Space for Imagination: A Loudspeaker project Spring/Summer 2021

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The Loudspeaker programme is delivered by Nottingham Contemporary as part of the Opportunity and Change project, which is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and The European Social Fund.

The programme is offered in ten week projects of which there have been thirteen so far. Women are offered a supportive, caring environment to help see things differently, feel positive about the future and move away from challenging circumstances.

Loudspeaker sessions are an opportunity to take a break, develop routines, build confidence, become inspired, and meet new people.

This book presents the outcomes of creative explorations made by a group of eight women living in the East Midlands, during Spring and Summer 2021. The women explored two exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary, Allison Katz: Artery and Erika Verzutti.

Together they discussed their responses to the art in the galleries and experimented with a wide range of art materials and methods to make their own interpretations. Through taking part, the women have discussed ideas about the everyday in art, feminism and personal expression.

Space for Imagination

A Loudspeaker project

Spring/Summer 2021


Space for Imagination

A Loudspeaker project

Spring/Summer 2021

“Before now, I hadn’t paid any attention to art; not my business. Loudspeaker

brought to me how important art is; I’ve learnt such a lot.”

“Before now I didn’t appreciate how important it is to imagine how to use our

time to create something. These activities open up the mind.”


The Loudspeaker programme is delivered

by Nottingham Contemporary as part

of the Opportunity and Change project,

which is funded by the The National

Lottery Community Fund and The

European Social Fund.

The programme is offered in ten week

projects of which there have been thirteen

so far.

Women are offered a supportive, caring

environment to help see things differently,

feel positive about the future and move

away from challenging circumstances.

Loudspeaker sessions are an opportunity

to take a break, develop routines, build

confidence, become inspired, and meet

new people.

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This book presents the outcomes of

creative explorations made by a group of

eight women living in the East Midlands,

during Spring and Summer 2021.

The women explored two exhibitions at

Nottingham Contemporary,

Allison Katz: Artery and

Erika Verzutti.

Together they discussed their responses to

the art in the galleries and experimented

with a wide range of art materials

and methods to make their own

interpretations.

Through taking part, the women have

discussed ideas about the everyday in art,

feminism and personal expression.

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Maps, Networks, Arteries

Inspired by Allison Katz’ poster showing

road junctions and maps of the

Nottingham caves, we created drawings by

tracing over maps of local areas.

The maps had carbon paper underneath

which transferred our lines of the roads

onto paper. We couldn’t see the drawing

until we had finished tracing. We then

added some colours to our drawings to

create a more abstract image.

‘‘I enjoyed making an image by tracing

over a map. This is something I would

take away with me and do at home.’’

Poster by Allison Katz for her exhibition Artery at

Nottingham Contemporary, 2021. Courtesy the artist.

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Fruit Sculpture

We each picked out a piece of fruit –

pineapple, pomegranate, pear, starfruit

coconut etc., and took them to the gallery

to compare to Erika Verzutti’s sculptures

where she used fruit. We arranged our

fruit into a sculpture on the floor of the

gallery.

Working with clay we recreated our fruit

into sculptures. It was enjoyable working

with clay. When we showcased our pieces

at the end of the session, some people

grouped their work together to make more

complicated sculptures with the shapes.

Erika Verzutti Painted Lady, 2011. Bronze and acrylic

Courtesy of Alison Jaques Gallery, London.

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“Art doesn’t have to be a ‘perfect

piece’ to be enjoyed.”


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Between Inside and Outside

We explored Allison Katz’s paintings and

found out about her influences from

Surrealism and Man Ray; a combination of

the subconscious and imagination.

We took photos of the gallery, and made a

collage of the printed photos.

Inspired by Allison’s use of open mouths

as portals into her paintings, we framed

our collages by painting parts of the body

around them – eyes, hands, mouths.’

“Allison’s work is very interesting

because normally people just see with

their eyes, yet Allison sees it from a

different angle.”

