Love St Peter’s, Love St Paul’s

Blog Entry No. 1 – Adventures across the Neighbourhoods with the trolley.

Collecting & Conversations.

We roamed along the streets, through the spaces and across the places of St. Peter’s, the Moors and St. Paul’s on a fine and dry Friday; the last day of June.

We paused en route to observe the buildings and brickwork, the tenacity of nature, the dust, the colours, the peeling paint, the tags, the highs, the lows, the edges and the dark and light spaces in between.

Appreciating the distinctiveness of here and there and each nuanced sense and scent of place; the atmosphere, the noise, the silence, the sights, the sounds, the smells.

We stopped at a host of strategic locations to collect earth, leaves, stones and bits and pieces as part of our mapping and documentation of the neighbourhoods.

The curiosity of the trolley and my lab-coat raised eye-brows and offered talking points for many people. And thus several enlightening conversations were had with residents, dog-walkers and passers-by. Illuminating anecdotes and experiences of life here were willingly shared that also enabled me to spread the word about the arts activities for LSP LSP.

The collected material is bagged and labelled and now fills my car with the rich and mingling scents of The Rock, of Tewkesbury Road, the banks of the River Chelt, the Moors Pocket Park, the lost Rose Garden, Maud’s Elm, Elmfield Park, Pittville Park and Brunswick Street. Such was the extensive geography of our explorations.

The material shall be re-used and represented in some way, shape or form and, along with ceramic works to be created with Kate and local residents, it will be re-presented as a rich visual and sensory archive of the ground beneath our feet.

As Antoni Tapies said:

“Like a researcher in his laboratory, I am the first spectator of the suggestions drawn from the materials. I unleash their expressive possibilities, even if I do not have a very clear idea of what I am going to do. As I go along with my work I formulate my thought, and from this struggle between what I want and the reality of the material – from this tension – is born an equilibrium.”

So, we shall see. In the meantime exciting creative adventures with clay at Gloucester Road and Dunalley Primary Schools now await us.

Sincere thanks to Yao Guo, a research student at University of Gloucestershire, who kindly accompanied me on this first adventure and documented the activities, encounters and local characteristics.

Scott Farlow