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'Do it Different' Exhibition at The Workhouse

The Workhouse, Upton Road, Southwell, NG25 0PT
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Saturday 8 February - Sunday 2 November 2020
Standard admission: Adult £13 | Child £6.50 | Family £32.50

Due to Coronavirus this event has been cancelled. If you have already purchased tickets, please contact the venue or ticketing agent for advice. For the latest information and advice on Coronavirus in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, please click here.

The 'Do It Different' exhibition is the result of an alternative art school produced in collaboration with local partners and Trust New Art at The Workhouse. This programme is also in partnership with Arts Council England, connecting people to National Trust places through contemporary arts. The exhibition launch on Saturday 8 February coincides with The Workhouse's season re-opening.

The Workhouse collaborated with artist educator Morgan Tipping, to co-create and run ‘The Factory Art School’. The artists involved named their project 'Do It Different'. In 2019, visitors were able to see the work in progress of this temporary art piece displayed and hosted at The Workhouse.

The commission is through the perspective of people with a range of abilities including physical and those on the autistic spectrum. This alternative art school is made up of young residents of Southwell’s Caudwell House, Minster View, MenCap Nottinghamshire as well as volunteers, staff and visitors at The Workhouse.

The term ‘factory’ relates to the idea of The Workhouse being a factory and the experiences of the people connected to this historic building. It also makes a wry departure from commercial art factories such as Warhol and Hirst.

This commission encompasses a range of visual, sonic and movement based forms of expression. It is a therapeutic community art project and places high importance on experimentation and imaginative free play.

Visitors can expect to see art of a visual, tactile, sensory and narrative nature with the opportunity to connect with the experiences of the people that have been in charge of making this art. Morgan will also use the material generated to directly inspire a creative film piece (with filmmaker Tommy Chavannes.)

Morgan's concept plans to draw on unique skills from a variety of artists. This includes a sound project which will enable non-verbal musicians and those with very restricted mobility to make sounds and music (this collaboartion is with Dav Shiel from Drake Music.) Morgan is also working to create Workwear of uniforms and tactile textile based items (with illustrator and teacher Mel Rye.)

To launch the installation there is a Do it Different’ Arts Trail located in 7 shops around the town of Southwell. Become part of the movement to ‘Do it Different’ and be inspired by visiting the final ‘Do it Different’ exhibition at The Workhouse.

Opening Times

'Do it Different' Exhibition at The Workhouse (8 Feb 2020 - 2 Nov 2020)
Monday - Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank HolidayClosed

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