The Silver Social offers a varied programme of activities, delivered by professional artists with different specialisations. These events are held in familiar venues within rural communities across Breckland, allowing residents to experience a range of high quality arts activities, on their doorstep.
The artists offer an introduction to the arts through various approaches, delivered in the format of workshops or performances. The sessions offer the chance to develop skills and participate in different activities, with the common thread of community and interaction running through each rural location. The sessions are a safe and welcoming place for local residents to enjoy each other's company.
The workshops are open to everyone - no experience required!
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Previous Silver Social Artists:
"My practice involves a passion for textiles and stitch and I work both as a textile illustrator and a costume maker my practice being fuelled and formed by historical costume and contemporary craft. I tend to collect techniques, but aim to use them all and to teach others as well. I fold paper and construct spherical pieces of work. I have been making and selling dolls for the past 15 years, specifically fairy and mermaid dolls (available in Miss Madelines, formerly known as The Sewing Room, Sheringham, Norfolk. UK) and have more recently expanded thematically to include fairy and folktales and literary figures too, such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood. I fold and stitch details of tiny garments, specimens in their own right as well as full sized accurate counterparts. Most recently it has been machine stitch that I have been working with and printing techniques based around the stitched/drawn line. I stitch drawings which I call textile illustrations and these tend to be themed around current inspirations such as the North Norfolk coastline and garden birds."
Find out more about Lisa's work at cargocollective.com/lisalittle
Martin Figura is an award-winning writer and photographer. He has exhibited and performed his work nationally and internationally. His most recent publications are Shed (Gatehouse Press) and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) both published in 2016. The spoken word show Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, begins touring in 2017.
He was born in Liverpool in 1956, leaving school at 15 to spend 25 years in the Army. He now lives in Norwich with Helen Ivory and sciatica, where he runs the literature event Café Writers.
An experienced workshop leader, he has a particular interest in working with older people.
Find out more about Martin's work at www.martinfigura.co.uk
Glass house Dance
Glass House Dance was set up by Sarah Lewis and Laura McGill to take the high art of contemporary dance into the heart of the community. They create essentially human, touching dance pieces with wide appeal for performance in public spaces.
Glass House Dance offers opportunity. People of all ages are invited to experience dance, working with professionals in a process of intergenerational collaboration, exploration and play. It is a shared route, a journey to celebrate the commonality of being human. Everybody carries a story within and the beauty and challenge of Glass House Dance is to set those stories in motion.
Laura McGill and Sarah Lewis are visionary dance artists, choreographers and teachers living in Norfolk. They have worked with all ages in schools and the community, sharing experience, inspired by the rich complexities of being human.
"With specialisms in print and textiles, I use a range of media to create art works, installations and participatory art projects which explore and investigate different aspects of human society and culture. I practice from my studio in Norfolk and deliver art projects in collaboration with museums and organisations in a range of locations."