A FIVE-WEEK WORKSHOP
This September, the PRESENT artist residency project will bring five artists together within a 10,000 sq foot Cooke St warehouse in Honolulu for a month of making art, sharing ideas, and exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i. Within this creative environment, Guilds will create a space for children to engage in their own process of expression alongside our artists-in-residence.
Over the course of five weeks, children will construct a playful evolving installation of their own out of bamboo and other natural and found materials, inspired by the ways in which birds build their nests. Each week, our young participants will spend time with the resident artists, making meaningful connections with their work and gathering experiences and techniques to bring back to their own making space.
The “nest” that we’ll create will serve as a place where children can weave in what they’ve gathered from their connections with the PRESENT artists, a structure within which to play with sculptural elements, hang prints we made, experiment with light, or conduct performances. Working with bamboo will create the opportunity to practice lashing techniques like the ones used in building traditional structures around the world.
When the PRESENT residency opens it’s doors to the public, our young artists will be on hand as children and adults interact with their installation, helping lead visitors through some of the making activities that were integral in creating the piece.