Jason Wilsher-Mills: Talking Rhubarb Totem - Yorkshire Sculpture Festival 2019
The ‘Talking Rhubarb Totem’ was an interactive inflatable sculpture, which I created with the group, Wakefield Sight, as part of the Index Festival, under the umbrella of the Yorkshire Sculpture Festival in 2019.
I worked with the sight loss group and interviewed them over a period of time, with the audio files being part of the ‘Rhubarb’ experience. The sculpture even had the scent of rhubarb, which represents the region's major export.
The sculpture was designed based on a 30-year-old sketch I made when I was an art student at Wakefield College, studying in Foundation Art & Design.
The sculpture was commissioned by Wakefield Art House.
Jason Wilsher-Mills: Tolpuddle Martyrs Remixed - Shire Hall Courthouse Museum - 2019
’Tolpuddle Martyrs Remixed’ is a commission created for Shire Hall Courthouse Museum, in Dorchester, Dorset, which is a museum that commemorates the story of the 6 Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were transported to Australia in the early 1800s, because of forming a trade union — or at least a proto trade union. I had originally created a banner about the Tolpuddle Martyrs for the Houses of Parliament in 2015, and felt there was much more of the story to tell.
As the son of a coal miner, from Yorkshire, their story always appealed to me, so wanted to find out more about them. In 2018 I was commissioned by Shire Hall to create 6 new pieces, which would go into more detail, with each piece focussing on one of the martyrs. I decided to create 6 Lightbox installations with each having an augmented reality experience attached to it. I recorded the descendants of the martyrs and included this into the groundbreaking augmented reality.
The work is on show at Shire Hall until June 2019"
Jason Wilsher-Mills: Unexpected engagement - - 20-21 Visual Arts Centre - 2018
Jason was commissioned to create new work to be shown alongside the renowned artist, Grayson Perry. He created special wallpaper and flooring, which featured a range of characters which Jason had developed, so that he could tell the stories of those in the disabled communities, who presently do not have a voice.
The exhibition runs from June-October 2018
Jason Wilsher-Mills: Unexpected engagement - - Artlink Hull - 2017
Jason was appointed as Squarepeg Artlink Hull Artist in Resident throughout the period of Hull 2017 City of Culture. He worked with the homeless, and adults with learning disability groups, creating work based on the artwork they produced and the stories they told him.
The residency culminated in an exhibition of the work produced in January 2018.
3D Printing: The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful
National Centre for Craft & Design - 2017
Jason was chosen to be part of an innovative exhibition at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire that examined the both the incredible aesthetic and functional qualities that 3D printing can produce, as well asking what the potential pitfalls of this relatively new technology are.
Working with a local 3D digital modeller Jason Hutchinson, Jason has created a number of 3D sculptures of characters such as the Caliper Kid which feature in his 2D paintings.
Museum of Islamic Art – Doha, Qatar Mar 2015
In 2015 Jason was chosen as one of five international and two Qatari artists to be a part of this exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha, Qatar.
The artists were commissioned to create work inspired by the collections in MIA and the resulting work was displayed alongside the Definitely Able conference which explored issues of disability and equal access to arts and culture in the Middle East.
See a report about Jason's involvement by BBC Look North below:
UCL / James Dyson Foundation Summer School - 2017
In the summer of 2017 summer, Jason was artist in residence, working with students at the James Dyson Summer School at UCL, helping them redesign the wheelchair. The image on the left is the resulting light-box artwork.
Jubilee sailing Trust and Barclays