The concept of this project is to plan, develop and launch a creative start up business that documents the social, cultural and economic aspects of Queensgate Market. Working collectively in a group with other creatives, the aim is to produce a project that features a series of artworks from each member of the group.
Our first meeting took place on MS Teams which was a new and different experience for all of us, given that we are typically used to carrying out group work in person. Through chatting and getting to know each other for the first part of the meeting, it created a relaxed and friendly environment which encouraged each of us to feel more comfortable and settle into the task we had been given. In finding out that we each studied a different speciality, ranging from photography, to graphic design, illustration, film making, music production, fashion communication and promotion and pattern cutting, we recognised the importance of deciding on a theme that would allow each creative to produce a piece of work in relation to their practice.
Due to the diverse range of creative skills and the challenge of the current conditions of Covid-19, we decided the best way to tackle such a project, was to create a theme for documenting the market, and each respond to the brief individually. We ran with the idea of documenting and archiving the traders and people within the market, with the intention to produce a final exhibition of different artworks. With the pending unpredictability of another lockdown towards the end of the year, we were conscious of planning and preparing for an exhibition that could potentially not go ahead. Reece, the graphic designer in the group, suggested we create a virtual reality. This process would consist of creating a virtual exhibition based on the Temporary Contemporary exhibition area situated in Queensgate Market.
Aware of the fact that he is the only group member to understand the VR system, he agreed to take on the role of creating this space. In return, we agreed that each member would then research and interpret the market traders in their own way, so long as the response documented or archived a specific aspect of the market.
Some examples of this that we came up with were to document certain market traders through their characteristics. This could involve documenting their appearance (clothing, tattoos), their stall and the products they sell, along with potentially capturing portraits to portray the market as it is today before it closes down in the next few years
To gain a clearer understanding, I read the book Temporary Contemporary, which clarifies the concept of ‘place-based making’ (Temporary Contemporary, 2020) and how it acts as a platform for creative practice. This book highlights how the market acts as a space for artists to come together and express their work. The Temporary Contemporary book showcases seventeen different exhibitions, organised by the staff and postgraduate student at Huddersfield University, which are held inside the exhibition spaces in Queensgate Market.
(Temporary Contemporary, 2020)
Temporary Contemporary . (2020). Temporary Contemporary: Creating vibrant spaces to support the conditions for creative and cultural activity. The University of Huddersfield . https://unipress.hud.ac.uk/plugins/books/22/