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Elastic Frontiers

The Elastic Frontiers project involved various ongoing elements and an exhibition at the Arnolfini gallery and at Oldbury Court School in Bristol. 2006

Arnolfini galleryArnolfini gallery - click to enlarge

Over a 12 month period 2005/6, I worked with a group of six children at Oldbury Court Primary School in Bristol. During this time they learnt to climb and discovered about the worlds of climbing and art. They tried and explored ways of climbing and making art using the school buildings, surroundings areas, local climbing centre and places out in the landscape as their learning environments. The equipment they used ranged from traditional art materials to tables and chairs to specialised climbing equipment.

These processes of learning, problem solving, taking risks and discussion were recorded in video, photography, drawing and writing. An exhibition of this work was held at the school and at Arnolfini. This included my new climbable sculpture, The Big Cheese, an almost vertical “slab” wall made of school tables, with holes cut to act as hand and foot holes.

Links to various elements

Oldbury Court School The Big Cheese (Arnolfini / Oldbury Court School)
Oldbury Court School The Big Cheese (Source Arts Centre, Thurles)
Untitled landscape  (Alec) - click to enlarge Untitled Landscapes - Elastic Frontiers
Height with magazines (Mountain and High)
Climbing poems
Chair expedition DVD
To the Beacons DVD
Bats DVD
Drawings and texts
Misc images from the publication, activities and video stills
Corey's route Building climbs

Oldbury Court SchoolOldbury Court SchoolUntitled landscape  (Alec) - click to enlargeWaterfall crawlDan Abseil


Fitter, Happier More Productive. Source Arts Centre, Thurles. 2015 Curated by Annette Moloney
Elastic Frontiers
. Solo project. Arnolfini, Bristol 2005/6
Elastic Frontiers. Oldbury Court Primary School, Bristol. 2005/6
Some things you may have missed. gtGallery at the Switch Room, Belfast. 2007

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