Dr Blighty Educational Toolkit

20170421_120846[1]We went off to the launch yesterday at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton of the Dr Blighty project Educational Learning Toolkit we created for the London based organisation Nutkhut in 2016 and 2017.

We were pleased to see this newly finished learning toolkit which is available for Brighton and Hove schools (Key stages 2 & 3) to learn more about the history of Indian Soldiers in the city during WWI.

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Strike a Light is a CIC!

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Finally! Our Community Interest Company paperwork has come through.

Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage are now officially a recognised Community Interest Company with Companies House.

After a long delay, Strike a Light’s four Directors are off out for dinner next week to celebrate!

 

The Orange Lilies textile banner

The Orange Lilies - Brighton & Hove in the Somme

We’ve had a sneak preview of the nearly finished textile banner we’ve been working on for The Orange Lilies project with artist Rosie James and young people in Brighton and Hove, through a series of workshops with young people at Jubilee Library in March 2017.

It’s looking great! We’ll be collecting it in two weeks time as there is still some final stitching to do, but it’s looks amazing and we’re really pleased with it. It measures 2 metres long by 1 metre wide.

When finished this will be installed at Jubilee Library in the city as part of the annual youth festival B fest from 24th May – 4th July 2017 for everyone to view, alongside a series of short films we’ve made with young filmmakers, facilitated by Tracey Gue.

We urge you to come and view it, and find out more about Brighton and Hove history during the…

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Puppet making for the Puppet Curious

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is hosting a series of  four puppet making workshops in May and June with Herringbone Arts.

Book your place here!

Learn to make a small rod puppet using designs from your imagination. You will sculpt a small puppet using polymer clay amongst other materials and a range of small tools.

Fran Malone will take you through the process – starting with designs based on what inspires and intrigues you about puppets, through to creating your own little character and finally bringing it to life.

Workshop dates are Sundays 14th, 21st, 28th May and 6th June.

These will take place at our workshop: Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton.

Materials will be provided, alongside tea, coffee and biscuits. Fran will be happy to answer all your puppet related questions along the way and share some puppet making secrets!

About the course leader: Fran Malone is a Brighton – based puppet and prop maker. She is skilled in polymer clay, wood, foam carving, weather proofing for outdoor work, mould making, casting, painting and more!

Fran co – founded award – winning puppetry and performance company Herringbone Arts with whom she creates magical original tales and promenade puppet theatre (currently working on their next show for Theatre Royal Brighton.)

Fran is an experienced workshop leader and a skilled and knowledgeable teacher and is passionate about helping others to find their way into the world of puppetry.

For examples of Fran’s work go to https://herringbonearts.com/ or https://www.franmalonemaker.com/

More about Herringbone Arts: 

Herringbone Arts are an award winning company who create interactive theatre and installation featuring performance, puppetry, live music and projection. Using exquisite attention to detail and our skills in making and creating contemporary promenade theatre, we transform unexpected places and ordinary spaces into something magical and unforgettable where children and families can participate and create memories together. We are committed to equal opportunities and love to ensure that we offer shows which can be accessed and enjoyed by all.

Herringbone Arts was established by Madeleine Herrington and Fran Malone with the aim to help children and families reconnect with their imaginations and each other. With over 10 year’s collective experience in performing arts and education, Herringbone Arts are passionate about creating and sharing stories in unexpected places.

Preston Manor and the Royal Family

Her Majesty the Queen turns 91 on 21 April and so to mark this event I am looking back to a day in her younger life when she visited Preston Manor. When I give guided tours of the house people are always surprised by this fact, royalty being more associated with the Royal Pavilion. Preston…

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Schools film showing for The Orange Lilies project

5 children and itAs part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project, we’ll be involving children and teachers of local primary school Middle Street Primary School in our explorations of the city during the Somme in 1916.
We’re inviting WWI historian Dr Chris Kempshall to speak to the pupils about this period of history in an engaging and lively way.
We’ll follow this with a film showing of the First World War linked Five Children and It, and make popcorn too!
When Britain entered the First World War it did not fully realise that the conflict would soon touch upon the lives of everyone; even children.
Dr Chris Kempshall will discuss how the people of East Sussex lived under the shadow of the First World War, and how local children became involved in the war effort.
The screening is for 32 x year 5 children and 3-4 teachers.
Thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund for helping with this event, and to Fabrica gallery for organising it on behalf of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage.

