Community Mapping Project unveiled!
Adults with learning disabilities have taken part in a community mapping project to capture the unique sights, sounds and even smells of the area around Quay Place.
Participants attended a series of workshops, led by visual artist Myra Carly. The project brought people together to explore Quay Place and surrounding area to learn more about its history, as well as observing the present and considering the future. During the six week, artist led project, people were encouraged to record their observations in sketch books to create maps which reflected their experiences. Maps are of the routes walked for print and display in the church, for use on the Quay Place website and in publications.
The participants are all from local social enterprise, Leading Lives and attend their New South West Community Hub close to Quay Place, Heritage and Wellbeing Centre, formerly St Mary at the Quay, located on Key Street in the waterfront area Ipswich.
The project has been funded by Heritage Interpretation funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Churches Conservation Trust with support from Leading Lives.
The Mapping Group participants own snap shot of the building and the surrounding area is a unique exploration of this part of Ipswich. They share their experience in the maps they created which form the book No Ordinary Atlas. Blue King, Heritage Interpretation consultant for Quay Place said “It has been fantastic to use Heritage Lottery funding to enable a bespoke project in collaboration with Leading Lives to happen in Quay Place.” “We wanted to invite members of the community to engage with this historic venue in an imaginative way, reflecting the present time.” “We are very grateful that local architect Charles Curry-Hyde has sponsored the Quay Place Mapping Group and enabled the production of No Ordinary Atlas and exhibition.” Charles said “This fascinating project illustrates how personal the maps we keep in our head are; distances are distorted by the ease of travel and landmarks act as mental lighthouses, threading our experience together in a story that we call a place. One might say that it is the outer layer of the thing we call home, and deep within, lies a thing called self. These artworks are a telescope into that universe.”
Boo Dendy, Locality Manager for Leading Lives said “This has been a fantastic opportunity for disabled people to take part in a unique artist led project that celebrates the past, present and future of a historic part of Ipswich. This project demonstrates how people that use our services can have their skills and talents recognised, and create a visual legacy for the future to be shared with the community.”
An event was held at Quay Place on the 16th December to celebrate and to thank everyone involved, it was a great occasion when everyone gathered to see the results of all the work that had taken place over the six weeks of the project.