Lost and found

Virgoe, April, Holley, Patrick and Lillywhite, Chris (2016) Lost and found. [Artefact]

Abstract

The output is an installation called ‘Lost and Found’ within a disused tower block in Grimsby. It was produced by a collaboration between April Virgoe, Patrick Holley, Chris Lillywhite (visual artists) . The work was funded by the Arts Council and supported by the Shoreline Housing Trust. Research process: The installation was created in response to the East Marsh tower blocks, formerly occupied by the residents of the Freeman Street area, which is the centre of the former fishing community in Grimsby, with a strong connection to the sea. The project was the result of a continual process of negotiation with Shoreline Housing, who supported the positive effect of the project as a ‘farewell’ to the tower blocks before demolition. Research insights: The installation was located in one of the vast garages between the tower block on Grimsby's East Marsh Estate. The intention was to respond to the seafaring history as well as the space itself. The installation comprising a boat, models, projections, sound, a 12ft smoke drawing of a ship and a disco ball, and, over the course of two weeks, underwent several transformations in response to the site. Dissemination: The installation was disseminated at the Lightworks Festival, Grimsby, 15 October–13 November 2016.

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