Textiles for The Orange Lilies project

We’ve been working with a talented textiles artist Rosie James recently for The Orange Lilies project. Following on from a series of public access free workshops at Jubilee Library in Brighton, she is now in the process of completing a textile banner which will be displayed during BFest – the Brighton Youth Arts Festival and beyond across libraries in the city between May and July 2017.

The Orange Lilies - Brighton & Hove in the Somme

2017-03-23 16.54.29We’ve been working with a  talented textiles artist Rosie James recently for The Orange Lilies project. Following on from a series of public access free workshops at Jubilee Library in Brighton, she is now in the process of completing a textile banner which will be displayed during BFest – the Brighton Youth Arts Festival and beyond across libraries in the city between May and July 2017.

We’re really excited about seeing the experiences of Brighton during the Somme brought to life in fabric. It will depict aspects of Brighton and Hove, women on the home front, as well as soldiers in France too.

C7DruJ5WcAAO8DNHere’s her blog post about the experience:

I have just finished a series of workshops which took place at Jubilee Library in Brighton. These were organised by Strike a Light to commemorate Brighton in WW1. The workshops took the form of drop in sessions for young people…

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Remembering Together – a Life History Book Course

Two days left to book your place on our upcoming course (starting this Thursday) – Remembering Together – a Life History Book Course. We have a couple of places left if you’re interested in joining in.
 
You can also email to find out more: strikealight [@] rocketmail.com
 
All details on the poster
 
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Remembering together: Making a life history book course:
 
A life history book is a homemade booklet compiled to capture memories and stories about a person’s life, whether to mark a significant birthday, a change in circumstances, the onset of Dementia or as a beautiful and creative gift for a loved one.
 
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver a series of four workshops to learn how to create a life history booklet for a family member’s life.
 
Workshop dates are: Thursdays 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th April 10am-1pm. These take place at the Strike a Light studio in Brighton.
 
Workshop address:
 
Studio 8 (mezzanine)
Open Market,
Marshalls Row,
Brighton
BN1 4JU
 
More information:
 
Making a life history book can be an enjoyable and empowering activity for a person with dementia which may enable greater interaction and open up communication between someone with dementia and their carers, family and friends.
 
A life history book may be something that visitors can look through with a person, or it can be referred to by professionals to learn more about the person they are providing care for.
 
Uses:
 
* A distraction technique for refocusing during difficult symptoms
* A security tool when person is taken to unfamiliar places such as the hospital or care home
* Promotes well-being, validation and celebration of a person
* A bridge to the past
* Provides opportunities for pride and enhanced self-esteem
* Re-builds family relationships
 
The workshops will include:
 
* Using old photographs, photocopies, maps, collage, text, printable resources and more, we will work together over the course of four sessions to create a beautiful, bespoke booklet which will celebrate the life of your loved one, helping them to remember happy times, key events.
 
* Memory triggers to encourage remembering of family and friends
 
* Reminiscence tips and techniques to support life history work
 
A life story book can enrich relationships and promote understanding and respect as memories fade.
 
The course can only accomodate 8 participants to create a supportive atmosphere so please book early to avoid disappointment.
 
The cost is £100 (£80 concession) for the four week course which is three hours per week. The course will include the work book, resources, planning, materials and refreshments, as well as interim support and suggestions if needed.
 

Space available on today’s Career Vision Board Workshop

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We’ve had a last minute cancellation for today’s Career and Vision Board Workshop at our studio which means we have one space available for another participant.
If you’d like to attend, and can make it here in by 12.45pm then come along!
 
Booking here:
 
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