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What Makes a Home ? by Ray Hobbs ARPS

Ray Hobbs and Roz Moreton are RPS South Wales members and were both involved in What Makes a Home ? a project based in Volcano Theatre, High Street, Swansea.

Ray obtained a BA Honours Documentary Photography Degree in 2018 from the University of South Wales. Roz was the creative producer of the project. Ray has now been awarded his ARPS Distinction in June 2020.

I was invited by the Volcano Theatre Company to photo-document a fascinating project involving Coastal Housing (Swansea) tenants who were teamed-up with artists to interpret What Makes a Home? for the participants. The venue was a vast corner plot, glazed-fronted store on the corner of College Street and High Street in Swansea. The brief for the artists was to interpret their respective participant’s idea of What Makes a Home for them, into the physical area allotted to them within the ground floor shop space.

A ‘colony’ of artists were assigned their individual participant (Coastal Housing tenant) to collaborate and interpret What Makes a Home? for that person. The objective was to create in a ‘playful and participatory way, what people would do if they could furnish their own ideal space’.

The Creative Producer for the whole WMaH project was Roz Moreton. In collaboration with the Volcano Theatre Company, Creative Director; she produced a creative brief in partnership with the Coastal Housing, Development Officer.

Roz managed the project relationships with participants and artists, ensuring that the interpretation of the brief remained flexible and open to reflect the dynamic nature of the endeavour.

The full documentation and images can be seen on Ray's website here.