SJB3: MANNERS AND AMUSEMENTS 2018
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Commisioned artists: Alex Blackmore, Dominic Kelly, Ellie Chaney,
Lex Blakeway. Artist/ Project Manager John Hall.
Musicians: The Human Organs, Mike Willoughby.
Photographer Lindsay Ward.
Our most succesful and wide ranging project so far
The project was based at the restored birthplace of the 18thc statesman Sir John Barrow, and reflected Barrow's work as cultural emissary and chronicler of the 'manners and amusements' of people in other lands.
Visual Artist Ellie Chaney, Outdoor Celebration specialist Alex Blackmore and Storyteller Dominic Kelly produced new work on themes exploring the local andscape and the social and environmental structures of the town for installation and performance at the cottage, the Sir John Barrow Monument and in partnership with Sir John Barrow school.
Textile artist Lex Blakeway led a series of workshops in the school and at Ulverston Library.
The Cottage hosted open sessions where visitors met the artists and saw their work - in - progress,Live events involving Alex's 'obby Oss, Johns music and the Human Organs streetband took place in the streets of Ulverston before Christmas. The children performed thier work at the Furness Traditions Folk Festival at Ulverston Coronation Hall.
Ellie produced a succesfull and popular book on the content of local waterways and introduced the illustrative work of Ann Marie Truter to a new audience. Lex produced a felted version of one of Truter's works, which hangs now in the cottage. John's audio work has been included in the 2019 Radiophrenia festival of broadcast arts.
We are grateful to Ulverston Town Council for their support and enthusiasm, and we look forward to working along side Green Lane Archaeaology in order to explore the cottage and re-introduce it to the life of the town.
The project blog, including video, audio and a full record of workshops and open days is here..