Welcome Royal Lord Project 2018

This was the second project undertaken by Charnwood Arts to create a link with this triennial festival and the community which supports it in the Southern Taiwanese fishing port of Donggang. 

Picnic in the Park - 2018

The 2018 event featured five hours of music, dance, comedy and carnival delights, welcoming audiences old and new.  The main stage saw wonderful performances from Kelly's Heroes, Ska-Amanga and Maria's Singers and many others. East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Network also performed for a third year running with costumes, music, parade and dance. 

BEAUTIFUL LIFE : MEMORY AND NOSTALGIA

Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia was the second major collaboration between curator, artist and academic Ming Turner and Charnwood Arts and involved the creation of a programme of exhibitions and participatory work that took place in the UK and Taiwan. 

 

The exhibitions involved artists from the UK, Taiwan, India, Poland, Pakistan, Philipines, USA and Egypt and took place at the beautiful South Hill Park in Bracknell and Atkin's Gallery in Hinckley, UK and at Pier 2 Art District in Kaohsiung. 

 

TEA WITH ALICE - EXHIBITION AND BOOK

RawArt and CorporArt are two groups developed by Charnwood Arts to engage with people who might not otherwise have access to arts based experiences and activities and who have had or have some form of illness or difficulty related to their mental health and/or social isolation.

 

IN ALL THEIR BRIGHT COLOURS - A CREATIVE CONTINUUM WORKSHOP

In 2016 Charnwood Arts held its third summer academic student internship from the Taiwanese National Cheng Kung University. The group of MA students worked with a range of artists whilst they were here including some joint work with Leicester based artist Ashok Mistry. The relationship between Charnwood Arts, Ashok and the students grew into a set of proposals for a project that would combine the building of an ever changing exhibition space and a workshop programme that encompassed a number of different artforms. 

 

THE WAY WE MOVE - INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ARTS FESTIVAL- 2017

The International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) began in 2001, when Rotterdam was European Capital of Culture. The organizers of this high-profile event had offered some funds to the Rotterdams Wijktheater [‘Rotterdam Neighborhood Theatre’, RWT for short] to organize an international community theatre festival. It was a time when, in the Netherlands, terms like cultural diversity and participation in the arts had begun to appear in arts policy papers and in cultural debates.

 

FUELLED DANCE THEATRE - SPRING LEAVES FALLING

The relationship between Charnwood Arts and dancer and choreographer Rong Tao from Chongqing in South West China goes back to the mid-2000s. We have worked with him in Charnwood, across schools in Leicestershire and in Leicester and Nottingham. Our UK residencies with him have all been in partnership with Lakeside Arts in Nottingham. We have also undertaken a residency as a staff team with him in China. 

 

LOCATIONS IN LOUGHBOROUGH DRAWN FOR PEOPLE MAKING PLACES

Despite the loss of many interesting and significant buildings in the town, particularly post 1960 there are still many interesting spots to visit. Paul's drawings pick out a number of these from real ale pubs to elaborate school buildings, Taylor's Bell Foundry to Towle's old factory building on Nottingham Road and All Saints with Holy Trinity Church and the Loughborough Carillon. Altogether there are 28 drawings in the collection and all can be purchased as prints at A3 and A2 size from Charnwood Arts. 

QUESTIONS OF FAITH

This exhibition, commissioned by the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Mike Jones, in 2006  arose from an ongoing dialogue which is now over 50 years of multi-faith work in Charnwood borough. This area has a long tradition of taking a lead in what is rapidly becoming a more urgent series of debates around the country. What do we mean by faith? What does it mean to us personally when all the trappings of our cultural differences are stripped away? How can we get to the essential meanings which may unite us as human beings?

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