Resident artist Hale Man pops up in Whitgift Centre

The Whitgift Centre has an artist in residence, Hale Man, who on June 14 will be staging a day of special events in which the public – of all ages – are invited to take part.

Hale Man at work in the forge

Hale Man at work in the forge

Man has had her work exhibited or conducted workshops previously at the National Portrait Gallery, the London Transport Museum and the Museum of London, and she spent four years managing Creative Circles, which provided community arts activities for children with Special Educational Needs and their families in Croydon.

She was given the Whitgift residency after she’d written to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, seeking a venue to rehouse one of her works that had been on display at the Museum of London. “I was invited to City Hall where I met Andrew Bauer the Director of the Whitgift Centre,” Man said.

“That meeting led to this fantastic opportunity to being sponsored with a pop-up space at the Whitgift Centre for a year until March 2015. I plan to use this shop unit as my studio, art gallery, workshop space, events space, training space for volunteers etc.. . Also to raise funds towards building audiences to respond to my artwork and the aspect of engaging with the public is an element of my artwork,” she said.

Man has already started some community project work, with children during the May half-term week, and her intention is to display art from the various projects from February or March next year.

“My latest idea, Elements of Transformation, is part of my research and development of my art practice in metal installation and sculpture through the theme of feng shui and the five elements and animal symbolism.”

She says that she is keen to explore “new partnerships and collaborations with arts networks in Croydon and London-wide”.

She is seeking volunteers to help with the various projects.

  • A week tomorrow, June 14, she will be staging a day of special events from 10am to 5pm, and there is also an on-going arts competition.
  • Further details can be found on her website www.hale-man.com

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