Earlier in October 2011 Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens played host to one of Sunderland’s largest collaborative pieces of artwork. The Big Picture project was specifically developed to encourage as many people as possible to create artwork in a similar theme to show the massive variety of responses individuals can have.
Three local artists from very different disciplines Criss Chaney an American glass artist based in Sunderland, Liz Shaw a ceramicist and entrepreneur, and Jo Howell fine artist owner of Maverickart, stopped around 150 people on a busy Friday in the Bridges shopping centre in July to get them creating their very own small artworks. Supported by Starbucks, The Bridges, Creative Cohesion
and Sunderland Council, the project took the theme of Summer and encouraged participants to create a 3” x 3” tile in any of the art mediums mentioned.
The response was phenomenal, with some people choosing to stick around to make a tile in all 3 mediums! For 2 wonderful weeks the tiles were shown altogether creating The Big Picture.
Due to the resounding success and number of participants, plans are being put into place to develop the project for 2012 in a Sports theme to coincide with the Olympic Games. So if you missed out making a tile this time, don’t worry there is always next year!
November 3, 2011 10:12am
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