Kite Canvas – Georgia Griffiths

Mill Building, Shiple College; 29 May - 6 June

What are the real life consequences of being “locked down” for young people and families in our district? Who has this affected most, and how can creativity play a part in maintaining our collective wellbeing?

Artist Georgia Griffiths - who has worked in the NHS Crisis Team and for Bernardos as an Art Psychotherapist and artist - has engaged the 800 strong student body of 16-18 year olds at Shipley College, inviting them to let their experiences take to the sky, floating above the restrictions below. A collaborative material generation process led by Georgia and supported by Shipley College tutors took students out walking, foraging, orienteering, photographing, etching and drawing in order to reflect and respond to their experiences of the last 12 months.

After 6 weeks of gathering photographic and created imagery and well as verbal and written responses to the pandemic by the students, these images and words have been transformed to create 4 large kites displayed as a public exhibition.

The Kite Canvas was commissioned by Saltaire Inspired for the 2021 Arts Trail, supported by Bradford Council through a Response2 grant.

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