Pics just in from our fab Knees up for Nepal fundraiser on Friday 19th June! What a great night -Thanks to everyone who came and partied, but especially to all the wonderful bands – Gyratory Allstars, Oscillator and Fat 45, compere with the mostess Jonny Fluffypunk, Kuru from the Brighton and Susex Nepal Society,DJs, photographer Fran Moore and our volunteer support team who made it all possible by giving their time for free. We’d like to give a big hand for all their support. And to The Latest Music Bar for the use of their venue for the night. We raised a whopping £903.43 for Nepal Earthquake support with the Disasters Emergency Committee.
On Saturday 25 April a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of at least 8m people and left many homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches.Already over 8000 people have been confirmed dead and the figure is likely to rise significantly in the coming days. Even those whose homes are still standing are sleeping in the streets because they are terrified by regular aftershocks. DEC member agencies and their partners are working urgently to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets. Once immediate, life-saving needs are met they will work with individuals, families and communities to support them to rebuild their lives.
Fabrica gallery, in partnership with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services, has received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Boys on the Plaque, in Brighton & Hove. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will highlight a recently uncovered FWW memorial plaque situated in the former Holy Trinity Church which houses Fabrica gallery. Supported by a team of archivists, artists and historians, the local community will come together through research, creative activities and heritage events to discover the hidden histories of the 95 soldiers commemorated on the plaque and consider the personal experiences of ordinary people during the war. A team of volunteers will receive training and will access local archives to research and collect the stories of The Boys on the Plaque through genealogy, photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down, to help them build an understanding of what life was really like during this time. Activities with local older and younger groups will use creativity and reminisence to further explore these experiences and create new legacies for our local history. A series of Conversation Café’s with members of The University of the Third Age will explore local knowledge, personal mementos and family history through discussion and shared discovery. Younger people will connect to the personal histories of The Boys on the Plaque at creative graffiti workshops, considering memorium and identity through contemporary practice. A range of public events for all ages will share what we have found and provide opportunities for our local community to come together to remember and learn more about the First World War. The Boys on the Plaque represent so many of the sons, brothers, fathers and uncles who fought and fell in the First World War, and this project will pay tribute to these men by telling their stories and considering the wider impact on the local community. In 2017 it will be the Bi-Centennial of this church, which was built in 1817, and it will be a fitting time to honour and celebrate the history of the building and its continuing presence as a place of contemplation and community in Brighton & Hove. The project findings will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about The Boys on the Plaque. Working with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services will bring the project to the wider community through exhibitions and resources, to continue the legacy of The Boys on the Plaque into the future. Commenting on the award, Liz Whitehead, Co-Director of Fabrica, said: “We’re so delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this two-year project which enables us to explore the history of our building, Holy Trinity Church with and through our local community, especially as the project’s culmination in 2017 will mark the chapel’s bicentennial.” Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the South East, Stuart McLeod, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £70million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in The Boys on the Plaque to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.” For further information, images and interviews, please contact Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 40 Duke Street, BN1 AGH 01273 778646 email@example.com boysontheplaque.wordpress.com @fabricagallery #boysontheplaque
Our Knees up for Nepal benefit gig at The Latest Music Bar tomorrow has been profiled in Brighton Source Magazine. Advance tickets are available here. Limited tickets available on the door. Fab Fundraiser Friday! We all love an occasion to party, especially when it’s for a good cause. Strike A Light are hosting just the night for us at The Latest Music Bar. Knees Up For Nepal is a night of music, comedy and DJ sets raising funds for the 8m people affected by the recent Nepal earthquakes. We’ll experience an exhilarating night of live music from soul and funk originals Gyratory Allstars, ska-hugging beat poets Oscillator and the exciting eleven piece big band Fat 45. We’ll also hear from representatives of the Brighton & Sussex Nepalese Society, and our debonair compere for the evening will be stand-up poet and storyteller Jonny Fluffypunk. If that’s not enough, Oscillator DJs and Greekboy will be spinning tunes to keep us dancing into the early hours. All proceeds from the night will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee for their work in the region. For further information visit the Strike A Light website. Knees Up For Nepal, The Latest Music Bar, Friday 19th June 2015 http://brightonsource.co.uk/previews/knees-up-for-nepal-fri-19th-june/
