As you can see from these images … we have been busily plotting! We have spent July designing and instigating our co-creative workshops with a wonderful and diverse group comprising of Test Valley and Romsey U3A’s (University of the 3rd Age), and graduates and 2nd year students from Winchester School of Art.
We have held our workshops at the artists’ studios at Mottisfont which we have decided to run as a series of interlinking residencies for each of the participants. The workshops are where we are all coming together to share ideas, instigate lines of enquiry and collaborations and enable artistic outcomes to be pursued and realised.
Our starting point has been to explore the layers of vistas, viewpoints, illusion and stories that make up Mottisfont. Outside the scheduled workshops, the group (ourselves included) are encouraged to visit the site as often as possible to get a feel for the place using their ‘artistic licenses’ to gain access to all areas. We have found that it is only after many visits here that it begins to reveal itself – there is a quirkiness and charm to Mottisfont that is ambiguous and open to interpretation and gets under your skin. Our starting point was a tour around the grounds with ourselves as unofficial guides but with a very informative overview of the house from a wonderfully informative guide called Elizabeth,
Some of the early images taken by members of our group as they begin to unfold their own Mottisfont story.
Andy’s view of the dumb waiter.
U3A Anna’s view of the giant Plane tree …
… wall panel through to priory walls beneath …
… Rex Whistler’s lute …
Sandy’s view of symmetry in the gardens.
To finish, here are some myriorama cards that we are looking at as a group and how we can make our own sequence as a means of making some links between the wide variety of artistic outcomes we will create. We have developed a template for all of us to follow so we can each produce something that when put next to someone else’s will line up in some way, whether this is watercolour, ink, text or photography.