Camp Little Hope is a team of artists. With a combined background in fine arts, education, design, economics, engineering, anthropology, and community engagement, they imagine new worlds through public artworks, curatorial interventions, designed artifacts, published information, and catalyzed epiphanies.
Camp Little Hope spent six weeks working in and around Cullowhee, North Carolina on a sculptural intervention for the Western Carolina University campus trail system. Handmade Landscape (May 19 - August 26 2016) is an arts and research exhibition exploring the geography, botany and the impact of recent human land use on Gribble Gap. The research presented in the exhibit informed the creation of Dirtmaker, an environmental sculpture installed in the forest. As Dirtmaker disappears, it replenishes the depleted minerals in the forest’s soil.
Camp Little Hope was commissioned to create a public artwork for Elsewhere’s South Elm Projects. As we began our research into the South Elm neighborhood we discovered that much of the available historical material came from reports and research published by the Chamber of Commerce. These materials focused on the neighborhood through the lenses of business interests and classic economic development.
We began to wonder what an alternative set of documents might look like. We envisioned publications focused on the many resources that escape notice when viewed through a traditional economic perspective. Community, not as a collection of infrastructure and services, but as relationships and interdependence. Economy, not measured in total revenues but in the impact of meaningful work and fair compensation. Development, not in dollars invested but in connections created and problems solved. Culture that already thrives in our neighborhoods instead of something that needs to be introduced.
A climate change and biosecurity garden that connects the town center with a new railway platform. Planted species are selected for their resistance to predicted conditions, and threatened features of the field are highlighted with landscaping and signage. When mature, the garden will consist of a wildflower meadow, a small orchard, a tree-lined path, and a raised flower bed. The garden design adopts local visual vernacular, so while it explicitly warns of local effects of global issues it is camouflaged within the expected view from a countryside train platform. This approach allows the project to co-opt the landscape surrounding Dol Corwenna through visual association: after visiting the field you might see the Welsh landscape itself as an evolving indicator of global conditions.
Camp Little Hope returned to Corwen to launch the Corwen Field Stwdio. The Corwen Field Stwdio explored how an arts-led awareness of the local environment - built, natural, and cultural - can shape community-conscious regeneration efforts. Events, workshops, and exhibitions took place at 15 Bridge Street (the Old Spar), The Field Beside the Car Park, and around Corwen. The Stwdio worked with local groups, residents, artists, and schoolchildren to explore roles art and The Field could play in Corwen. Corwen Field Stwdio investigated models for a future residency program and demonstrated how an art project can be a community collaboration that helps shape the development of Corwen. Corwen Field Stwdio Website
Camp Little Hope was commissioned by the Corwen Partnership, the Arts Council of Wales, and Addo, to imagine creative uses for a field that separates Corwen’s Town Square from the future platform of the Llangollen Railway. We developed three long term strategies for the field and town: Gardd Ceridwen (a platform for exploring biosecurity), the Toiledau Residency, and the Wayfinding project. We explored specific aspects of each strategy through art interventions.
Comisiynwyd Camp Little Hope Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Partneriaeth Corwen ac Addo i ddychmygu defnydd creadigol ar gyfer cae sy'n gwahanu Sgwâr y Dref Corwen oddi wrth ddarpar blatfform Rheilffordd Llangollen. Rydym wedi datblygu tair strategaeth tymor hir ar gyfer y cae a'r dref: Gardd Cerridwen (platfform ar gyfer archwilio bioddiogelwch), y Toiledau Preswyl, a phrosiect Canfod Ffordd. Drwy ymyriadau celf, rydym wedi archwilio agweddau penodol o bob strategaeth gyda'r cyhoedd.
The Bibotorium was an educational saloon and public think-tank. Camp Little Hope explored the future of water in Philadelphia through conversations with our visitors: tourists, neighbors, students, amateurs and experts. During the Hidden City Festival we worked on site, designing solutions to various issues affecting Philadelphia’s water and building boats to reference the implications of future water environments. By creating a space that is both social and scientific, we encouraged radical and imaginative conversations to address serious problems.
Aislinn Pentecost-Farren is a curator and historian. She explores human relationships with knowledge through experimental exhibition design and investigations into historical museum practice. She was the 2012 Production Curator at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC. Previously, she worked at Slought Foundation, SoundField and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Aislinn holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Elliott uses designed artifacts and experiences to raise questions about impact responsibility. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London (Design Interactions – 2011) and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. (Industrial Design – 2003). He has worked with start-ups, non-profits, design consultancies and government agencies.
Walker Tufts uses writing, art, and dialogue to explore collaboration, institutional forms, and pedagogy. Walker was a member of international collective spurse from 2004-2007 and helped design, build, and run a restaurant and venue from 2007-2009. During the summers from 2006 until 2011 he worked at Mildred’s Lane and last year worked as Communications Curator at Elsewhere and did freelance work at Salt & Cedar.
Isabella Martin is an artist from England who holds a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Brighton University and is a trained day skipper for seabound voyages. She invents systems to navigate spaces, asks the questions that lead to adventure and chooses the words to leave behind. The questions lead to different places each time, from community engagement with urban planning initiative Områdefornyelsen in Copenhagen, to developing educational resources at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich and setting up fictional consultancy firms to nourish street life in her hometown. She keeps one foot in the sea at all times.
Mary Welcome is a citizen artist with an emphasis on cultural empowerment in rural and under-recognized communities. Her work is conversational and research-based, in response to the social, built, and natural environments we situate ourselves within. She collaborates with local schools, city councils, civic groups, summer camps, libraries, neighbors, and friends to build cooperative environments that encourage civic engagement, radical education, and community progress. She believes in small towns, long winters, optimists, parades, and talking about feelings. Her life-long collaborators include Cabin-Time, Shared Space Studio, Epicenter, and the USPS.