Big yellow caravan
It’s not every day you find a bright yellow 1960s caravan in the middle of Sneinton, but that’s precisely what Anne-Marie (fellow RS Intern) and I found on Saturday 4th March.
We went to see The Caravan Gallery because Anne-Marie had seen it on the local news. It comprised of the caravan itself (pictured) and a project hub inside one of the units on Market Avenue. It was a part of the Sneinton Pride of Place Project commissioned by The Renewal Trust, a Nottingham charity.
The People’s Map of Sneinton hung on the back wall of the hub, where anyone could annotate it with stories, special places and memories. Nobody held back! There were stories of first kisses, first houses and even conceptions! The project also asked for local people to bring any art, crafts, photographs, films, memorabilia, stories, poems, book and objects which related to Sneinton, “warts and all” in their words.
Since 2000, the caravan has been all over the country, in hundreds of locations across the UK. It can usually be found in iconic arts venues or festivals, but has also been known to frequent shopping centres, car parks and now market squares!
Inside the caravan is an art exhibition. It’s mainly photographs; a mix of the local area and other places too. Once inside, I found out it had been to a city not far from my hometown. You can even buy photo books created from their previous projects.
It definitely doesn’t feel like an exhibition space in the traditional sense. This is intentional, as it allows them to attract as many different types of people as possible, in order for the project to be by the people and for the people of Sneinton.
If you would like to know more, the Sneinton creations will be online at: www.thecaravangallery.photography
By Siân Fox, Resilience Syndicate Intern at Kettering Museum