We hope you enjoyed TURF's Time Team inspired film 'No Turf Unturned', and that it gives you a bit of an insight into what TURF are all about. We'd love for you to get involved in what we are doing and hope you will be interested to find out more about us and what we hope to do with the funding we hope to receive, below.
TURF is a nomadic artist-run project co-directed by a group of artists, filmmakers and architects, working with an ever-growing number of emerging and established artists and curators to create free high quality exhibitions and events for Croydon. We are now looking for support and funds to develop the first official year of our programme, which will include artist-designed crazy golf courses, drawing workshops, film screenings, artist-led tours, outdoor coding workshops, sporting activities and more.
TURF aim to shine a spotlight on the diverse, rapidly changing cultural landscape of Croydon, and provide opportunities for local residents and visitors to be involved.
We will be working closely with:
- Croydon residents
- Croydon School of Art students and staff
- Artists and curators from Croydon, London and the UK
- Artist run spaces from around the country, local and national Arts organisations
With funding we hope to open our first major exhibition in June 2014. We have five major projects that we would need your support through funding to help put on. These include:
This year artist Oscar Gaynor will collate a group of artists, writers, poets, graphic designers and comic book artists to produce a series of large scale poster editions to be pasted throughout Croydon - only possible with the help of your funding! The works in Fungus Press will respond to particular themes of openness, public space and the city and will be changed on a monthly basis. The focus will be on text based work from contemporary and historical artists, designers and thinkers.
Following on from the very successful Putt-Putt #1 in October 2013, TURF hope to create Putt-Putt #2 across July and August this year. With your help Alice Cretney and David McLeavy will be curating Putt-Putt #2, the 2nd in a series of crazy golf courses designed and fabricated by artists. This interactive exhibition will span across the summer holidays and will be free to take part in. This year we have invited a group of 9 artists and collectives including Natalie Finnemore, Matt Welch & Josh Whitaker, WAVEYBOYZ, Oliver Tirre, Iain Hales, Mark Scott-Wood and Holly Hendry to create a 9 hole golf course that will be fun for both families and office teams.
We are planning special events throughout Putt-Putt #2 where we will be inviting local businesses and other Croydon organisations to participate in the artist-run team building events around the crazy golf course itself. We will also be running family days on the weekends; where we will encourage families to play the crazy golf course, learn about drawing through our drawing workshops The Stones of Croydon, and attend our Outdoor Coding workshops (a collaboration between TURF Projects and Code Club).
With your help towards the later part of this year TURF would like to curate in partnership with Isabelle Southwood Tru Luv: an exhibition of works behind which the main driver has been love. Whether that love be familial, religious or romantic, and whether it manifests itself lightly, darkly, shyly or obscenely, it is the result of this cathartic need to express love. This expression may come via fear, neurosis or longing. The works contain sentiment but are not necessarily sentimental. The underlying motivations may be veiled but remain unashamedly present. In some ways a reaction to the cold, sarcastic post internet cynicism prevalent now, this show will highlight a resurgence in heart motivated work, whilst bearing in mind the importance of love in art historically.
A PIXEL OR DIGIT?
A Pixel Or Digit? is a project that will culminate in a group show driven through an intense exploration of smart technology by a selection of invited artists and current BA Fine Art students at Croydon School of Art in January & February 2015. The title of the project seeks to open a discussion on how new mobile devices allow for different ways of creating and viewing moving images. Curated by Paul Harrison, the project will bring together artists including Sophie Jung, Kaja Cxzy Andersen, Soraya Fatha, Will Kendrick, Ashley Holmes and Yuki Kishino to create a month long exhibition.
THE STONES OF CROYDON
TURF have been running fortnightly drawing workshops around Croydon since March. We hope to continue these throughout the year. The Stones of Croydon is intended not for the training of artists, but of people, who ‘might see greater beauties than they had hitherto seen in nature and in art, and thereby gain more pleasure in life’ (John Ruskin). We aim to encourage students to look at Croydon differently through drawing!
- PLEDGE £10 Three months social membership at Matthews Yard (an arts cafe/ bar in Croydon) and a Turf Time Team sticker.
- PLEDGE £25 DIGNITY OF SALADS zine with artwork from TURF artists, TURF tote and a Turf Time Team sticker
- PLEDGE £50 Limited edition A4 screenprint from the TURF print portfolio, DIGNITY OF SALADS zine, TURF tote and Turf Time Team sticker. Choose ONE print from either Alex Brenchley, Isabelle Southwood, Paul Harrison, Oscar Gaynor or David McLeavy. (Please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name and which print you would like).
