A place to call home

Workshops by North East artists. We’ve all been spending more time at home recently, these family friendly creative workshops explore creative responses to home. Commissioned by SitC in response to the national lockdown.

Send us images of your creations for our Community Art Club Gallery! Send your makes to artcollection@durham.ac.uk.


Scroll down for workshops including:

EAT.MORE.ART with Katie Bell
Still Life in Lockdown with Paul Raymond

Common Thread with Melanie Kyles 
Creative Home with Sofia Barton
Rainbow Poetry Kit with Ian Horn
Design Your Perfect Home with Jo Stanness 
Claymation with Kirsty Childs

Text Demo with Isabella Carreras
How to tell a Story with Kirsten Luckins
Song writing with Bridie Jackson

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Common Thread Create with Melanie Kyles 
In these strange times, many of us have been spending more time in our homes, and our experiences are both personal and collective. As we slowly adapt to the pandemic, our homes have likely become a bigger part of our everyday lives, many of us working from home, taking up new skills, prioritising self-care or connecting more with those we care about. Not only is hand embroidery a brilliantly effective method of visual communication which has long been used to share stories and amplify voices, but it is also proven to help promote creativity, wellbeing and connectedness when done in a group. Although this workshop is now finished, you can take part in more of Melanie’s workshops online!
You can see some of the works created in our Community Art Club Gallery.

ABOUT Melanie Kyles is a contemporary embroidery artist based in Newcastle, UK. She works from her studio in Ampersand Inventions, creating distinguishable hand-embroidered pieces that stem from her own hand-drawn designs and writing. Current works include illustrated portraits of influential women, of those who lead, inspire and create. 
w. melaniekyles.co.uk   

Who can join in? Recommended for 11+, this workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, supervision is recommended for younger people who want to take part due to the use of sharp tools.  


EAT. MORE ART! With Katie Bell 
Multidisciplinary artist and workshop facilitator Katie Bell’s ‘isolation art recipe book’ is a downloadable PDF resource for accessible art making within the home. The booklet features activities spanning drawing, sound art, photography and sculpture using only ‘ingredients’ from the home, or more specifically, the kitchen! These activities are basic in nature but, with a little imagination, can encourage creatives of all ages to think in inventive and resourceful new ways, reaffirming the creative potential of our ‘mundane’ everyday residential spaces. Can a fork become a paint brush, a cheese grater an instrument? Could your kitchen become your new art studio?    

ABOUT Katie Bell is an artist based in Newcastle. Influenced by her work as an audio-visual technician, her practice centres on sculptural sound installation but extends to video, performance, drawing and sculpture. Collaboration and workshops are also essential mechanisms informing her making. 
w. curatorspace.com/artists/fb955254368264994?page=1 
Who can join in? The workshop is suitable for all ages. Young people should be helped by an adult. Family Favourite. 


How to download at home:  Click to enlarge or right click and save to download


Still Life in Lockdown with Paul Raymond 
Still life is one of the major genres of Western art and has been created by artists for centuries. These artworks usually depict a grouping of inanimate objects and have had a variety purposes and meanings over the years. Still Life works have been viewed as a celebration of material possessions & pleasures. They have been used by artists for formal experimentation. They have even acted as reminders of mortality – highlighting the fragility of life through the use of symbolism.  

The new lockdown restrictions in the time of COVID-19 have made many of us re-consider our relationship with the home. Our domestic settings and the objects we surround ourselves with may have developed new meanings and significance during this period. This online workshop guides & challenges you to create your own Still Life compositions using objects from your home.  

ABOUT Paul Raymond is an artist and art educator, originally from Durham, now based in Newcastle. 
w.thenewbridgeproject.com/portfolio/1594/ 
Who can join in? Recommended for 11+, this workshop is suitable for all abilities, younger people should be helped by an adult. 


How to download at home:   Click to enlarge or right click and save to download and create your own still life composition.


Creative Home with Sofia Barton 

Create your own artwork using these resources at home in a fun and imaginative way. These retro style drawing sheets can be decorated however you like. Watch the video below to see how different techniques can be used with everyday objects, including food dyes, flowers, ballpoint pens and coffee.  


ABOUT Sofia is a multidisciplinary BAME artist living in the North East. She has been artist in residence with Nasty Women UK and has exhibited at Spilt Milk Gallery, Dockside Gallery and For the Love of the North. Sophia has featured on BBC Newcastle and in the Evening Chronicle tackling issues about social enterprises, ethnic minorities and other issues facing female artists. 
w. sofiabarton.co.uk 

Who can join in? The workshop is suitable for all ages. Young people should be helped by an adult. Family Favourite. 


