A collaboration by Beyond the Blues and Sayed Hasan. Fourth Floor, corridor gallery at The National Centre for Craft and Design.
What if you were to ask Sleaford how it felt? What would it say?
Artist Sayed Hasan worked with Sleaford support group Beyond the Blues in Spring 2018, contemplating the question ‘How are you doing Sleaford?’ The result is a series of performative photographic portraits.
As a starting point, the group discussed their thoughts and feelings towards Sleaford and even imagined answering the question as if they were the town itself. Resulting conversations brought forth everyday grumbles, about road congestion, to poetic insights about the sound of bird calls along the river Slea. Some of the opinions about the town were as much a reflection on the individual rather than objective truths, which revealed a particular mood or personal taste.
After considering the different ways of thinking about the places we live, the group set about distilling their thoughts into a single statement. The resulting slogans held up on boards and banners by members of Beyond the Blues offer wisdom, released frustrations and humour, which might otherwise go unheard, unless we take the time to ask one another the simple question, ‘How are you doing?’
Beyond the Blues is a self-help group for individuals who may have experienced depression, mental health issues and loneliness. They enjoy shared activities and events, and are always good for a cuppa and a biscuit. Beyond the Blues is a member of United Together.
Sayed Hasan is an artist currently based in Lincolnshire. His practice explores connections with people and places and how they relate to one another in a diverse ever changing world.