Two-month Art Exhibition & Residency Culminates in an Interactive Grand Finale at Future Walls Gallery, Birkenhead
Merseyside residents are invited to get their creative juices flowing this bank holiday Monday at the grand finale celebration of the "Inspired By Ron's Place" exhibition and residency, scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May. Taking place at Future Yard, 75 Argyle St, Birkenhead, the FREE event encapsulates the culmination of a two-month artistic journey, offering guests an immersive art experience inspired by the captivating world of the late Ron Gittins.
Ron Gittins, a local eccentric and artist, transformed his rented Birkenhead flat into an immersive artistic spectacle. With features including a Minotaur's head fireplace and a hallway reminiscent of an Egyptian tomb, Ron's living environment reflected his extraordinary imagination. This Grand Finale provides a unique opportunity to delve into this immersive atmosphere, allowing participants to connect with their own creative processes.
Participants will have the chance to witness a selection of previously unseen works and creative responses formulated during the #inspiredbyronsplace residency at the Future Walls Gallery,
What to Expect
Art Workshops: Interactive art workshops encouraging guests to explore their creative potential.
Live Installations: Experience "Behind the Mask", a thought-provoking live installation by Damien John Kelly House residents.
Open Mic: The outdoor stage will transform into an Open Mic arena for poetry recitals and musical performances.
Share Your Experience: The Sound Agents will be present to document attendees' experiences and recollections of Ron.
Art Display An opportunity to view unseen works created during the Inspired by Ron’s Place residency at the Future Walls Gallery.
Talks and Insights Hear from Jan & Chris from The Caravan Gallery, filmmaker Martin Wallace, and trustees of WACCLT about the ongoing story of Ron's Place.
The celebration will extend from 12 noon to 6 pm, featuring an array of activities such as open mic sessions, live art installations, and interactive workshops. Attendees can explore their inner artists, guided by talented individuals in an environment resonating with Ron's creative spirit. The Sound Agents will be present to record attendees' experiences and recollections of Ron, further preserving the legacy of Ron's Place.
In an exciting epilogue, the event will showcase "Behind the Mask", a thought-provoking live installation by Damien John Kelly House residents, offering an intense and inspiring evening after the exhibition ends at 6pm.
Sanna King, one of the event organisers, expressed her enthusiasm about the event: "This has been an amazing project that's been inspiring and exhausting in equal measures. I'm so grateful to Future Yard and the artists that have helped us create an exhibition that reflects Ron's quirks and passions, and offers visitors the opportunity to get creative and be a part of it too. There's still lots to get involved in, and should be a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend!"
For those who haven't visited yet, it's the perfect chance to witness a wide array of photography and artwork inspired by Ron's Place. The exhibition also features original artworks by Ron, revealing the essence of his immersive artistic haven.
The event is FREE and open to all, but registration is essential.
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SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:
Interactive creative workshops throughout the day. You can reserve a place in advance or walk in on the day, on a first come first serve basis
12 - 2pm: Pigment Painting with Landlines Studio
2.30 - 4pm: Mono Printing with Jane Bennett
4.30 - 6pm: Zentangle Workshop with Annie Taylor
Throughout the afternoon, Jackie Pease will be back with her pen-plotting machines, churning out automated yet haphazard responses to Ron's Place.
There will be all-day drop-in making stations for papier-mâché sculptures and collage cards and artworks.
From 1-3pm in the Pink Box Studio, The Sound Agents* John and Moira will be recording your thoughts and stories about Ron’s Place. Between 4-6pm, you can enjoy an Open Mic on the Outdoor Stage.
Enjoy photos, footage, music videos, and short films from Ron's Place and Residency, projected throughout the afternoon. Try out the VR headset experience of Ron's Place, view artworks and artefacts from Ron's Place, and behold new unseen artworks created in response to Ron's Place by various artists.
6-8pm: 'Behind The Mask' - Live Installation by DJK House residents will be on show.