Museum of Garden History, London
25 May - 26 August 2007
In November 2006 Simon Woolham started a four month residency at the Museum of Garden History developing works that subtly dialogue with the Museum architecture and artefacts. During that time he also ran a series of workshops with year 5 pupils from Walnut Tree Walk School, a primary school located in the vicinity of the Museum.
The children's workshops have concentrated on the exploration of their favourite places both in the playground and in the Museum. Using drawing, language, digital manipulation and sound, the children have produced a variety of works which will be presented in the school - three-dimensional paper models - and in the Museum - drawings in snowdomes and digital animations.
Simon Woolham's work will also take different forms: interventions within the Museum displays and digital animations to be shown on security cameras as if they were inherently part of the life of the Museum.
The interventions reflect the artist's interest in the overlooked, neglected spaces where a lost narrative could unexpectedly unfold. Made of paper, either chewed, cut, torn or twisted, these quirky bits become witty comments and poetic gestures as they nest amongst the garden tools.
The animations are made by photographing the interventions in situ and animating the image. The paper 'sculptures' appear to respond to their surrounding: jerky movement and undefined sound give the impression that they are brought to life by feeding on the hidden energy of the host building.
A publication featuring the work produced during the residency with a commissioned text by Lisa Le Feuvre will be available.
Simon Woolham studied Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University (BA) and graduated from Chelsea College of Art (MA with Distinction) in 2000.
The residency has been generously funded by Arts Council England, North East and is curated by Danielle Arnaud.
For more information on Simon (and to see more of his work), please visit - www.darkcorner.co.uk