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The project will examine Thomas’s first-hand account of the First World War and his contribution to its successes and commemoration through a variety of activities that will explore and share his unique archive. In particular, through a series of workshops with war veterans, organised in collaboration with charity Stoll, it will explore how creativity can provide solace and a form of reflection and rehabilitation during and after the war, as it did for Thomas.

The Art of Kintsugi Workshops

14th & 28th Jan Free Space Project / Kentish Town Health Centre

Last year artist Michael Crossan held our wonderful workshop on the art of Kintsugi. Michael has worked with us before, notably organizing the Light Therapy exhibition in 2017. The act of Kintsugi (meaning “golden repair”) is working with broken ceramics with gold or silver. The philosophy around Kintsugi is about highlighting the beautiful uniqueness of something that is broken, instead of trying to hide it. This poignant philosophy originates from Japan and has links to Wabi-Sabi, the idea that there is beauty in the broken.

Intuitive Collage Workshop

12th June Free Space Project / Kentish Town Health Centre

In our next series of workshops artist Michael Crossan ran our Intuitive Collage session. Collage is the process of creating new works from an assemblage of other elements. In this workshop we were working with a huge amount of magazines! Got lots of old magazines? This is a great way to put them to good use before they go in the recycling.

Intuitive Collage Workshop

12th Sept Free Space Project / Kentish Town Health Centre

In our next series of workshops artist Michael Crossan ran our Intuitive Collage session. Collage is the process of creating new works from an assemblage of other elements. In this workshop we were working with a huge amount of magazines! Got lots of old magazines? This is a great way to put them to good use before they go in the recycling.

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The Art of Kintsugi Workshop

5th Sept Free Space Project

 

Last Wednesday artist Michael Crossan held our wonderful workshop on the art of Kintsugi. Michael has worked with us before, notably organizing the Light Therapy exhibition in 2017. The act of Kintsugi (meaning “golden repair”) is working with broken ceramics with gold or silver. The philosophy around Kintsugi is about highlighting the beautiful uniqueness of something that is broken, instead of trying to hide it. This poignant philosophy originates from Japan and has links to Wabi-Sabi, the idea that there is beauty in the broken.

War Paint Exhibition tour talk

National Army Museum 30 March 2017 - 7 January 2018

 

War artist Michael Crossan will give a guided tour of our War Paint exhibition, in which his work is featured.

During this special one-hour tour, Michael Crossan will take you round the exhibition and discuss what it’s like to be a war artist.

Michael served in West Berlin and the UK. Learn how his experience in the army has influenced his artwork and practice over time.

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Larsen's Lost Water

Wimbledon Space 13 Nov - 11 Dec 2015

Larsen's Lost Water coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. The exhibition focuses on the ways that the relatively uncharted parts of the globe - the Polar Regions and the seas are (mis)represented, through exploring context and how introducing alien or unexpected object into a space affects both components' readings

Nelson Health Centre 2014-2015

As part of this newly reconfigured building, the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group seek to commission an artist from Wimbledon College of Arts to create a new installation for their premises. Situated at the front of the building, in a large window, this commission will be in a commanding position with passers by on pavement and road as well as visiting patients being able to view it.

Peace Makers

 

Touring Exhibition 2014-2016

 

In 2012, I took part in a series of art workshops exploring issues around Army rehabilitation and life after service, run by contemporary artist Susan Stockwell. Susan encouraged participating veterans to uses a variety of mediums including drawing, sewing and quilting to unlock memories and personal narratives of soldiering and recovery. The Peace Makers art workshops formed part of a two-year collaboration between Stockwell, the National Army Museum, and groups of soldiers and veteran soldiers in UK rehabilitation and support centres.