Please Touch the Artwork aims to bring artwork off the walls and into your hands.
Visual art students have been making work that invites interaction, like clothing, zines, jewellery, buttons, and more. By considering the ways in which art touches our daily lives, and thinking about alternative ways of presenting artwork, students have created a wildly diverse body of work that challenges our assumptions about how we live with art.
Community members have mentored students in sewing basics, installing artwork, being a gallery docent, and professionally documenting their artwork in an exhibition setting. Conversely, GISS students and Grads are mentoring island youth in a ‘Make It! Workshop’, where they will pass on skills they’ve learned in the process, like silk screen printing, zine making, and button making.
The gallery is open daily 10am-5pm, and the exhibition culminates in a Closing Night Party and Fashion Show, where students will wear their creations down the runway on January 18th 7-9:30pm.
Story: Emily Goodden (Art Teacher, GISS)
Photos: John Cameron