15 Days in Clay presents ‘The ‘Tribe’ Saturday 23rd February to Saturday 20th April 2019 at the Lighthouse Poole www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
This exhibition showcases, the artists latest ceramic installation work; fifteen fantastic ceramic figures celebrating the culmination of an amazing 15 years. These collaborative and challenging pieces, demonstrate individuality and outstanding creativity.
The ‘Tribe’ represents some 40 adults with additional needs working and exploring their creativity alongside professional artists on their journey to become artists in their own right.
Started in 2003 by Janna Edwards with a grant from ‘Awards For All’ 15 Days in Clay is a remarkable project based at Holton Lee near Poole. The initial group met for 15 days over 15 weeks, hence the name. The project has grown over the years to four days a week, with over 40 adults enjoying the creative processes of hand building clay techniques. Supporting the project is a current team of eleven dedicated volunteers who make the project possible.
15 Days in Clay extends a warm welcome to the private view on Saturday 23rd February. The show will be formally opened at 2:00 pm by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell.
Contact: Janna Edwards t: 07980 563899 e:firstname.lastname@example.org
Lighthouse, 21 Kingsland Road, Poole Dorset BH15 1UG
These are the words and phrases gleaned from all who are involved with 15 Days in Clay. They remind me of that line from the Beatles song Michelle “These are words that go together well.” I have been volunteering with the group almost from the very start. I wrote these poems to join up the dots between the words. ‘Our Words’ uses key phrases to relate the experience of being an artist with 15 Days. Whereas “Warriors in Clay” takes the journey of our raw material, its journey in becoming a work of ceramic art, to that of our artists and their journey, their transformation. John Daniels 2019
We are our own tribe, bonded by our kinship, with a sense of creativity at its heart.
Our purpose has always been to champion ability over any perceived disability.
There is beauty in difference if you remove judgment.
Our clay community has created its own collective purpose, generated genuine friendships and has nurtured an environment that has empowered countless individuals.
What Does 15 Days In Clay Mean to You?
This question was the starting point to the brainstorm, with reoccurring themes emerging.
Collective strength, unity, creativity, biscuits!
Somehow we needed to visually convey this message. We are our own TRIBE.
The work needed to create a sense of presence, stature and an interaction. There needed to be uniformity with the overall form, but individuality in any artistic expression. The original question was just a guide. The component parts were to be given their own life. Each part was worked on separately. There was great trust given to the process and serendipity.
The “one eye” was to detract from focusing on a face, so the figures become experienced. In short, two eyes will make a face one eye makes a figure!
After this exhibition Tribe will continue with a physical journey.
Reclaiming a place in the outside world. The installation will form a large circle. Backs to you, it will be perceived as silhouettes. But stop, and step inside this circle and you will be rewarded with vibrant energy. Take time and contemplate
We enjoy being artists
With hidden talents
Making amazing work
It doesn’t matter what we are
There’s no such thing as can’t
Measuring our ability
Not our disability
Finding who we are
Gives me self worth
Feels like I have purpose
15 Days makes me happy
Makes me smile