On Thursday 27th February 2020 DAiSY groups Bloomin Arts, Dramatize and Orpheus came together at in the Orpheus Centre Barn Theatre for a day of sharing and workshops.
The day began with an exhilarating Zumba class run by Dramatize. This was followed by a sharing of dance work by The Orpheus Centre students, followed by participants from Bloomin Arts new performance group.
In the afternoon the groups were joined by Paul and Luke from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. Paul and Luke shared their knowledge as professional performers and then delivered skill sharing activities around the famous Mathew Bourne ballet work Swan Lake.
The groups devised several responses to Swan Lake, which were shared at the end of the session. Everyone had a really great day, and we hope to deliver more similar workshops soon.
Using a mix of traditional applique sewing and modern dyeing techniques, Surrey Arts Wardrobe are working with DAiSY member organisations Artventure, The Grange, Ochre PrintAble, Dramatize, Halow and LinkAble to make banners that are both an expression of the group and convey a message important to the group as a whole.
The project is inspired by the beautiful Asafo flags created by the Fante people from Central Ghana. Asafo means ‘war people’ and their flags are an expression of community identity and often refer to a local historical event or a proverb. The project also references traditional sewn banners created by women marching for women’s suffrage and those typically made to represent WI groups and marching bands. Over recent years these have been used to inspire contemporary artworks by artists such as Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and Bob & Roberta Smith.
The banners will be displayed at The Lightbox, Woking from Tuesday 29 September 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020.
The project is free to DAiSY groups and is funded by Surrey Arts and DAiSY.
Throughout 2019 over 90 DAiSY artists visited RHS Garden Wisley, exploring its rich apple growing heritage, taking part in over 40 workshops. ‘The Apple Project’ culminated in an exhibition of photography, print and writing celebrating the orchard across the seasons, the ageless symbolism of this eponymous fruit, and the unique varieties the artists uncovered.
The exhibition also features artwork from DAiSY bursary awardees Liz Mulvaney (Creative Writing), Melissa Ryland (Printmaking) and Jay Neal-Smith (Photography).