COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS
Every year, in my role as York Learning tutor, I work on Community Art Projects around the City of York:
POLLINATION is back! (2019)
From Friday 8th February to Wednesday 6th March all 470 hexagons which formed part of the York Learning ‘PolliNation"‘ Community Art Project (part of the ‘Telling the Bees’ project) can be seen on display in the upper corridor of City Screen, York. After that it is hoped that the installation will be moved to Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York.
SANTA’S SOCKS (2018)
At the end of October 2018, I ran a FREE “Santa’s Sock” workshop at Southlands Methodist Church, York. This formed part of our annual City wide (York Learning) Community Craft project. If you’d like more details about the project, and how you could get involved another year, please click here
(York Learning) Community Craft Project 2018
During the summer of 2018 York Learning was involved in the amazing Bloom! festival. We offered a number of free workshops, and displayed the creative results of these outside York Explore library during the four days of the festival.
There’s a lovely blog post by Sally of Hippystich about the Bloom! festival here
Our 2017 Community Art Project was a collaboration between York Learning, York EXPLORE and the Universities of York, Sheffield and Lancaster. It formed part of the 'Telling the Bees' project which explored the stories and possible futures of honey bees and their role in our world.
Our completed artwork PolliNation, inspired by microscopic images of pollen, was formed from over 450 individual hexagons, created using coloured pencils on mdf. The final installation was exhibited in the cafe area of York EXPLORE during November 2017.
LIDGETT GROVE METHODIST CHURCH (2015)
Working with local residents, and in partnership with York City Archives the results of this project are on display in the corridor of Lidgett Grove Church, Acomb.
Consisting of paper-mache street signs, old maps, a 3-Dimensional post box, and a photomontage of the whole of Boroughbridge Road in York, this 9 metre long timeline collage shows the changing history of the local area.
TIGER MOTHS AND MEMORIES (2016)
This project was delivered by City of York Council (York Learning) in partnership with York Art Gallery.
I ran a number of workshops across the city in order to encourage residents to take part in this project, and in total over 1500 people contributed.
The butterflies were on display throughout the summer of 2016 in the project room of York Art Gallery, and then flew across to York EXPLORE library to be a part of Big City Read 2016.
THE ACOMB TREE MOSAIC (2014)
Originally created by learners on a Family Learning Community Art Course, this beautiful mosaic spent some time in the garden of Acomb EXPLORE library, before being transported and displayed in the main hall of Lidgett Grove Church, Acomb, where you will find it today. During ADAM festival 2014, members of the general public were also invited to help with it's construction.
Learners on the course also created an 'Explore the Garden' mosaic. Visible from the children's area of the Acomb EXPLORE library, this was intended to help encourage library users outside into their garden space.
URBAN ACOMB LOCAL HISTORY TRAIL (2016)
Working with local residents and Jayne Shipley (York Learning English tutor), this short 6 week project resulted in a historical trail around the local area of Acomb during ADAM festival day. A photomontage of both sides of historic Front Street in Acomb was also put together, and this was displayed in Acomb EXPLORE library, together with a range of 'Then & Now' images of the village.
"Donna's a true Community Artist. She can work quietly, with her head down, doing those invisible jobs, that receive no recognition. Or, she can lead on a headline project, that propels individuals & groups of people to work in new directions, using unexpected materials, resulting in surprising & beautiful outcomes".
Claire Douglas - Visual Arts Curriculum Manager, York Learning