Our most recent workshop was led by the great Steph Reeves of Gynormous Rawkus where she taught participants to have a go at making their own puppets out of junk and other materials they can find around the home. We are lucky enough that some of our participants were happy to share with us what they made during Wednesday 1st July’s session.
It’s week 6 of our Culture @ Home programme and we were lucky enough to have Steph Reeves of Gynormous Rawkus join us this week to show us how to make a puppet out of the junk you have lying around at home and a few other materials.
This week is doubly special as our session took place as part of Children’s Art Week, a two-week celebration of free activities for children.
Our Culture at Home sessions as made possible thanks to Arts Council England Emergency Response funding, which has enabled us to pay creatives to share their talents with you at home, making it free for you! We still have 7 sessions coming up, with each one being suitable for children, so to find out more and book a session (always at 2pm on a Wednesday), visit liveartlocal.co.uk/culture-home
To join this session you will need:
Cardboard; pens; scraps of paper or fabric; carrier bags; newspaper; tape (preferably double-sided and masking). Pipe cleaners and other scraps are also very useful!
As the Covid-19 outbreak has a huge effect on all our lives, and the world we inhabit gets smaller, we have decided to make the Fareham Heritage Trail Map available for FREE download from today.
The Fareham Heritage Trail Map was created in 2016 after workshops with the local community (you can find out more via our Projects page) and provided a journey through the borough’s history, from Portchester to Swanwick, much of it acessible on foot.
It recently dawned on us that as people are moving around on foot and exploring their local area more than usual the map could provide a welcome accompaniment to daily exercise and offer a distraction from what’s going on in the world, and provide an opportunity to learn more about the rich history of Fareham Borough.
The map can be downloaded as a PDF below, and on our homepage. Although it is free, as a not for profit hit hard by the pandemic we welcome donations, and you can do so via the Donate button below
So tomorrow is the launch of the Portsmouth leg of Journeys Festival International. This yearly event is a celebration of the amazing stories and talent of refugee artists and through its program it aims to create a “positive interface” with the community.
Over twelve days there is an assortment of paid for and free events where people are invited to watch, to view, to listen and most importantly, to participate with the work of refugee artists; learning more about their stories and engaging with their practice.
Events range from the container project, know as the “Well-Come” project where 10 young artists from the refugee and asylum seeker community will work with urban artist, M-One, exploring their creativity inside the container. To Cafe Conversations on a variety of topics related to the themes that affect refugees and the wider world; to a reading from Hidden a Sunday Times book of the week by young person’s author, Miriam Halahmy; to pop-up theatre; more theatre; visual art including the work of Nikos Papadopolous’ Plasticobolism series which will be viewable around the city (you can find our more about the work here) and later in The Container Project.
We will be checking in with quite a lot of the work over the coming twelve days and will keep you updated, our highlights will also feature in the Winter edition of South Central.
Live Art Local CIC/ Sticks Gallery would love to let you all in on a little secret………
A few months ago we applied for some funding to run a series of workshops examining the history of Fareham borough with older, isolated people living in the borough; families with disabled children and adults with learning disabilities. These workshops would culminate in an exhibition and the publication of a new heritage trail map for Fareham.
We are very pleased and excited to announce that on Friday we received confirmation that we had been successful in our grant application. The workshops will run this summer and will be a chance for our chosen groups to get creative, make new friends, learn new skills, find out about Fareham’s history and produce an exhibition and history trail they can feel proud of.
After publication the heritage trail will be available to buy and all monies from the sale of the map will be divided between Live Art Local CIC and charities/groups that help those groups working on the project.
On Saturday 28th November we held our Christmas Artist-Maker market at Locks Heath Shopping Village. Sadly due to the weather and our offer to participating artists of a refund if they decided not to come owing to the weather we were down considerably on our original number of artists and makers.
Still that is all part of being British and our weather. We will be back in 2016
So it’s that time of year again, the Being Human festival is coming to Portsmouth from November 13th -21st 2015 and it is not to be missed.