- PLEDGE £80 Oliver Tirre framed limited edition print, DIGNITY OF SALADS zine, TURF tote and Turf Time Team sticker.
- PLEDGE £100 Turf Time Team bundle of Ruskin's soil, Everything seeds, Mushroom starter kit, custom painted golf ball by one of the TURF team, WINLOSEWIN artists rock climbing in London, signed Lis Watkins illustration print from the film shoot, Matthews Yard Brunch or lunch, tea or coffee and cake for 2 people, DIGNITY OF SALADS zine, TURF tote and Turf Time Team sticker
- PLEDGE £150 Sophie Jung Limited edition A4 screenprint, DIGNITY OF SALADS zine, TURF tote and Turf Time Team sticker.
- PLEDGE £300 TURF team garden makeover for your front or back garden, ONE limited edition screenprint of your choice, DIGNITY OF SALADS zine, TURF tote and Turf Time team sticker
- PLEDGE £400 Trip of a lifetime with TURF to the Lake District, WINLOSEWIN cycle tour in London, ONE Limited edition screenprint of your choice, Matthews Yard Brunch or lunch, tea or coffee and cake for 2 people, custom painted golf ball by one of the TURF team, DIGNITY OF SALADS zine, TURF tote and Turf Time Team sticker
- PLEDGE £500 ALL 7 limited edition screen prints from Jess Flood-Paddock, Sophie Jung, Alex Brenchley, Isabelle Southwood, Paul Harrison, Oscar Gaynor and David McLeavy; DIGNITY OF SALADS zine, TURF tote and a Turf Time Team sticker
Although we are getting some funding from other sources we critically need the funds from this Kickstarter to enable us to carry out our annual programme of events. We have tried to put together a range of great rewards in order to make backing this project really worthwhile.
Breakdown of funding
Minumum required £5,000
The £5,000 will be split into each of the 5 projects. Each TURF project will receive £1,000: Fungus Press, Putt-Putt #2, A Pixel or Digit, Tru Luv & Workshops (The Stones of Croydon & Outdoor Coding). The funding will go towards artists fees, materials and transportation of artworks, publicity and marketing.
We hope to achieve £10,000
Achieving £10,000 would enable us to give the artists we are working with a greater fee, which would mean the projects could be more ambitious in their outcomes. We would also like to create publications for each of the exhibitions, to create a lasting memory of the projects and to widen the audience of these projects to more communities in Croydon and further afield.
We would very much love to achieve £20,000
Achieving £20,000 would enable us to lease a unit in Croydon for a year, to provide a permanent space for exhibitions and events, alongside our nomadic arts programme around Croydon. We would use the space for projects and invite curators from around the country to curate a series of 5 exhibitions in the year. There would a few studio spaces that we would rent out to artists to enable the space to be more sustainable and allow us to have an ongoing artist run space into the future. One of the studio spaces would be given to a Fine Art BA graduate from Croydon School of Art for a year, where they could develop their practice on the residency and work towards a solo show at the end of the year.
Risks and challenges
Challenges that TURF might face in putting on this series of exhibitions and events include:
The projects rely heavily on the TURF co-directors, the Croydon community, curators and artists working together to put on these exhibitions and events. So, many issues could arise in the organisation and execution of these projects. Securing spaces has been notoriously difficult, but we are nearly there. Most of the projects have spaces confirmed, but a couple are still waiting confirmation. In the past we have successfully secured several spaces to use temporarily for Putt-Putt #1, The making of the film Turf Time Team, The Stones of Croydon and the Kickstarter launch.
Due to the nature of many of many of our projects taking place outside, we have and will need to consider various factors including bad weather, outdoor lighting, electricity or generators. Most of our projects that are due to take place are during the summer months but we have taken precautions for bad weather by making sure all the artworks are weatherproof and that we factor in any costs for outdoor lighting and generators. The advantage of using these outdoor spaces is footfall. We hope that we will be able to reach a wider audience by putting on some of these exhibitions and events outdoors in busy locations around Croydon.
We will be measuring the success of these projects by how involved the local and wider arts community are in these projects. We would like to work closely with Croydon School of Art, businesses and residents. For this to be successful we will need to market the events through various means including local and national press, arts organisations locally and around the country, contacts from everyone involved in TURF and through word of mouth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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