Commissions

Free Summer Art Activities at Royal Victoria Place

Family art activities in progress

Unleash your inner creativity this summer! Find out about the seven, Arts Council England funded, The Amelia Scott Building artist commissions, and win a chance to see your work immortalised in these new permanent installations.

Visit Royal Victoria Place, Upper Mall, from 26 July to 6 August to attend a free programme of artist led, hands-on art activities, workshops, walks and talks.

Open to all ages and abilities, there will be a mixture of drop-in, invited, artist and self-led sessions supported by the team at The Amelia.

Timetable:

Visit the Upper Mall of Royal Victoria Place from Monday 26 July to Friday 6th August, with artist led activities taking place in the morning (10:00-12:30) and afternoon (13:30-16:00).

 

WEEK 1

Monday 26 July:

Morning (10:00-12:30) and afternoon (13:30-16:00)

Catriona Rowbotham – Curated Courtyard Garden Design

Make an eco-friendly paper plant pot, and take part in a planting activity inspired by local flora to get to see your plants included in our ‘curated courtyard’.

Tuesday 27 July – Wednesday 28 July:

Morning (10:00-12:30) and afternoon (13:30-16:00)

Circling the Square – Courtyard Drinking Fountain

Display and workshop (by invite and drop-in) led by artist, Tim Ward (Circling the Square). Create water and spring inspired designs with the chance of your creations being carved into the stone of this courtyard drinking fountain.

Thursday 29 July:

Morning (10:00-12:30)

James Tunnard – Interactive Entrance Lighting

Pop-in to James Tunnard’s ‘pop-up exhibition’ and activities relating to optics, colour mixing, and it’s impact on our thoughts and emotions

Afternoon (13:30-16:00)

Alex Fox – Decorative Iron Gates

Visit our iron inspired display and attend illustration workshops led by artist Alex Fox focused on drawing stories and narratives within a limited series of panels and isometric design.

Friday 30 July:

Afternoon (13:30-16:00)

Adam Chodzko – Exterior Brick Artwork

Hear Adam Chodzko talk about the inspiration behind his commission and attend clay workshops focusing on the significance of local geology and the industries it created – bricks, tiles, streets and buildings .

WEEK 2

Monday 2 August – Friday 6 August:

Morning (10:00-12:30)

Eksait – Foyer Visitor Resource Point

Spend some time with artist Parveer Braich (Eksait) on this series of free bookable workshops  drawing inspiration from the local area – and get crafting in a series of  macramé making table-top sessions.

Wednesday 4 August:

Afternoon (13:30-16:00)

James Tunnard – Interactive Entrance Lighting

Pop-in to James Tunnard’s ‘pop-up exhibition’ and activities relating to optics, colour mixing, and it’s impact on our thoughts and emotions

Thursday 5 August:

Afternoon (13:30-16:00)

Alex Fox – Decorative Iron Gates

Visit our iron inspired display and attend illustration workshops led by artist Alex Fox focused on drawing stories and narratives within a limited series of panels and isometric design.

Friday 6 August:

Afternoon (13:30-16:00)

Adam Chodzko – Exterior Brick Artwork

Hear Adam Chodzko talk about the inspiration behind his commission and attend clay workshops focusing on the significance of local geology and the industries it created – bricks, tiles, streets and buildings .

 

Alex Fox's concept sketch of the new The Amelia Scott building gate panels depicting iron making activities from the High Weald

Concept sketch of the new The Amelia Scott Building courtyard gates by Alex Fox

The Seven Commissioned Artists

Catriona Rowbotham (Curated Courtyard Garden Design)

Catriona is a registered architect with over 20 years of experience working in practice at different scales, from transport design to office and educational design. After working with several highly regarded architectural practices, in 2007 Catriona formed her own practice concentrating on contemporary domestic architecture. In recent years Catriona completed additional training in Garden Design and now primarily designs external spaces, providing solutions that reflect and enhance adjoining architecture, with a particular focus on wellbeing and biodiversity.

www.crowbothamgardendesign.co.uk

 

James Tunnard (Main Entrance Lighting)

James Tunnard is an artist and designer working across a wide range of disciplines and materials. His work focuses on the process of creating – how ideas become material form and then experiences. He is interested in the process of imaginative investigation, experimentation and collaboration.

jamestunnard.com

 

Angus Ross (Foyer Modular Furniture Piece)

Angus is a designer, maker and woodsman best known for exquisite, sculptural furniture with a sense of dynamism and flow. He leads a studio-workshop in Aberfeldy, Perthshire and most furniture is made to commission for private collectors and public places across the UK. Timber is sourced from a beautiful, bluebell wood he co-owns. A few trees are felled and milled each year to improve the biodiversity and overall health of the woodland and this supply of small section, characterful, oak led to steam-bending – now his signature process.

https://www.angusross.co.uk/

 

Circling the Square (Courtyard Drinking Fountain)

Since graduating from Goldsmiths’ College, London in 1980, Tim Ward has worked extensively in designing and implementing public art & environmental projects. Tim’s work aims to be sympathetic to the location and requirements of the users & local communities. He enjoys consulting with people within the creative process, is committed to working collaboratively in delivering projects and believes this approach creates artwork of real value that will be strongly supported by local communities who share a sense of ownership and pride in the public artwork. Tim is an elected member of Art Workers Guild since 1992.

www.circlingthesquare.com

 

Eksait (Foyer Visitor Resource Point)

Parveer Braich (Eksait Studio) is a multidisciplinary designer whose work bridges interior architecture with experiential digital environments, to enable hybrid services. Prioritising working with clients in a sustainable and ethical way, Eksait Studio construct sensory environments that connect people to spaces. For this commission, Eksait will be collaborating with the award-winning bespoke furniture designer and makers, Sebastian and Brogan Cox.

http://www.femaledesigncouncil.org/parveer-braich

 

Adam Chodzko (Exterior Brick Artwork)

Adam Chodzko is a Kent-based visual artist, working across media, exploring how we relate to each other and the world around us.  Since 1991 he has exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions including: Tate Britain; Tate, St Ives; Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna; Athens Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale; Royal Academy etc. Commissions include Creative Time, New York; The Contemporary Art Society; Wellcome Trust; Frieze Art Fair etc. Awards include: Hamlyn Foundation (2002), Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York (2002), AHRC Creative Research Fellowship, University of Kent, Canterbury (2007), Jarman Awards shortlist (2015), DACS Art360 Award (2016).

https://www.adamchodzko.com/

 

Alex Fox (Decorative Iron Gates)

After completing his MA at City & Guilds of London Art School, Alex Fox has exhibited work widely including at the Royal Academy, the London Art Fair and at Miami Art Basel. In summer 2022 a collaborative project he worked on will be featured at the Victoria & Albert Museum. His public art projects include a commission by Audley Runnymede as well as a forthcoming gate for Stone Studios in Hackney Wick, London.

https://alexfox-projects.carrd.co/

 

The Amelia Scott Building commissions are funded using an Arts Council England Capital Grant awarded in 2017. The commissions support and contribute to the Arts Council England 2020-2030 strategy Let’s Create which advocates for three outcomes:

Creative People: Everyone can develop and express creativity throughout their life.

Cultural Communities: Villages, towns and cities thrive through a collaborative approach to culture.

A creative and cultural country: England’s cultural sector is innovative, collaborative, and international.

 

Arts Council England Grant Award Logo

 

Press Information: For press enquiries and high res images please contact the commissioning team: arts@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

 

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