Thanks to Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England artists from DAISY were able to make model craft inspired by the work of James Henry Pullen, artist and long stay resident at the Royal Earlswood Asylum (1850-1916). This was in response to an exhibition of Pullen’s amazing model fantasy craft and other artworks that opened at the Watts Gallery, Guildford on 19 June 2018.

The new work entitled ‘Flotilla’, created by DAISY artists, featured model craft of a wide range of shapes, sizes, colour and complexity, carrying the hopes and dreams of the artists when exhibited at the Art Fund Prize Gallery at Woking Lightbox in Autumn 2018. The four walls of the gallery were 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 created an original piece of dance choreography, based upon Pullen’s famous giant puppet. A performance of Pavia’s choreography was 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.

During the making of ‘Flotilla’ we were joined by local film maker and Daisy member Gary Thomas. He has put together a documentary video including interviews with participants and the creative team, a taste of the final exhibition and Stopgap Dance Company Chris Pavia’s solo performance of ‘Captain’s Duties’.


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