We are both a receiving house for events curated by other organisations and a producing house, commissioning and curating innovative projects and creating outstanding art through diverse local communities.
On the second Saturday of every month, from 2-4pm, we host artist-led workshops, working with a variety of materials and themes. They are for all ages and require no experience. The workshops are “Pay What You Can” with all donations going to materials and artist fees. The sessions are different every time, and always a lot of fun! So far we’ve had multi-media portraits, kite-making, layered drawings, making wire bird models, mask-making… See the dates for this year on the What’s On page.
BREATHE: a celebration of air
Watch this short video to find out more about our first curated festival:
BREATHE was a month-long celebration of wind, breath and air. At its centre was a wind harp, created by Output Arts, installed high in St Mary’s church tower. The changing sounds of the harp were transmitted into The Old Church via wifi. The main festival programme featured performances and original commissions from artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers focusing on the themes of breath and wind and responding creatively to the music of the harp.
Contributors included Ansuman Biswas, Karine Polwart, Bishi and Cando2. We also ran a community art project, involving schools, cultural centres and diverse faith groups, to create TILT: an installation of paper windmills in the churchyard. This project was funded by Arts Council England and Near Neighbours.
See the complete BREATHE programme.