Knutton Road Residency

THE COLLABORATORS Steve Pool & Kate Genever

Journal Entries

6 made for you
Knutton Road Residency   view March 5th

Entry #8 Made for You: slideshow

As part of their residency THE COLLABORATORS artists Steve Pool & Kate Genever chose to use part of their residency fee to commission 4 other artists to collaborate with and produce work in response to the Parson Cross neighbourhood.   These 'Small Commissions' were advertised via Arts Council England’s 'Artsjobs', drawing national attention to our Parson Cross Programme and the new Knutton Road Studios.  Each artist commissioned was offered £300, including materials and travel. We received a number of very high quality and very diverse proposals from artists who, we assume, were attracted by the open brief and the Parson Cross context rather than the small fee offered.   Short films and images accompany all these projects and they can be found on our website blog page.

This project was supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Arts  Council England

4 Wallpaper
Knutton Road Residency   view March 1st

Entry #7 Wallpapering Rose's: The Movie

THE COLLABORATORS a short film 'Wallpapering Roses - the Movie' which shows them installing their 'Made for You' artwork in Roses Hardware Shop on Margetson Crescent.

Yorkshire Artspace residency in Parson Cross supported via Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Arts Council England

Art on Parson Cross
Knutton Road Residency   view February 29th

Entry #6 Art on the Estate

Paul Allender a former local resident who grew up on Parson Cross made a film 'Art on the Estate' which sees him return to the house of an old friend whose father painted copies of Dutch Masters. "This refers to a moment in my youth that transformed my life" he said of this poignant film.

This work was one of four 'Small Commissions' made via THE COLLABORATORS and their Yorkshire Artspace residency in Parson Cross.   

Knutton Road Residency   view February 25th

Entry #5 A Day in the Life of PX

Tessa Bunney, an international documentary photographer spent 2 days on the Parson Cross estate taking photo portraits to produce a book 'A Day in the Life of Parson Cross' which has been distributed around the neighbourhood.

This was one of four 'small commissions' made via THE COLLABORATORS as part of their Yorkshire Artspace residency in Parson Cross

2 bread
Knutton Road Residency   view February 20th

Entry #4 Breadmaking film

Psalt Designs a Sheffield based design company produced beautifully crafted bread making tools, with a nod to the history of Fletchers Bakery, formerly one of the bigger employers in Parson Cross. They also made a short film 'Bread Making', seeing the tools in use at a local bakers.

This was one of four 'small commissions' made via THE COLLABORATORS as part of their Yorkshire Artspace residency in Parson Cross.

3 Rooftops final
Knutton Road Residency   view February 15th

Entry #3 Rooftops: slideshow

Peter Griffiths an artist based at Yorkshire Artspace made 'Rooftops', a series of window vinyls representing the roof profiles of local houses in the area, now permanently installed in the community room at the Library Learning Zone.

This work was one of four 'Small Commissions' made via THE COLLABORATORS and their Yorkshire Artspace residency in Parson Cross.

SKKG Made for You
Knutton Road Residency   view September 27th

Entry #2 Made For You Exhibition

Made for You

work created for shopkeepers in Parson Cross by artists Kate Genever and Steve Pool from THE COLLABORATORS. From 19th to 28th October \ Open Wednesday to Friday 11am to 4pm \ Private View and Panel Discussion on Friday 21st October, 6 to 9pm

Made For You is a collection of artworks made as part of a long-term ongoing artist residency on the Parson Cross estate of Sheffield. The pieces shown here are the second edition of works installed in shops on Buchanan Road and Margetson Crescent in Parson Cross. The first editions are installed in their respective locations and were commissioned to meet a need expressed by the shopkeepers. The images of old Parson Cross, for example, are in the ‘English Café’ and create a talking point according to proprietor Deniz with people trying to locate their houses and guess the location.

When asked: "Why they had made two of everything"? Kate and Steve replied "The same objects have different meanings in different situations, we hope people will think about context and place, the fact that there is no such thing as a neutral space, this is something this work explores”. Kate and Steve as part of their research are funded by Yorkshire Artspace through the grant received by Paul Hamlyn to explore how artists operate and situate themselves and their art within a community context.

Kate and Steve’s work is dialogical, site/community responsive and collaborative. By trying to be ”artists in the world not just artists in the art world” their practice is not driven by object outcomes but in by an attempt to “do the right thing” in a given situation.

Miwon Kwon (author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity, MIT Press, 2002) argues that - community-specific work takes critiques of "heavy metal" public art as its point of departure to address the site as a social rather than formal or phenomenological framework. The inter-subjective space created through these projects becomes the focus and medium of artistic investigation.

Kate and Steve worked with all the shopkeepers in Parson Cross to find relevant individual solutions and feel these conversations and dialogue are central to the work. As such both artists will chair a panel debate and discussion in relation to site specificity and dialogical working as part of the exhibition opening on the 21st October. All Welcome.

Knutton Road Residency   view January 26th

Entry #1 THE COLLABORATORS Parson Cross Residency 2011

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