Rhiannon Evans did her foundation diploma here Banbury, and then went to London to study for her BA. Her first piece of work she did was a site specific work at the Trinity Buoy Wharf in 2007 where she made a series of paper boats saying "all at sea" and let them go into the water. They represented how she felt at the time with her love of the sea amid this industrial setting. The next piece of work she made was in response to seeing "Event Horizon" and how Gormley had made his sculptures that made her feel small in comparison to how monumental his works are. Evans made a series of small people that sh had intended to place around Southbank, London and take photos of and the photos would be the artwork; however, as she was doing this, there was a lot of public interaction with the pieces and they soon became a type of performance art as people interacted with her and the sculptures. Following on from this, she created the performance artwork at Gunpowder Park, where the group was asked to freely express themselves-empty their mind and do whatever they feel is the most natural way to respond to the site. The concept of freeing your mind to your sub conscious to respond to a site was an exciting thing, and Evans' next project was the public intervention piece where she blocked the pathway by laying stones in a line on the floor and asked people to go and pick their favourite flower, bring it back to her and she would tell their fortune. She used her knowledge of the botanical and medicinal properties of the plants that people brought back to her to make up a fortune for them. This examined power play, as the people whom she read fortunes to were allowing her to have power over them.
When Parsons street, Banbury, was becoming pedestrianized, the businesses along the street were asked to partake in a little street festival/party. Rhiannon Evans, working as a herbalist in one of the shops, created an art piece alled "A gesture of affection" that was meant to symbolise the interaction between shops and the people on the street as a little stand against online shopping that was becoming a problem for independent retailers. She chose different coloured lipsticks and kissed the windows of the shop. This party became known as the Old Town Party that happens every year since.
She did a 1 year temp job at Walsall working part time with the education sector at the new art gallery. The community sense of ownership for this gallery was overwhelming for her, and it led to some interesting conversations with the public that led on to a series of outreach workshops for dementia patients. Rhiannon took in images of Walsall for the workshop attendants to work on with watercolours, pencils and pens, collaging what came mind-thoughts and feelings about their lives and Walsall. This was something that they really enjoyed and loved taking part in, and they got to exhibit their work in one of the activity rooms. As well as this, they ran a scenes of Walsall exhibit where they dressed activity rooms up like a 1950s room, where the community and public can interest with the display-adding their own memories and drawings to the wall and dressing up in 1950s wear.
Rhiannon is also an active participant on periscope and YouTube as way to “bring the local community to something wider than that”. She ran her own project at Crouch Hill in 2015 as part of her masters degree; she was interested in the layers of history that It has-archeological digs, civil war etc. She would sit up on the hill and read books out loud live on periscope, and one day she started playing yes no games about Banbury and her home town with strangers following her stream. On st George’s Day in 2016, she sat on Crouch Hill and videoed herself talking about st George’s day and reading it’s history. (George was Turkish-what is Britishness? What does it mean to be British?) For her final piece on her masters, in order to show what she had been doing, she had her private view at the top of Crouch Hill and periscopes the whole thing to the exhibit in Camberwell. In Camberwell, she had a bowl of chocolates with the periscope link on it so that the people viewing her piece could interact with what was going on.
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