//About the Exhibition//
‘Give me some mud off a city crossing, some ochre out of a gravel-pit, a little whitening, and some coal dust, and I will paint you a luminous picture, if you give me time to gradate my mud, and subdue my dust.’
John Ruskin – Elements of Drawing
Paul Gent presents a series of new drawings made alongside residents of Charnwood that explore place, participation and the act of sketching. Charnwood Arts and Modern Painters, New Decorators have worked alongside Paul to produce a series of texts, structures and modes of display.
'Where We Live + What We Know' has and will continue to be, created from a series of participatory projects which engage local villages in Charnwood in arts workshops, drawing tours and opportunities for villages to share their history as part of Charnwood Arts’ ‘People Making Places’ programme. The resulting artworks celebrate the rudiments of drawing as a tool that can actively engage us with our surroundings; whether landscape, architecture or human. ‘Where We Live + What We Know’ encourages new links and modes of collaboration across the borough, in turn creating a living, breathing, personal and public archive.
Paul Gent is a visual artist who works with schools, universities and community centres in the UK and worldwide. Using cartoons, murals, mapping and games, Paul works hands-on through issues such as migration and community cohesion. By sharing ideas Paul creates a process that allows participants to take ownership over the artwork. He has worked as an associate artist with Charnwood Arts in the borough and abroad since the 1990s.
'Where We Live & What We Know’ is supported by Rawlins Community Trust, Charnwood Borough Council and Arts Council England.
//About Modern Painters, New Decorators//
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//About Charnwood Arts//
Charnwood Arts is an Arts Council England - National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England and Charnwood Borough Council. We work across Charnwood and beyond in multiple art forms and media with specialist knowledge, projects and experience in arts in health and well being, alternative and informal education, cross cultural and community cohesion projects and community publishing, exhibitions and collaborative ways of working.