Between September and December 2017 artist in residence Sian Watson Taylor worked closely with children and young people from Ellesmere College and Ashmount School. Through a series of workshops in the schools led by Sian the children explored kinaesthetic and sensory art. They also visited the Attenborough Arts Centres gallery to see the Laura Swanson and Claude Cahun exhibitions.
About the artist
Sian Watson Taylor, Kinaesthetic and Sensory Visual Artist
“I have always believed that creativity has an amazing power to inspire and challenge and allow young people and children to have control over their own lives. For me that is the main part of working in an amazing project as this has been.
The fact that all the people who have taken part in the residency have been given that power through creativity and exploring the arts. That young people and children with SEND needs can take the same risks as others children; the idea of taking control of their own choices in their creative journey and to be able to challenge themselves equally as everyone else.
To have the opportunities to judge and learn about their own capabilities and extend them. To be able to explore all the emotions which come had in hand with challenging yourself through art making; the wonderful frisson of excitement that happens when you are exploring art and the unexpected moments that jump up and celebrate the experiences that are happening.
One of the main themes for the residency came out of the sessions, was the idea of this importance of being able to push boundaries, to take risks and explore. This applied not only to the young people and children but also the teaching staff and myself!
The power of creativity, it is a wonderful and magical thing to see and take part in.”
“Motivation, Curiosity, Creativity, Imagination, Identity”.
Sian specialises in running visual art and theatre workshops that help find ways of broadening the learning experiences of children and young people; working towards using imaginative re-thinking to gain a deeper understanding of how children learn from the spaces around them. Her work includes drawing, sculpture, installations, working with performance, literacy, scriptwriting, puppet making, costume and theatre props. These are just a few ways in which she helps children, young people and adults to open the door and allow imagination & creativity to come to life.
Working with Nottingham Contemporary, New Arts Exchange , Lakeside Arts Centre, Stan’s Cafe, Creative Partnerships, The British Art Show 6 & 7, Museums & Galleries across the country plus many schools & community groups, Sian tries to foster curiosity, imagination, investigation, and collaboration.