Supporting community-led projects to help your local area recover from the COVID-19 crisis
The arts festival will be grounded in reconnection. We will explore the art of seeing the human face, in our current crisis, we no longer see the human face as we are masked. In the sketching workshops we will connect with each other through experiencing being both artist and model, we will translate what we see into marks on paper. We will learn to paint portraits in underglaze onto unglazed ceramic cups, which I will commission from local potters. Once we have painted onto our cups these cups will be fired and ready for use. During the workshops I will arrange drop in sessions by a local guide to discuss our local architecture and the philosophy of the founder Henrietta Barnett, English social reformer, educationist, and author. The series of workshops will be held in in the Free Church Hall on Northway. The series of workshops over a 6 month period will conclude with a group exhibition of the sketches created in the workshops and the portraits on ceramic Companion Cups.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
My project will bring a reconnection to our community. The workshops will take place over a six month period. I will hold 18 workshops to remake our community isolated by this pandemic into a strong, bonded, connected more resilient community. Each participant will have their own mug to take home as a souvenir and memory of reconnection and in using their mug they will be able to rekindle the closeness and joy experienced in the sketching workshops and rejoice in their new creative knowledge celebrated by owning their own hand made Companion cup. .
Steps to get it done:
The residents in our local area will feel supported and validated by experiencing a positive group activity after the isolation experienced during the depth of the pandemic.
"From: Jennifer Finlay
About the space
NW11 7AG The Arts Festival will take place in the Free Church Hall on Northway NW11 7AG
London Borough of Barnet