The Ark of Lost Things project
Funded by Arts Council England, writer Karen Lloyd and Florence and Edward Acland of Sprint Mill, Burneside, worked in partnership with The Wordsworth Trust, Lakeland Arts Trust and Space2Create mental health group. Three local schools were also invited to participate, funded separately by The Earnest Cook Trust; The Lakes School, (Year 9), Ghyllside Primary, (Year 6) and Queen Katherine School, (Year 10.)
Taking a large and eclectic number of objects from the Sprint Mill collection with us, participants were invited to make assemblages from a selection of objects. By the nature of the activity, the resulting images are ephemeral; they are all dismantled again once they have been photographed. People are asked to think about ideas that surface during the making process, and to develop these into poetry as their personal response.
The project came about after Karen visited Sprint Mill during an open event. Over the following months she began to think about the possibility of working with the Acland family to tell the story of the mill, but also to make statements about our throw –away culture, and the value that can be found in objects with which we may have lost our sense of connection. The project title came about through a conversation with Edward at the Sprint Mill kitchen table.
Working with the very wonderful and creative Ghyllside Primary School Year 6 once again, Flo and I had a wonderful morning working with both class groups to create assemblages from Sprint Mill objects. Students worked in small groups, very dynamic (as they always are,) collaborating on assemblages and making poetry stories from the resulting images.