During the academic year 2009/2010 I worked with Year 9 students from Stoke Newington School in London. We have been investigating the sites around the school grounds as well as personal spaces within it. This is how Isles of Silly came to life - the spaces of exchange, anger, rest, laughter and silliness.
The culmination of the project was a series of silly events taking place during lunchtimes in early July 2010 on the school grounds. The lunchtime events were aimed at students, staff and the local community.
On 8th July 2010 the school opened its gates to visitors who could take part in a performative tour of the school and visit the Isles of Silly. Documentation of the entire week is available here. would you like to see more picture? Click here.
On Thursday 17th June 2010 at Whitechapel Gallery a talk took place that explored Contested Spaces and the artist's role in a residency context.
With thanks to: Audrey Mullins, Becky Moll and Fiona Gerrans from Stoke Newington School and Annabel Johnson, Selina Levinson and Nicky Sim from Whitechapel Gallery.
Read more about the Whitechapel Gallery Artist-In-Residence programme.
The film made by Fiona Gerrans