Alice Myers works with photography, sound and video to engage with specific communities and places using her role as an outsider to observe how events unfold around the camera. These spaces have included prisons and refugee camps, and most recently schools, exploring the different ways that artists might work within institutions. Alice lives in Edinburgh and lectures at the University of Cumbria. You can see more of her work here.
We invited Alice to take up her residency at the Abbeyhill Primary School playground during playtime and make work in response to the ‘loose parts’ – ordinary objects that children can reconfigure in hundreds of ways, constructing their own play environments. Alice started by photographing the way the pupils use the space and the loose parts objects within it.
The artist became particularly interested in the highly visual game of hide and seek. The camera then became part of the play as children followed a photographic scavenger hunt, exploring the playground space in new ways.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Alice Myers’ artist’s residency at Abbeyhill Primary School in session 2018/19 was curated by Iliyana Nedkova as part of the ongoing residency programme for professional artists at the school established in 2013 | Facilitated by Abi Flowers, Sally Ketchin and Jeanette Wynn | Supported by East Edinburgh Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grant | Abbeyhill Primary School and Abbeyhill Primary School Parent Council