- Young People,
Speed balls, battle ropes and ring side drills
Wildcard A.B.C is situated in Parr Sports and Community Centre, St Helens. Established in 2009, they provide boxing and fitness classes for every level, from novice to champion. They are a grass roots community club with the aim of enhancing and improving their community’s health, well-being, attainment and aspiration.
During 2019, Phoebe facilitated workshops, interviews, site-specific photoshoots and field recording sessions held during boxing classes and local bouts.
Phoebe worked alongside young boxers to develop the following artworks:
Left Hook - Right Hook
An artist print including two photo books and two zines, using visual imagery documented on site, DIY publishing and script writing to explore physicality, identity, competitiveness and mental health in the boxing club.
A series of limited edition portrait photographs taken ringside, post bout.
You can view a selection of these images by scrolling through the gallery below.
Wildcard A.B.C Sample Pack
A library of sounds recorded in the boxing gym during training sessions, sparing and local bouts. The sample pack consists of a collection of loops and one-shots designed to be used as building blocks for sound work and music in the boxing gym’s future creative productions.
Switching Stance is a mix of the beats and soundscapes composed by the young boxers, using a variety of samples including; motivational vocals from the Wildcard coaches, speed balls, battle ropes and ring side drills. This mix maps the young boxers’ anxieties, adrenaline and exhaustion during training sessions and pre and post bouts.
Switching Stance features contributions from Sam, Lucy, Ellie K, Kelsey, Storm, Frazer, Ciara, Leah, Joseph, Phoebe and Aimee.
Scroll through to see a selection of the training portraits taken throughout the residency.
Inspired by her work with Wildcard A.B.C, Phoebe is currently in the process of researching new video work with boxers and coaches, which she hopes to develop over the next few years.
This project would not have been possible without the support of Dom Hodnett, Ste Cox, Joanne Abbott, Jackie Allen, Mike Gill, Wayne Phillips, Gary Talbott, Carl Roby, Danny Haury, Ant Porter, Jill May, Hannah Palfrey, Linsey Porter, Steph Crilly, Yvonne Abbott and Matt Grayson.