Test Valley Arts Foundation awarded £300 to Transition Town Romsey towards a participatory art event for Romsey Festival 2014. Transition Town Romsey is inviting the public to get involved in a unique art project, entitled ‘Amplifying the Test’, with sculptor Trudi Lloyd Williams.
The finished work will be suspended above a section of the river that meanders around Romsey’s War Memorial Park and will incorporate designs created by community groups out of waste materials at workshops run by the Rum’s Eg Gallery - Where Arts Meets Community.
Test Valley Arts Foundation awarded £250 to Romsey Beggars Fair 2014, a community festival of music, dance and street entertainment that has been running since 1993 in Romsey. They aim to encourage new acts and young performers, but also give established acts access to a wider audience. It takes place in streets, parks, pubs, social clubs and churches around the town centre and is attended by over 5,000 people each year.
As service providers for Artswork, Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) are involved in recruiting Andover schools to the nationally recognised Artsmark programme. Thanks to project co-ordinator David Dixon this 'Wider Reach' project has dramatically increased the level of CAS involvement with Test Valley Schools. We have been working with 5 new schools, and providing 5 CAS artists with paid work.
Clatford C of E with David Dixon
They worked initially on their own zine, then as groups on collaborative ones. In the second week they taught years 3 and 4 all they had learned and we finished with a large exhibition in the school hall.
Andover Primary with Donna Vokes
Portway Infants with Laurence Rushby
It allowed the pupils to express themselves more freely than they were to used to, and accompanied by their bear, they felt braver and more adventurous. The workshops finished with 'selfies' being taken and postcard written home about their voyage, all combined to create an exhibition in the school.
Portway Juniors with Tom Mortimer
Normangate with Elle Forde Ford
Andover's Artswork Success Storys
The Wider Reach project has already been extended in various ways due to successful delivery by the artists. These include:
Gaynor has asked Tom Mortimer and David Dixon to run zine workshops during their annual conference at the BFI in London in October.
Wider Reach has also been selected to feature in Artswork's new marketing film. The camera crew visited Portway Infants to record the last session delivered by Laurence, and Portway Juniors on the (adjacent site) to get feedback from the staff and pupils. Lead Artist David Dixon was interviewed for an overview. The film will be premiered at the BFI conference.