Happy Diwali!

Diwali celebrations at Wales Millennium Centre this evening, a vibrant celebration of the Festival of Lights and Indian culture in Wales. My card making workshop with leaves, stencils and stamps using water-based ink was enjoyed by the children after their performances, and by visitors passing through.

The Magic of Islands

Rocks breathe, springs circulate; now is the change complete. She is absorbed into the body of the island, visible to the seer's eye alone. The Myth of Santa Warner, Ithell Colquhoun, 1947 When I was researching our recent visit to the island of Crete I remembered that one of my favourite artists, Ithell Colquhoun, was … Continue reading The Magic of Islands

The Art of Growing Strong

"At least one third of GP appointments are, in part, due to isolation. Through social prescribing and community resilience programmes, creative arts can have a significant impact on reducing isolation and enabling wellbeing in communities." - Dr Jane Povey GP, Director, Creative Inspiration Shropshire Community Interest Company; All-Party Parliamentary on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry … Continue reading The Art of Growing Strong

By a Thread: Weaving the Stories of an Island

In the Odyssey, Homer describes Crete as a rich land, filled with people of different races who speak several languages. As the island is located in the eastern Mediterranean at a crossroad of three continents, the cultural influences are many. In Rethymno town on the north coast of Crete, this wonderful museum housed in a 17th century Venetian mansion … Continue reading By a Thread: Weaving the Stories of an Island

Expansion

Six online somatic sessions as a beginning to the creation of a new performance work by Zosia Jo of Joon Dance. This follows on from Zosia’s amazing 2019/20 solo research project, Fabulous Animal. the closer to the ground/sea level you are/the slower time goes mapping the landscape of the body and emotions as a drawing practice/ visualising … Continue reading Expansion

Hope

This is Ninel. She is six years old. She has recently escaped with her family from the war that is ravaging her home country, Ukraine, and now she is here in Wales. She does not speak any Welsh or English yet, but she comes to the after-school art class, and she paints and makes things … Continue reading Hope

Fabulous Animal – Week II

Six online somatic sessions as a beginning to the creation of a new performance work by Zosia Jo of Joon Dance. This follows on from Zosia’s amazing 2019/20 solo research project, Fabulous Animal. moving in space, noticing the ground beneath you, what is it you see/feel/need? my tail unfurling is lavish, carnivalesque, insisting that I shimmy through … Continue reading Fabulous Animal – Week II