Susan Merrick

Artist and Interpreter. Power Language Access

Conversations with Aldershot refocused

Susan Merrick 2017

With a National Lottery project grant from Arts Council England I will be developing this project across 2020 and 2021.

Working with Artists Katherine Smith , Annis Joslin and Ian Oakley, community facilitator Candice Camacho, and community organisations Safer Hampshire, West End Centre Aldershot and Chapel Arts Studios I will be developing communication strategies for sharing lesser heard stories of women during lockdown. I will then work with a small group of women who want to share their stories creatively share these as part of the wider archive of lockdown stories being collected by the local area.

The project will have a focus on exploring more mutually beneficially collaboration with communities and ideas of authorship, alongside considering how to work meaningfully with social engagement during a period of social distancing and isolation.

It is called ‘Refocused’ because the initial much larger project that I had planned could not take place due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This gave me time to consider more closely what would now be more relevant locally as well as for my practice. This project is a direct result of this reflection, the pandemic and my time as both an artist and resident in Aldershot.

Follow the project via instagram at @conversations_with_aldershot

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