In August 2015 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery invited artist Rebecca Rendell to run a series of workshops inspired by the journeys of Richard Glynn Vivian, the founder of the Gallery, and other Welsh artists. The workshops for 5-12 year olds took place from 18 to 20 August 2015, during the school summer holidays and offered participants creative activities in storytelling and picture making.
The ‘Art with Friends’ workshop series is supported by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and took place at the YMCA, Swansea. Participants heard a selection of stories from artistic journeys and adventures, and were encouraged to share their own travel memories and fantasies through words and drawings.
Inspired by the popular curiosity cabinets of the Renaissance period and the assemblage work of Joseph Cornell, each child created their own mini museum or memory box, using drawing, painting, collage and sculptural techniques. The memory boxes were filled with travel souvenirs and fun stories, and stacked together to create one big curiosity cabinet. A selection of images of the memory boxes has been collected and presented by Rebecca in an animation that can be viewed here.