We have received confirmation of Arts Council England funding to run a new exciting project with RHS Garden Wisley. ‘The Apple Project’ will offer Daisy organisations the opportunity to visit Wisley’s apple orchards and extensive archive, to observe how apple trees change over the seasons, and explore the history and mythology of the iconic fruit.
Each group will take part in workshops led by experienced arts practitioners in photography, print making, drawing or creative writing, developing a response to the seasonal changes in the orchard and information collected from the archive. The finished work will be displayed at a curated exhibition as part of RHS Garden Wisley’s ‘Taste of Autumn’ Festival in October 2019.
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. 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.’
and for more information about James Henry Pullen please click here!
Our Future Selves in 2017 was a great success, thanks to our supportive partners Surrey Libraries and DAO (Disability Arts Online). Through efficient working and a willingness to continue from the team we are happy to announce that we will be continuing the project into 2018. We look forward to delivering more creative writing workshops over the next few months, and producing a publication of all the poetry written in the sessions.
In the meantime, here are some great pictures taken by photographers Ben Small and Chris of OFS workshops and performances in 2017.