Over the past 6 months artist Teresa Grimaldi has been working as our ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Island Free School, as part of an exciting Island wide Creative Biosphere project. We had a chat about how it’s been going so far.
2. You’re Ventnor Exchange’s artist in residence at the Island Free School, what’s it like working with the students? And what do they think about having an artist in the school?
I am really enjoying visiting the school on a regular basis as I am getting to know the students and their individual ways of working. I bring different stimulus in each week , weird things in jars, puppet characters that i have made and books that I am inspired by. I hope that these might inspire or provoke students reponses and questions. The students are starting to ask questions about what it is like to be an artist and what kind of projects i have worked on which is really great to discuss.
3. This project is all about the Island being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, can you tell us what this means?
The Island’s Biosphere status recognises the way that the people living here are working with biodiversity and sustainability. It is celebrating the unique ecosystem here on the Isle of Wight, and how it is being conserved to protect the wildlife and their habitats. I am still learning what it really means, and education is a key part of the investment in the Biosphere status.
Our Creative Biosphere project helps to share and learn what it all means to be humans in partnership with the natural world around us, and how we can celebrate and share this with a local and worldwide audience.
The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through ACE (Arts Council England) and IWAONB (Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), and by the two High Street Heritage Action Zones (Newport and Ryde) and Ventnor Exchange’s #IWILL project.
You can follow progress with the project on Instagram here