Crafty Culture: Make a Mandala Installation
Artists: Barbara Touati-Evans, Gemma MacLennan and Rushmoor residents
Available to view at the Princes Gardens bandstand in Aldershot throughout summer.
In preparation for re-starting West End Centre's Crafty Culture group in September, after the impact of COVID-19, we invited locals from around Rushmoor to crochet their own mandalas in order to create a textile art installation. The project was set up to encourage people who were feeling isolated because of the pandemic to take part in a community-wide arts project.
The installation is a celebration of creativity and the local community, bringing vibrancy to the town centre. It's a collaboration with us here at West End Centre and artists Barbara Touati-Evans and Gemma MacLennan. Funded by Rushmoor Borough Council.
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Conversations with Aldershot
Artist: Susan Merrick in collaboration with local residents: Sameea Jonnud, Candice Camacho, Debbie Nobbs, Melanie Chiwera, Asia Mahmood and Daisy Edwards.
Available to view in The Gallery at West End Centre from Monday 13 September - Friday 24 September.
See this unique exhibition showcasing the artwork of six local residents who have collaborated with associate artist at the Westy and local resident, Susan Merrick, to share their own experiences of lockdown. There will also be the opportunity to share your own experiences of lockdown in participatory artist lead activities that the group will run throughout the exhibition.
The exhibition marks the end of the first phase of Conversations with Aldershot, a project collecting the stories and experiences of local people throughout the pandemic. Susan has worked with a group of local women throughout 2021 to reflect on their experience of the lockdowns and to create work to share with our local community. The group has also been collecting wider stories, thoughts and experiences of lockdown from Aldershot residents and will continue to do this into 2022, with the aim of producing a publication of these experiences as an archive for the town.
This project and exhibition has been made possible with thanks to public funding from a National Lottery project grant, Arts Council England, Rushmoor Borough Council and support from the West End Centre and Hampshire Cultural Trust. Thanks also to artists Amanda Holiday, Annis Joslin and Louise Jordan for their fantastic support in the zoom sessions.