Next Banner Making Workshop – 16th May

Banner event 5th July

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 getinvolved@westburyartscentre.co.uk or 01908 501214 for more information about the arts centre please see: http://www.westburyartscentre.co.uk/

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For the Fallen – commemorative dance for Campbell Park

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

by Karen Kodish

Poppies Call Out – We Need Your Help

Sew, Stick or Knit a Poppy for the Great War MK ProjectPoppy Banner Close up

We need your help!  We are looking for people that want to create and donate a poppy, to be added to a WW1 centenary banner as part of Westbury Arts Centre’s Banner Project.  These banners will be included in an act of commemoration on 5th July at Campbell Park.  This event will be a beautiful piece of dance exploring themes of conflict, involving over 100 dancers and moving around Campbell Park – everyone is welcome.

To get involved: Find some fabric and cut out a poppy using our template (or if you prefer, crochet or knit a poppy).  You can add embroidery or sparkle and add the name of a relative or someone from your village that was involved in WW1.  When you are happy with your poppy take a photo to remember it by (you can share on Facebook or on Twitter using #GreatWarMKattach the slip from the Poppy Brief and send it to Westbury Arts Centre or put it into a Great War MK Poppy Box at your local MK Library by 12thJune 2015.  We would also love to hear any stories that you have about relatives or people who lived in your village that served in WW1.

The Poppy Brief and Poppy Template can be found here.

Great War MK is a project exploring the impact of the First World War on the communities of Milton Keynes through research, commemorative events, activities and community workshops.  You can see our upcoming events here.

Westbury Arts Centre address: Foxcovert Road, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, MK5 6AA /  www.westburyartscentre.co.uk / info@westburyartscentre.co.uk

#GreatWarMK commemorations in Simpson see individual stories of soldiers to mark their anniversaries

Arthur Eaton Commemoration

Individual stories of the soldiers named on the War Memorial in Simpson village, Milton Keynes are being written up and presented on the anniversary of each death.  Having researched the lives and service history of each soldier, Peter Barnes, has collated the information to produce these moving memorials to the men that served in the Great War from this small village.

The image above shows Arthur Eaton’s memorial (anniversary 20th November), which can be viewed here: Arthur Rose

William Eaton has also been commemorated in this way (anniversary 1st September), his document can be viewed here: William Eaton

Fabulous examples of #GreatWarMK Textiles – time to make do and mend in memory of the Great War

These are beautiful example banners created by Vinny Stapley for the #GreatWarMK banner project produced by Westbury Arts Centre.  Vinny will be working with schools, community groups and members of the public to produce a variety of banners, which will be used to create a commemorative performance.

To find out more about Westbury Art Centre’s project please click here.  If you are interested in getting involved in this project or making a banner yourself please email: getinvolved@westburyartscentre.co.uk