Alongside Southwark Council, we have donated again to this year’s Elephant and Castle Community Fund so that a range of diverse community organisations are able to provide new projects and workshops for local residents. We are proud to fund a range of amazing organisations who provide everything from support work to skills- building and education projects in and around the local area. This blog series looks at what our 2017 Community Fund recipients plan to do with their grant with this third post looking at what Art in The Park has been up to this summer.
Source: Art in The Park
Art in The Park’s work in the community
This local charity was founded in 1996 by English poet and artist Kate Miller, devoted to enriching Londoners’ lives and surroundings through the visual arts. The organisation runs a collection of art, environmental and heritage-based projects, as well as education and training workshops at their studios in Burgess Park, with the aim of making art accessible to all. The team works with a range of ages in the community from children and young people in local schools to older residents, including those in local care homes.
Art in The Park was awarded just over £3000 by Lendlease and Southwark Council to support its Green Elephant Drawing Club for children and young people in the local area. Run in partnership with InSpire Youth Service, Art in The Park coordinated a series of six workshops run by their newest artist in residence, Florence Goodhand Tait whose work has been exhibited in local spaces such as the Camberwell on the Green exhibition and the Look Here Exhibition in the Copeland Gallery. These sessions were founded in celebration of the local area, and included visits to green spaces in Newington, Elephant Park, St Mary’s Churchyard, Nursery Row Park, and the Tibetan Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum. During the visits the team would discuss work by local artists who look to the local area for inspiration, such as Reuben Powell or Clara Pope’s illustrations of Walworth’s garden history. Participants were then supported to create work inspired by the artist and the environment around them. In the final session participants curated their own exhibition in the Art in the Park studios.
What’s next for Art in The Park?
Art in The Park’s Burgess Park studios always have an exciting line-up of events from pottery classes to art groups for older residents. For more information on what is happening at the studios, visit the website.
Source: Art in The Park
Watch this space for our next blog post in our 2017 Community Fund series.