PLACE/SETTING is happening June 28 to July 8 at the Gardiner Museum
Over the course of two weeks, Akin Projects will deliver a series of all-ages clay-making workshops and community events. Drawing inspiration from Judy Chicago’s iconic work The Dinner Party, visitors will interact with ceramics in a more social, contemporary way. Contemporary ceramists will lead workshops with visitors in which they will create a functional object. As they are created and prepared for display, the works will slowly set the table for a community celebration and active installation. The walls of the space will be covered to create a living sketchbook that documents the project and the planning of each unique piece. The closing event will be a community celebration for all of the participants. Visitors will be allowed to share and trade the tableware created, reinterpreting the value placed on functional objects.
ABOUT THE MAKE IT REAL PROJECT
The Gardiner Museum works with community and cultural partners to enhance the richness and diversity of the cultural sector. This summer, we’re hosting a Community Arts Space in our exhibition hall. Through an open call for proposals, the Gardiner selected five partners to explore four themes—interactivity, performance, community-engaged arts, and city building. There’s something for everyone . From fort building to clay hand building, and from experimental theatre to participatory workshops, experience the best the city has to offer at the Gardiner.
Tuesday June 28, 1 - 3 pm
Mythical Mug Making Clay Workshop
Open to all ages, hand-build a mug based on your favorite animal or mythical creature with artist Lindsay Montgomery using slabs, coils, and pinching techniques.
Wednesday July 6, 6:30 - 9 pm
Still Life/Real Life: Drawing + Ceramics
All artists are welcome to join Akin for this evening of uninstructed still-life, and real-life drawing.
Thursday June 30, 6 - 8 pm
Tabletop Planter Clay Workshop
In this workshop, artist Janet Hinkle will guide participants through the process of hand building their very own unique planter.
Thursday July 7, 6 - 8 pm
Face Plate Clay Workshop
In this workshop with artist Juliana Neufeld, participants will use clay to transform a functional dinner plate into the face of a unique character or creature from their imagination.
Saturday July 2, 1 - 3 pm
Slab-Built Side Plates with Texture or
Learn how to roll out an even slab of clay and experiment with simple slump molds with artist Andrea Ciccone. Add texture or stamp detail using materials provided, or bring an object or textured fabric of your own and create a completely custom, one-of-a-kind, and personalized plate.
Friday July 8, 6 - 9 pm
Closing Community Reception
Join all of the Akin Project artists and workshop participants to celebrate the artworks created and transformation of the space as a complete living sketchbook.
Monday July 4, 6 - 8 pm
From Cloth to Clay: Handbuilt Slab & Coil Bowls
For those who like to build and play with patterns, this workshop with artist Natalie Waddell will focus on creating textured bowls of various shapes and sizes.