The workshop, at Westbury Arts Centre, is suitable for all levels of ability, from beginners interested in learning textile skills, to those with advanced textiles skills.
The workshop will be run by Vinny Stapley, a textile artist and teacher, who plans to work with a wide range of groups within the Milton Keynes community to create hundreds of Banners to commemorate those people who served in The Great War. The Banners made will form part of a procession of Remembrance and a Dance Performance in Campbell Park in July 2015.
Vinny will come in with some materials, but it would also contribute to the project as a whole, if participants were able to bring in old WW1 photos or other mementos of family members to discuss and maybe integrate copies of these into their own banners.
For Further information and to book a place please contact: Caroline Malone at Westbury Arts Centre via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01908 501214 for more information about the arts centre please see: http://www.westburyartscentre.co.uk/
Here is a gallery of yet more poignant and beautiful Great War MK banners produced by MK College students working with textile artist Vinny Stapley and Westbury Arts Centre.
The final collection of over 500 banners will be installed in Campbell Park for their large-scale ‘For the Fallen’ dance performance on 5th July and at Westbury Arts Centre on 11th July.
If you would like to be part of this project we are looking for people to create and donate poppies to be added to our banners. You can find out more here.
These images show early development of For the Fallen, a commemorative dance piece that will take place at Campbell Park on 5th July. Inspired by WW1, the conflict and the stories or war, this dance will involve over 100 performers and will feature 500 banners created by the people of Milton Keynes. Choreographed by Helen Parlor, Effie McGuire-Ward and Chris Bradley this large-scale dance will be a beautiful act of commemoration.
Helen, Chris and Effie are currently looking for dance groups that are interested in being involved in this project – young or old, amateur or professional they want to hear from you. More information can be found here: Dance Great War MK Flyer.
The banners that will feature in For The Fallen are being created in artist-led workshops with experienced textile artist, Vinny Stapley. There are plenty of opportunities to take part in public workshops – see our events page, or you can use our template to create and donate a poppy to the project, more info here.
by Karen Kodish
Westbury Arts Centre’s Banner Project aims to produce over 500 commemorative banners to be included in a large-scale dance piece entitled ‘For the Fallen’ taking place in Campbell Park. Textile artist Vinny Stapley has been working with groups to create these banners – the dance project is being choreographed by Helen Parlor, Effie McGuire-Ward and Chris Bradley.
Here are some examples of the beautiful banners being produced…
If you are interested in getting involved in this project you can either attend a public banner workshop, or if you are part of a group, speak to Westbury Arts Centre directly about running a workshop: email@example.com / 01908 501214
If you are part of a dance group, Westbury Arts Centre are also looking for more dancers to be part of the final dance piece – more info can be found on the Dance Great War Flyer.
We are also looking for people to create and donate poppies to be included on banners – more info here.