Being Human is the first UK wide festival of the humanities and it is back for a second year. Portsmouth University has a key role in the event leading the series, Port City: Narratives of Migration . As Yael Friedman says on the Portsmouth University Being Human Facebook page:
“Portsmouth tends to be associated with the history of the Navy, and there is a mistaken perception that the city is mono-cultural. Through its lectures, walk, workshop, exhibition and readings, Port City: Narratives of Migration aims to dispel this notion and encourage people to think a little differently about the city’s history.” Yael Friedman
There are 5 key events associated with the period and although they are all FREE, numbers are limited so early booking is essential:
13 November: Drinking tea to escape the noise of the world
14 November: Portsmouth sailortown walk
17 November: Engaging with the past: Migration memories
18 November: Reviving the crescent: Portsmouth connects with Asia
Bournemouth Arts and Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe 2015 is on until (Bournemouth Arts) Sunday 18th October and (BEAF) until 1st November.
These two very different, but equally brilliant festivals spend a week crossing over and really do make the most of what the borough has to offer with events spreading from Boscombe all the way to Winton which borders Poole.
As part of the Bournemouth Arts Festival we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Museum of Water, a crazy sounding arts piece that traverses art to include science, history and memory, all through that most seemingly simple of elements, water.
Chief curator and creator of the Museum of Water, Amy Sharrocks has spent over two years amassing a collection of different types of water that have been donated by visitors to this travelling museum. What we loved about this exhibition is that every bottle tells a story and even if some of them might not be all they seem, they have non the less been treated as if they are precious (and who know’s in 30 years they may well be precious owing to water shortages). There are numerous vessels of various kinds holding this elixir of life (as a side note some of them even contain bodily fluids) each with a handwritten note from the donator lying beside. My favourite ones had lovely stories attached involving glaciers and teardrops, but there is even containers for spit from a trombone.
So vast is the collection that curatorial decisions have to be made about what to include in each space. If like us you have no donation to leave you can use a sheet of their beautiful letterpressed paper to tell what kind of water you would have brought.
Sunday 18th October is the last donation day although the museum will continue to tour and to collect from other countries.
We were also lucky enough to attend the Stevn Moberly show at The Old School House on the 16th October. I love Steven’s work and first became aware of him as an emerging artist at Platform 21014 in the exhibition at Aspex gallery. It is deeply layered work that seems to transcend meaning; partially realised bodies, suggestions of other worldliness a hint of cheekiness, and so much colour.
I should add I am thinking of stalking Steven and trying to get him to bring his work to Fareham. To see more of his work visit http://www.stevemoberly.co.uk/
We were also lucky enough to attend the opening of Here and There at the Old School House in Boscombe on Saturday evening. A great exhibition reuniting three members of student art collective, The Coal Collective. A photographic exhibition of great contemporary photography by three young women all with a bright future in the industry ahead of them. One of them, Christina Miller we will be showcasing in a solo show in the near future in Fareham.
The Fringe runs until 1st November with a varied program in traditional and non traditional spaces and we suggest you visit Bournemouth during this time if you can. Unlike the Bournemouth Arts Festival which is organised with the help of Bournemouth Council, the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe is run entirely by a dedicated group of volunteers who are are keen to give a space for new and exciting work to reach the widest audience possible.
10 Days Winchester 2015 — Chalk is a celebration of the arts that takes place in England’s historic capital every 2 years. We were lucky enough to visit during its opening weekend.
The principle is simple:
We strive to link all sections of the community through exhibitions and other participatory events. 10 days has a core commitment to the visual arts and welcomes participation from all forms of practice. We embrace collaboration, interdisciplinary practices and multiculturalism, and foster partnership between business, education, local government and other sectors.
There is so much happening between 10th October until 7th November and most of it is FREE (yes I know that’s longer than 10 days) ! Highlights include live art in multiple venues, this includes performances, drawing and more.
The variety of things happening over the festivities spans all artistic disciplines. There are one off events and longer running exhibitions in venues such as The Winchester Gallery and Winchester Discovery Centre