Take Me With You

Take Me With You was a participatory, travelling, public art project exploring absence and loss through a combination of portraiture, poetic text and multimedia. The project was conceived by Mat Hand, co-ordinated by Junction Arts and lorry-side media specialists Haulinads and was funded by Arts Council England.

In November 2010 artists Mat Hand and Manuel Reinartz made a series of large scale photographic portraits of long distance lorry driver's families at their homes in and around the March area of Cambridgeshire, England. These portraits were then printed and installed onto both sides of the driver's trailers by Haulinads.

At the same time, 165 children from eight Derbyshire schools attended workshops led by poet Andy Tooze where they produced poetic texts based on themes of absence and longing. Extracts from these poems were then installed onto the back panels of the trailers.

Take Me With You was launched on the 15th January 2011 at Savage's Haulage yard in March, Cambridgeshire.

All images © Mat Hand & Manuel Reinartz