Joined-up artists getting into the swing of things

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A year into the project and activity is really picking up now with the drawing and stitching workshops led by Marcia Tuesink and Rosie James developing quite a following. Not only that, Marcia and Rosie have been the project’s pioneers, helping to foster greater understanding among the partners about the project’s aims.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved has done some amazing work for Dover Museum and 9 students from Astor College for the Arts will be attending his concert on 24 April 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery where he will be presenting his Channel Firing project, which weaves together words, music, drawings and walking. The students will then work with Peter on creating an online work for Dover Museum’s website.

Colin Priest is working with Deal Town Council on an idea for a blackberry tonic, inspired by government exhortations to eat blackberries for health during World War I and through his research he has recently linked up with Sarah Lloyd, Reader in History & Chair of the Heritage Hub at Hertfordshire University and Square Root London whose cucumber soda is served at the Tate Britain cafe. He is planning an event in Deal later in the year.

Cathy Rogers is busy planning a Bakers, Makers and Brewers  fayre for National Mills weekend at White Mill (9 and 10 May), reflecting her interest in the domestic lives of people left at home during WW1 as shown by the artefacts on display at the Mill.

Louisa Love has started to explore some exciting ideas for the Miners’ Festival on 31 August as part of work for Aylesham Heritage Centre, including a curated walk and a collaborative drawing event.  John Dargan is working up some ideas for the Western Heights Open Days and potentially an event in July 2016. John’s work centres on the idea of the training of the troops.

Aine Belton is starting to think about movement in connection with her research for Dover Transport museum and is looking into the idea of the zeotrope – a device that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static images.

Gabor Stark is testing reaction to his proposed series of sculptures – the friendly army – at East Kent Railway on 22 March when he will be on site to talk to visitors and he is also hoping to find volunteers to help make the pieces.

Nicole Mollett has been thinking about a project which focuses on healing and people coming together to help one another for her project at St Margarets.

Tania McCormack and Rob McDonald have only just started their research at Sandwich Guildhall and John Dargan and Simon Martin have yet to start at PWRRQR.

As we go into the second year of the project, the artists will also be developing their affordable souvenirs with Esther Coombs.