Workshop

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!

See what's happening next in our Upcoming Events

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 

Bringing the Personal Touch to Cyanotype

Residents of Ashill loved artist Vicki Johnson's penultimate Cyanotype printing workshop yesterday, with many return visitors bringing their own photographs to incorporate into the artwork. 

Over the past few weeks villagers have been encouraged to share their own photos and memories of life in Ashill, as they have been sifting through images from the Village Archive.  Vicki was able to turn some of these photos into negatives which could then be incorporated to create personal prints that reflect individual experiences. Some shared pictures from village fetes gone by, others included themselves or their pets, including some real characters! 

With Vicki's final Cyanotype workshop on Wednesday 18th October, 11am - 4pm. all of the artworks created by residents will then be exhibited at the Community Centre on Saturday 21st October between 12 - 4pm.

Villagers are encouraged to come along and admire the creations, exploring Ashill past and present through this unique art form. All events are FREE to attend, so come along! 

For more details visit Upcoming Events

 

Fantastic turnout in Ashill for Second Cyanotype workshop

Word has spread among the residents of Ashill, with fantastic numbers showing their support for new local activities with a great turn out for Vicki Johnson's second Cyanotype workshop yesterday, as part of our Silver Social artist residency at Ashill Community Centre. 

This week's workshop placed emphasis on 3D textures, incorporating objects from the local landscape (which Vicki had collected earlier that morning) into the prints. Some return visitors brought along their own personal photographs, sharing moments of times gone by and reflecting on the change of landscape and re purposing of old buildings within the village. Vicki took photographs of these to turn into negatives and will bring them along to the next workshop (Monday 9th October, 12pm - 4pm) for further experimentation. 

Don't miss your chance to experiment with these beautiful prints and see them exhibited in the Community Centre on Saturday 21st October. Full details of workshops on our Upcoming Events.

Necton Welcomes Sarah Harley for the First Silver Social Artist Workshop

A fantastic start to the Silver Social Project, with the first of our artist workshops already underway. Held by specialist print and textiles artist Sarah Harley, she begins her residency at Necton Rural Community Centre with the first of two sewing based workshops (next one Friday 6th October 10am - 2pm), out of a total of four workshops (mono printing takes place Friday 29th September & Saturday 7th October, both 10am - 12pm).

Sarah welcomed both experienced and novice crafters as she demonstrated the use of her vintage Singer sewing machine, no electricity required! Over a cup of tea and a biscuit, she talked the group through how to create a bespoke phone or glasses case out of recycled wool jumpers, as well showing them examples of home made bunting and a range of different patch work techniques. With plenty of materials at hand, the group could get stuck in!

Through conversation and interaction with members of the group, Sarah will create a comic based on her experiences during the residency, which will be exhibited along with creations by members of the group from the four different workshops. The exhibition takes place at Necton Rural Community Centre on Saturday 28th October, 10am - 12pm - join us for coffee and cake!

All events are part of the Silver Social artist residencies and are free to attend! Join us for the next event in Necton or one of the other target villages (Ashill, Mattishall, Harling and Shipdham), full details on our Upcoming Events

 

 

 

Workshop participants show off their creations in Necton

Workshop participants show off their creations in Necton