ELOQUENT NOISE: an exhibition of drawings by Alex McIntyre
Showing at: The Belgrade, Coventry 27 October – 2 November and The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe 5 – 11 November
‘Eloquent Noise’ is in association with ‘Soul Sister’, a new musical inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner which is currently touring in the UK.
Alex spent nine days observing and drawing the performers in rehearsals for ‘Soul Sister’ prior to their first run at the Hackney Empire in March 2012. Since then she has been working on a body of drawings and paintings using her original observations as reference points. She has sought to capture a sense of the performer’s energetic movements in space, and with each other, as they practiced and perfected their art.
The resulting drawings are made up of fluid lines and marks. Bordering on abstraction, the pieces reference the body, music, time and gesture. Alex is inspired by people and by their relationships to space and each other.
Digswell Arts Trust sponsors the exhibition.
Before our inset day I felt a bit nervous as to what the project may hold. We were soon made to feel comfortable by Alex and Martin. The question posed to us was “How can small changes provoke a cycle of engagement and interaction?” As a Reception team we began to think about our creative area and worked together to think of ways to engage the children further. As a team we had so many ideas. The project felt exciting and I left feeling inspired and wanted to start making changes straight away. My only question was: ‘would we have enough time to fully carry out the project?’
We were asked to think about a particular child in our setting who we could engage further through creative learning. We worked in pairs and used playdough to make a model representing our study child. I found myself watching our study child each week in the creative area as we carried out the changes we had discussed. This really made me think about how important our role is in supporting the children to achieve and understand their ideas, by questioning their thinking and posing the right questions. Our study child was communicating ideas by the end of the project.
I was lucky to have been in Nursery when Alex came in to work with us. It was a dark rainy day and there was a cozy atmosphere. The children went silent when Alex came in. The topic was senses, focussing on the sense “listening” for that particular week. Alex immediately captured the children’s attention by involving them in creating a thunderstorm using movements that made sounds. I think the children thought she was mad, but it totally worked! They were motivated! The children then began to draw the noises they had been making. For example one child made a rubbing sound by using the pen really hard on the paper and another child made a spikey sound by pushing their pen through the paper. Every child joined in and I couldn’t believe the Nursery children had sat for one whole hour and had produced some amazing mark making artwork. What a creative way of learning about the sense “listening”.
I was inspired by Alex’s work with the Nursery children and I began to think about different ways of engaging the children. One of the areas I particularly enjoy working in and setting up is the role play. I thought about ways I could engage the children further as they already loved playing in this area. As a team we also discussed ideas.
- The children now discuss ideas on what needs to be in the role play and what they want it to be. We display their ideas in speech bubbles.
- The children also decide on the layout by setting up the area. The children also clear away the area, when we are finished. They really enjoy putting things away around the school.
- They help to make the backdrops and the props for the role play in our creative area.
- One week the children bought in their own fruit and vegetables for our Green Grocers shop. We also used these for observational drawing and the children pained the fruit and vegetables onto a backdrop.
Overall the project has really given me the confidence to try out ideas new and old. It was fantastic how the team all came together. We also found the time to implement all of the changes we discussed in our creative area. We have been working on our art exhibition with our new intake of children, based on the book “Katie and the Dinosaurs”. I have really enjoyed watching the children, helping them to create their dinosaurs, and to try and understand their ideas. I watched a child filling a small box with orange pieces of plastic. “My dinosaur if full of electric” she said.`
HertsCreation’s Martin Heaney wrote an article on the future of collaborative practice published in the June edition of Arts Professional. In it he references an exhibition held by Alex McIntyre and Vicky Wilson following their residency with Brent Museum and Archives. The HertsCreation story began here following a networking evening for creative professionals.
Click on the link to read the article http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/Magazine/view.cfm?id=6286&amp;issue=252
Our Place / Your Place, a collaborative exhibition featuring poetry by Vicky Wilson and drawings and sculpture by Alex McIntyre
HertsCreation’s Alex McIntyre and Vicky Wilson are exhibiting collaborative work produced during their residency with Brent Museum and Archives in the special exhibitions gallery until the end of July.
Art show with Creative Cricklewood
organised by Kevin Keating
I am preparing to show with Creative Cricklewood for one month in a local cafe on Cricklewood Broadway opening this Saturday evening.
Creative Cricklewood is an organic gathering of professional and amateur creatives living or working in Cricklewood. They meet once a month for an open mic night at the local Crown Pub. I went along at the beginning of June and was impressed by the enthusiasm, diversity of offerings and welcome extended to everyone. From risque stories by french storyteller Jean-Marc Pierre to exquisite music written and performed by ‘Panama Dave’ Parrett, snatched conversations with local artists Kevin Keating and Henryk Terpilowski. The evening was hugely enjoyable.
I am very much looking forward to installing work this evening in advance of the opening of the show on Saturday night. I believe we will have the pleasure of more music from Dave and maybe even a belly dancer! Now I just need to hope my painting is dry in time!