Hambidge Creative Hive

The Hambidge Center Is Curating a Creative Hive at Colony Square

For three months this spring, with the support of presenting sponsors, Colony Square, PNC, and SKYY Vodka, The Hambidge Center will re-imagine Atlanta’s bustling city center into a creative enclave of working studios, installations and experimental projects. With a major renovation planned later in the year, Colony Square, at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, has partnered with the Hambidge Center to provide inspired artists and thinkers a unique opportunity to explore and share their work.
Hambidge aims to bring our unique communal cross-pollination experience to seven (now twelve) collaborative teams providing them with their own studio/project space along with access to a living room lounge (Rock House midtown).
Open to collaborative teams, organizations, curators, individuals, and any combination thereof, each Project was selected from a jurored open call for proposals where groups were encouraged to experiment, and also to interact with the public in various ways both inside and outside, such as offering a workshop, creating a pop-up art installation, or staging an interactive performance. Each project will be paid a $1,000 stipend and will be included in a variety of promotional outreach.

At the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, Colony Square is at the heart of Atlanta and just across from the High Museum and Woodruff Arts Center. Available spaces vary widely, from a 12,000 sq. ft. former work-out gym, to an 855 sq. ft. former barber shop, as well as former restaurants, yoga studios, etc. The spaces open up to the food court/atrium, which welcomes three thousand lunch-goers each day.

Twelve artist teams were selected from a pool of 62 candidates. Initial plans to choose seven artist teams were reconsidered once the panel reviewed the incredible number of outstanding applications.

Creative HiVE Panelists
Neda Abghari, Founder & Executive Director The Creatives Project (TCP)
Susan Bridges, Whitespace Gallery Owner
Karen Comer Lowe, Director at Chastain Arts Center
Jessica Helfrecht, Independent Curator
Jonathan Odden, High Museum Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary and Modern Art
Dayna Thacker, Artist and Hambidge Center Communications Director
Jamie Badoud, Hambidge Center Executive Director

Creative HiVE Artists
Below is a summary of the Hive Projects. The artists move into their spaces immediately and begin public interactions April 1- June 3, 2017.

A fantastical, life-sized living room scene, constructed and transformed over a three-month period, culminating with tableaus featuring a live model and a flying flock of paper red-winged blackbirds.
Artist:  Dorothy O'Connor

Fly On A Wall
Embracing experiments with technology and structures within dance, Fly On A Wall will concentrate on two main projects: Hz, centered around binaural beats and the states of mind these frequencies inspire; and Prism 2, featuring a platform suspended by harp strings, which both supports the movement of the dancers and is played as a gigantic instrument. Dance and movement classes will also be offered to the public.    
Artists:  Nathan Griswold, Nicole Johnson, Sean Nguyen-Hilton, Jesse Tyler

World Wide Art Federation
Taking a cue from the theatrical performances of the wrestling word, this group will hold World Wide Art Federation Art Battles. Live figure-drawing competitions, the battles are promoted by artists trash talking each other as their costumed alter egos. A crowd member is chosen to be the subject, and the battle commences. Afterward, the audience judges the winner. The WWAF was developed to bring attention to the multiple dimensions of the fine artists’ personae and abilities. Its mission is to inspire all art patrons, giving them an unforgettable interactive, multimedia experience through creative competition and performance, setting the standard for a new and exciting art viewing experience.
Artists:  Fabian Williams, Kimberly Binns, Horace Williams, Grace Kisa, Maurice Evans

Queen of the Field
Creating a conceptual landscape, Zipporah Thompson will use giant looms to weave together objects foraged in Midtown along with objects donated by the public to produce multiple, ongoing, and ever-changing sculptures and installations, with the underlying goal of fusing together our personal histories and collective contemporary experiences.
Artist:  Zipporah Thompson    

Breath of the Compassionate
With a sense of playful, yet reverent {re}cycle of creation, all artwork in this project originates in and then departs from the classic Breath of the Compassionate pattern of Islamic sacred geometry and art. The artists will transform their space repeatedly, including turning it into a deconstructed Islamic Garden, and featuring a musical performance by prominent Pakistani musician Ahsan Bari. They will also offer multiple workshops for both adults and children, including embroidery, miniature painting, and mosaic paper lanterns.
Artists:  Erin Sledd, Ahsan Bari, Shannon Frye, Will Griffin, Amir S. Hamer, Michael Garvey

Midtown Players Club
Including rotating gallery shows, performance art exhibitions, music, immersive theatre, workshops, and discussions, the Midtown Player’s Club will transform a former gym into a gathering and incubation space for numerous young and mid-career artists, activists, and entrepreneurs to explore their craft and share their experiments and results. Each day will manifest a new experience in which the public is invited to participate.
Artists:  Kris Pilcher, Elizabeth Jarrett, Miranda Kyle, Priscilla Smith + invited artists

The Rivalry of Your Elements
In an ongoing performance and installation that focuses on a life philosophy supported by the raw elements of air, water, fire, and earth, the artists will use potter’s wheels to create vessels from 1,000 pounds of locally sourced black and white clay. When a vessel is complete, it is to be smashed by the artist into a pile in the center of the room. The public will be invited to create vessels and contribute to the clay pile by using the same process.
Artists:  Katie Troisi, Olivia Rado

Studio 515
Creating immersive installations of light, fiber and sound, the Ginns embrace technology in their work. The project will combine light drawings on the walls created by the public, collaborative sound performances, moving image environments and a sculptural island of natural fiber.
Artists:  Bojana Ginn, Brian Ginn

The Untamed Parlor
Beginning as an orderly Victorian-style sitting parlor, The Untamed Parlor will slowly be invaded by wild things, giving way to disarray and the unexpected as the artists cultivate an infiltration of nature into an urban world.
Artists:  Matt Haffner, Laura Bell

You are Welcome, You’re Welcome
Taking over a former doctor’s office, MINT Gallery will curate 15 artists to each create a room installation using light as their primary medium, culminating in an installation of a slowly shifting spectrum of light, bathing the space in an otherworldly glow. This newly transformed ‘artist’s office’ will keep office hours with performances and ‘artist’s visits’ offered to the public.  
Artists:  Erica Jamison, Sarah Nathaniel, MINT Gallery Artists + other invited artists

Hive Mind Arise
Through workshops, meditations, yoga classes, and creative interactive installations including dance, sound, and painting, Hive Mind Arise seeks to activate positive social change through an emphasis on meditation and self-care.
Artists:  Charlie Watts, Emma Alley, Kelly Blackmon, MaryGrace Phillips, Jared Kelly, Erin Palovick, Flight of Swallows, + invited artists

Forest McMullin will take photographs of overlooked spaces in Colony Square, portraits of visitors, and the transformations wrought by the Creative Hive artists. He will then post the photos outside his space and encourage everyone to take a print with them.
Artist:  Forest McMullin