Reflections on Collaboration

AC 2The Art of Collaboration exhibition in Teignmouth is now closed. This week, CWC Vice Chairman, Anne Chinneck reflects on the project that has taken nearly two years to come to fruition.

“After two years of planning the Joint Arts Project, a collaboration between the Newton Abbot Photographic Group, Newton Abbot Art Group, Newton Abbot and District Writers Circle and ourselves, finally came together in an exhibition at TAAG in Teignmouth.

This has been a major project for all four groups, so it has been rewarding to see the final work from photographers, writers and artists. It is a new concept for all three groups and has taken much organisation, a true collaboration.

AC 1Twenty photographs were originally selected, which were then passed on to the writers and selected randomly by each person who then produced a piece of writing based upon their photograph. The final stage saw each piece of writing passed to an artist who painted their interpretation of the text, never having seen the original photograph relating to it.

The final result of all this work was quite astounding. TAAG has been an excellent exhibition space with room to display all the work to great advantage, allowing each guest to really appreciate the concept involved. I for one, have been delighted in the way the whole exhibition has been received. On the morning that I was stewarding we had 52 visitors, all of whom spent time studying each group of work. The comments were very favourable. One woman visitor, a Royal Academy member, found the whole concept fascinating and thought it very well put together. Other comments from visitors during the two week show included “original, imaginative, excellent” and “wonderful idea, brilliantly interpreted, beautifully displayed.” The Devon Advertiser visited, while a local semi professional artist commented on “a stunning exhibition.”

AC 5This was very encouraging to all involved. All in all, the reception of the exhibition has made the whole concept, and the hard work involved, seem more than worthwhile. Many congratulations to you all! You should be very proud of yourselves.”

Anne Chinneck, Vice Chairman, Chudleigh Writers’ Circle

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