You can see all our free youth arts workshops taking place on a floating barge later this August which are based at Brighton Marina by following the link below.
All sessions are FREE, but booking necessary due to numbers.
Ages 7-14 welcome, with or without parents & carers.
Experienced mosaic artist Nicola Benge will be delivering these free workshops on Marine Mosaics during Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage summer youth arts residency at The Barge based at Brighton Marina.
Come join in and make a mosaic to take home with a marine theme.
There are four workshops on 29th August 10.30am and 2.30pm and again on Friday 1st September 10.30am and 2.30pm.
All children and young people welcome aged 7-14.
These sessions all take place on a large floating Barge based on the Waterfront, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5UP.
To book, follow these links for each workshop, for up to four children per workshop:
Marine Magic & Seaside Seashore Sessions
Looking for something creative for kids (ages 7-14) to do this summer holidays?
We’ll be hosting four different workshops with different artists every day from Monday 28th August – Friday 1st September. Other workshops run all summer too!
A week of free drop in activities to encourage the exploration of and participation in the barge as a medium for fishing and seaside lore.
We will deliver a multidisciplinary drop in programme of: Paper plate pirates, Fabric Fishes, Seaside Shanties, Pirate Puppets, Crustacean Collage, Marine Mosaics, Fishing Fun, Fishy Tales, and Underwater Odyssies.
Funded by The Goodall Foundation
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.
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
Free workshop – Tomorrow Tuesday 17th March
The Ragroof Players, a fantastic, creative and inspiring group of artists (who Strike a Light has had the pleasure of working with before), are offering free bunting making and reminiscence activities tomorrow in Brighton at the Martlets. The session is for people with lift Ilimiting conditions and carers. The group will spend an hour or so sharing life stories then make some bunting, have tea and cake.
Plus free hand massage for anyone who wants one! Wish I could come too….
Call The Martlets to book on – 01273 -273-400
Further information here:
The Ragroof Players are delighted to announce a collaboration with The Martlets Hospice in Brighton which will include specially themed workshops in a number of arts disciplines and a culminating tea dance in April.
The workshops are for people with life-limiting conditions including: palliative cancer, heart failure, neurological conditions, such as motor-neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, respiratory conditions, and dementia.
Using fabrics, clothing remnants, scraps, buttons, and ribbons that evoke fond memories of past times – some contributed by the workshop participants themselves – the Ragroof Players will work with participants to create beautiful garlands of Memory Bunting, which will ultimately be used to decorate the hall at the Ragroof Tea Dance at the culmination of the project. Everyone welcome – no sewing skills needed!
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