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An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Strike a Light attended this course some time ago and found it a really rich and creative experience utilising archives in a new and accessible way.

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An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Tutor: Dr Sam Carroll

Venue: The Keep

Dates: 7th March, 14th March, 21st March and 28th March 2015

Four day schools on Saturdays, 10am to 3:30pm

Cost £101.35/ £48.35 unwaged or Student

Discover the unique Mass Observation (MO) Archive and its inspirational value both for creative arts and community projects, in the beautiful bespoke setting of The Keep archive. This course will suit writers, photographers, dramatists and anyone with an interest in setting up a creative community enterprise that engages with life history. Throughout this four week course you will be supported in and encouraged to nurture your own ideas for a project.

The course will consist of four day schools each lasting five hours. The first, ‘Introduction to Mass Observation’ uncovers the unique history of the archive with a particular focus on the diaries within the project. As a group we will spend the morning exploring MO’s fascinating origins in the 1930s documentary movement, its revival in the 1980s and issues such as ethics, representation and historical value. The afternoon will be spent working with archive material, where you will explore and discuss original MO materials and reflect on the issues raised in the morning in practice.

The second day school ‘Using MO for Creative Writing’ will introduce you to how writers have made use of MO material as a source of creative inspiration for their work such as novels, theatrical performances and films. The group will then return to work with original archive material in order to start creating their own pieces of work and formulating ideas for potential projects.

Day school three ‘Observing the Masses’ will involve an overview of the role of photography and observation in the early MO project. We will collaboratively explore Humphrey Spender’s Worktown Collection as part of his extraordinary record of working class life in Britain. You will then engage in your own observations in the local area before regrouping, ready to discuss the related issues. By now you will have decided upon a project of your own you might wish to develop further. For the following week you will be asked to prepare a short presentation or poster to share your ideas with the group for constructive discussion.

The final day school ‘Using MO for Developing Community Projects’ will explore how MO techniques can be used within communities to record the history of everyday lives and to utilise the collected resources creatively. We will look at potential ways of funding creative and community projects. You will have the opportunity to share your early ideas and as a group we will consider what might be the most appropriate way forward for each project. Overall the course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about MO and to use it as a source for inspiration and techniques to work creatively with resources that record everyday lives.

Dr Sam Carroll is a life historian with a range of experience in both the academic and

community arenas across many diverse research projects as tutor, project manager and oral history consultant. She is a community heritage researcher (University of Kent), a steering group member of the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton), a working group member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing (University of Sussex), on the management committee of QueenSpark Books and a member of the Oral History Society.

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch

The Keep is an accessible venue

If you wish to enquire further please contact moa@sussex.ac.uk

To register for the course www.massobs.org/events

The Revolutionary Potential of Older People

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Here is more information about an event a colleague Lorenza Ippolito is organising at Fabrica on the 15th January. Please let you’re networks know and come yourselves. It’s going to be a great event with lots of interesting projects and ideas of things to do when older and full of energy. 

Special Event – The Revolutionary Potential of Older People

15th January 2:30-4:00pm Refreshments Provided.

A special daytime event based on Fabrica’s regular Conversation Piece – relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito, where topics for conversation focus on local history and debate.

The Revolutionary Potential of Older People, planned during Fabrica’s winter closing period, will be an opportunity to welcome Fabrica’s older audiences to the venue for a different type of event. People of all ages will be able to share their ideas around keeping alive the radical and progressive thought that enabled past generations to push for the creation of a free national health service, a minimum wage and general human rights.

I will be working with local members of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) as well as Brighton & Hove Pensioners Association to look at how older generations can be a driving force for social change.

This event will showcase a plethora of activities older people in Brighton are involved in from local campaigns including Save the NHS, Brighton & Hove Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to creating a knitted version of Picasso’s Guernica.

Come and celebrate a lively energy brought forward by decades of experience and a renewed freedom from the constrained of paid work.

For more information

https://armchaircrits.wordpress.com/http://remakingpicassosguernica.wordpress.com/ http://fabrica.org.uk/http://www.wilpfinternational.org/       

http://saveournhs-el.org.uk/http://www.brightonpalestinecampaign.org/

Rendezvous project with Fabrica

FablogoA video interview with some of the project managers involved with the Rendezvous project at Fabrica gallery here. I was away so was spared hearing myself speak!

The funding for this from the Arts Council has now come to an end. The events and activities from the project will be much missed as a result.

Information about the project is available on the project specific Growing an Older Audience website.

Strike a Light and Fabrica are currently in talks with a view to submitting further funding for other kinds of related project activities in 2015 and 2016.

Centennial – Free Special Daytime Event at Fabrica Gallery

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Strike a Light is organising an event this week at Fabrica gallery in Brighton as part of 2014’s Heritage Open Days.

It’s free and offers lots of interesting activities to participate in, as well as lots of tea and cake. Come along and join us!

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When: Thursday 11th September 2014 (1-4pm)

Where: Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

What: Special Daytime Event – Free drop in

On  gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation will be hosting a free and specially created event

On Thursday 11th September (1-4pm), Fabrica gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light will be hosting a free and specially created event Centennial.

