to accompany the exhibition of Silent Signal at QUAD in February 2016.Taking Silent Signal as a departure point for a broader look at collaboration at the intersection of art, science and technology, the day will feature a keynote address by curator Hannah Redler, plus presentations from the Silent Signal collaborators, and panel discussions with those from the fields of both art and science. Tracy & Hobbs will discuss their collaboration with Zoologist Professor Malcom Burrows during Waterfolk.
December 2015 ‘The Whitton Small Press’ will present their collection of books made during their residency to the library on the 9th December 3.30-4.30pm. We are very pleased to announce that the children from Nelson Primary who took part in the Arts Award Discover project as a part of the residency all passed. The children’s work was deemed to be “innovative, wonderful work presented by the young people, and is a testament to the expert leadership of the advisor, who has ensured that the young people have access to stimulating activity and ample opportunity for reflection” Emily will be running a series of workshops with adults at the Dalston Curve garden for their Light Nights season Children at Park and Selwyn primaries in Tower Hamlets are completing their Arts Award work creating sculptural books.
November 2015 Tracy and Hobbs residency at Whitton Library takes place during November as a part of Arts Council England ‘Art in libraries’ funding with Richmond Literature Festival. The artists will be making books with local residents and exploring book making and artists books.
September 2015 Tracy and Hobbs are launching ‘The Whitton Small press’ artist in residence project this week with the first workshops with Nelson primary School.
July 2015 Tracy and Hobbs have been commissioned as artists-in-residence at Whitton Library, London Borough of Richmond as a part of The Arts Council ‘Grants for the arts Libraries fund’. Starting in September with workshops in Nelson primary School to achieve an Arts Award, the artists will set up ‘Whitton Small press’ to explore the library with the making of artist books and zines. Circuit takeover day at Kettles Yard took was run by members of The Foyer and members of the circuit programme at Kettles Yard and Wysing Arts centre. The young people shared their skills in animation and assisted other young people to take part in animating with light and projecting tatoos onto each other.
March 2015 Tracy & Hobbs will be working with young people from The Foyer in Cambridge on a drawing and animation project. The project has been commissioned by Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre as a part of Circuit, a four year project connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums. It is led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The project will be inspired by the work of Gaudier Brzeska and the ‘New Rhythmns’ exhibition taking place at Kettle’s Yard from 17th March – 21st June 2015.
February 2015 Half term workshops at The Dalston Curve Garden. Join Emily in exploring the habitats for birds and butterflies by making a bird pod or a butterfly cabinet. Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th 2-4pm Year 8 and 9 children from Bow School explored the theme of ‘respect and diversity’ with Emily using text and printmaking.
January 2015 Emily ran an INSET training session for 50 teachers at Marner Primary school, Poplar, to explore ways that creative projects can develop and inspire children’s learning. The session focussed on simple materials and techniques which encouraged teachers to develop their own ideas. ‘Mountains’.will be a series of Light boxes for Stebon Primary School. As a part of Bow Arts ‘Poplar Partnership Programme’ Emily is creating Lino cuts with year 4 children. Their final prints will be made into Vinyl transfer prints and mounted on light boxes as a permanent addition to the school.
December Poplar Print Club for gifted and talented children from 3 primary schools took place every week in the autumn with Bow Arts. The children explored printmaking and are working towards an Arts Award Explore accredited qualification. We have been looking at artists using printmaking and experimenting with Lino, Mono printing and junk printmaking collage. We are currently awaiting their Award results.
November 2014 Come and join us at Putney Town centre annual winter festival. The Lantern procession will start at 5.30 from Putney Library to St.mary’s church for the turning on of the lights. November FREE Lantern Making workshop 4.30pm-5.30pm Putney Library Make your own lantern and take part in the winter lantern procession. October Workshops are taking place in Smallwood Primary and Hotham Primary schools, Wandsworth for this years up coming winter lantern procession. This years theme is Zig zags! watch this space… September The Canal and Rivers Trust awarded Tracy&Hobbs ‘ Waterfolk’ Best Education and Learning project during their Living Waterways Awards in September 2014.