The Water Replies is a participatory creative writing and journalling project which ran in 2020 the year the Estuary Festival was originally scheduled to run. See this page to watch each of the 80 journals which have been digitalised to overcome current restrictions, it's a beautiful collection which I really enjoyed taking part in.
A little stunned and completely delighted to have been awarded a DYCP grant at this hugely difficult time for all forms of the creative arts. I pledge to use my time wisely and work to develop a broad and inclusive project keeping the arts accessible, watch this space!
This month is beginning to feel a bit like old times, including having the opportunity to work with a whole primary school of real live children and teachers in actual non digital form. The school has been using Charles Mackesy's 2019 book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse which reflects how many of us have felt about the past year or so. The idea of journeying through a storm comes up throughout the book and offers lots of opportunities to discuss the process of change and resilience. Each year group will be making their own storm cloud which will rain ideas, feelings and reflections. Something like this wonderful drawing made by Leonardo da Vinci c.1510, its title varies but 'Cloudburst of Material Possessions' sums it up well as it depicts all manner of domestic objects raining down to earth.
This workshop is a celebration of Black, Asian and culturally diverse British artists from the last 60 years. Learn about a range of notable artists, who they are, what inspired them, and why they are relevant today. This session is a mixture of art history, open discussion and hands-on activities to gain plenty of cross-curricula ideas.
Delivered online on Thursday 22nd April through Animate Arts, this session is targeted at primary school teachers but would be useful to anyone interested in diversifying the range of artists they reference in education.
More info here: https://animateartscompany.com/product/diversity-workshop/
The 4th Be-coming Tree Live Art event will livestream 36 ecoart performances happening simultaneously in 22 countries and 6 continents. Artists will perform in 3 groups: the first 11.00- 12.00 BST, the second 12.30-13.30 BST, the third 14.30-15.30 BST. I will be joining in group 2.
These Live Art events showcase artists from all over the world interacting simultaneously with trees in their local environment. On a shared Zoom screen, audiences witness actions, stillness, dance, ritual, and hear a live soundscape created from digitised tree data by TalkingTrees.com. Each pay-what-you-can ticket includes a donation to plant a rainforest treee via TREESISTERS.
With performances by and from:
Ali Masoudi (IR), Andile Hamilton Nzuza + Nhlanhla Dhlamini (ZA), Andrea Isa (DE), Annette Arlander (FI), Bert Barton (NL), Caroline Gregory (ENG), L4R (IT), Colectivo EnHebra (CH), Daisy Black (ENG), MJ Newell + Deej Fabyc (IE), Dimple B Shah (IN), Elizabeth Damour (FR), Gina Ben David (IL), Jane Corbett (ENG), Janaína Moraes (NZ), Jasmine Cederqvist (SE), Kajoli llojak (ENG), Katarina Kadijevic(CZ), Lara Buffard (GR), Lauren Lewis (WHL), Lisa Lotte Giebel (DE), Lisa Maxwell Cochran (USA), Lisa Sang (ENG), Lucy Stockton Smith (ENG), Lujane Pagganwala (PK), Maria Bitka (PL), Miranda Whall (WLS), Monika Tobel (ENG), O. Pen Be (ENG), Peter Purg (SLO), Surya Tüchler (DK), TJ Thorne (ENG), Ursula Troche + Simon Bradley aka ArtCouple (ENG), Veronica Cordova de la Rosa (ENG).
The Be-coming Tree project is a grassroots, artist-led initiative facilitated by Jatun Risba, Danielle Imara and O. Pen Be.
I'll be hosting Animate Arts' Crafternoon this month where we'll be learning about the traditional Japanese embroidery stitch Sashiko. Participants will receive a kit including all they will need to master some traditional forms before being given the chance to go freestyle and apply these skills to the visible mending known as Boro. The parcel will also contain some japanese treats for a lovely Sunday afternoon together.
Tickets are available here: https://animateartscompany.com/product/crafternoon_sashiko/
Animate Arts Company's brilliant Art Builders programme continues into 2021 with a series of bootcamps for primary schools. It'll all be online this year which may feel a bit less active but does make things really inclusive. I can't wait to take part and support teachers in embedding the arts and creative learning into their classrooms. When you sign up you get a pack of Top Trump cards featuring the Animate Arts Art Builder team, that's mine above.