A SENSORY artwork for everyone is coming to Jephson Gardens in Leamington this summer.
Local artist Julia Snowdin is creating ‘Summer Spot’ – two colourful, playful spaces that allow audiences of all ages and needs to explore, use their imagination and discover art in an accessible way.
And the large scale artwork will be in situ in the gardens from July 17 until September 3.
Artist Julia is committed to inclusivity, working closely with children who have additional needs. For this installation, she collaborated with Evergreen School in Warwick, running a series of workshops with the children that encouraged them to think about what would make art accessible to all.
She said: “There just aren’t enough cultural offerings around that are accessible to everyone. The shape of Summer Spot has been designed specifically with the reachability of wheelchairs in mind, and there are ‘closed’ areas for children who might like to interact with art away from others, in their own ‘space’.”
Open seven days a week when the gardens are open, the exhibits are free. There will also be a play worker on hand to support visitors each day, and also free, bookable workshops that will run every Thursday during the seven week installation.
In 2022, Julia created Dot Domes which formed a major part of Leamington’s Art in the Park festival. It was an accessible and immersive installation enabling audiences to be transported to their own colourful universe through imaginative play with colours and shapes. This new installation encompasses elements of Dot Domes and will also be open throughout Art in the Park 2023.