Headland

RARA

Headland with RARA is the first installment of Common Ground 2018–19.

Common Ground is Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community participation and artist development programme supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Offering a twelve-month season of distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes.






April – June 2018

We are pleased to welcome RARA; a creative collective based in North East London, delivering arts projects in the public realm with a strong focus on co-inqury and collaboration, this Spring/ Summer to Milton Keynes Arts Centre for the first installment on our year-round programme in collaboration with local communities.

Inspired by the everyday technique of carrying things on the head; a common practice in many parts of the world since ancient times, sometimes in religious ceremonies or as a skilled feat in dances with impressive balance and dexterity, Headland aims to interpret and embody everyday places and spaces through ‘psycho-geographic living sculptures’.

Throughout April and May 2018, artist collective RARA invited Milton Keynes residents; Mark Barnett, Debbie Buscaglia, Susie Ford, Sonia Hooton and Wenda Hooton to participate in a series of workshops to recollect and share their special memories of Milton Keynes, sculpting objects that embody the emotional values of the memory. As a way of reconnecting the human body with the objects of memory and place, our communities performed ‘psycho-geographic living sculptures’ in the grounds of the Arts Centre and surrounding parklands, balancing the objects atop their heads using traditional head rings.

Headland launches Common Ground 2018–19, Milton Keynes Arts Centre's community participation and artist development programmes supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Offering a twelve-month season of distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists RARA (Kirsti Davies and Youngsook Choi), Groundwork (Ashleigh Bowmott, Cara Davies and Thomas Eke), Milo Mcloughlin-Greening and Emma Cousin, our projects will see artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops alongside professional and artistic development sessions targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.



Supported using public funding by Arts Council England





Background


RARA is an open access workspace established in Clapton, London. We provide long and short term users with affordable space in which to do anything and everything.

Welcome to the era of total creative freedom, the antithesis of the 9–5. A platform to individual design practice, with a collaborative atmosphere.

We also take on projects as a collective – our mix of architects, builders, artists, makers, writers, designers and more allows us a unique approach to a range of projects.
Youngsook Choi is a researcher/artist, holding a PhD in human geography. With extensive experience in research-based public arts and design programmes on urban issues and for social minorities, Choi’s primary interest lies in the value system of human labour, more specifically in challenging the dichotomous border and brutal hierarchy between having ideas and actual making, between creative design and skilled manufacturing, and between knowledge work and physical labour. Choi explores this through producing themed artworks, writing articles and co-running a bi-monthly public workshop, ‘RARA School – Thoughts in action’.
Kirsti Davies is an award winning community artist specialising in environmental education, with over 15 years experience creating large scale participatory art projects. Past and present clients include; Eden Project, Kew Gardens, Forest Stewardship Council, Greenman/Shambala/Glastonbury Festival, Chelsea Flower Show, The Woodcraft Folk and many many schools and community groups across the UK. Kirsti creates work which connects people to environmental issues through a creative hands on and digestible format. By making inspiring and beautiful installations she hopes to create conversations and encourage action.


Further reading
r-a-r-a.com
youngsook.artweb.com
kirstidavies.com



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