‘Crowded Room Stamford’
Celebrating Our Community
Tim Mann is preparing to create a beautiful community portrait – ‘Crowded Room Stamford’ in an exciting initiative with ‘Stamford Arts Centre’. The project is aimed at highlighting awareness of all aspects of Stamford and the importance of its community. Over a two week period in early March 2017, the artist will work with a team of champions to engage with the public and encourage them to become part of this unique portrait.
Tim, who was born and raised in Stamford, is keen to engage with as many different groups as possible and the plan is to take this project into various settings within the community itself, including local schools. The making of the project will be documented using time lapse photography, film and still photography, so that there will a lasting record of how the portrait was created and who was involved.
The artist and his team want to invite everyone from Stamford and the surrounding areas to come along and take part in this truly collaborative event. ‘Crowded Room Stamford’ will be a portrait of, as far as possible, the entire community and will include the outline of every participant’s body. Other pieces will also be created during the workshops that Tim will be holding with different groups, but each will depict members of our community.
Tim’s enthusiasm is infectious and he has already begun to recruit his local champions from different groups within the town, including the Mayor, Cllr John Dawson. Tim commented “From the reaction I have received to my previous collaborative projects, I know the making of ‘Crowded Room Stamford’ will be extremely exciting, fun, and an informative event. Everyone involved will enjoy the experience and gain an understanding of my approach and concepts, which will give them a deeper understanding of contemporary art and its role in society today. More importantly, we will use this event to promote understanding of all aspects of the community of Stamford and the support and services it provides.”
The completed project will be showcased at Stamford Arts Centre, from 27th March to 9th April 2017. Everyone involved will be invited to the public opening to celebrate the project and the major portrait will then be put on permanent display in a public space within the town.
‘Crowded Room Stamford’ Champions
One Year Later
From the Exhibition One Year later a selection of work will be on show as a prelude to The forthcoming project ‘Crowded Room Stamford’
OneYear Later is a collection of work made over and about himself in that particular year of his life. This work represents his return journey after a long physical and emotional separation. Using his own body as a template along with different abstract counters, he uses time to record this journey.
“For the first time, I celebrated myself in my work and using my own presence as an individual I am telling my story of this cathartic journey. I used the daily process of making work to acknowledge my own existence, celebrating and marking my presence in that time, with days, weeks, months or a year as a motif. My journey is about learning to go forward, and return, with a renewed sense of self – free of compliance, guilt and obligation.”