Welcome from brook & black

We’re brook & black, artists on the second phase of the HLF funded project to celebrate Manet’s “Portrait of Fanny Claus”.  We’ve been appointed to engage the public imagination in enjoying and responding to the newly acquired work.  We’ll be making new work that responds to the portrait, and working with local community groups towards them creating artwork and engaging with Manet’s painting, all to be exhibited to the public in Spring 2016.

Since joining the project this summer we’ve been dashing around meeting people and finalising our proposal for working with the Ashmolean and the community groups involved.


First project team meeting


Meeting Adam Clayton from MIND


Meeting Mandy Blair from Young Dementia UK


Setting up the new blog with Sarah Casey

Now all is set up and we more or less know who’s who this is our first blog on the second phase: Beyond the Balcony!

It’s been a great introductory few weeks, everyone has been helpful and full of enthusiasm and here are a couple of pictures from our first workshop, that we led last week, with young people from OYAP trust, brainstorming how they would approach a project like this if they were in our shoes!



The group were really engaged and lively and came up with some brilliant ideas, and we look forward to meeting them again hopefully later in the project.

They enjoyed their time too saying the workshop was ..”extremely useful as it mapped the whole process…”,   “Tasks were good to get us thinking about projects and approaches..”  and that it contained..”Useful advice on funding and applications …” and that it was “clarifying and thought provoking..”    Thanks to Kate Thomas for hosting the session beautifully and Helen Le Brocq for taking part and encouraging the team.



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