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Parrasol: An Art Project by Fine Art staff and students

12 Feb 2016 2:00PM

A group of staff and students from the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme have been commissioned to make a new site-specific art project called Parrasol at Appel dAir 2, a biennale art exhibition in the town of Arras, France- Ipswichs twinned town.

The exhibition will take place from 17-19 March and will involve staff and students temporarily transforming the Place dIpswich in Arras with one hundred specially made suspended umbrellas. The umbrellas will have images, sounds and patterns that reference both Ipswich and Arras.

Dr Jane Watt is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art. She said I love finding opportunities for our Fine Art students to exhibit art work to new audiences. So I was thrilled when our idea was accepted for making a site-specific work as part of the art biennial Appel dAir in Arras. We wanted to make an impact in Arras and work with the existing connection Ipswich has with its twin town. The word parasol is used in both English and French and we decided to use the sculptural form of the umbrella as a base on which to allow lots of different students and members of the public to draw references to both towns. The decorated umbrellas will then be suspended in the square so they will look like they are dancing in the sky. We will also be recording people talking in French and English about the two towns and several umbrellas will have small speakers with this audio coming from them.

Were doing several workshops with our undergraduate and postgraduate students to customise the umbrellas. Were also having a public workshop on 20 February and then one in Arras during the exhibition in March so we hope as many people as possible will participate in some way.

How you can get involved:

Do you have an umbrella you could donate to the art project?

We are looking for donations of new, old and broken umbrellas for the exhibition. Please drop them off to the Waterfront Reception, Ipswich. Collections can be made until 20 February.

Come along to our Parrasol Making Art Workshop

Bring along an umbrella and turn it into a piece of art.

Come along to a special workshop, free and open to all from 11am-2pm on Saturday 20 February in the Waterfront Building Foyer.