The most sustained of the Fragments and Traces projects has been a partnership with Knightstone Housing Association, led by artist Sue Pearce. In its first stage, families from the new Knightstone houses took part in three days of creative activities in and around their streets. A striking artwork reproducing one of their games was subsequently inlaid into a stretch of cobbled pavement alongside their houses.
Through the second stage of the project, residents were invited to explore clay brick as a medium for carving and sculpture, and to build a cob pizza oven.
The project parallels the journey that people take to arrive at their new homes with that taken by the packs of clay bricks during the process of creating these new homes. The resulting sculpture entitled ‘Moving Stories’ is a permanent installation reflecting the building of this new community in Portishead.
Sue design at Central School of Art and Design in London. After winning an Arts Council Design Bursary she was seconded to a theatre in Manchester and spent the next 15 years designing sets and costumes for over 65 productions. Following a second degree in Fine Art in Context at UWE in 2001 she worked on various community based projects and proposals as facilitator, initiator and artist.
Prior to this second project with Knightstone Housing Association, Sue was given an Arts Council Research and Development Grant to develop her knowledge of cob building and brick carving which led to this collaborative work with artist Rod Harris.
Recent projects include:
Food Journeys 2009 - a transitional project in a secondary school in North Somerset for which Sue built an oven and cooked pizzas with three groups of children. www.localjourneys.org.uk
Gold Costume Project - a new project in partnership with Bristol Old Vic, Knowle West Media Centre and the Colston Hall offering young people the opportunity to design and make seven extraordinary gold costumes that express musical history. These costumes will be animated by young performer / makers for the enjoyment of audiences during the intervals at the Colston Hall Opening Celebrations in September 2009.
Design tutor on a first year project in the Drama Department, Bristol University. October 2009