Today

5 May

Today

A short film by Sylvia Morgado (2020, 2″55′)

TODAY is my first (very) short film, a poetic narrative of self-isolation, entirely produced by me at home during the lockdown for @TheMandyNetwork #mandyhomemoviefest
I had fun in the past two weeks wandering around the flat, staring through the windows, capturing endless images, colours and sounds.
First pallet was red and its hues, followed by yellows and greens inspired by my daily avocados, and my loyal Imperial typewriter.
Arts keeps me going! What about you, how is your creative flow during the lockdown?
Here is the link for the film on instagram: https://lnkd.in/e5UWh7P
I hope you’ll enjoy it! Feel free to like & share the post on instagram with friends.
Let’s keep connected!

   

#sylviamorgado #sylviamorgadoartist #typewriter #visualpoetry #minimalismart #abstractart #arts4wellbeing #artsforwellbeing #filmmaker #artist #writer #shortfilm #selfisolation #lockdownlondon #stayhome

Tour Anna Maria Maiolino @ Whitechapel Gallery

4 Jan

We kicked off the year in style! The Interativos group had a lovely time today at the Whitechapel Gallery today experiencing Anna Maria Maiolino’s remarkable retrospective “Making Love Revolutionary”.

https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/anna-maria-maiolino/

The tour was a free event and the fifth in a series of the INTERATIVOS gallery tours; an extension of the workshops and an opportunity for us to exchange ideas and talk about contemporary arts in loco.

The gallery kindly offer us to bring our group there on a self-lead visit creatively guided by me in a way to bring us new ways to discuss contemporary art issues.

@Larissa Nicolatto

@symorgado

For young people. By young People. My insights on the Engage Conference 2019

8 Dec

Engage International Conference 2019

Newcastle & Gateshead

@engagevisualart #UnlockingCulture2019

@symorgado #interativosworkshop

For young people and made by young people. Having the opportunity to hear youth voices at the conference talking about their experience it the arts and cultural sector was certainly a highlight of the Engage Annual Conference 2019 to me. As my own work ranges across the intersections of poetry and arts, it was also of great value to see how museums and galleries are exploring art through creative writing.

It was fantastic to visit the participatory exhibition #PlayRebellion at the @balticgateshead and hear from Vicky Sturrs about their ambitious and innovative Play focused learning programme – and to be able to experiment it! Later, at the Soapbox 8, it was exciting to learn from her about the legacy of #MaxLiteracy, which led me to research it more. I went to their website to explore resources and it inspired me to create a concrete poetry session for children – adapted from a workshop I previously delivered for adults. Funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust and supported by Engage and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), the project “enables galleries & visual arts venues to support creative writing and literacy work with schools.”

Another invaluable example of best practice was the workshop with @NewWritingNorth. It was brilliant to see the ways they engage with young people: treating all as artists, focusing on professionalism, yet not forgetting to create a sense of pride and recognition – output and celebrations are important to the experience. Also interesting to see the different funding, many local, they apply to individual projects and areas; how they separate the groups according to interest (wellbeing developers, active seekers and artistic explores) and the way they work with writers, producers and schools.

As I recently become a mentor for the Arts Emergency charity and I have not yet worked with young people in this context, after listening to some of the speakers honestly and openly sharing their ideas, challenges and work, I left feeling more prepared, ready and excited to start mentoring.

The remarkable discussions raised by the @NYAAGScot members and @GweniLlwyd responding to “Who do we mean by ‘young people’ and what do we know about their engagement with the arts and culture?” in Plenary 1 have contributed hugely to this understanding.

@GweniLlwyd narrated how she had to develop a whole new set of skills to run the programme of the RawFfest, a pioneering youth-led festival – to empower young people and to develop their leadership skills is one of their goals. It allowed her to grow her professional confidence, and led her to pursue a degree in arts. She ended her speech with a question to delegates: “How do we close the gap between young people’s culture and cultural organizations?”

