artsNK are working with Framework/On Track North Kesteven, a local charity which tackles the causes and consequences of homelessness, on a project involving residents of a local supported accommodation unit.
The workshops will take place next week at The National Centre for Craft and Design and are inspired by their upcoming Second Sitter’s exhibition which opens on Saturday 27th January. Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution explores the evolution and new revolution within the craft of upholstery. The exhibition features work from UK based upholsterers who are redefining the traditional preconceived role of the upholsterer, combining traditional craft skills with contemporary thinking.
artsNK have commissioned socially engaged artist Katie Smith and ‘Guerrilla’ upholsterer Mick Sheridan, whose work features in the Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution exhibition to work with a group of Framework residents. Throughout the two day workshops Mick will fully engage participants in the step-by-step process of upholstering. At the same time they will be working with Katie Smith to explore the theme of ‘home’, creating fabric statements that will be added to a sofa kindly donated by QFC- British Furniture Manufacturers in Grantham.
Marion Sander, Visual Arts Development Coordinator at artsNK commented
‘When we heard about the upcoming Second Sitters exhibition ‘Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution’ at The National Centre for Craft and Design, artsNK saw the potential to develop an art project that engages with the social injustices and personal stories associated with homelessness and the opportunity to forge a new relationship with Framework/On Track North Kesteven, who are equally excited to work with us on this project. I am anticipating a transformative outcome for all involved.’
Susan Cake-Taylor, support planner On Track, NK said:
‘I feel passionate about empowering those experiencing homelessness towards independence, so I was super excited when artsNK approached me to be involved with this project! The concept of ‘home’ is often taken for granted, and I work every day with people who may not have had one for a long time, nor had a sofa they can rest on in a place they can call their home. Framework’s part in this fantastic project hopes to raise awareness of homelessness and the support available in Sleaford, encouraging others to think about the issues faced by vulnerable people today. Working on this project with artsNK gives our residents the opportunity to create something unique, uncover some hidden talents and challenge the stigma attached to homelessness.”
The workshops are funded by artsNK and Second Sitters, and supported by QFC- British Furniture Manufacturers, Grantham and the National Centre for Craft and Design.
For more information about Framework visit http://www.frameworkha.org/