We have recently commissioned Artist Robyn Woolston who will be creating a series of sculptural interventions by working closely with the Long Sutton Civic and District Society to transform the Long Sutton Common Pit into a space that inspires a sense of community and ignites the imagination; The Imaginarium of Common Understanding.
Robyn is a visual artist who works across installation, photography, moving image and print. She questions economic imperatives, environmental impacts and the disjuncture inherent in our ‘relationship’ between the two. She has produced several installations previously across the UK, Europe, South America and Australia; including 7500 ice-cream containers, 45,000 carrier bags, a selection of trees from Ash to Silver Birch as well as a reproduction Las Vegas sign. From site-responsive interventions to socially engaged practice she activates spaces by confronting dogmas, re-appropriating ‘waste’ and initiating conversation. During 2012 she won the Liverpool Art Prize and was awarded a solo show in 2013 at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. Her work has also featured within National Geographic Traveller magazine as well as on the front cover of the Green Party magazine: Green World (issue 79). Most recently, Robyn has exhibited her photography in São Paulo, Brazil, whilst contributing as a panel member to the International Solid Waste World Congress.
The Imaginarium of Common Understanding Project aims to encourage an engagement with site, history and geographical context within Long Sutton Common Pit, Lincolnshire. Utilising the idea that an ‘Imaginarium’ is a place devoted to the imagination, or a space of stimulation and cultivation, the project also draws upon pre-existing elements such as the adjacent bus stop & woodwork/railings. Working in collaboration with the community of Long Sutton, and the area surrounding the Common Pit, the process will involve creative workshops, an Artists’ Talk and a Celebration Event/Festival of Imaginaria.
To find out more about Robyn’s project, or to follow it’s progress check out her blog here.