UK Young Artists - Artshake19: International Gathering

At the beginning of September for 2 weeks I participated in ARTSHAKE19 where 16 young artists from the UK, China and South Korea were given the opportunity to work in a fluid and open way, creating work which responded to the theme of 'Nature and Light'. The site we worked on was a derilict abandoned factory on Chongming Island, which is located on the estuary of Yangtze River and is the third largest island in China. During the stay I took part in group discussions, presentations and gained mentor guidance when needed. For my design project I used found materials from the site which included: drain pipes, roofing, rope, metal and rubber curtains. The materials were the main focus of the project, creating a range of textures, forms and color compositions, which could develop and integrate with the original structure of the building. I bought and used aluminum from a supplier in the local town, this was much more accessible and I very much enjoyed communicating and sharing my ideas with them. I attached strip bar lighting within the compositions on the walls, this created a more modern and architectural element to the old found materials from the site. This project was extremely challenging and exciting, having the freedom and time to create large scale work in a derelict but beautiful environment with such history to it.

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