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I came back from New York at the end of September with a crash into playing catch up with my ordinary working life. October was upon me and I was facilitating a week of professional development alongside my longterm colleague Alan May.

Thanks to Bedminster Winter Lanterns achieving a successful Grants For The Arts bid from Arts Council England, I was delighted to co-lead a professional development in lantern making with Alan May last October. Blessed with a fabulous team of artists from those at the beginning of their professional practice to those with many years experience we set to work designing an experience in animated lanterns.

As a team of lantern makers it was an opportunity to explore light diffusion and puppetry within lantern making and develop new ways of working with colleagues in the region.

Hard on the heels of my return fron New York City it was a fabulous chance to Experiment with some new technical skills inspired by working alongside Processional Arts Workshop last September.

Alan May and I trained fresh artists from DNA arts and Boom Satsuma in the art of delivering a fast and furious community workshop. We collaborated with Richard Headen from The Desperate Men to develop a narrative for our large structures and built 3 new animated lantern structures.

FLO the giant girl, her jar of wonders and the moth were drawn to five different lantern events between October and January. Radstock Light The Night and Bath City Farm Bonfire Produced by DNArts and The Natural Theatre Company, Devizes Lantern Parade produced by DOCA. Church Road Lantern Parade produced by The Lamplighters and of course Bedminster Winter Lanterns.

Many thanks and credit to all the creatives involved Alan May, Steph Reeves, Megan Bentall Clarke, Ali Brown, Amy Peck, Ruth Ramsay, Becky Prior, Ruth Patchett, Niamh Peace, Dik Downey, Richard Headen, Phillips Haynes and Amber and Kathleen fromBoom Satsuma.ArtsCouncil_BritishCouncil_Lockup_Black

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It has been a week since this event and I am back in the uk, apologies for not posting photos earlier. All works produced with Processional Arts Workshop.

For the past two days I have been participating on Morningside Lights along with Processional Arts Workshops (please follow the link for more information) which began five years ago as a way of encouraging students at Columbia University and the residents of Morningside and Harlem to integrate.

 Once again whilst technical creative techniques interest me, I am researching the quality of the narrative held through the parade. The theme is “Traverse” and the procession is celebrating 100 years of Pulitzer Prize poetry which is presented by Columbia University. 

Actually my first thoughts on this theme were ” how are they going to do that”however the artists have broken it down beautifully. Passages connected to the theme “traverse” have been selected and stuck on the theatre walls & members of the public were invited to bring their own passages. Participants choose a verse and interpret it in their own imagination active way.

Participants were either very clear about what they want to achieve  or spend a lot of time looking for inspiration in the passages. Each passage will be annotated on a corex banner or ribbon – all of which are pre made and identical and will hold the visual theme together. 

The procession will create a giant walking verse. Below are examples of starting point verses.


Building in theory was similar to methods I have previously used in the UK of building a frame but materials used differed slightly.

The last verse was one used to build a boat frame with 2 other participants.


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