Bringing their rich experience in community-led visual arts projects, October Gallery’s Education department are collaborating with The Place offering a visual arts perspective in the commissioning and delivery of this project. This collaboration builds on close ongoing partnership between The Place and October Gallery and continues to develop the work we do in the local community.
Natalie Keymist is a London-based socially engaged photographic artist and educator, drawing influence from the human experience and trying to find connections. She has a background in dance and movement and a large part of her practice is based around working with communities, using oral history, moving image, analogue, and hybrid photographic techniques, which she also teaches through her own business Lens Obscura.
Working closely with students of London Contemporary Dance School, prevocational students on The Place’s CAT programme and alumni, Keymist will create a community- led visual artwork to mirror the diverse and varied experience of dance and being in a creative environment, using the technique of photograms.
A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result is a negative shadow, creating a form of silhouettes.
The artwork will come to life over three phases
The resulting digital artwork will be a multidisciplinary piece that mirrors the experience of being at The Place, with the dance community firmly at its heart. It will be displayed on screens around the building.