As a strand of the volunteering programme, the ‘ReSearch Room’ offered an opportunity for professional artists to be involved with Project Ability, through a residency that engaged them with our artists.
The ‘ReSearch Room’ provided supported studio space for these unique exchanges to take place. This initiative was about bringing artists together to form a unique partnership, one in which they can work together on an equal footing; sharing, experimenting and learning not only from each other’s practices but also from their individual life experiences.
The project set no brief or boundaries; these were designed, negotiated and re-negotiated around the individuals involved. The outcomes of these unique partnerships proved to be both varied and fantastic in nature. This Exhibition showcases two of this year’s partnerships between Kevin Cantwell and John Cocozza and between James McCann and Rehan Yusuf, Jane Fisher and Lorraine Rainoir Clark.
“The research project has been a great opportunity for me to share my idea that skills and creativity should be passed to others, for the enjoyment of creating something new from something old: this can then be enjoyed by countless people who see it. At the beginning of the project I was researching the early pioneers of aviation, who used their imagination to create flying machines, and they appeared to have little or no scientific knowledge of aeronautics. I attempted to imagine creating flying machines with no knowledge of flite; this was achieved with using images from the internet of early flying machines, aviation scrap yards and flying creatures from today’s environment.”
“During my time at Project Ability I made three collaborative films with artists that use the facilities. The making of these short films was perhaps a strange form of collaboration, I was interested in working with artists who had a pre existing body of work and who would be interested in using film as a means of animating or providing an extended narrative to their practice.”