InDialogue the only platform I know of that provides a space for substantive international exchange on issues associated with dialogue, across the boundaries of visual art, theater and performance studies. It provides a rare opportunity for researchers and artists in all of these disciplines to learn from each other and does a great deal to advance the critical conversation in this burgeoning field. As dialogue and participation become ever more central methods across the arts and humanities events like InDialogue will only become more important. Grant Kester, 2015
The scar story work was deeply moving and respectful; the stories were borne from a shared experience of the very human vulnerability of a palpable physical “flaw”, and the detailed memories of how they came about were shared with Rhiannon with absolute trust. She used the words and gestures of participants in the performance of these stories with utter integrity, delivered alongside artefacts that were curated with thoughtful sensitivity.
The wonderland project drew on the thoughts and memories of a broad section of the community, giving witness to stories that needed to be told. I worked as community artist on this work visiting care homes and a community centre group to gather material. The participants felt extremely validated by the way their stories were represented in the exhibition; one woman said “I’ve never told anyone this before….no-one wanted to know”; she talked about her harsh life in the Meadows and her abusive mother. Others recounted stories of poor childhoods in the 1930s peppered with laughter and delight in the shared memories. “Wonderland” was a wonderful vehicle to explore shared experiences and hopes for the future. It was managed and facilitated with professionalism and attention to detail at every stage. Artist, Becky Matter
Your initiative in using Art/drama to explore debates around key issues affecting Nottingham was a great opportunity for the attendees to have a healthy debate. You had some key speakers that spoke with passion about making a difference where it gave me the opportunity to build on community links.Excellent. Gurmut Kaur, Community Cohesion Inspector, Nottinghamshire Police.
The contact with the Wonderland project helped the Meadows Art Gallery develop in new ways, specifically opening doors to the new experience of 6 senior artists from the Meadows exhibiting their work in Bromley house library. The Wonderland workshop of Desert Island Discs was fun but also contributed to the collection of Meadows memories to be carved in lime wood and installed on story poles on Queens Walk.https://www.facebook.com/queenswalkstorypoles/photos_stream
Thank you for a stimulating evening- so much so that I didn’t sleep till 3 o’clock this morning! It was very interesting to listen to different ideas and begin to glimpse different ways that Technology is being used in relation to Art and community. We will be following up some conversations we had.
For me personally it was good to see Eric “come alive” again after a few months of ill health. I think it spurred him on consider new things. For a man of 85 he is amazing in his willingness to get involved in different aspects of art. So, thank you. We appreciated the evening and all that led up to its success. We hope that we can continue to work together in other ways. Pat Thomas, Chair Meadows Residences and artist association, Nottingham.
Hope you have both recovered from a great evening last week. Well done to you both. It really was great to see the NAE transformed into a truly accessible space. Activist, Shad, Ali
Just a quick email to say thank you and well done on another successful wonderland event. It really nice to see how each event bring in new insights with slightly altered focuses, but how they all eventually connect. I also noted that you always have some fabulous volunteers for all these events, so please do pass on my thanks to them. New Art Exchange, 2014.