We are very excited to be working with acclaimed visual artist Abigail Conway on ATOMIC 50 for London Borough of Culture 2019. Abigail works in the realm of live performance creating large scale installations. Her work crosses many disciplines (sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance) blurring the worlds of visual art and theatre.
Her previous projects include: ‘Party Skills for the End of the World’ developed with Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari for the Manchester International Festival. Currently she is making a motorbike virtual reality project in Northern Ireland for Sky Arts called ‘Border VR’.
We caught up with Abigail about her work and what people can expect from ATOMIC 50…
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do
I’m a visual artist, working in the realm of live performance. I work with material objects, craft and actions to create playful site-specific installations and immersive encounters for audiences. My work crosses many disciplines (sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance), blurring the worlds of visual art and theatre.
What should families expect from Atomic 50?
Families can expect to get involved, and to be transported! The event is a combination of theatrical performance and interactive tin-making workshop. We’re reanimating a disused site in Leyton, and transforming it into a ‘ghost factory’, celebrating Waltham Forest’s history of manufacturing and metalwork. Our audience members will be active participants in the installation, and will have the opportunity to try out something new as well as experience a theatrical event. It’s not necessary to have any previous experience of metalwork, and it’s suitable for all children from 7 years old and up. Families will leave armed with a new set of skills, and maybe a memento from their experience.
The event starts from April. What’s going on behind the scenes to prepare in the next couple of months?
Our creative and production teams are already knee-deep in planning for the project. We are on site, preparing for the arrival of our set and props, and kitting out the space. At the same time, we’re putting the finishing touches on the theatrical elements – scriptwriting, characters, costume.
What attracted you to work with Blackhorse Workshop?
My art practice is all about learning new skills, and sharing them with participants. In this way, there’s an excellent fit with Blackhorse Workshop, who are experts in making and fabrication.
Describe what Atomic 50 will be like in three words…
Inspiring, unforgettable, and magical!