“The idea is to develop a little ‘shed show’ from the works submitted and that all proceeds raised from the sale of the artworks will be used to fund future, similar, creative events”, said Trevor.
Well a little shed show is a long way off the mark!
This was a shed show that the Hamiltonians who attended will remember for a long time. It was an an extravaganza of artistic talent that was pulled together by the incredibly easy going and talented Trevor Flinn.
A few days before the opening one may have been forgiven for wondering where it was all going to lead, when all that was evident was a pile of dusty old boots and a somewhat bedraggled collection of artefacts left from days gone by buried under a layer of pigeon poo.
Lets go back to the beginning;
The project, which was facilitated by local artist Trevor Flinn, in collaboration with Sue McGinnity, Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Officer, was aiming to draw in Hamilton and district creative folk to respond to the site, and be part of the celebrations.
Three Wednesday workshops were held prior to the event, Trevor was present and in his gentle way encouraged those attending to respond to the environment in their own way. The building was a very inspiring place to work in, there was a lot of creative energy. After the first night I went home and worked into the early hours experimenting with ideas from my sketches, photographs and rubbings. The old Permewan’s shed inspired me that much.
During the next three visits, I met up with a variety of creatives; photographers, textile artists, sculptors, painters, sketchers, screen printers, musicians, orators, leather workers, singers, architects and more. I watched Trevor slowly assist the shed to pupate, while still being protected by its majestic iron facade.
Finally after only a short lead up the Wake was realised. A very large eager group of people waited with anticipation.
And they were not dissapointed. It was quite a night, congratulations to you, Trevor Flinn and to the many other contributors to this fantastic event. I hope that we get to see more events like this in the future in Hamilton.
And for the shed, a part of Hamilton’s history, it has been recorded for future generations. A group of people met at the shed once more; to meet and chat together just for a while, just like they did all of those years ago.
I hope that the shed lives on for many more years to come.
Check out more photos from the talented Samantha Kaspers HERE
What would you like to see happen to the shed?