Free #GreatWarMK Banner Making Workshop

Banner Making Workshop

At Westbury Arts Centre, Shenley Wood / Saturday 14th March 2015 / FREE

Banner Workshop flyerThe 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.

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/


Here are some images of banners already made during this project:

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Be part of #GreatWarMK with a Banner Making Workshop at Westbury Arts Centre

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

#GreatWarMK Westbury Arts Centre – Call for Artists

Westbury Arts Centre would like to commission 2 Artist’s from different disciplines to create both a performance piece and a stand-alone installation and final exhibition from hundreds of individual textile pieces in a project that will involve the local and wider community to commemorate the centenary anniversary of WWI. This project forms part of a city wide initiative with MK Arts and Heritage Alliance and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The first artist would have a background in both dance and performance and would choreograph a piece of work that would involve participants in creating a spectacular piece of theatre /dance. Inspired by the idea of communication and sending messages, the basis for this piece is Morse code, and more specifically, visual ways messages were sent, e.g. using flags.

A contemporary piece of performance would involve the community coming together to create a piece of work that possibly spells out a message, It would involve researching code and ways of communicating, and messages that were sent or that become relevant whilst researching the history and stories of those taking part.

The artist should have a proven track record of working with a diverse range of community groups, be able to work independently and when needed with a team of volunteers. The chosen artist should be able to spend a percentage of their time in Milton Keynes working on the performance for the duration of the time the project runs (to be negotiated) September 2014 until June 2015.

There is a fixed fee of £3000 available. This commission is open to artists/ performers/ choreographers nationally – closing date 14.7.14

The second artist would have a background in mixed media and textiles and would work with all those involved to create a series of flags. Each piece would be unique to the individual, possibly incorporating text and imagery, colour and pattern. Poetry of the era would be discussed, and those taking part would be encouraged to research the First World War and the ways messages were sent and the impact of the words in a message.

Sewing was something that both men and women were involved in doing wether repairing clothes in the trenches or embroidering a message. Recycling fabric and being creative with found empheria was common place. The flags created will be used in the performance piece and then will be displayed in a final exhibition, perhaps sending a message or as a final celebration.

The artist should have a proven track record of working with a diverse range of community groups, be able to work independently and when needed with a team of volunteers. The chosen artist should be able to spend a percentage of their time in Milton Keynes working on the performance for the duration of the time the project runs (to be negotiated) September 2014 until June 2015.

There is a fixed fee of £3000 available.  This is open to all artists who live or work in the Milton Keynes area – closing date 14.7.14

Please send a CV, a minimum of 6 images, an artist statement.

To the Trustees: admin@westburyartscentre.co.uk