Compound Sculptures

Developed for Kingston Foundation Prep in 2022

Working with 16-18 year olds, through collaborative linguistic and visual idea generation processes, participants explore how concepts can be communicated through the use of different materials - thinking expansively about the limitations of what an art-making ‘material’ can be.

Progressing through a series of short tasks, the workshop introduces working with found objects through playing with the relationship between text, images and 3-dimensional media. Encouraged to choose to respond as much or as little as they like to a series of formal, aesthetic, conceptual, socio-political, cultural and ecological prompts; materials and their relational contexts are unpacked through rapid, sculpturally engaged making exercises.

Assemblage-based and site-specific outcomes investigate how to communicate these ideas through form, weight, balance, materiality, texture and assembly methods; before transforming the studio into an exhibition space to experiment with how installation methods can affect the interpretation of an artwork.

Something big
Something small
Something hard
Something soft
Something hard to see
Something you can hear
Something you can’t touch
Something heavy
Something light
Something useful
Something useless
Something fragile
Something on you
Something you would use to make an artwork
Something you wouldn’t use to make an artwork

How big is your material?
How heavy is your material?
How valuable is your material?
How old or new is your material?
How useful is your material?
How hardwearing is your material?
How disposable is your material?
How common is your material?