Arts Council England support for two new projects
We recently had some good news: our application to Arts Council’s Grants for the arts was successful!
This summer and autumn, we will be embarking on two new projects: La Llorona R&D and No Place Like Home (UK). Both projects will explore storytelling in the Black and ethnic minority and diaspora communities, examining cultural myths, legends and personal narratives.
We will also strengthen our organisation by creating an accessible community storage and resource of our decor and costumes, working with a community partner (school/venue); conduct participants and audience evaluation; and update our website.
In La Llorona R&D, five multi-cultural arts collaborators will create a new theatrical performance based on the Mexican myth La Llorona (Weeping Woman) over four-day intensive R&D residency.
As part of the team’s research, they will deliver a one-day participatory workshop with Brighton’s Latin-American communities, including children & families workshop.
Working together on this exciting new project are Mexican-British theatre director Rikki Tarascas, costume designer and carnival producer Hannah Barker, digital artist and sculpture Tom Hamilton, arts educator Linda White, and Mexican-American writer Amy Zamarripa Solis.
No Place Like Home comes to the UK in a special project in 2015 to help people from diaspora communities living in England remember and recreate their own childhood homes.
Amy Zamarripa Solis will be working with visual artists David Blandy and Larry Achiampong to deliver workshops in Milton Keynes, Bristol, Brighton and Crawley. Participants will learn how to use a range of digital skills including filming, sound recording, editing and writing to create and publish their stories in a range of mediums.
Artist and filmmaker Aikaterini Gegisian will create a film at each workshop, documenting participant’s lives. We will share these films and also the works created by participants in Autumn 2015.
The workshops are linked to No Place Like Home UK is linked to a wider project examining the loss of home and gentrification around the world, starting with the Mexican-American neighbourhoods of downtown Austin, Texas, where Amy Zamarripa Solis is
A special thanks to our partners on these two projects: Ujima 98FM Radio, MK Gallery, Arts GatewayMK, Crawley Arts Development (Crawley Borough Council), BandBazi, and last but not least Mexican and Latin American Society at Sussex University (MEXSAS).