Hope and White Night

Strike a Light in conjunction with the Memories Past group in Portslade have been awarded some funding from Sussex Community Foundation to create a short film about the theme of Hope and older people in Brighton and Hove. This will enable the Memories Past group to work with a filmmaker and link with other similar groups such as the BME Elders to look at their dreams and aspirations.  This film will be projected onto the exterior of Fabrica gallery during a programme of related cultural events which will celebrate the rich and varied lives of older people in the Brighton area, and celebrating our hopes and wishes for the future, promoting the idea that people in their 60s and upwards have much to look forward to!

The main projections will take place during White Night, an evening of free events at the end of October 2011 to celebrate the clocks going back.   The project will lead to older people in Brighton  contributing to a virtual scrapbook  of personal feelings,  hopes and photos capturing snap-shops of  our lives  in the area in the present, but with a view to the future and how these wishes and our lives will change .

Photo copyright: WRVS Heritage Plus

Fabrica Project

Strike a Light has been running some workshops with older people around Brighton and Hove, for Fabrica gallery in Brighton, in collaboration with photographer Cecile Chevalier for Growing an Older Audience – a project based on engaging an older, 70+ audience with contemporary visual art.  The aim is to explore the relationships between older people’s narrative and engagement with contemporary visual art as a social environment, while focusing on identity and sense of quality of life through visual objects.

It is hoped that some of the resources created from these workshops will form part of The Forty Part Motet,  an upcoming installation in April at Fabrica gallery by artist Janet Cardiff. Selected recorded material from the sessions will be gathered to make a digital memory box (computer, photograph-object as trigger, Internet) as well as having a dedicated space in Fabrica next exhibition – The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff. This exhibition is where Forty separately recorded voices are played back through forty speakers strategically placed throughout the space. http://fabrica.org.uk/exhibitions/

Strike a Light plans Brewery project for 2011

“Wine is but single broth, ale is meat, drink, and cloth.” – 16th century English proverb.

Strike a Light are planning a 12 month creative heritage project about the diverse and sometimes contradictory social history of brewing in Lewes, which aims to create and celebrate a shared record of this history. It delivers creative intergenerational heritage activities, using archive records, reminiscence, photographs and oral history to inspire and enrich the lives and learning of the community, locally and regionally.

The Heritage Lottery Fund bid goes in today. Wish us luck!

Backstage Brighton book hits the shops!

The new book from Queenspark publishers ‘Backstage Brighton – Theatre-going in Brighton and Hove’ has hit the shops!

In 1900 Brighton had more theatres than anywhere in the UK outside London. Backstage Brighton celebrates theatre and theatre-going in the city past and present. If you ever wondered what once stood on the site of the Brighton Centre or why the Sallis Benney is so-called, then you’ll be enthralled by the book’s fascinating journey through the history and heritage of Brighton & Hove’s many theatrical venues.

The book was put together by a variety of writers, volunteers, facilitators and participants. Strike a Light set up oral history interviews for some of the histories in this book and got behind the scenes for the real sauce and stories of theatre land!

The book is now available at Waterstones or online.

‘Gloves on’!

Strike a Light has been job shadowing Ragroof Theatre this summer in the making of their new production about boxing ‘Gloves On’, thanks to an Arts Council bursary. It’s a wonderful blend of oral reminiscence, history of boxing clubs and great performances set in a boxing ring, which changes with each performance according to the venue. The production with 5 performers, has been touring all over the place and some notable shows were set outside at the Paradise Gardens festival as well as in a boxing club in Canning Town, London, where the smell of sweat and the ambience made for an electrifying show promenading the audience through the whole venue.

La Merce festival hits Barcelona!

Strike a Light is in Barcelona this week to visit La Merce festival, a Catalan street arts festival which begins on 23rd September until Monday 27th September.

Strike a Light has a bursary from Arts Council of England to research events of this kind and how they are put together as well as networking with artists, acts and events in Europe to encourage the creation of more collabaration between events and furthering street arts festivals in the UK.

See more about La Merce here.

Got an idea for a community arts project? Need help to deliver it?

Strike a Light can project manage your plans and activities to take all the stress out of your hands. We have heaps of experience at setting up and running community arts and heritage activities in community centre, with older people, and in schools as well as drop in activities for bigger events. We can create a bespoke package for you to suit your time and budget, whether it is a processions, mosaic mural or arts workshops. Get in touch to find out more!

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