Swiss Cottage Site Visit – making stories for Tall Tales

_DSC0736Wewioraprojects took a trip south of the border last week to meet the Library and learning team at Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery in Camden, London. The Library will be one of 3 London venues as part of our proposed touring programme ‘Tall Tales’ due to open in the Camden area in early 2016 (subject to funding).

Tall Tales in a touring programme, which will explore the possibilities of bridging gaps between what we might traditionally understand as visual arts and literature. It will curate a conversation between a group of female artists’ whose work explores narrative structures and playful twists between invention, fact and fiction. You can read more about our Tall Tales programme here:

Armed with exciting updates around the development of Manchester artists’s Sagarandcampbell’s new textiles commission, we were able to discuss the installation of their existing ‘Chandelier of Lost Earrings’ work as an initial focal point and reference for local audiences to engage with their new work. It was great to see the current exhibition in the Gallery space invited local audiences to interact with the art work – a good sign for our forthcoming programme there!

The current exhibition connected to Camden’s track record of hosting some of the most innovative and influential performance of our times. Over the last fifty years, the makers of theatre, art, music and dance have drawn on Camden’s rich legacy of radical thinking and revolutionary ideals. ‘Re-Stage’ invited local audiences and students from the neighbouring Central School of Speech and Drama to re-enact some of the most important scenes from the history of radical theatre. The props, costumes and stage sets are re-created in order for people to re-enter the plays that re-defined theatre.

With a diverse arts and literature section within the Swiss Cottage Library, for our own Tall Tales programme we will also be working the Library team to select and display their own reference and interpretation area, bringing the their own archives to the surface within the context of this project.

It was great to check out the space once again, and as always was totally overwhelmed by the learning areas they have on offer – a perfect haven for our sagarandcampbell engagement work to develop as part of the overall tour!

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