Sheltered Spaces

A collaborative installation between Young Carers and architects MATT+FIONA on display in the Romney Room.

The concept

Young Carers provide a sense of home and refuge for those they care for, similarly Museums and Galleries strive to do the same for collections and paintings.

Exploring this at Abbot Hall, the idea was to take over the Romney Room in the gallery, home to artwork from Kendal portrait painter George Romney, and transform it into a friendly and familiar place.

Using shape, design, material and space this display alters how visitors experience and interact with the gallery.

The installation is titled Distorted Symmetry: Young Carers’ Views.

You're invited to view the room through their eyes whether that's walking around the installation, sitting to enjoy the different perspectives and even touching it.

How was this made

The project asked five young carers aged 13 to 14 to think about what ‘belonging’ meant to them and what roles they play at home and in society.

The group worked together across a couple of months to design a small piece of architecture, which was then built in two and a half days.

They each tried their hand at woodworking and soldering and thought about the space it was presented in and the experience, providing seating to encourage people to take a moment.

Ian Read, Head of Participation and Learning at Lakeland Arts is enthusiastic about the gallery space being used in this way:

"The Sheltered Spaces project gave young people the chance to come into the gallery and challenge Lakeland Arts’ perceptions of how art should look and what spaces should feel like.

This is just the start of a whole host of projects which will seek to engage people, of all communities, in how we represent culture on their behalf.”

This display is available to interact with and view in the Romney Room.

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