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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 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.
Westbury Arts Centre are holding banner making workshops for those passionate about all things textile!!
The workshop 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.
It would be great if you could contribute some fabrics or old clothes in red, grey, white, black and cream colours to upcycle in the banners, but not essential.
The workshop is also suitable for those trying to build a portfolio demonstrating a range of techniques for entry to art college, or those that want to learn to stitch for pleasure.
The workshops are planned for: Saturday the18th of October and Saturday 8th of November.
For Further information and to book a place please contact:
Caroline Malone at Westbury Arts Centre via email@example.com or 01908 501214, for more information about the arts centre please see: http://www.westburyartscentre.co.uk/
14-18 Now – Lights Out event – be part of a National commemoration of the declaration of War by Britain.
Taking inspiration from this quote from Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”, everyone in the UK is invited to turn their lights out from 10pm – 11pm leaving on a single light or candle to mark the moment the UK entered the First World War, one hundred years ago.