We’re really pleased to hear that there will be an exhibition of renowned outsider artist Nek Chand this summer at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Some of us at Strike a Light worked with this inspiring man in a month long residency creating an exterior mosaic mural from scratch at The Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India some years ago and found it an illuminating and magical experience. This summer Pallant House Gallery is delighted to announce an installation of sculptures by renowned Indian Outsider artist Nek Chand, creator of the famous sculpture park The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India. The figurative mosaic works will be on display in the Courtyard Garden, which was designed by award-winning garden designer Christopher Bradley-Hole, and in the Garden Gallery, from 13 June – 25 October 2015. Born in 1924 in the village of Berian Kala, in what is now Pakistan, Chand relocated to India with his family in 1947. Eventually, he moved to Chandigarh in the northern part of the country; the first planned ‘utopian’ city in Post-Independence India, designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Nek Chand is a deeply spiritual man, fascinated by the mystical significance of rocks, who was by profession a public roads inspector. However, he began spending his evenings imagining and moulding figures out of recycled and found materials. Pursuing a vision from a dream, Chand cut back a clearing in the jungle on the outskirts of Chandigarh, situated in the middle of the Capitol Complex and the Sukhna Lake; the place where his Rock Garden was to come to life. This space, he believed, had once been home to a glorious kingdom. His process is indicative of many historically renowned Outsider artists, with a focus on found objects and recycled materials. Chand uses discarded objects, such as broken crockery, electrical fittings, glass bangles and bicycle frames, building up the bulk of the figure with cement and sand mix. A final coating of smoothly burnished pure cement combined with waste materials would then be added. Chand believed that each figure contained the spirit of a human being, god or goddess. During the making of the Rock Garden Chand was consumed by his vision. He has said of the Garden: “It began really as a hobby. I started not with the idea that it would become so famous. Every day, after I finished my government job, I would come here to work for at least four hours. At first my wife didn’t understand what I was doing every day, but after I brought her to my jungle hut and showed her my creation, she was very pleased.” In 1972, the Rock Garden – originally an illegal endeavour by Chand in his spare time – became a municipal authority-funded tour de force. Stunned by Chand’s creation, the authorities pumped money and labourers into the project; which is now the world’s largest visionary environment, with several thousand sculptures covering more than 25-acres. In 1976, it was opened to the public. Although the public’s reception to the Rock Garden has been undoubtedly positive, the park was vandalised in 1996 whilst Chand was visiting the United States. The damage has since been rectified, with the incident resulting in the created of the Nek Chand Foundation in 1997. The Foundation aimed to protect and promote the park internationally. Today, the Rock Garden is overseen by the Rock Garden Society, and opens its doors to over 5,000 visitors every day. In a country known for the slums that grow out of its waste, the Rock Garden is an example of one man’s unrivalled intuitive vision. Chand’s fascination with the creation of something from nothing; the conversion of waste into beauty, has resulted in one of the largest tourist attractions in the whole of India, second only to the Taj Mahal. Nek Chand’s work has since been included in the Hayward Gallery’s 2013 exhibition ‘Alternative Guide to the Universe’, the exhibition ‘Raw Vision: 25 Years of Art Brut’ at the Halle Saint Pierre museum in Paris, as well as the Museum of Everything’s inaugural exhibition in Primrose Hill. The exhibition of Chand’s work reflects the ethos of Outside In; the Gallery’s flagship project providing a platform for artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Although Outside In does not explicitly focus on Outsider Art, Chand’s self-taught process and dedication to his project resonates with many of the 2,000 artists represented on the project’s website. Further information www.pallant.org.uk For more information on Nek Chand and the Nek Chand Foundation, please visit www.nekchand.com The exhibition will include a selection of sculptures from the Nek Chand Foundation and will be in the Courtyard Garden and Garden Gallery at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, from 13 June – 25 October 2015. Pallant House Gallery 9 North Pallant Chichester PO19 1TJ
Our community baker Alex Moran went to deliver the second of two workshops with Autism Sussex for Strike a Light’s Breaking Bread project in Brighton last week. This part of our project was set up by project coordinator Natasha Padbury and funded by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, so thanks to them for that! You can see what happened below: Yesterday afternoon I went over to Autism Sussex in Brighton for the second of two bread making classes with a group of four. So our first session, two weeks ago was the very first time that any of the group had made bread, but the care, attention and quiet enthusiasm that they brought to the session resulted in really great bread. I was over the moon! At the end of the session I asked for requests or ideas for what we might bake next time… When Jason suggested we make baguettes I did wonder if that might be a bit ambitious? But we decided to go for it so I got busy practicing; anyone who has tried will tell you that a good baguette takes good technique and practice. When it came to passing this on yesterday afternoon, I was again amazed by how carefully the group listened and observed and how quickly their skill with the dough developed….
Strike a Light is happy to confirm that Oscillator DJs will be playing a back to back jump up DJ set for our Knees up for Nepal gig on Friday 19th June. Greekboy will also be spinning top tunes to make you groove late into the night. All this and three bands too! Check out our event film here: https://vimeo.com/127500967 You can buy advance tickets for Friday 19th June’s Knees up for Nepal benefit gig through The Latest music bar booking line: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319606
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a community interest company. We focus on exploring life stories and history through creative projects. Based in Brighton, Strike a Light works with and for the wider community across Sussex