A visual metaphor
Fri 1 December, 2023 – Mon 15 January, 2024
Fri 1st December – Mon 15th January 2024
‘Speak’ is a collaboration between Quay Arts, Graffiti Artist Steve Miles, Cut Laser Cut and students from the Island Learning Centre.
A Fusion of graffiti, typography, fine art and sculpture.
Students at the Island Learning Centre (ILC) have collaborated with Graffiti artist Steve Miles to produce a multi-layered and hand-painted high-relief wall work at Quay Arts, which explores graffiti, typography, fine art and sculpture.
The Art department at the ILC run an annual creative writing project to promote students’ engagement with literacy.
During ‘Speak’ art sessions, students explored the aesthetic qualities of typography, letter formation and graffiti, developing a kinaesthetic understanding of the physical form of lettering, line, form, shape and space.
Students worked with Graffiti artist Steve Miles to experiment with line, layering, pattern and colour transforming 2D name plates into multi-dimensional / sculptural forms. Taking inspiration from the students work Steve Miles presented digital concept art to ILC art department and Quay Arts Arts team, who selected a design which was fabricated by Island design manufacturer Cut Lazer Cut.
The cut low relief sculpture was returned to ILC for students to hand finish with paint and aerosol for installation at Quay Arts. Through working with Steve students have created ‘Speak’ as symbolic of words or messages that may not have been seen or heard or may have become lost.
“Working with creative professionals offers real life experience and gives an insight into creative industries.” ILC Art Department
“’Speak’ is a well-formed real-world project / collab between young people, educators, artists and designers with a variety of outcomes that include, for Quay Arts, a wonderful wall work.’ Quay Arts, Arts Team
Many Thanks to design manufacturer Cut Laser Cut for their generous support.
This project is supported by the Arts Council of England through Quay Arts’ Schools and Education outreach programme.
Monday – Sunday
9am to 5pm