Case Studies

Out of the Box

  • Artist(s):
    Mark Beeston and Ian Jones
  • Artform(s):
  • Commissioner(s):
    Heritage & Arts Service, Staffordshire County Council
  • Funder(s):
    Staffordshire County Council, Family Learning & Explore Project
  • Venue(s):
    Wombourne Community Centre, Barnfields Primary School (Stafford), Gateway SEN Nursery (Lichfield)
  • Duration:
    February - August 2011
  • Health Need(s):
    Early Years Creative & Sensory Development, Special Educational Needs & Sensory Impairment
Out of the Box is a multisensory art work touring schools and community settings.

Project Information

Out of the Box is a new art multisensory art work touring schools and community settings. Artists Mark Beeston and Ian Jones were commissioned to create and deliver a series of creative workshops with early years children to explore how young children think, play learn and learn. The workshops informed the development of the final piece which was designed for touring purposes and which challenges and engages young audiences in a new and exciting way.

As part of the commission the artists ran creative workshops with a cross section of the groups where the final art work would be toured. Workshops involved the creative and sensory exploration of various materials, sounds and smells with the children. The artists set up prototypes of what the final piece might be and explored and observed how the participants interacted with these and noted which elements they liked, disliked and what interested and engaged them the most.

The artists kept a visual and written account of the children’s exploration and engagement within the workshops which were used to develop the final piece. They also noted teacher’s, carer’s and family member’s responses and feedback which all helped to form their work.

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