I feel fortunate to have been a part of Adam Speaks this year. There is something incredible about embarking on a 5 month project. Our input was minute compared to the work Chris Alton did as the Lead Artist on the project. Chris won a bid to be Croome Court’s Artist on the Adam Speaks Project back in Spring.
He had no idea what it (Art) would be. I love this part of the commission process myself, even when I take a commission with a structured brief, I have no real idea of the end result. It is an exercise in creative trust.
After the Launch of the Tree House on Saturday (25th November), I became curious about the Art side of this project. The work Chris had done. As an artist I know all too well the length and depth of the unseen elements of our work.
In February Chris Alton was named one of the outstanding young artists to look out for in 2017.
In April he shared the news that he had been selected as the Artist on Adam Speaks. He started planning the workshops in May.
His first creative session was at Kimichi School (6th June) where they designed costumes.
June 23rd Chris runs his workshop at St Barnabas School.
July 1st and Chris came to see Room 204 at WWM in Birmingham for our Creative Session.
Chatting ‘Adam Style’, Neoclassicism and ‘British values’ for
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In July (28th) Rachel Sharpe and Kiki Claxton met with Chris and Hew Locke at Hew’s studio.
In August Chris meets with the Heads of Departments NT at Croome Court to find at how the property functions, what Croome’s priorities are and what goes into the day to day running of the park and court.
Chris researches Robert Adam.
In September Chris is in the Studio working on the project.