@NYAAGScot is a group of 30 young people convened by Creative Scotland who have a £50k budget to create a fund, representing their own voice. They talked about their advocacy work through workshops, social media, etc. and their recommendations for arts in Scotland.

Ben Dickenson also contributed to the session presenting @cityofdreamsNG ’s strategy and explaining how they consulted with people under 25 years in deprived areas to learn what they wanted for the future in order to better engage with them and put together an action plan.

Later on, actor/rapper/facilitator @KemaKay words when in conversation with Dickenson about how engaging with culture and music affected and transformed his life were inspiring. He offered some valuable advice: 1. Believe in yourself. Know your value as an artist 2. Try to put yourself in other people’s shoulder, so you can connect more. By telling your own story you connect with other people 3. Be passionate about what you do. If you don’t care, what others should?

Another relevant contribution was keynote speaker @SharnaJackson, Artistic Director @Site_Gallery, in Sheffield, where academic; not accessible language is not welcome. She addressed the importance of knowing your community & audiences and presented five transferable learning: 1. Know your people: what do they want? 2. Know yourself: what is your brand? Who are you? 3. Understand what you want: what is the budget? What can you produce with this budget? Who/ what are you communicating? 4. Make friends with benefits: make new partnerships 5. Sisterhood: share; create a community with – a real – strategy. If you build, they will come.

In the past four years I became involved in policy for Children and Play in London, so the Plenary 2 was equally important to me, increasing my awareness and knowledge of policy in gallery, museum and visual art education, and how it affects change. Even though there were discussions on workforce background diversity, I’d love to see more conversations around the theme in the next conference or events.

The conference proved to be a relevant learning opportunity through the critical presentations, case studies, fringe events and practical examples, specially from the young people, in the UK arts and cultural heritage sector, bringing me reflection and insights into my research on how arts can be more accessible to all. One answer is clear and straightforward: actively listening to your audience.

As a freelancer artist educator from London, attending the conference have also contributed to a better understanding of the local context, which I was not familiar with, as well as it was an opportunity to learn more and connect with other professionals working in a wide range of different projects, resulting on future collaborations and possible partnerships.

Thank you all at @engagevisualart for the artist bursary to attend the conference. It was an enriching opportunity!

27 May | AltMFA residency talk + workshop @ Guest Projects

24 May

Join us 2-4.30pm | Monday 27th May @ Guest Projects

(Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road E8 4QL London, UK)

💥 TALK + WORKSHOP during our AltMFA residency at Guest Projects

Join artists Anna-Maria Amato; Debora Mo and Sylvia Morgado on an open discussion on arts and well-being

Followed by a fun collaborative workshop!

Making art can enhance cognitive abilities and memory; can aid symptoms of depression and anxiety and it’s been prescribed for better well being. Learn how art can help us achieve the 5 ways to well being.

FOLLOWED BY a fun collaborative arts workshop!

Book here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/311979239698535/?ti=icl

http://www.guestprojects.com/upcoming/2019/5/24/plosives

https://www.instagram.com/alt_mfa/

#artisttalk #artsandwellbeing #artsandwellness #artworkshoplondon #interativosworkshop #artistresidency #alternativeartschool #artistcollective #collaborativeart #altmfa

AltMFA residency @ Guest Projects

24 May

So happy that today we open our @Alt_MFA residency at Guest Projects, (generous) artist Yinka Shonibare’s studio space!

💥 Join us at one of the events below:

2.-4.30pm 27 May | Talk: arts & well-being + workshop (With @symorgado, @anna_maria_amato26 & @debora.mo.art) 5-9pm 27 May | Dinner **

6-9pm 30 May | Exhibition Opening

** Bring a dish or contribution!

Email altmfalondon@gmail.com so we can know you’re coming

Address: Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road E8 4QL London

‘an abrupt sound made by closing the mouth then releasing a burst of breath’

AltMFA embark on their annual Guest Projects residency, turning the room into a working studio and project space for a week. With a processual approach, the group will create multiple ways in which notions of time impact on the construction and deconstruction of objects, languages and embodied relations around the title of the show ‘Plosives’.

