Mattishall

Successful First Phase of Workshops

Last week saw the culmination of the first five artist residencies in rural villages - Ashill, Necton, Shipdham, Mattishall and Harling - with fantastic exhibitions of work in both Ashill and Necton and a range of arts based activities happening in the other villages. 

Residents of Ashill loved seeing their Cyanotype prints exhibited in the Community Centre, with a brilliant turn out of visitors coming along to admire the residents' work and indulge in a slice of chocolate fudge cake or a scone with cream and jam!  Artist Vicki Johnson reiterated her thanks to the village archive for their wealth of local photographs, kick-starting the first workshop with great success. 

Necton village also had a great turn out for their exhibition at the Community Centre on Saturday, with many new faces coming to admire the work over a cup of tea and piece of artist Sarah Harley's apple cake. The range of work produced was great to see and the Necton spin off  sewing club is still going strong! 

Other activities happening across half term week included Glass House Dance's takeover of Harling's Old School Hall, culminating in a performance of their 'A Little Bit of Light' contemporary dance, using stories told to them by residents throughout the week. In Mattishall, Lisa Little's 'Drop in & Stitch' workshops, unearthed tales from the village and provided residents an opportunity to get to know each other a little better, chatting whilst therapeutically stitching memories and anecdotes onto tea towels. In Nearby Shipdham, poet and writer Martin Figura was busy entertaining the ladies and gents from the Shipdham Knitters, Shipdham History Group and Shipdham Manor Care Home, enjoying much frivolity and plenty of biscuits whilst working on his Shipdham oral history project. Proudly sporting his residency tank top, Martin's final appearance was at Saturday's Church Fair, where he and his wife Helen Ivory set up their poetry takeaway! 

In the New Year the Silver Social welcomes singer, Kate Dimbleby, who will be taking her 'Sing Your Song' workshops on a tour of the town's libraries, before stopping off in each of the villages. Look out soon for more details.

Ashill Exhibition

Ashill Exhibition

Necton Exhibition 

Necton Exhibition 

Glass House Dance 'A Little Bit of Light'

Glass House Dance 'A Little Bit of Light'

Martin Figura in Shipdham 

Martin Figura in Shipdham 

'Drop in & Stitch' at Mattishall

Mattishall's artist in residence Lisa Little has been holding a series of 'Drop in & Stitch' workshops at the Memorial Hall, with villagers sharing stories about Mattishall over a cup of tea and some sweet treats. Lisa has encouraged participants to jot down memories relating to village life in a note book, from which she has selected prominent stories to embroider onto tea towels. Some have chosen to do their own embroidery or have used fabric pens to put down their designs. 

As well as recalling skills that haven't been used for years, the sessions have allowed participants to engage over a shared topic - Mattishall - and learn much about each other in the process. The sessions continue this week at Mattishall Memorial Hall, drop in between 10:30 - 4pm and leave a lasting memory of the village in Lisa's journal. All events are free and everyone is welcome!

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Mattishall residents with artist Lisa Little

Mattishall residents with artist Lisa Little

Exploring memories through stitch

Exploring memories through stitch

Getting creative with textiles

Getting creative with textiles

Memories of Mattishall 

Memories of Mattishall