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Wild at Heart project

We have received  funding from The Homity Trust towards a new project called ‘Wild at Heart’. This project is a partnership between Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, the Low Carbon Trust based at Brighton’s Earthship, and the Restorative Justice Department of Children’s Services, in Brighton & Hove City Council.

Our project will deliver a series of planned activities to take place at the Earthship based in Stanmer Park Brighton (The Earthship  was built as a community centre for use by Stanmer Organics, a Soil Association accredited site in Brighton) to deliver training and skills around the environment and local plant life and planting with a group of dedicated young probationers with community service hours to invest in supported learning.

The participants will engage with activities with various groups based at Stammer Organics (next to the Earthship) including the Permaculture Association Plot and Green Woodworking.

With this project, Strike a Light plans to support the community to:

  • Transform a local area
  • Create ownership for service users and the local community
  • Improve local community relations
  • Revitalise the area
  • Pass on creative skills and education
  • Encourage environmental awareness

Between January  and April 2018, this will involve the delivery of a mosaic mural to be situated on the front of the Earthship which will be designed and created through training and workshops with probationers, Probation staff, Low Carbon Trust members, and volunteers. The mosaic would showcase local flora and fauna and be the first sight as visitors enter the Earthship area in Stanmer Park.

We will run 12 weekly sessions at the venue in the park to support this restorative justice, as well as self-managed learning with the young people attending the activities.

We will provide guidance and support for both the Restorative Justice Team, and the participants to learn about local flora and fauna, offer ornithological talks by the South Downs National Park Authority, (also based at Stanmer Park), increase understanding of the heritage of the area, explore the principles of permaculture, and create a beautiful mural which will remain in the location as a testament to this project, and be enjoyed by all visitors to the area into the future.

A key tranche of this scheme will be training ten young offenders, as well as Children’s Service coordinators and Low Carbon Trust Directors and volunteers to learn about the medium of mosaic with the end result being a the participatory creation and installation of community focussed bespoke mosaic mural. This will be sited on the font of the Earthship building on a long term basis to promote sustainable ideals and environmental awareness, including the venue being part of the South Downs National Park.

These activity and learning sessions sessions will be facilitated by a creative practitioner and supported by the Restorative Justice Team who would be responsible for the subsequent health and safety and supervising behaviour.

The participants’ ages range from 10 – 18 years old, with the majority of these being between 13-18 years old. The young offenders are a mix of male and female, however the client base is predominately male. All of the young people live in the Brighton and Hove area and in a mix of in school, college, some form of education, employment or NEET (not in education, employment or training). They include looked after children, as well as those living with parents.

This venue was the first Earthship to be built in England. Earthship Brighton is an off-grid building that heats, cools, powers itself from the sunharvests its water from the sky and treats its wastewater onsite using plants. The venue’s focus has been spreading a positive message of climate change education and helping people to modify their behaviour to live with a lighter carbon footprint through the training and events it offers.

The aims of the Earthship Brighton since it was built 20 years ago, has been deliver a sustainable community centre in response to a genuine local need, change values in the construction industry and inspire positive action in individuals to generate environmental change through modifying people’s behaviour to less carbon intensive lifestyles. This resonates soundly with our project aims to engage with disaffected young people and support their understanding for community involvement and development to the point where they are engaged in a way that means they would be less likely to re-offend.

This project offers a new opportunity for engagement, lifelong learning and enjoyment, whilst offering participants, volunteers and staff the facility to support youth involvement and gain relevant sills themselves. This project will also allow volunteers to contribute their own ideas to the project in the form of the final mural design.

Outcomes from this project will be:

  • The youth offending community to feel a proud sense of ownership within their locality
  • Improving lock spaces that require renovation
  • Creating a locally based project combining creative arts and environmental themes.
  • A new bespoke mosaic mural supporting a colourful, safe community spaces

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ST PETER’S – PRESTON PARK WORKSHOP DATES

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We are very pleased to be commissioned by The Friends of St Peter’s – Preston Park, Brighton to deliver a series of six creative workshops at St Peter’s, Preston Park between May-September 2018.

The workshops are a key part of their HLF-funded Project Restoring the Chancel: Highlighting the 20th Century History of St Peter’s, Preston Park and are intended to engage local people around St Peter’s to:

  • Visit the church for the first time.
  • See the church as an enjoyable place to spend time.
  • Look afresh at the church and particularly the stencilling in the chancel.
  • Find out more about St Peter’s and the history of the surrounding Preston Village area.
  • Find out more about the practice and history of the art of stencilling.

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Activities:

We will deliver six creative drop-in workshops at St Peter’s on the following dates: 31st May, 24th June (Preston Village Day), 14thJuly, 31st July, 16th Aug, 8th September. Each workshop will run from 11-4pm, though the timings for 24th June, Preston Village Day, are still to be finalised.

Each workshop will focus on one core creative activity, with some simpler and/or quicker activities running alongside. The activities to be delivered at each workshop will each respond to some element of the church’s interior, exterior or history, or the creative processes embodied within the building, including stencilling, repetitive patterns, print making, mosaics, etc.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage activities will include:

  • Block printing on paper/calico in the form of flags, pennants or large hangings.
  • Creating your own portable letterpress
  • Small mosaics
  • Other forms of printing
  • Stained glass making (using plastic)
  • Geometric pattern making with spirographs.
  • Brass rubbing

All welcome, and especially families with children up to the age of around 11. However both older/younger children can attend and the range of activities will cater for this.

Children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers and will not be left in the care of Strike a Light.

Adult Workshop:

One of our event days on Saturday 14th July, is intended to be an adult-focussed activity and will encourage adults to try new things, so this particular date isn’t open to children.

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Strike a Light will be working alongside Hare and Humphreys, the conservators who will be undertaking the conservation of the chancel. Hare and Humphreys start work in late-May and from that time on parts of the chancel will be covered with scaffolding, obscuring some of the stencilling.

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Free Marine Mosaics workshops – summer youth arts workshops in Brighton

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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.

Free!

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.

Booking essential!

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:

29th August 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223211601

29th August 2.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223349012

1st September 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223619822

1st September 2.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mosaics-free-arts-workshops-for-children-young-people-barge-summer-residency-tickets-36223633864

A close up detail of a shell mosaic
A close up detail of a shell mosaic

 

Nek Chand’s mosaics come to Sussex

Rock garden 0039We’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

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