Plosives, Definition: A plosive consonant is an abrupt sound made by closing the mouth then releasing a burst of breath. The plosive consonants in English are B, P, T and D; their effect, especially when used repeatedly is to create a verbal reflection of events, items or emotions which have a harsh feel, for example anger, a car crash or a gun. They are effective when used in poetry due to the increased intensity of focused language.

http://www.guestprojects.com/upcoming/2019/5/24/plosives

https://www.instagram.com/alt_mfa/

#artistresidency #alternativeartschool #artistcollective #artandwellbeing #artandwellness #openingexhibition #collaborativeart #altmfa

Interativos workshop 2019

2 Jan

INTERATIVOS 2019 | Programme

(For more info & RSVP, please visit: www.meetup.com/INTERATIVOS/)

–       During this term we’ll focus on women artists, then we go on to colour and from August until the end of the year we’ll be welcoming special guest collaborators.

–       At Interativos we start the workshop talking about an artist/ artist movement & reading poems to engage on nice conversations and to get inspired to do the creative work. Please don’t expect a lecture! It’s all very informal and in a friendly environment.

–       We propose an activity, but we also like the idea of a free space, so feel free to work on your own ideas or to bring something you’re already working on.

–  Structure of the workshops:  Artist > Art Movement >Poetry > Activities

2019

FEBRUARY Hannah Hoch, Will Ashford and William Kentridge

Theme: Art and Language
Activity:  Collage, stitching and/or painting on old book pages

MARCH Mira Schendel, Rachel Whiteread
Theme: Taking inspiration from architecture and sculpture to play with geometry and shapes

Activity: Collage and acrylic painting

APRIL Yoko Ono

Theme: Instruction Paintings
Activity: We’ll write instructions paintings to share with each other and make drawings/ paintings based on that. It will be very playful!

MAY Joseph Cornell, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg and Kurt Schwitters

Theme: Assemblage art
Activities: We’ll make assemblage boxes and cover them boxes with collage, acrylic painting or texture. Please bring a small box (shoe size is ideal) and any objects or images which you would like to stick inside or collage into your box.

JUNE Vivian Springford
Theme: Nature and colour
Activities: Abstract watercolour ink & mini books

JULY Michael Rakowitz
Activities: Poetry workshop followed by external tour

We’ll meet at the Create Place in the morning to then head to the Whitechapel Gallery at 12pm to a creative tour of the exhibition.

AUGUST Guest artist: Christopher Collier

Theme: Art and Alchemy & Magical Modernism
Activity: Making symbols w/ watercolour

SEPTEMBER Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long

Theme: Nature and Arts
Activities: Drawing flowers with watercolour

OCTOBER Sylvia Morgado

Fun Palace Family Day at the St Margaret’s House

Theme: What you wish for your community
Activities: Colourful collage and painting

PLEASE NOTE: this workshop will exceptionally start at 12pm and will be held at the HALL of the St Margaret’s House. Entrance through the Gallery Cafe (21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL) – Just a few doors down from the Create Place.

NOVEMBER Guest artist: Clara Dias

Theme: Painting through collage
Activities: Collage in paper & fabric

DECEMBER  Guest artist: Aurelie Freoua
Theme: Music and painting
Activities: Playing with contrasts in acrylic painting

REPRESENTATIVES | group show

20 Sep

We’d love to welcome you there!

11:30-12:30 Saturday 22nd Sept | REPRESENTATIVES artists & curator ‘s talk @ Latner Room, St Peter’s College. New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DL.

REPRESENTATIVES is a group show with Brazilian women visual artists based in London that dialogue with the conference “Women in Transition: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries”, organized by the Kings College, that aims to discuss gender representation, focused in feminine artists, visual arts, migration and multiculturalism.
Curated by Clara Rocha. Artists: Laís Pontes, Marcia Thompson, Maysa Stolz, Pauline Batista, Rubiane Maia, Sylvia Morgado, Tete de Alencar e Vanessa da Silva.

