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The York ‘Bayer’ Tapestry - 2012

Every year I am asked to do an art workshop as part of the York Big City Read at York Explore Libraries. This year the theme was ‘medieval’ therefore I decided to run a community painting project based on the Bayeux Tapestry.

The idea was each person would have an A3 piece of board in which to depict their story or memory of York. It could be a place visited, people they’ve met, a happy memory or moment in history. Then, following the style of the original Tapestry and working with a limited palette, it would be painted in acrylic on the middle section of the boards.

We launched the project with a 2 day workshop at York Explore Library in July 2012 as a drop in session. We had people taking part from 3 to 95 years old, individually and as families. There was a real buzz of creativity with everyone feeding off each other for ideas etc. We completed about 60 boards in the 2 days. I contacted independent art groups around York to take part, gave the basic brief and allowed the creativity to flourish onto their boards.

The project is now finished and consists of 107 boards stretching nearly 200 foot. We launched it at York Art Gallery on Saturday 2nd February 2013.
It was a fantastic day and almost 4,000 people came through the door with local and national newspapers attending. A real success.
 
The piece has been scanned and is currently in the York Archives for all to see. It toured various venues in York throughout 2013.
The Tapestry at York City Screen
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“The Road Through York - 2014”
The Tour De France Land Art Project



As part of the Tour De France 100 day festival we produced a large piece of art to represent York during this huge event. It was displayed at the Racecourse for Le Grand Depart on 6th July 2014.

The piece, designed by me, pays homage to Yorkshire artist David Hockney as we’ve been inspired by his painting “The Road to York through Sledmere”. It was produced by local people, some of whom attend York Art Workshop courses and York Adult Education classes, as well as connecting with other like-minded people throughout the city. The piece  takes the form of a large scale, flat painting, consisting of 320 separate one metre square panels.
 
As the piece is approximately 20m x 16m, it was designed to be viewed from above by helicopter and on the day of the Grand Depart, 6th July, it was seen on TV by 3.5 billion people in 188 countries.

We ran ten one day free workshops for the people of York to attend and Be Part Of It. During these workshops there was a real sense of community with like-minded people coming together to produce something great for the City.

Thanks to:
Claire Douglas of City of York council who co-ordinated the whole project and without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.
Crown and Bradford Community RePaint for the paint.
Portakabin York for the wood panels
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“The Road Through York”  The initial sketch and the final colour reference piece. Click on each image for a larger version.
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And finally...

These images show myself and Claire Douglas (visual arts manager for York City Council), who coordinated the project with me, laying down  'The Road through York'  Tour de France land art at the Railway Institute for the launch on 4th July and then moving it to York racecourse on 5th July ready for the Grand Depart on the 6th. Click on the thumbnails for a larger picture.

There are limited edition giclee prints of my original artwork available, go to My Art Work
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Right: an aerial photo of the completed montage. 320 one metre square panels produced by the people of York reproducing 'The Road Through York' by Local artist Karen Winship
“The Face of York” - 2015

This is a visual census of the people of York here and now. Those that were born here, work here or those just passing through - past and present.

Again the York community came together to produce over 500 A4 portraits of ordinary and famous people that have an attachment with the city.
Images were created in one day workshops and in various art and craft classes around the city, using a wide range of materials; e.g. paint, pastels, ink pens, sewing machines, textiles, photographs, collage and printing.

It was all about the creativity and trying to express the personality of the subject rather than creating a photographic likeness.

They were all mounted onto card and exhibited at York Explore Library, Museum Street York and York City Screen during July 2015

‘There were so many faces looking back out at me I felt I was in a crowd of friends’
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Pointillist montage in 16 panels of York Minster

Each A3 panel was created by adult learners at Fulford School, produced in their own style using acrylic paint, taking influence from the Pointillists, by using optical colour mixing.
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