‘We were inspired by what a truly collaborative group of people IN:CH are.’ Fiona Cassidy, Found Outdoors
Inch by IN:CH was a formidable undertaking at a difficult time. Thanks to our generous supporters, and the artists involved, we met our ambitions. We welcomed over 1500 visitors during the tour. We took part in many conversations with visitors, both in relation to the work and wider current issues. Taking our work to places where people did not expect to see art, responding to changing environments and pressures, our project accomplished what we intended, we transported art and ideas into local communities.
The artist workshops and daily Drawing in Cases sessions were extremely successful in engaging visitors, who were mostly interested and open to the work. Drawing has been a strong aspect of our project. Each day of our tour we’ve offered Drawing from Cases, a chance for visitors to engage in the work by drawing from it.
At each venue, the focus and work changed. There were a different set of audiences, so we encountered a range of challenges and achievements. We had a magical day at Found Outdoors. Blessed with great weather, the light in the woods was sublime. The bucolic setting transformed the cases.
‘I love how our work took on new meanings in such a unique context. In addition to the clear connections to nature and the outdoors, I sensed such care and nurture in how the whole experience was offered and facilitated.’ Kelly O’Brien, artist
We had a fantastic final week at the Gauge Museum, West Somerset Railway. It was filled with activities, visitors, participants and creative energy. We ran several workshops, linked to The Big Draw and Somerset Art Works Family Friendly weekend. Mixed ages created together using a range of media and techniques, 2D to 3D. We were delighted with the large turnout of participants and their responses.
Press coverage was in-depth and supportive. Jenna Myles of Somerset Cool and BBC radio visited and interviewed us, trialing our Sculpture and Shadow Drawing Workshop. We featured on BBC Breakfast radio with Charlie Taylor on the last day. We were also thrilled with an excellent review of our project by Fiona Robinson, for Evolver magazine.
Comments from participants
‘I came in tired but left energised’
‘Loved learning and creating something extraordinary’
‘Enabling, encouraging, inclusive … ’
‘I’m so pleased with my polar bear created in such a short time.’
‘Such encouragement to explore and have fun!’
It’s been wonderful travelling around parts of the south west to such an interesting range of venues over the past 5 months. We’ve learnt so much as a collaborative artist group, and thrilled that it’s been a success. It’s been a great collective effort. Yes, hard work. But it’s been an incredible journey. We’re so grateful to all our visitors and supporters. Thank you!