Until 1 May 2010
As part of the Museum of Croydon's current exhibition, Scene Unseen: Unpacking the Art of Croydon
, the Museum ran a Community Art Project with an artist and local community groups.
The artist, Toni McGreachan, worked with 4 different groups to produce new, creative and imaginative responses to some of the existing works on show. We chose groups who we knew would never normally get a chance to work so closely with a professional artist and who wouldn't have the chance to show their work in a professional gallery.
Edenham High School produced 'Mini-Moores' - wire sculptures based upon Henry Moore's '17 Reclining Figures' and pupils at Good Shepherd Primary School turned into a moving Jean Dubuffet sculpture. Victoria House students created different artworks using collage and layering techniques and participants from the Heavers Resource Centre (a centre for people with memory difficulties) have made their own Croydon Clocktower.
All these works are now on display in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery (Ground floor, Clocktower), alongside a new work created by artist Toni McGreachan, which will be added to the Croydon Art Collection.
Until 24 April in the Croydon NOW gallery of the Museum of Croydon (Level 1, Clocktower), visitors can also see an exhibition of photos and video footage of the project as a whole, as well as some of the preparatory work produced by the people involved.
This is what the participants said about the project:
"It was a good way to use our creative skills" - GCSE art student at Edenham High.
"They've experimented with medium that they've never used before, and they're just having a wonderful, wonderful time" - Edenham High teacher, Nikki Canon
"I loved using all the different instruments to make the marks. It looked really good at the end." - Good Shepherd pupil.
"We hope that there will be another chance to work in partnership with you again." - teacher at Good Shepherd.
"Thank you very much for all your effort and hard work. We ALL appreciate it very much." ... "The project is coming along so well and everyone has thoroughly enjoyed taking part." - staff from the Heavers Resource Centre about artist Toni McGreachan.
The exhibition is displayed in two galleries:
Until 24 April 2010 in the Croydon NOW gallery of the Museum of Croydon (Level 1, Clocktower), Monday - Saturday, 10.30am - 5pm;
Until 1 May 2010 in the Exhibition Gallery (Ground Floor, Clocktower), Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm.
Please note that the Clocktower is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.