Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 July 2019
Image: Plain Speaking Tours of We the People Are the Work (with Rachel Dobbs and Crazy Glue) at KARST, 2017. Photo: Gemma Ward Photography for Take A Part CIC
Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.
This May, Director of Take A Part CIC Kim Wide is making the selection.
Kim Wide is Director of Take A Part CIC (TAP), a socially engaged arts organisation based in Plymouth, which works with underserved communities to explore and engage with contemporary art and culture. Through a process of co-curation and co-creating with residents of communities, TAP supports long-term, embedded and grass-roots artistic processes responding to themes of identity, community cohesion, social enterprise and training/talent development. TAP also advises and collaborates to support other organisations to consider how they can further engage with their audiences.
TAP is currently working on Reverberations, a two-year programme with the community of Teats Hill in Plymouth, looking at the modern day impacts of the Mayflower journey on one Plymouth community. It supports local residents to dig deeply into history and explore an alternative narrative via their own personal stories of arrival and belonging in Teats Hill and have their stories amplified as Plymouth commemorates Mayflower 400 – with artists Sarah Sense, Laura Hopes, Beyond Face, Edson Burton, Far Flung Dance, Crab & Bee (Phil Smith & Helen Billinghurst) and more. Reverberations is a partnership project with National Marine Aquarium, The Box, Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth City Council and Prince Rock Primary School.
TAP is also working towards Social Making 2020, the third iteration of its biennial symposium dedicated to social practice, established in 2016, scheduled for June 2020. TAP continues to support other organisations that it has initiated as they grow, such as Take A Part Carlow (ROI) and We Create (Cheltenham), and advises and collaborates to support other organisations to consider how they can further engage with their audiences.
Kim is also the Chair of Bricks, a new organisation supporting deeper and stronger relationships between artists and audiences in Bristol to secure a resilient arts ecology for the city. Bricks was selected by East Street Arts for The Guild programme as one of 20 artist-led studio projects nationally to be supported and mentored over the next four years. Bricks is launching publicly on 1 May 2019 and invites artists to feed in their ideas and make contact for future collaborations via Bricks website.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network