Monday, 27 February 2017

Alternate Legacies
A selection of the photographs produced by Sharon Haward & Léonie Young featuring the objects & memorabilia from The Bridge workshop participants was exhibited in The Long Gallery, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery from 14 January-19 February 2017. 5,177 visitors had the opportunity to see the works & read the stories & memories associated with the photographs.

Seven large scale photo montages were installed on the outside of The Bridge Centre & a launch took place on 8 February. The photos will be visible to passers-by, local residents & Centre users throughout 2017. A selection of the photographs exhibited at the museum will be installed inside The Bridge Centre.

Workshop participants: Ron Bennett, Reg Benton, Tania Charman, Arline Daines, Dennis Daines, Sue Hadlow, Pauline Hyland, Joan Meleleu, Keith Meleleu, Val Riddle, Brenda Tindall, Moira Ward

Playland: People and communities
Worthing Museum  and Art Gallery
Chapel Road
West Sussex BN11 1HP

17 December 2016-22 April 2017
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00

The commissioned film 'People Pebble by Jivko Darakchiev is presented alongside artworks created and chosen by customers at Coastal Enterprises, Worthing . Working with artist & poet Gary Goodman, the participants produced monoprints, self portraits & townscapes which reflected senses of place and belonging.

A special viewing was held on Saturday 21 January which gave guests an opportunity to see & discuss the work with Darakchiev & the Coastal Enterprise customers.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Alternate Legacies - update

Workshops have taken place at The Bridge Community Centre on Thursdays from September through the beginning of December led by Sharon Haward & Léonie Young.

The workshops' theme has explored the local heritage, personal histories & stories. The group has been encouraged to bring in objects which have a personal significance; these have included a stoneware bottle dug up in a garden & women's magazines from WWII. Haward & Young have photographed these objects to create a range of images for the final large scale photographs.

The photographs will be installed on the gable wall & the front of The Bridge Community Centre in early January 2017. This will be coordinated with an exhibition of small format photos at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery 14 January-19 February 2017

Playland: There and Here opened at Electo Studios Project Space-ESPS, Seaside Road, St Leonards-on-Sea on 3 November 2016 until 20 November.

In addition to Darakchiev's film People Pebble, a still b/w lightbox image & series of b/w photographs shot in the film's locations, the exhibition's public engagement element featured a collection of photographs & a film of & by participants from The Links Project, St Leonards. These works captured the participants' encounters with local landscapes, community & heritage while reflecting their responses to time & place. Victoria Cristal, Lyudmila Georgieva & Igor Palmik chose to work in Alexandra Park, a place which held special memories for them. All elements were brought together in collaboration with artists Nicole Zaaroura & Sharon Haward & presented alongside Darakchiev's installation.

Playland: There and Here was realised through Hastings Borough Council's Match Funding Scheme

Playland: A Sense of Place took place at Limbo Arts, 2 Bilton Square, High Street, Margate from 6-22 October 2016.

To engage with local people, artist Sharon Haward led two 'Memory & Souvenir Afternoons' at Margate Museum (10 & 24 September) where local residents, visitors to the Museum & volunteers could share their memorabilia, objects & stories about Margate's past & present. Haward produced photo montages of this material which reflected changing times & places.
As an extension of Playland, Haward has installed large scale photo montages in Margate Station which will ensure a wide audience has access to the work which was inspired by Margate Museum. The photographs can be seen at the station from 10 December 2016.

Playland: A Sense of Place received the support of The Big Lottery Fund through Awards For All & a KCC Combined member Grant from Cllr Will Scobie.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Playland: Re-imagining Communities opened at The Brewery Tap, Folkestone on 8 September 2016 & continued until 25 September with over 140 visitors attending the inaugural exhibition.

In addition to Jivko Darakchiev's film People Pebble, Nicholette Goff's installation created with the input of local people was a huge success & encouraged

their participation in an art exhibition for the first time. Their memorabilia, photos & stories brought a new interpretation to daily life in Folkestone.

Playland: Re-imagining Communities was realised by KCC's Member Community Grants & the in-kind support of University for the Creative Arts Canterbury.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Playland : Re-imagining Communities
Tempo Arts is currently working in partnership with James Shea Consulting CIC to deliver an ambitious public engagement project which is linked to the commissioning of artist Jivko Darakchiev's new film referencing landscape & culture of the South Coast of England & the former mining communities in Région Hauts-de-France.
Funding has been awarded from the National Lottery through Awards for All.
Starting in October 2016, the partnership will work with diverse groups in Margate, St Leonards, Worthing & Brighton to help create a sense of place, self worth & community cohesion among residents living in deprived areas of the South Coast.
Inspired by local heritage archives, photographs, objects & people's personal stories, cultural practitioners in each area will work with local people to create contemporary stories & models for change. Creativity & heritage will be used to encourage the participants to produce oral, written & visual depictions of their hopes, fears & questions for the future.