Research and Development: Artist in Residence Project
As the Centre’s Artist in Residence in 2013 Pippa North led a research and development project to create and build the WanderHouse, a bespoke handcrafted mobile unit.
Highlighting and utilizing the skills and expertise of the Centre’s tutors and artists, the WanderHouse is a collaborative, participatory, socially engaged arts project reaching into the community.
Through consultation with children and young people and in response to these findings, a series of handling objects was created for the WanderHouse.
Ultimately, the WanderHouse is a gift, a handshake, and as such, encapsulates the generosity of the community that is Queens Park Arts Centre.
The WanderHouse took flight in 2014, enabling children and young people to access high quality arts and crafts experiences and cultural engagement.
If you are interested in Pippa North bringing the WanderHouse to visit your school or community group then please email Sarah Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The research and development project was funded by Arts Council England through its Grants for the Arts Scheme and in memory of Amanda Burton.
Having led several WanderHouse-inspired workshops and activities throughout 2014, in February 2015 Pippa took the project on the next stage of its outreach programme when the WanderHouse visited newly-opened Berryfields School in Aylesbury.
After a special launch event (heralded by 240 handmade 'Berry Bird' invitations) Pippa collaborated with students in a week-long series of workshops.
Students from Nursery class up to Year 3 all helped contribute to a very special art project which will go on display as a lasting inspirational resource.
"Queen’s Park Arts Centre provided a fabulous Artist in Residence who helped us to create something that really reflects the character of my school. The Magic Carpet we created involved contributions from every member of the school community and now provides a beautiful resource for stimulating story and language work." Jonathan Walker, Headteacher, Berryfields C of E Primary School and Nursery
WanderHouse Workshops continued throughout 2015 and 2016, including work with Bucks Young Carers and Oak Green School.
In February 2016 the WanderHouse returned to Berryfields School for a second major collaborative project - another week of on-site workshops led to the creation of 'The Tree of a Thousand Songs' - a permanent installation which spans the school building and features work created by students, as well as a record of the school's values.
A third visit to Berryfields took place in February 2017, which led to the creation of a 'Future Portrait' representing every member of the school community, and their hopes and aspirations for the future.
With its first school collaborations complete, the WanderHouse is now embarking on the next chapter of its creative journey.
Our thanks to the Paradigm Foundation, Arts Council England, Aylesbury Vale Arts Council and Aylesbury Town Centre for their support of the outreach project.