More info https://transitionwomen.wordpress.com/exhibition-2/

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INTERATIVOS 2018 | Aug – Dec

1 Jul

INTERATIVOS 2018 | Programme August to December

(For more info & RSVP, please visit: http://www.meetup.com/INTERATIVOS/)

–       During this semester we’ll focus on women artists, often making a parallel with Latin America.

–       At Interativos we start the workshop talking about an artist/ artist movement & reading poems to engage on nice conversations and to get inspired to do the creative work. Please don’t expect a lecture! It’s all very informal and in a friendly environment.

–       We propose an activity, but we also like the idea of a free space, so feel free to work on your own ideas or to bring something you’re already working on.

–  Structure of the workshops:  Artist > Art Movement >Poetry > Activities


AUGUST
  Frida Khalo
Theme: Colour
Activity:  Collage

SEPTEMBER Yayoi Kusama
Theme: repetitive patterns / infinite colourful polka dots
Activities: Choosing a picture out of a magazine in order to create a (dot) composition & kaleidoscope making with dots/ words

OCTOBER Louise Bourgeois
Theme: Bourgeois’ Dream series / Our dreams
Activity: Watercolour ink / wet on wet technique

NOVEMBER Fiona Bannert & Jenny Holzer
Theme: Man & the city / visual poetry
Activities: Relief and stamp printmaking / artist books

DECEMBER Alison Sandifer, Guler Ates, Gemma Lowe, Jennifer Pattison, Tete de Alencar & Marcia Thompson
Theme: Celebrating women artists
Activities: (Post)cards, acrylic painting, sketching, stitching

INTERATIVOS 2018 | Jan – July

7 Jan

INTERATIVOS 2018 | Programme January to July | British Artists 

(For more info & RSVP, please visit: http://www.meetup.com/INTERATIVOS/)

–       During this semester we’ll focus on British artists, often making a parallel with Latin America.

–       At Interativos we start the workshop talking about an artist/ artist movement & reading poems to engage on nice conversations and to get inspired to do the creative work. Please don’t expect a lecture! It’s all very informal and in a friendly environment.

–       We propose an activity, but we also like the idea of a free space, so feel free to work on your own ideas or to bring something you’re already working on.

–  Structure of the workshops:  Artist > Art Movement >Poetry > Activities

FEBRUARY William Morris

Theme/ activities: (Floral) patterns/ Make your own sketchbooks/ notebooks and customize the cover with (floral) patterns/ collage/ poetry

Morris was also a poet and I’m bringing some of his poems to read to the participants.

MARCH Bridget Riley/ Rachel Whiteread  (we’ll also make a parallel with Helio Oiticica)

Theme/ activities: Make you own opt art/ mark making with card  / painting with scissors (cut out & Tamgram)

APRIL Tracey Emin x Turner

Theme/ activities: Artists & poets. Making and sending customizes postcards. Decorating with automatic drawing & continuous line/ watercolour (wet on wet technique).

Do you know that Turner was also a poet and there’s a book published? I found out about this on my research’s about artists who were also poets, and I went to the British Library in search of this book, that I’ll bring to show to the participants.

MAY Richard long/ Richard Deacon & Henry Moore

Theme/ activities: sculpture & drawing. Making relief/ cut out/ mobiles with paper/ string/ card/ found materials. Positive & negative; puzzles, circles and squares.

 JUNE Tacita Dean

Theme/ activities: Installation work. Using photography as a background to make collage. Sound and art. Making an altered/ loop tapes to go with your collage.

JULY Joan Mitchell & Stuart Sutcliffe
Theme/ Activity: Abstract (acrylic) painting
With guest artist and Interativos regular Richard Kemp

 

14th Sept 17 Preview of “In Between” 

12 Sep

Favela Arts – Made in Brasil Boteco is launching its new exhibition space with the solo show “Sylvia Morgado – In Between”, opening this Thursday 14th of September (48 Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AJ).

The project is curated by Clara Rocha, who will run a couple of workshops in September. Check the invite below for more info.

We’d love to see you there!

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