Commission for Spark:York
Updated: Jan 17, 2020
I’m extremely excited and proud to say that I will be working on an exciting new project for Spark:York.
If you haven’t already heard about the project, Spark:York is a totally unique project for York; transforming a derelict city centre site into a perfect space to meet friends, eat, drink and socialise in a communal space in the heart of the city. It will consist of 15 upcycled shipping containers, arranged over two levels.
I had an informal interview with the Clare and Becky from Spark:York in May. They loved my linocut prints and the experience that I could bring to the project.
I will be designing the backdrop for the events and performance space in one of the 20ft containers!!!
I’ll be creating a linocut design using trees and landscapes as my inspiration. So that’s why I’ve been asking about your favourite trees in York. I really appreciate all your ideas so far and will be cycling around York this weekend to take pictures of them and gather ideas.
I’ll be working with a company that has offered their services to make the scene and bring it to life.
Clare Palmer is leading the creative aesthetics of Spark:York and Mim Robinson, who creates land art will be creating other pieces and panels within the events space. There may also be some other elements within the events space that we’ll work on together once the individual pieces come together.
I’ll be working on the design in the next two weeks.
I can’t quite believe that there will be a 20ft x 8ft Michelle ‘linocut’ in the centre of York!!!!!!!!
If you can please help support Spark:York’s crowdfunding appeal at Spacehive.com/sparkyork
Heres a few snippets from the Spark:York website...
“ Spark:York is a totally unique project for York; transforming a derelict city centre site into a perfect space to meet friends, eat, drink and socialise in a communal space in the heart of the city.
York seems to lack that one pinnacle hotspot where the city fuses over great art, culture, food and drink. Spark:York will fill this gap, whilst allowing local and independent businesses to blossom.
It will be a place where families and friends can enjoy diverse street food and drink in a safe, relaxed space in the City Centre; all corners of society can enjoy free art and culture; makers and creatives can produce and exhibit; and the extraordinary talents of York people can innovate and inspire one another.
Spark:York is designed around upcycled shipping containers, creating quick, affordable units centred around a community courtyard garden and social space. Small, relevant, start-up businesses on site will include food, drink, retail, art studios and galleries, music, comedy, cultural exhibitions, festivals, and workspace.”
I’ll post work in progress as the project design develops.