Forming a part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days free events across England and Wales, this is an afternoon drop-in to commemorate the beginning of the centenary of World War I. It profiles and examines aspects of our experiences of the war through the use of diaries, moving image, wartime songs, creative workshops, and talks, exploring our shared and personal memories relating to the war, and the stories we were left with.

The event will offer art activities, film showings, workshop activities, talks, and free afternoon tea. In addition, Fabrica will be revealing a plaque honouring the parishioners who fought and died in WWI, hidden from public view for decades.

The event will be followed by a free evening film showing of musical romp Oh! What a Lovely War with low cost bar & nibbles.

Aimed at all and especially older people, visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way. This event also welcomes everyone including families, babies and children of all ages. Free transport is available for the elderly and disabled. Please get in touch to arrange this.

  Book your free ticket for the daytime event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/centennial-tickets-11944471235

And for the free film event here: http://filmclubsept.eventbrite.com 

 To find out more about this event and others in the Special Daytime Events programme at Fabrica, please contact Clare Hankinson, Fabrica Project Coordinator on 01273 778 646 or email: office@fabrica.org.uk  Web: http://www.fabrica.org.uk

To find out more about the arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light please contact Nicola Benge strikealight@rocketmail.com or web: http://www.cloud8.uk/new/

 

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Fabrica Film Club:

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)

Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.

Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.

 “Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. – Roger Ebert

 Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!

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Family activity day at The Keep archive

This will be a fun free family event with a heritage twist through the Mass Observation Archive based at The Keep archive in Brighton. Information below and available via form attached.

There are further free events the same week, which also form part of the free and accessible Heritage Open Days events nationwide.

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Family activity and tour of The Keep

1-3pm, Saturday 13th September

This September, come and discover the Mass Observation Archive at The Keep. Through a specially designed drama workshop and a guided tour, you’ll explore original archive materials, learn about conservation and have the opportunity to participate in Mass Observation style activities.

Location: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 8BP

Suitable for the whole family, especially children age 7-11.

FREE but booking essential via: 01273 482349  or www.thekeep.info/events

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If you go down to the woods today …… Strike a Light recommends this Brighton Fringe Festival event

10169252_10151972202000216_115220220947594809_nStrike a Light will be off to this lovely new Brighton Fringe Festival event this weekend. Organised by a set designer who has worked for brilliant theatre company DreamThinkSpeak, it promises to be a creatively exciting and quirky event!

“If you go down in the woods today…”

Visit our little house on the edge of the woods and escape the bustle of city life.

Inside: an assortment of artisans’ work including glass, recycled jewellery, painting, photography & ceramics.

Outside in a hidden woodland: a thought provoking environmental art installation for all ages, questioning humanity using curiously familiar creatures!

Stop a while for tea and cake round the fire. Then wander through the trees to find a veritable menagerie of mysterious beasties.

10th, 11th, 17th & 18th May

11.30am to 4.30pm

46 Golf Drive, BN1 7HZ

Brighton Fringe.

 

 

Strike a Light events in 2014

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Strike a Light has just booked a date for new events and film showings at Fabrica gallery this year for it’s special Daytime events, as part of their Growing an Older Audience project.

This will have a special World War 1 related theme – linking in with the centenary commemorations which are happening nationally in the UK between 2014-18.

The date for your diary is Thursday 11th September 1-5pm 2014.

We will be curating this daytime event, and following it up with a related evening film.

The event will host creative workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.

This event in September will also be part of the national Heritage Open Days events.

We are currently planning this year’s theme, so please check our web pages over the summer for updates on what exciting things we are planning to have at our next event.

Aimed at all, and especially older people. Visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way.

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Our Dancing Feet

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True, and not so true: Tales from the Dance Floor…

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FREE!

ORAL HISTORY TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Thursday 27th June – 7-9pm: The Writers’ Place 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT

Saturday 29th June 10am -1pm: Grand Parade, University of Brighton, BN2 OJY

Thursday 4th July: The Writers’ Place

Thursday 25th July: The Writers’ Place

Following on from the great successes achieved by The Port, The Beast & The Traveller project which took place in 2012 at Newhaven Fort, Zap Art and inroads productions have once again joined forces to develop a second exciting project for 2013-2014, due to start shortly.

The project will explore the social mores and gender etiquette of partner dancing in the 1950’s, and will celebrate the history of the Regent Dancehall in Brighton, (which once stood where the large Boots store is now) & The Winter Garden in Eastbourne.

From June 2013 through to July 2014 here will be a busy and varied schools and community outreach programme with intergenerational activities such as talks, exhibitions and tea dances (with the Ragroof Players), oral history training, heritage learning & creative art and drama and writing workshops.

 The project will culminate in two performance events in November 2013 in Brighton & April 2014 in Eastbourne

 **We are looking to recruit volunteers interested in FREE oral history training and interview collection, working with experienced tutors**

Learn how to record interviews and identify key histories about Brighton and the Dancehall; and how to transcribe and archive material – skills that can be used to collect your own family and community histories. 

Stories collected for the project will be incorporated into a script written by Sara Clifford, and added to the local oral history archives in both towns.

Places are limited, so if you would like to get involved please find out more and book a place through the contact details below:

Sara Clifford

Telephone: 07759 28768

Email: dancehallproject1950@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regentdancehall.wintergarden?fref=ts