Our Common Mercies
Ursula Rose Rae and David John Scarborough
29th April - 1st July 2023
'Our Common Mercies' was a project space and workshop series facilitated by artists Ursula Rose Rae and David John Scarborough, featuring co-produced artworks by artists, students and young people. Ursula Rose Rae is a multimedia artist and learning programmer. David John Scarborough is an artist and curator. ‘Our Common Mercies’ is a testing ground to prototype new ideas, host creative processes and begin tentative conversations around hopefulness; "to reflect on what it means to be public, and how we can realise artworks made from a dialogue between artists, audiences, community, and place." (Mat Jenner, 2023). The exhibition's title is adapted from text engraved on 'The Fearon Fountain', which stands in the middle of Loughborough's marketplace. The fountain marks where the Archdeacon Fearon brought the first piped water to the town centre in the 19th Century. The fountain is now dry. 

Make Believe:
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Joshua and Josie Jones
1 July 2023


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As part of a research project, Ursula and David hosted workshops centred on 'thinking through making'. Alphabets and graphics were prototyped through shapes and textures gathered from the town centre including street pavings, drain covers, tiles and shop signs. Using collage, text and typography were cut, cropped and combined from newspapers, adverts and posters to develop mottos and mantras; ways of working and directions to follow. Participants created and added new emblems; suns, burgers, hearts and flowers.

Ursula and David worked with young people, students and artists to develop these outcomes into prints and textiles. Technician Harry Freestone has designed furniture to host workshops, reading and reflection. Film-makers Joshua and Josie Jones created a video series screening online and in the gallery, documenting these processes and conversations. New artworks were added as we hosted workshops with artists Ama Dogbe and Mateus Domingos. Rather than offer an answer or a worldview, the exhibition puts forward a series of conversation starters; What's important to you? What is your motto or mantra? What should we make together? Who needs to be a part of the conversation? How do we host guests? How do we move forwards? How do we move up?

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11 May 2023


Thinking Through Making by Ursula Rose Rae
11 May 2023


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