Arty Party Pop Up – Night Club Event

Calling all Arty Party Members!!!!!!

Arty Party is holding a Night Club Event at Castle Farm Community Centre on Friday 26th July from 7pm til 9.30pm.

Read a poem, sing, dance, or simply enjoy the evening with your friends. There will be a raffle, with great prizes too!386951_326131804068597_516873663_n

The event will be hosted by our very own
Arty Party Able Events Team.

Call Julie Watson and the Team for more information: 07970451933

This event has been funded by the BIG LOTTERY

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Watch ‘Let Me In’ with other brilliant films made by learning disabled people on the BBC website ‘The Space’.

Oska Bright Film Festival is showing the films from its 2011 festival on ‘The Space’ website. Its a fantastic opportunity to watch these films, including our very own ‘Let Me In’.

Let us know which Oska Bright Film you like the best, click on the title of this post to open it and then click here to watch the films

Arty Party at the M21 festival

Below are great pics of Arty Party performers in action at the M21 Festival. From left to right there is Graham the dark sculpture, Sean the bird, and Ricky and the wall. Below these are, a close up of Sean the bird, Mervyn in the great water pistol fight and The Tents With Legs. Many thanks to the performance artist Alan Mclean who worked with the performers to create the work and musician Sam Harrison.

Photography by Mitch Morgan

Arty Party performers start work on the new M21 !

Seven Arty Party performers spent a day working alongside performance artist Alan Mclean to devise and create work for M21, an exciting live art event, taking place in Much Wenlock in May. The work created will form part of a performance art piece by Alan Mclean entitled ‘Searching for Tony Mustoe’

Ricky, Graham, Nathan, Mervyn, Sean, Ray and Richard under the guidance of Alan Mclean explored all the ways a simple piece of paper can be folded, flown, worn, ripped and transformed to become part of a live art performance.

We then explored devising performance pieces in small groups making works to share involving our paper creations and inhabiting different spaces, including inside a tent, behind some curtains and along the entire length of the hall.

Performer Nathan Campbell commented  ‘ It was great trying out lots of creative ideas , so much came from just a simple piece of paper’ he continued ‘ It was good to be back with Arty Party and be part of a team, putting up a tent together, performing and sharing banter and laughter’ .

The group will be devising and rehearsing for a further three days in May before performing on Sunday 6th of May.

M21 is an exciting live art event present by DASH taking place on the 5th and 6th of May in Much Wenlock for full details visit  www.m21dash

 

Arty Party conquer public spaces in Prague !

Arty Party performer Mervyn Bradley, performance director Ray Jacobs and creative advocate Richard Edwards will be sharing some of Arty Party’s works and working methods at the Conquering Public Spaces Festival in Prague, from the 9th to the 13th of November.



We hope that as well as enjoying the animation ‘Let Me In’ , festival participants will gain insight and inspiration from our workshop  which is about creating an open space where themes, stories and expression can flow out from a group during improvisation based workshops.

In the festivals own words

‘ Over twenty organisations from all over Europe will present themselves at the conference , organisations that are living proof of the fact that people with learning disabilities can and do create music, radio, films, documentaries, visual art, theatre and dance performance at a professional level. The conference will be about best practise in creative work with people with learning disabilities.

More details about this exciting conference can be found on www.inventura.org

 

 

Arty Party’s animation ‘Let Me In’ goes on the road.

‘Let me in’ ,the fantastic animation you can view at the bottom of our homepage, has been shown to audiences in Wolverhampton, Oxford and Texas USA  this month.
The animation was received with much laughter and applause at , The Flip festival , Wolverhampton, The Flash Forward festival in Oxford and at Cinema Touching Disability in Austin, Texas. In Texas the animation was awarded third prize in the short film category, well done all members of Arty Party that worked so hard to create this animation and special thanks to Neil Webber who made such a fantastic job of bringing all the ideas, experiances and drawings to life.

Fragments of Dark – Review and photos (click on this banner)

 
 Over 750 people came to experience the installation and performance of “Fragments of Dark” at Blists Hill as part of the ‘Ghostly Gaslight Night’ Halloween celebration.Arty Party artists worked alongside the Arty Party performance group members to create sound-scapes, dramatic shadows, and eerie performances. Old keys, bones and strange medical implements swung as if by magic from the ceiling; leaves, twigs and blown in detritus covered the floor. A strange mobile, made as if by children, created eerie and moving patterns across the far corner of the hut. The old bb hut in Blists Hill village was transformed into a place of shadows.
 

 The hut was an atmospheric and very narrow place to experience theatre, with often only inches between the single file of audience and the mesmerising performers. The haunting sound-scape created by Sound Artist Nick Parkin, alongside the words and whispers of the performance group, added richly to the experience. Co-directors Ray Jacobs and Nick Parkin referenced influences such as film directors The Brothers Quay and of writers such as Edgar Alan Poe and Dante Rossetti.

 The ten performers repeated simple and surreal actions: the slow and menacing sweeping of a broom, a lover’s hand slowly following the contours of another’s face, another performer’s eyes transfixed as he slowly reflected light from the mirror he held, across the hut’s wooden ceiling.

 
The performance group also enacted short dark scenes from gothic horror stories. In one story disembodied hands tapping rhythmically upon a box, scuttled away as Death made three loud knocks with his staff on the floor. A young female performer dressed in white slowly transformed into a withering old lady, eventually blown down by the insistent influence of Death’s repeated ‘three knocks’.

In another story the continual slow pacing across the room by a lady in black brought terror for five performers pinned against the wall. The performers suffered from different terrifying delusions each time she slowly swept past: fear of ageing, fear of heights, fear of spiders, until eventually the performers (like some of the audience) were literally petrified.

The combination of skilful transformative performance and eerie, powerful set design and lighting made Fragments of Dark a truly remarkable and thought provoking experience.

 Performers; Alison Picknell, Dean Warburton, Graham Busby, Nathan Campbell, Rebecca Smith,
Sean Nightingale, Stacey Smith, Mervyn Bradley, Sam Rogers, Zoe Robinson

Co – directors; Ray Jacobs, Nick Parkin

Set Design; Wren Miller

Lighting design and stage management; Jonathan Tritton

Click here to view digital images of the show by Nettie Edwards

 

Fedora wows the Theatre Severn audience.

Arty Party Performers, Jonathan White, Graham Busby, Samuel Rogers and Nathan Campbell put on an excellent performance at the Theatre Severn on Wednesday 22nd of September. Fedora, an exciting physical theatre piece, was performed in front of over 200 people as part of the Spice of Life showcase. Hopefully the performance can be repeated soon in Telford so that more Arty Party members get a chance to watch this great piece of theatre. Arty Party would like to thank the organisers of Spice of Life for giving us such a good performance platform and for commissioning the new piece.