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Upcoming and past Strike a Light events

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!

 

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.

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.

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:
 

Remembering Together: Making a Life History Book Course

We’ve got a couple of spaces left on this lovely creative course looking at making a life history book for those with Dementia or if you work in social care and are looking for new ways to engage clients and residents.

The course starts on 6th April and runs every Thursday in April.

Remembering toWe’ve got a couple of spaces left on this lovely creative course looking at making a life history book for those with Dementia or if you work in social care and are looking for new ways to engage clients and residents.gether: 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.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-together-making-a-life-history-book-course-tickets-31484869091

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 from 10am-1pm each week. The course will include the work book, resources, planning, materials and refreshments, as well as interim support and suggestions if needed.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-together-making-a-life-history-book-course-tickets-31484869091

Brighton & Hove in WWI – Free Event Day (The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme): Friday 30th June 11-4pm

TOL logoThe Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme

Brighton & Hove in WWI –  Free Event Day

Free WWI Community history event marking the end of both The Orange Lilies project, and The Boys on the Plaque project marking the Somme centenary, and exploring Brighton & Hove in WWI.

 Venue: Jubilee Library, Brighton, 11am – 4pm – 30th June 2017 

 Speakers

Introductions by Nicola Benge, The Orange Lilies Project Manager and Clare Hankinson, The Boys on the Plaque Project Manager

Dr Frank Gray, Director of Screen Archive South East shows vintage film clips & discusses Brighton during WWI

Brighton & Hove in WWI Q & A session: chaired by Dr Sam Carroll + Speakers: Dr Chris Kempshall, Dr Alison Fell & Dr Frank Gray

Dr Alison Fell – First World War women workers and strikes

Dr Chris Kempshall of East Sussex in WWI – Talk on Brighton and The Battle of Boars Head

and speakers still TBC

With:

Battle of Boar’s Head exhibition courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove; WWI exhibitions and resources from Brighton & Hove Libraries, Gateways to the First World War, and The Royal British Legion.

Venue –Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Queries to: theorangelilies@gmail.com

theorangelilies.wordpress.com

https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com

textiles workshop

The Orange Lilies project is delivered by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage

In Partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Services, and Gateways to the First World War.

and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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Free Drawing with Textiles workshop

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FREE

Creative drop in activities for all

(part of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: The Orange Lilies project).

Every Thursday in March 2017 – Dates remaining are: 23rd & 30th from 4 – 6pm at Jubilee Library. This will take place in the Young Peoples area in the library. Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

Drop in activities, no need to book!

Free workshops run by professional textile artist Rosie James include:

Using a sewing machine,
stitching and drawing with a machine
textile art
using collage in textiles

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Rosie James is an artist working mostly in textiles. Her work explores the use of the sewing machine as a tool for drawing. Her focus falls mainly on people and the kinds of crowds that form when people gather, she is looking for the individual within the crowd. Her work also encompasses the use of the stitched line to create drawings which explore the whole world of stitch, textiles, fashion, craft etc.

The ways in which stitching and textiles figure in our everyday lives is a continuing fascination. Rosie using screen printing as well as machine stitching and applique to create layers of imagery. Recently she has become interested in the ways in which a line is created on the sewing machine and how lines are everywhere we look. These lines link us together.

Part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme project – Try a new skill with textiles and sewing machines, find out more about the city and its’ inhabitants in WWI; make a collage for exhibition in BFEST (Brighton Youth Festival) poster, and find out more about Brighton & Hove’s local memories.

Find out more about The Orange Lilies project here: https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/

With support from project partners Fabrica Gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and Gateways to the First World War. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Dancing with Dementia updates

We’re continuing with our pilot project this Spring – Dancing with Dementia – in collaboration with the charity Jewish Care at a care home in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, using music to trigger memories.

So far this year, we’ve welcomed music therapist Dominque Levack, Belly dancer Bettina, as well as Sari dancing, Flamenco with Helena, Yoga sessions, and musical performance from students of Access to Music college in Summer 2017.

Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support.