IN THIS PLACE… brought together local residents, artists and communities through a programme of creative workshops, pop-up events and socially engaged artist commissions in Hove, East Sussex.
Working through photography based enquiries, local residents were invited to explore ways of seeing the everyday differently. Pulling focus on what makes this neighbourhood distinct and celebratory, the project explores local histories, lived experiences and aspirations gathered through the process.
An exhibition took place in autumn 2023 in the form of a public realm trail from Hove Gardens along Conway Street through to Conway Court.
Outside the Vallance Community Centre, co-created artwork from the series of 10 workshops were presented on temporary display.
At Dyson Gymnastic Club, resident artist Sarah Hibbert’s large-scale photographs were installed in the windows of the new Hove Gardens building on Conway Street as well as at the club’s entry gate.
At Industrial House, APEC studio artist Lindsey Smith created a unique set of encounters with the building's diverse and eclectic resident businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Images were presented in the building’s windows making what happens inside, visible on the outside.
Outside The Salvation Army, artwork by artist Elizabeth Doak was presented following workshops with groups that meet on Tuesdays and Fridays.
On the railings of Decon Laboratories was a mix of artwork co-created during workshops and pop-up events.
Activities for all ages included photo walks, pop-up portrait studios, photo zine-making, 3D collage, family archives, drawing and much more.
Sara Hibbert was selected for the Artist in Residence commission at Dyson Gymnastics Club: a family-run club that serves many young people in the heart of the Clarendon area of Hove, East Sussex. As a socially engaged visual artist, Sara immersed herself within the local community of members and staff, photographing the gymnasium space using slide film, capturing the gymnasts digitally, scanning drawings made by gymnasts of all ages, as well as collaborating with coaches to re-stage significant gestures of support during training.
Lindsey Smith was invited to make new work from within Industrial House, Hove. The artist spent time visiting the incredible and varied businesses and studios based in Industrial House, using hand gestures and the ‘tools of their trades’ as a starting point to capture the energy and innovation flourishing inside the building. From cutlery to cosmetics, cakes to crafts, Lindsey created a series of playful and performative images in collaboration with the people at the heart of this creative hub.
IN THIS PLACE... was commissioned by Ginkgo Projects.
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Image © Sara Hibbert