Maddie brought Vernon up-to-date as regards what they did at the previous meeting which he had missed.
Maddie explained what the structure of today’s meeting would be, her future involvement in the SSC and somethings about Sarah’s seminars particularly around what the term ‘normal’ meant.
We explored ideas around ‘visual philosophy’…..thinking of Photography.
We looked at the magazine SOURCE which reflected on the work of professional photographers including Adam’s work. [ See Summer edition 2012]
David explained that all members of SSC can submit work to Journals etc in order to foster their research.
Note BG library is ‘free’ to join.
The Summer school is now full and Maddie will be attending.
David clarified a number of points about ubdertaking a Ph.d.
We then visited the Usher and Collection with a view to undertaking particular pieces of written work………At the York exhibition David advised we were to pick out a theme or piece of artwork or a point of comparison and write up a piece in relation to it. At the Usher we were advised to reflect on the painting ‘Remembrance’ and to describe what one ‘sees’
English: Usher Gallery and Spring Flowers The Usher Art Gallery in Temple Gardens with spring flowers in the foreground (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Our studies take us to the realm of 2 exercises to complete and share with each other.
To consider any work on show [possibly a comparison of 2 works] in the York exhibition held at the Collection and to reflect on its/their merits, writing a short piece which describes what is going on and one’s engagement with the work.
To reflect on the painting ‘Remembrance’ by Peter Williams on show at the Usher gallery and to ponder its significance for us in the light of what the work ‘tells’ us and in relation to the ceramics of Pete Moss.
I chose paintings by Lowry and Paul Nash from the York exhibition…..I’ll be very interested to see what others choose.
Clifford’s Tower, part of York Castle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Collection at Lincoln was the location for today’s meeting together with Megan, Vernon Maddie and David. We discussed in detail:
A guide for the setting up of an ‘A’ level course. David issued and outlined what the guide entailed. We were asked to reflect on what we might want from such a course and to come back with ideas.
The possibility of setting up a Workshop run by Sarah Amsler and David was discussed. Everyone was keen for this to happen.
David confirmed that our place/our ‘patch’ for exploration would be from the Tower to the Collection.
Further ideas about the Framework project were discussed including: Maddie – What makes us English/British? Issues around peer pressure [e.g. Body Shop] encouraging us to “fit in”. Issues around Identity. Uses of urban space, managing ourselves in an urban environment. The nature of the city. Where is Home? Can somewhere “foreign” be more like home? Where are one’s roots or sense of community? Megan – Dealing with prejudice e.g. from the police and the undermining of the homeless. The need to challenge pre-conceptions. Portraits of people. How people make assumptions without knowledge. Vernon – Keen to do the A level. Would like to do something around immigration. Possibility of the Polish shops on Monk’s Road. David – His ideas are grounded in Evolution theory and he is interested in “socially engaged practices and practictioners”.
Karolina [ David’s partner] is interested to work with us where our ideas coincide with the work she is doing.
The possibility of making a bid for funds managed by Paul [ Neighbourhood Office] was discussed. Identifying A pop-up research centre……..?
We then looked around the Collection. We should be keen to have a presence in this space since it can provide us with ideas, scope for exhibiting. We met Josh in the gallery and looked at the exhibitions on offer. At the Usher Gallery we met Andrea who is Curator-in-chief, visited the exhibitions and the Education room. David discussed the Summer school at B/G which may be open for the Framework group to join.
English: The Usher Gallery with Cathedral in background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Next week we meet at the Vintage Shop along Monk’s Road. Homework to read through the sheet on the nature of the city and attempt the questions.