Symbols of Presence: Exhibition with Christopher Jarratt and Highfield Adventure Playgroundexhibition • 08 Sep 2021 – 25 Sep 2021
Symbols of Presence is showing from 8-25 September at Yorkshire Artspace.
Site Gallery presents Symbols of Presence, a new exhibition by Christopher Jarratt developed in collaboration with young people from Highfield Adventure Playground.
Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday 8 September from 6-7pm, or pre-book your tickets for a later date below.
Open from 8-25 September at Yorkshire Artspace
21 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS – next door to Site Gallery
Entry is free, but you must book a timed ticket before visiting.
Christopher has lived in Sharrow since 2014 and has collaborated on projects with Sharrow Community Forum and The Adventure playground since 2016. This is the first exhibition that they have made together.
The exhibition is a collection of film, photography and sculpture that sit together to provide a space for reflection and daydreaming.
The central element is a circular balance beam sculpture that is inspired by the Daoist practice of walking in circles as an act of meditation. Audiences are invited to walk on the beam as a grounding exercise within the exhibition.
Through a series of workshops the young people experimented with different collage techniques and diffused coloured pigments in water. By panning over the work with a macro lens we created a film that transforms these small compositions into imaginary worlds.
The accompanying audio features the young people experimenting with contact microphones and Tibetan singing bowls recorded in a workshop with sound healer Muna Mcadie to create an ambient and ethereal soundscape.
Special thank you to all the young people involved in this project; Rahan, Danyal, Asim, Habib, Maia, Lovae, Ammara, Mohammed, Imaeya and Fallon.
Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Images: Peter Martin
Christopher Jarratt’s work draws on play, sustainability, colour theory, iconography and storytelling to create unique experiential artworks and installations.
Working with communities from the outset, he looks to the power of storytelling, imagination & fables to create new visual & physical landscapes. Throughout the process, and an integral part of the final piece, Christopher’s work aims to make people feel empowered and gain a sense of ownership over space and place through learning, skill sharing and creating work with legacy and inherent quality.
His paintings, sculptures and social engagement encourage the exploration of our imagination, how we ‘read’ objects and images, striving to find new narratives.