I am currently organising the next exhibition at Chapter, which is by the Irish artist Alan Phelan, opening on 10th December. As part of Alan's exhibition ‘Fragile Absolutes’, the artist is seeking participants for a workshop to help realise an installation for the show.
The workshop will involve working with the artist in making up to 200 paper cabbages, assembled with archival paper, photocopied from newspaper print. Each participant will get to keep a paper cabbage, with the remainder being exhibited in the Chapter galleries.
Phelan is seeking assistance in selecting what newsprint articles are combined to make up individual cabbages as well as their actual fabrication. The articles to choose from begin with the labour movement history in Ireland with the 1913 Great Lock-Out which took place in Dublin. This was a six month strike across many industries which formalised the labour movement in Ireland. The newspapers already selected offer conflicting perspectives on the strike with various sensational headlines. Further instances of labour movement history will hopefully be provided by participants and gallery which can run up to the recent/current UK Post Office strike, Miner Strikes, early history or specific stories. The mix of new and old newspapers will point to many consistencies and contradictions in the labour movement, reflecting also the very nature of this fabrication workshop.
Dates and Times:
There are two workshops taking place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. People can book for either the Friday or Saturday workshop. The workshop is split into two sessions, the first is preperation, photocopying and cutting the articles, before a short break. The second session will be assembling and making the cabbages. There will be a 'how to' guide available and Alan, the artist will go through the making process with participants.
Friday 4th December workshop begins at 11am. Ends approx 4:30-5pm Saturday 5th December workshop begins at 1pm. Ends approx 4:30-5pm
The workshop is free and open for all ages (over 16) to attend, in particular aimed at those with interest in local and social history, craft making and creative art.
We would love for participants to help source newspaper articles that reference strike action, such as the current postal strike and would encourage them to bring these along to the workshop, but articles will be provided on the day.
If they would like any further advice or assistance with this, they can contact Lauren Jury: email@example.com 029 2132 8082.
All materials will be provided and there will be light refreshments available on the day.
You can see more of Alan's work at his website: http://www.alanphelan.com
If you are interested in attending, please can you contact Lauren Jury: Visual Arts Assistant on 029 2132 8082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, including your contact details and the date you wish to attend (Friday or Saturday) as soon as possible.
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!
Visual Arts Assistant
Market Road, Cardiff CF5 1QE, UK
44 (0)29 2132 8082
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