Artist duo Grennan & Sperandio were selected in February this year for the Waddington Ridges & Furrows commission. They are now working with schools, groups and communities in the village on the initial research phase of their project.
Simon Grennan and Chris Sperandio run an international studio between north Wales and Houston, Texas. They have been working together, as Grennan & Sperandio, since 1990. Simon and Chris work across different media, and their projects have resulted in artworks using chocolate, television broadcasts and comics, as well as more traditional drawing, publishing and ceramics. Their artworks always aim to bring together people who have different life experiences, to participate in and contribute to the development of the work.
Simon Grennan will work closely with communities in Waddington alongside project historian Dave Reeves, to explore the heritage of the area through workshops, and events. The artists will be bringing residents stories and experiences to the fore and sharing creatively the distinct history of the village.
Grennan & Sperandio will also develop a permanent artwork for the village, following a successful bid to Arts Council England for Grant for the Arts funding by Waddington Parish Council. The final artwork which is hoped to be completed by autumn 2017, will form part of the planned Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage trail linking Sleaford with North Hykeham and passing through participating villages along the way.
The current project in Waddington leads on from an initial research phase of the project for which photographer Jonathan Turner carried out a residency in Waddington in spring 2015. Turner documented the identity of the present day village through a series of photographic portraits of residents, as well as creating three historical photographic tableaux based on the Lincolnshire practice of ‘Ran Tan Tanning’. Read more about Jonathan’s residency here.
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