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In urbansuburban, I explore relationships in the area of St Ebbes within living memory. This activity is principally through reminiscence work with local groups, working closely with Oxford City Council, and draws together material ranging from objects, sound, photographic and archival images and drawings.

Looking back to the time when the Westgate was first developed and beyond to St Ebbe’s as a densely populated urban area of Oxford, I have been meeting some of the original residents and hearing their memories of a time of dramatic upheaval in St Ebbe’s.

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Demolition in St Ebbe’s
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When St Ebbes was re-developed in the 1960s many of the residents of the area were moved to new developments at the edge of Oxford. So although the area has changed from being a densely populated area of the City, there are many people living at Blackbird Leys, Barton, Rose Hill and Cutteslowe who originated from St Ebbes. I have called this project ‘urbansuburban’ to reflect the way St Ebbes’ significance extends far beyond the small area that it occupies in Oxford.

The research for this project was developed into an artist’s book work, displayed at the Museum of Oxford from 1st October 2016.

The urbansuburban research has been developed into work shown at Modern Art Oxford in the exhibition ‘Future Knowledge’, May 2017. More images and further research developed from this exhibition will be uploaded soon.

Follow this project at http://urbansuburbanoxford.blogspot.co.uk

You can view the urbansuburban book here.

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‘Before the Tempest’

Installation photos of the set design created with Emma Reynard and in collaboration with Crisis members as part of ‘Hidden Spires’ 2015.

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Photo credit:  James Sutton

A portrait of Great Western Park, Didcot

Barbaresi is currently artist in resident at Great Western Park, Didcot.

As part of her role she is co-ordinating socially engaged activities to explore a sense of place and community identity. The ground-breaking scientific research in the Didcot area is a particular area of focus.

You can find out more at artingreatwesternpark.com

Hidden Spires

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I have just finished working with Emma Reynard on two week long workshops as part of the new, Arts Council funded, Hidden Spires project. Hidden Spire is a collaboration between Arts at the Old Fire Station and Crisis.

Since 2012, Crisis members have worked together with professional artists to create art, music and writing, inspired by a theme, culminating in a performance to the public.

This August Hidden Spire 2015 was launched with a three week summer school.

Crisis members worked with a playwright, Renata Allen, and two visual artists, myself and Emma Reynard, to explore the theme of ‘Transforming the Ordinary’.

We played with ways of transforming ordinary materials and objects. The outcomes included sculptural ideas, media experiments and projections.

The writers experimented with different writing forms and techniques, and created original pieces inspired by the theme, folklore, and what they saw in the artwork.

This is the project’s first incarnation; it is playful, experimental and without boundaries or limitations to create anything in particular.

Next year we will use some of these ideas to write and perform an original play and create an exhibition.

To follow this project go to www.hiddenspire.co.uk