From September 2018 to April 2019, artist Julia Vogl has been working with the residents of three extra care homes across Hull, Cecil Gardens, Redwood Glades and Harrison Park, looking at what makes a HOME – and what make these spaces a home to residents. The last few months have seen the creation of three new artworks evolving at each site. The final work is due to be installed on June the 12th at Cecil Gardens on Hawthorn Avenue.
Each pieces is unique to its own site and the residents Julia met along the way and include a light box, a tapestry, a frieze and some interactive hand printed puzzles.
Alan Maples, Riverside Housing’s Area Manager said: “We are really pleased with the colourful art work which take pride of place in each of our three extra care schemes in Hull. An important part of creation process was to ensure our residents at the schemes were involved and took part in workshops that were used as part of the final piece in each location. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
The final works are intended to become part of the fabric and décor of each home, and add layered texture of the residents own work and coloured with all the individual spirit that Julia found herself surrounded by every week at each of the homes.
Julia discusses the creation of the work: “Making it home as we go along, may seem like a series of abstract randomly coloured artworks, but they aim to reflect what is so often hard to define- constantly change of mood, emotion, wellbeing and comfort. The spirited residents joined me week after week to experiment with new artistic mediums and approaches, bringing with them their highs and lows of the week, the day or the moment. Making permanent work had to be as malleable to the everyday and also comforting, and I hope the residents of the present and future find it makes their space a little more like home.”
To find out more about the production processes you can read Julia’s blog “Making a tapestry for Hull (in Belgium)
In partnership with Riverside.
About Julia Vogl
She is American and British and has an international art practice, with works in Hong Kong, New York City to Bristol. With a masters in sculpture from the Slade School of Art at University College London, she is dedicated to public art. Her social sculptures aims to make bold work that activates strangers and familiar communities in fun, culture and exchange.