Compton Verney Lantern Parade
On Saturday 12 November 2016 the Compton Verney Lantern Parade happened as part of the Light-In project. Arts Uplift provided the visual artists Fran Godwin and Lisa Broughton to run lantern making workshops with 3 youth clubs in the area, Wellesbourne, Lillington and Shipston. They were tasked with creating something based on Capability Brown and the landscape of Compton Verney. The young people created all sorts of animals and Lisa Broughton was commissioned to create a centre piece which was a beautiful tawny owl! The young people thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were amazed by the colourful lighting of the building and the fire breathers and dance artists. Thanks to Fran Godwin for some of the photos.
Music workshops for older people
Tristan Pate ran a great music and singing workshop for the Dystonia Society in October. The feedback was brilliant and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and joined in.
Building on the success of the last reminiscence and arts project in care homes in Wychavon, Suitcase stories enabled 77 adults living with dementia and their carers in six Worcestershire locations to relive memories from the 40s, 50s and 60s using objects from Museums Worcestershire handling collection. The themes of the objects were work, holidays, hair and beauty, family and nature and all of the objects came in suitcases. From these memories new stories about Worcestershire’s past have been sourced and written. These were performed in six local dementia cafes by a professional storyteller Gavin Young and musician Gemma Young and were recorded by Ade Holbrook for audio uses. These activities will enable Museums Worcestershire to reach out to more audiences. They will also have a lasting new resource through the cd’s and podcasts created. Tickets were £2 per person per week which included refreshments.
The workshops took place for 6 weeks at each project across the County;
Malvern Cube, Malvern from October 2016
The Commandery, Worcester from October 2016
Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove from October 2016
The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster-Mondays from 6 February 2017 10am to 12 noon
Forge Mill museum, Redditch-Mondays from 6 February 2017 from 2-4pm
Evesham Library-Thursdays from 9 February 2017 from, 12-2pm
The first three recordings of the stories from, Malvern, Worcester and Bromsgrove are here
All six of the stories are here
The short film of the project is here
The project was supported by Arts Council England, The Elmley Foundation, Worcestershire County Council, Worcestershire Arts Partnership, Malvern Hills DC, Wychavon DC, Bromsgrove and Redditch BC, Wyre Forest DC, Worcester City DC