Location: Crown Court Gardens
Oversized tools and veg illuminate a local green space
Kaleidoscope by the Northern Butterflies was inspired by the group’s experience of managing a community allotment.
Through creative workshops, the group designed oversized versions of the vegetables they were growing and the tools used to build raised beds, a polytunnel, shed and the daily maintenance of the community allotment.
The piece also includes a soundscape, capturing the ambience of a day at the allotment, as well as a short spoken word piece about what the allotment means to the learners.
The legacy of the artwork will be carried on for events at their studio, allotment and outdoor spaces in Cramlington including the Nature Reserve, Northumberlandia and the gardens of Cramlington hospital.
Special thanks to Samantha Goodlet, Mick Stephenson and Gary Bowden.
Northern Butterflies is a creative charity based in Cramlington, Northumberland and founded by Samantha Goodlet working with people experiencing mental health issues. The charity has engaged many people in meaningful, creative activities, promoting social inclusion and interaction. Learners attending Northern Butterflies range from 18 years to 75 years of age. The charity aims to improve wellbeing for those experiencing mental health struggles who also have a learning disability. Northern Butterflies has engaged and participated in community exhibitions before, winning the Cramlington Culture Award in 2020.
BRILLIANT is a commissioning scheme aimed at encouraging anyone (aged 18 or older) to suggest their brightest idea for a new light-based artwork as part of the Lumiere 2021 programme. In an exciting development for Lumiere 2021, the scheme has been extended to the whole of the UK.