We know that collaborative art projects which explore the lived experience of the people taking part are powerful tools for reflection and creativity.
Between Here and There was a collaboration between students from Kensington Aldridge Academy and artist Harold Offeh.
In The Mosaic Rooms’ first collaborative residency, students from Kensington Aldridge Academy and critically acclaimed artist Harold Offeh, worked together to explore ideas of place and belonging through mapping, recording and moving within their own spaces both inside and around their school.
The project was inspired by DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti’s exhibition Stateless Heritage, in particular a large light box installation of photographs of the Dheisheh refugee camp by Luca Capuano. Capuano had previously photographed Italy’s World Heritage Sites for UNESCO, in 2016 DAAR commissioned him to take the same care to document Dheisheh as a living monument of ‘permanent temporariness’.
Excited by the intention behind these photographs of the camp, and inspired to work collaboratively with students in their school environment, Harold Offeh worked with young people to map and explore their perspectives of and connections to, the space around us. The group worked together throughout January 2022 and created a public display at Kensington Aldridge Academy.
The project celebrated the installation of large scale vinyl at the school in March 2022, where students introduced their creative process and the finished works in person.
The Mosaic Rooms are committed to creating opportunities for creative learning and projects which are compassionate and useful for the people who take part. Between Here and There enables the organisation to work outside of the confinements of the gallery space.
Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. . He lives in Cambridge and is currently a tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2019, he was a recipient of the Nigel Greenwood Prize and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists. More about Harold Offeh