A group assemblage project in a hostel for young homeless people
September – November 2013
Magnetic Arts was commissioned to produce an installation for the communal areas of a 14 bed hostel in Norton, Ryedale.
We ran participatory workshops, engaging people who are experiencing homelessness. The group worked individually and collaboratively to produce a series of site specific assemblage artworks, which were installed at the hostel opening in December 2013.
We worked with 20 people, including staff and residents from Ryedale YMCA and Derwent Lodge, to produce a collection of 16 finished art assemblages and framed canvasses for display in the new hostel. We ran painting and modelling sessions to create elements for the assemblages and encouraged people to bring in meaningful objects to include in the cases.
Each finished artwork reflects the interests and personality of the people who took part as well as featuring a shadow profile self-portrait within the design.
The project had a number of positive outcomes including:
- Participatory creative workshops engaging clients and staff using accessible techniques
- Participants working to create unique art works relevant to their lives and interests
- Production of site specific permanent artworks which have impact
- Experienced artist guidance throughout, ensuring high quality
- Potential for developing the work in the future