ultrared The Edgware Road to Marylebone area is an exciting, bustling, energetic place with huge diversity. It has a fascinating social and cultural history and serves questions about migration patterns, as well as state and social citizenship. Many of these issues are reflected in the smaller community of the school, reflections of imposed and peer rules, and the ethnic diversity are within its walls.
Ultra-Red is an artist collective that works within communities using ‘sound’ and ‘listening’ as a starting point to research.
Over the fours years there have been a series of workshops and lessons across many different age groups and subject areas. History and Geography lessons were visited by artists in residence, dance drama and music too. Citizenship was covered by all of the different projects and Art was a tool in which the research could be presented, We have made two films, 80 pieces of clay work, textile hangings, a hymnal book, and a live performance, with two catalogues and a curriculum book.
The Serpentine Gallery chose to use St Marylebone School as a gallery space to exhibit the work; so for three days in Spring 2013, the school opened it’s doors to the art visiting general public. Students created the audio guides that were used to guide the public around the school and church sites, whilst members of the gallery staff took photos and interviewed staff and pupils for their high profile event.