The Salon 2013 / by Claire Farrell

The Salon

Highcross, Leicester, 2013

Working in partnership with Hammersons and the University to occupy a former hair salon over a six month period by creating opportunities for cross disciplinary students to work with professional artists to create a ‘studio’ environment, collaborative practice, informal mentoring, crits, research and development within the context of creating site-specific work for a public exhibition.

The fine art, graphic, curatorial and drama students created site-specific work and events in response to the building using and repurposing found objects in the salon. Artist’s Hannah Hull and Ian Richards mentored the students during this period including group critiques and co curating the final group shows open to the public.

De Montfort students & local Leicester artists participating: Chloe Hall, Damon Smith, Ellie Powell, Emma Hardy, Emma Powell, Joanne Bailey, Khush Nubian, Leah Alexander, Leila Houston, Luke Phillips, Maureen Anderson, Paul Wright, Richard Howford, Rikke Digerud, Ruth Singer, Sarah Glover aka Kate Glove, Sarah Holt, Sheena Allen, Tom Morgan, Tugce Karapinar, William Wright and Yasmine Rix.

With thanks to visiting artists Matt Watkins (Birmingham), Paul Wright (Paris) for participating in the final show.

Photographer & Filmmaker Craig Bush.

The artist’s final work was exhibited to the public from the 18th - 26th October 2013.

Highcross, Leicester (Hammersons) commissioned WERK to create a project to celebrate the shopping centre’s 5th Birthday and support Leicester’s cultural identity.