Workshop, sanctuary, studio: sheds are all things to all people.
From Walt Disney to Philip Pullman, Charles Dickens to William Blake, artists have used sheds as a space to create their finest work.
ShedSpace celebrates the role of the humble garden shed in the creative industries, past and present. Artists and architectural designers Jeni Burnell and Patrick Stimpson will create a full-size shed in the gallery, with help from Oxford Brookes students and clients of the national homelessness charity Crisis. The shed will become a ‘making space’, a place for workshops in basket making, knitting, card design, jewellery making, architectural model making or woodcarving.
The exhibition will be ever-changing, with new examples of craftsmanship displayed alongside the stories of how they were made. Residencies Cathy Miles: Fri 20 – Sat 21 May. Cathy uses wire as a medium to ‘draw’ with, creating remarkable portraits of everyday objects.
Daisy Webb: Fri 27 - Sat 28 May
Daisy will produce a series of illustrations which consider the identity of sheds as both domestic and natural.
Felicity Ford (aka Felix): Fri 3 – Sat 4 June
Felix explores fabric-covered buttons and badges as expressive sites of meaning.
Rycote13 (from Rycotewood Furniture Centre): Fri 10 – Sat 11 June
Young furniture makers Jan Waterston, Sam Bolt and Freya Whamond will be providing and insight into the workshop of a designer maker.
Katherine Pogson: Fri 17 – Sat 18 June
Katherine works with leather, and will continue her current project, exploring how objects can connect the user with nature.
Lucy Brown: Fri 24 – Sat 25 June
Somewhere in the Gallery, Lucy will use second-hand clothing and textiles to create a visual response to the exhibition.
Sherry Doyal: Fri 2 – Sat 3 July
Artist and basketmaker Sherry will work on a collection inspired by Charles Darwin’s orchid research.