Collaboration with Tim Ralphs and Warren Draper, as part of the Right Up Our Street celebration in Doncaster (DNweekeND, 19-21st June). We took over an empty shop unit with stories, masks and a collection of strangeness. With a ‘curiosity shop’ feel, we invited members of the public to have their imaginations sparked and their creativity poked with curiously labelled exhibits (Per Ekstrom’s sackpipa (Swedish bagpipes): granted royal pardon 1976; Ammeter donated by Dr Frankentstein; Tang dynasty bee collecting box…), a ‘Please do touch’ table of strange things and instruments to pick up, play with, listen to, a secluded Butterfly Garden where you could enjoy the flowers and draw on the floor, and a craft table where I – as Abigail Emila, Masketeer – encouraged people to make their own masks to take away.
Feedback from the public was overwhelmingly positive. My favourite from one teenager, who took a long time to become impressed, was “Extra extraordinary” More details on my blog post “Imaginations running wild”.
We would love to do this again, and so we are making the Imaginarium available for festivals and events. It can be tweaked to suit different situations, so please get in touch to discuss how we can best fit it in with your ideas.