Imagined Futures, site-specific installation of banners and woodcut prints, K6 Gallery, 2017
Site-specific banner installation, K6 Gallery 2017

I was invited by K6 Gallery, Southampton, to create an installation for their gallery. I chose the theme of primary education policy.  I made a set of six large-scale woodcut prints and banners specifically for the venue. Free woodcut prints ‘Imagine Better’ were available for the people of Southampton to take away.

Edition of 400 free woodcut prints – for the people of Southampton, 19 x 28cm

The works imagined a future education policy prioritising creativity, critical reasoning, and imagination as keys to fulfilling each child’s potential.

Installation view (6 woodcut prints and 4 site-specific banners). K6 Gallery, 2017
Woodcut for K6 Gallery, 76x56cm

The work was my oppositional response to primary assessment tests, attainment targets, rote-learning and teaching-to-the-test, which can dominate the lives of teachers and pupils in our primary schools. This tends to skew teaching priorities away from children’s holistic development and reduce in-school time for creative activities, reading-for-pleasure, art, drama and music. In addition, the Ofsted inspection regime seems designed to impose academisation, involving the massive transfer of public assets into private ownership.

 

Woodcut for K6 Gallery, 76x56cm
Woodcut for K6 Gallery, 76x56cm
Woodcut for K6 Gallery, 76x56cm
woodcut for K6 Gallery, 76x56cm
plywood print 76x56cm
K6 Gallery installation view.