Hayleigh Longman

Selected by Sarah French

"In The shed was our spaceship Hayleigh has taken a playful and sensitive approach to documenting the fleeting yet universal moments of childhood. Hayleigh really engages with both her subject and audience. Colours have been selected following interviews with each child. The final installation is a framed and hinged concertina which can be displayed at floor height and seen from both sides."

University: Manchester School of Art


Artist Statement: This series of work The shed was our spaceship explores subjects such as childhood and imagination. Hayleigh Longman has self-staged a series on reflection of her own childhood in a poetic style. 

"We grow up and discover that we can never re-visit such memories even if we want to. And when we're in them, we don’t realise it. Yet our childhood is a time we all carry in us lastingly, as an explanation of why we may be the way we are. Although, it is a concealed period of which we know nothing. 

I struggle to let go, as I stand in the middle. I hold the memories but want one more chance to live them again."

Whilst working closely with children ages three to nine as a constructed part of work to re-discover the child inside herself, Hayleigh's work naturally moulded into a series around the beautifully organic imagination of a child along the way. 

Hayleigh self-staged her mother and herself into the series of work, demonstrating playful yet theoretical interactions, which run throughout. 

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Images from the series  The shed was our spaceship

Images from the series The shed was our spaceship