Local artist Agata Nowak has been inviting the communities of Croydon to participate in a series of clay workshops to create flowers (and creatures) that are currently on display at the Crisis Skylight Croydon.
I have been amazed by the work of participants – there are some truly exquisite pieces to show. Please join me in celebrating the creativity of Croydon’s communities that took part. I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with the communities of Crisis Charity, Refugee Centre, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Information Service, Ridgeway Primary School and Nursery and Bramley Bank Short Stay School.
I believe in the importance of being appreciated, welcomed and accepted. By showcasing works of different groups of participants in one art installation I would like to celebrate the individuals and bring them together. Give an opportunity to appreciate one another, and be appreciated and welcomed by others.
For the exhibition, Agata curated a garden full of ceramic roses, daisies, daffodils, snails, slugs, fungi and even a snowman. The ceramic garden showcases works of 223 participants that took part in 17 workshops. All work has been fired and glazed, and each community is represented by their chosen colour:
Red – Crisis Skylight Croydon and Refugee Centre (West Croydon)
Blue – Alzheimer’s Society (Croydon)
Orange - Carers Information Service (Croydon)
Yellow – Ridgeway Primary School and Nursery (South Croydon)
Green - Bramley Bank Short Stay School (Sanderstead)
The aim of this project is to celebrate Croydon's diverse communities and showcase their work. As well as having the joyous experience of making handmade clay objects.
The project is supported by the Mayor of London’s Culture Seeds.