Saturday, 3 December 2016

Alternate Legacies - update

Workshops have taken place at The Bridge Community Centre on Thursdays from September through the beginning of December led by Sharon Haward & Léonie Young.

The workshops' theme has explored the local heritage, personal histories & stories. The group has been encouraged to bring in objects which have a personal significance; these have included a stoneware bottle dug up in a garden & women's magazines from WWII. Haward & Young have photographed these objects to create a range of images for the final large scale photographs.

The photographs will be installed on the gable wall & the front of The Bridge Community Centre in early January 2017. This will be coordinated with an exhibition of small format photos at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery 14 January-19 February 2017

Playland: There and Here opened at Electo Studios Project Space-ESPS, Seaside Road, St Leonards-on-Sea on 3 November 2016 until 20 November.

In addition to Darakchiev's film People Pebble, a still b/w lightbox image & series of b/w photographs shot in the film's locations, the exhibition's public engagement element featured a collection of photographs & a film of & by participants from The Links Project, St Leonards. These works captured the participants' encounters with local landscapes, community & heritage while reflecting their responses to time & place. Victoria Cristal, Lyudmila Georgieva & Igor Palmik chose to work in Alexandra Park, a place which held special memories for them. All elements were brought together in collaboration with artists Nicole Zaaroura & Sharon Haward & presented alongside Darakchiev's installation.

Playland: There and Here was realised through Hastings Borough Council's Match Funding Scheme

Playland: A Sense of Place took place at Limbo Arts, 2 Bilton Square, High Street, Margate from 6-22 October 2016.

To engage with local people, artist Sharon Haward led two 'Memory & Souvenir Afternoons' at Margate Museum (10 & 24 September) where local residents, visitors to the Museum & volunteers could share their memorabilia, objects & stories about Margate's past & present. Haward produced photo montages of this material which reflected changing times & places.
As an extension of Playland, Haward has installed large scale photo montages in Margate Station which will ensure a wide audience has access to the work which was inspired by Margate Museum. The photographs can be seen at the station from 10 December 2016.

Playland: A Sense of Place received the support of The Big Lottery Fund through Awards For All & a KCC Combined member Grant from Cllr Will Scobie.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Playland: Re-imagining Communities opened at The Brewery Tap, Folkestone on 8 September 2016 & continued until 25 September with over 140 visitors attending the inaugural exhibition.

In addition to Jivko Darakchiev's film People Pebble, Nicholette Goff's installation created with the input of local people was a huge success & encouraged

their participation in an art exhibition for the first time. Their memorabilia, photos & stories brought a new interpretation to daily life in Folkestone.

Playland: Re-imagining Communities was realised by KCC's Member Community Grants & the in-kind support of University for the Creative Arts Canterbury.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Playland : Re-imagining Communities
Tempo Arts is currently working in partnership with James Shea Consulting CIC to deliver an ambitious public engagement project which is linked to the commissioning of artist Jivko Darakchiev's new film referencing landscape & culture of the South Coast of England & the former mining communities in Région Hauts-de-France.
Funding has been awarded from the National Lottery through Awards for All.
Starting in October 2016, the partnership will work with diverse groups in Margate, St Leonards, Worthing & Brighton to help create a sense of place, self worth & community cohesion among residents living in deprived areas of the South Coast.
Inspired by local heritage archives, photographs, objects & people's personal stories, cultural practitioners in each area will work with local people to create contemporary stories & models for change. Creativity & heritage will be used to encourage the participants to produce oral, written & visual depictions of their hopes, fears & questions for the future.

Alternate Legacies
Tempo Arts has been awarded funding from Hastings Borough Council's 1066 Anniversary Grant which supports community projects linked to the events organised for the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
Tempo Arts will work with The Bridge Community Centre in Ore to deliver artists-led projects through workshops which will explore different aspects of the impact of the Battle & invasion as well as the similarities & differences between French & English culture.
The workshops will be led by Sharon Haward (Hastings) & Léonie Young (Lille) with members of the Bridge Art Group, the Bridge Choir & the Halton & Ore History Group. Tempo Arts aims to realise permanent works which will be installed outside the Centre on the building's facade.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Tempo Arts is collaborating with Espace 36, Saint-Omer (Fr) to present 'Résonances La Saison Britannique' a series of exhibitions featuring artists from the South East of England region. The artists' projects will be shown in numerous venues in and around Saint-Omer from September through December 2016.

Louise Kenward & Nicole Zaaroura:
10 September - 29 October 2016
Espace 36
36 rue Ganbetta
62500 Saint-Omer
17 September - 16 October 2016
The Cathedral
62500 Saint-Omer

A Cabinet of Strange & Familiar Objects
Christine Gist
Drawings and Colour
Allen R Page
16 September - 15 October 2016
Mediatheque de Moulle
9 rue des Arts
62910 Moulle

Breathing Space
Greig Burgoyne
21 September - 9 December 2016
La Baccarole
Centre Culturel Daniel Balavoine
3 rue Henri Puype
62507 Arques

Nigel Green
13 October - 10 November 2016
Transitional Spaces
Le Sept de Coeur
7 rue Saint-Sepulcre
62500 Saint-Omer
Maison du Rivage
St Martin au Laert

Tempus Fugit

Paul Hazelton
14 October - 3 December 2016
École d'Art
62500 Saint-Omer