Thanks to recent Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England artists from DAISY will be making model craft inspired by the work of James Henry Pullen, artist and long stay resident at the Royal Earlswood Asylum (1850-1916). This will be in response to an exhibition of Pullen’s amazing model fantasy craft and other artworks, titled ‘James Henry Pullen: Inmate – Inventor – Genius’ that opens at the Watts Gallery on 19 June 2018.
Against a current background of considerable post-Brexit uncertainty, an installation of the new work called ‘Flotilla’, created by DAISY artists, will feature model craft of a wide range of shapes, sizes, colour and complexity, and will carry the hopes and dreams of disabled people when exhibited at the Art Fund Prize Gallery at Woking Lightbox from 23 October. The four walls of the gallery will be adorned with a textile wall hanging designed and made by PrintAble artists from Ochre Print Studios. Alongside work created for Flotilla,Chris Pavia from Stopgap Dance Co will create an original piece of dance choreography, based upon Pullen’s famous giant puppet. A performance of Pavia’s choreography will be performed at Watts Gallery in September as part of their Making festival, and then again at the opening of Flotilla at the Lightbox in October.
Support for DAISY’s Flotilla project is being given by Disability Arts Online, who will be posting blogs, pictures and commentary relating to the project and the Pullen exhibition.
Karl Newman, Arts Programme Manager, Surrey Arts said: ‘It is really exciting to see fabulous local galleries like Watts and Lightbox working together to support artists with disabilities from the DAISY network. I’m really looking forward to seeing the work that is created as a result of this project. It is important that DAISY artists are being provided with this platform to share their work, particularly at this time of uncertainty.’
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