How to download at home: Click to enlarge or right click and save to download 


Rainbow Poetry Kit with Ian Horn  
Inspired by the current window art that has popped up all over the country and galvanised communities, Rainbow Haiku is a window space for writers to have their platform. This new tribe of Window Writers are the modern-day equivalent of plague diarist Samuel Pepys serving a deep need of the human condition to communicate. 

 
Haiku is an ancient form of poetry with meditative qualities, an ideal stress buster in uncertain times and will help in trying to make sense of how it is now. The format has 17 syllables which is usually no more than 3 lines and it’s a very accessible art form which appeals to every age group and does not require a lot of materials. 

ABOUT Ian Horn, ‘the footy poet’ was born in County Durham, and has performed at festivals throughout the UK and Europe, including the Edinburgh Festival, the Glastonbury Festival, Wychwood Festival, Hexham Book Festival, Tubingen Book Festival (Germany) and Lake Orta lit Fest in Italy, as well as at venues in France, Portugal, Holland, Ireland and Hungary. 
w. poetrystation.org.uk/poets/ian-horn  

Who can join in? The workshop is suitable for all ages. Young people should be helped by an adult. Family Favourite. 


How to download at home:  Click to enlarge or right click and save to download


Design Your Perfect Home with Jo Stanness 
We are currently spending more time than ever at home. But what would make that time more comfortable, more fun, more exciting? Would you bring your favourite outdoor activities indoors? Would you bring the weather indoors? Perhaps you might want to invite a giraffe for tea or to build a ladder to the moon? If you could design your own perfect home, what would it be like? Using paper, scissors, glue and photographs of real architecture, you can become an amazing architect. 

 
ABOUT Jo Stanness takes inspiration from architecture and music. Jo often uses the brutalist and modernist architecture of the North-East as a central element in her work.  
w. 
@jo_stanness
Who can join in? The workshop is suitable for all ages. Young people should be helped by an adult. Family Favourite. 


How to download at home: Click to enlarge or right click and save download


Make your own Claymation with Kirsty Childs 
Kirsty Childs has created a how to guide to accompany her short film, INCIDENTAL. Three new short films – Supermarket, Haircut and Chicken – created during lockdown. Artist Kirsty Childs has been learning how to create animations in lockdown and these films are based on her experience of living life through the pandemic. By offering insights of her experiences, she hopes people can relate to the work and invites viewers to share stories on social media through their artwork as part of the project using #DurhamSitC 

You can view Kirsty’s claymation film in our short film programme. 

ABOUT Kirsty Childs is an artist based in the North East of England. Since graduating from Teesside University in 2016 she has undertaken two residencies and has been awarded a number of artist bursaries. Kirsty has taken part in exhibitions and events such as Festival of Thrift and Art Walk Wakefield. Most recently she has been working with a group of young people in New York State and created a film and sculpture installation as an accumulation of the project. 
@KirstyChi 

Who can join in? The workshop is suitable for all ages. Young people should be helped by an adult. Family Favourite.


How to download at home: Click to enlarge or right click and save to download


How to tell your story with Kirsten Luckins
Kirsten Luckins has created these virtual workshops which explore storytelling, performance and how to use a stage. 

ABOUT Kirsten is a poet, performer, and spoken word theatre-maker based on the north-east coast of England. Her creative practise is eclectic, multi-artform and collaborative, with an emphasis on compassion and playfulness. Kirsten is currently working with film-maker Laura Degnan to deliver an Arts Council England-funded education project, Celebrating Change, centred on digital storytelling. The duo have previously collaborated on film-poems ImpermanenceLove Is Waiting To Come Through You, and Imelda Says
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kirstenluckins.com


Who can join in? Recommended for 11+, this workshop is suitable for all abilities, younger people should be helped by an adult.


Text Demo with Isabella Carreras
Text Demo, created by artist Isabella Carreras, explores language and female role models. By exploring artist Sue Tompkins practice, creating collage to make work that can be read, looked at or performed. 

 
ABOUT Isabella works as a visual artist and producer of socially engaged art projects (art projects that are collaborative and involve people and communities). She is currently based in Sheffield and works at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art as a Freelance Artist. Her practice clashes archive and museum collection research with impulsive or unusual materials and processes to make new and exciting activity-centred installation, costume, sculpture, painting etc. 
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isabellacarreras.com


Who can join in? Recommended for 11+, this workshop is suitable for all abilities, younger people should be helped by an adult.


Songwriting with Bridie Jackson
Bridie Jackson explores the basics of music theory and writing lyrics in this 3-part workshop. 
 
ABOUT Bridie is a musician based in the North-East, well known within the region and beyond for her work as a performer and composer, having written music for a range of organisations, including Streetwise Opera, Curious Monkey Theatre Company and Sage Gateshead.  
w. bridiejackson.com


Who can join in? Recommended for 11+, this workshop is suitable for all abilities, younger people should be helped by an adult.