Allison Katz, Ssik, 2020.

courtesy the artist and Gio Marconi

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Abstract Body Shapes

We looked at Erika’s Venus sculptures

in the gallery, originally inspired by the

25,000-year-old sculpture of the Venus de

Willendorf.

We discussed ancient and modern ideas

of female body shapes, and our opinions

about the shape women are expected to

be.

We used polystyrene balls and recycled

materials such as margarine tubs and

plastic cones to create sculptures using

abstracted body shapes that highlight

real women’s features. We covered our

sculptures with coloured tissue.

“I can relate to Erika’s sculptures with

the sense that they are based on us in

a way – female body and posture.”

Erika Verzutti, Venus of Cream, 2021. Bronze

Venus Carnival & Venus Resting, 2021.

Industrial papier mâché and styrofoam.

Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

Photo: Stuart Whipps

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Columns

We started in the gallery, working next

to Erika’s column sculptures, inspired by

Constantine Brancusi’s ‘Endless Column’,

(1918-1938) in Romania. We made our

own columns or towers from paper and

tape alongside Erika’s.

We then worked in pairs to create larger

columns out of repeated shapes made

in coloured card. We used a bamboo

pole as a spine, stacking our card shapes,

one on top of another. Each column was

completely different to the others, yet they

looked strong together.

“Verzutti’s work is spiritual and all

about women for a change and she

mixes the past with the present.”

Erika Verzutti, L-R Egg Tower with Brazil, 2021. Papier mâché

Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Pornstar, 2011, Bronze and acrylic, The Ekard Collection

Pencil (Lapis), 2014. Bronze and wax, Tate

Paper columns by Loudspeaker participants.

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Rooms within Rooms

We taped out a bird’s eye view of the

gallery walls and doors on the floor of the

gallery, that showed how Allison Katz had

redesigned the space.

We had a cardboard box to create our

own space within a space. We made walls,

windows and doors, which we covered

with coloured and patterned papers. Some

people added extra features with paint or

by making curtains or furniture. They all

turned out really well.

Allison Katz’ exhibition Artery in Gallery 1 at Nottingham

Contemporary, showing her ‘room within a room’.

Photo: Stuart Whipps

“It’s amazing how we start doing the

same thing but we all come out with

something different on the same

theme. It’s always personal on some

level, as you can express what you are

going through in what you make.”

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Traces of Touch

We mixed four and salt with water to make

salt dough – like Erika used earlier in her

career. Some people added food colouring.

We made our own sculptures of everyday

objects we constantly touch. We added,

imprinted and pressed into the dough, bits

of metal, stones, and sparkly objects. You

can see where our hands have been and

how they shaped the dough.

“I’ve enjoyed the hands-on

experience, working with different

materials, experimenting with

different colours and textures.”

Erika Verzutti Livro de Criança, 2013. Concrete, bronze, clay,

ploimer clay, soft clay, wax.

Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery

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Comments by Participants

“(The artists’ works are) humorous,

colourful, exciting. It’s interesting that

they pushed the boundaries in their

art.”

“I liked Erika’s abstract shapes,

especially her Venus sculptures,

exploring different body shapes.”

“It’s opened my mind up and I am

more likely to make art myself.”

“Everyone sees things different.”

“The little time I had to do some art

here has given me the idea of doing

more art whenever I can.”

“Erika’s work is very strange and

impressive at the same time.”

“(Allison’s paintings are) true to life

but abstract – a twist.”

“Allison Katz’s paintings are very deep

but very simple – it’s everyday stuff.”

“I feel like art is not limited...”

“Loudspeaker has opened up art for

me again.”

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Thank you

Participants

Carly

Cat

Ester

Gabrielle

Jillian

Maria

Mariela

May

Sarah

Peer Mentor

Stephanie

Volunteer Translator

Edith

Loudspeaker team

Associate Artist, Gillian Brent

Programme Manager, Katy Culbard

Support Worker, Veronica O’Callaghan

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