From May through to July 2014, Artlink’s Studio 3 group collaborated with artists Jill Johnson and Beverley Haines to produce a diverse collection of artworks. The group took their inspiration from a selection of aerial photographs of Britain from the Aerofilms Collection taken by daring young men in their flying machines between 1919 – 1953. Participants explored landscape patterns as seen from an aerial perspective and at the other end of the spectrum, the intriguing patterns seen in microscopic images – mirroring the geometric and organic patterns seen in these aerial photographs.
Participants combined different elements in their artwork. These include abstract painting using watercolour texturing effects, layering and collaging techniques, photo transfers, printing and experimenting with line, shape, pattern and colour.
At the end of July we held a public exhibition to showcase this work and to celebrate the project and its participants. Visitors were able to experience original artworks, sketchbooks, projections and images of participants at work. Individuals thrived during these sessions, trying out new techniques and looking at landscapes from different perspectives.
A series of postcards were also produced to encapsulate the work produced. They serve as a colourful reminder of the art created during this time, they are also a reflection of the skill and creativity of Studio 3, Artlink’s ongoing arts workshop for adult mental health service users. The work has also been chosen to be part of the national exhibition at Birmingham Library in August, members of Studio 3 will also be taking a trip to the Midlands on this day to meet others who were involved with this national project.
We would like to thank English Heritage whose funding through ‘Britain From Above’ has enabled the project to take place.