First day at Hope Street

Today Jim Hendley and I started on the emerging artists programme at Hope Street Festival. The day consisted of numerous ice breakers… snatching toilet roll from the back of peoples pants, human pyramids on newspaper pieces and life mapping ( an a1 piece of paper mapping the entirety of your life in 2 minutes) …needless to say i wasn’t too proud that only thing i could think of documenting was my hairstyles through the ages.

The first project we embark on is in the Everton schools Pageant. A collaboration with Tate Liverpool and the Youth and Play Service, inspired by Turner Monet Twombly Exhibition at Tate Liverpool. For the designers we begin making 4-6 trees this week for the children to pin individual leaves with personal messages onto. The Pageant will be held on 26th June at The View in Everton Park. Come and see it if your in town its not far to walk!

http://news.hope-street.org/View.aspx?nlID=131

 

Design and Visual Exhibition

A mad few days for us all. A set up, launch party and private view …excessive cakes and few too many glasses of wine. Thanks to everyone who helped and came along to show their support. I couldn’t have done it without you!

The exhibition is still running until Friday! so if you can make it down to Edge Hill we are in Hale Memorial Hall just on the way through to the Hub. ( you can’t miss it!)

Heres a few cheeky snaps i took today. Its well worth the trip.

Sleep is for the weak

The last couple of weeks /the next following i will be surviving on minimum hours sleep, biscuits, crisps, coffee, chewing gum and energy level stimulus. I might even document it as durational performance so you can all watch me slowly deteriorate over time. It’s the final chapter of my University life and as much work as i have on… im determined to and WILL enjoy them. Its a extremely positive time with the amount of projects I have on but also a sad time to think I will be leaving the creative hub of design studio 3 (which was recently customized into a living space : couches, tables, blankets, mugs, hideous 1970’s office desk) admittedly we’ve all fallen asleep at least once in there amongst the debris of paper mache and paint; or spent 16 hours in there forgetting that you have a home to go to.

Next week is my dissertation project ‘TITS, WOMBS, MONITORS and para -SITES : The Instability Of Flesh‘ at Southport Open Skies Gallery…then theres the minor issue of a graduate degree show to pull together and a job interview tomorrow.

Higher powers only know how I’ve done it but ive managed to construct a website, buisness cards and portfolio in the space of  a weekend. But when you’ve got to do these things you get them done.

If anyones interested – Here’s my website!

http://www.laurenmcgowan.co.uk/

 

 

Sea Odyssey invades Liverpool

Giant in centre of LiverpoolGiants on boat in the River Mersey

This weekend saw three giant marionnette puppets take over the streets of liverpool. Hopefully you where lucky enough to catch part of the three day spectacle. One girl, a Man and a Dog walked a total of 23 miles over the days to commemorate the sinking of the titanic. Even catching a ride on a boat down the Mersey, after 23 miles of dodging liverpools manic saturday shoppers i think i would be joining them.

The event was created by French based street Theatre Company Royal de Luxe. Check out some of their work it truly inspiring…. the websites pretty flash as well.

http://www.royal-de-luxe.com/en/

For those of you who are interested in what we did last Thursday . ‘The Ghost of Someone not yet Drowned’  performed by Julia Griffin, Karen Lauke and Helen Newall, with guest performer Michelle Mann. Took place at the stunning Victoria Baths in Manchester. We came along to help with the set up of designed installations. Thoroughly good professional, hands-on experience and well worth the effort everyone put in on the day!  we were dead by the end of it!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hnewall/6952646582/in/photostream/lightbox/

(photographs by Helen Newall)

 

 

The Ghost of Someone Not Yet Drowned

 

Julia Griffin senior lecturer in Dance and Performance at Edge Hill University performs This week on Thursday 19th April at 8pm at Victoria Baths in Manchester.

 

 

The performance collaborates with Karen Lauke ( Senior Lecturer Music, Sound, Performance) and Helen Newall ( Reader in Performing arts) Exploring liminal places between breathing water and air in a live , mediated visual performance.

Performance Lecturers at Edge Hill University all have experience of working in the field in various branches. Many are still practising today. ‘The Ghost of Someone Not Yet Drowned‘ is a unique opportunity to take a look at some of the work that potentially be produced with a performance degree from Edge Hill. Despite the negativity that too often surrounds a degree in the arts.

Myself, Ian Jones and Jim Hendley will be helping with the performance on Thursday at the baths

Here is the link to book your tickets.

http://www.victoriabaths.org.uk/visit/2012/the-ghost-of-someone-not-yet-drowned/?mdid=135#main-image-hold

 

 

TITS, WOMBS, MONITORS and para-SITES :The instability of flesh

 

Its that horrible time of year with a looming dissertation. My project will be exhibited in the Open Skies Gallery Southport thanks to Ruth Ainsworth (Gallery owner). TITS, WOMBS, MONITORS and para-SITES :The instability of flesh  scenographically explores the pregnant body in an immersive installation. Blurring boundaries between performance, art  and installation. The piece will explore the contemporary anxiety’s of the pregnant body. Everyone is welcome to view the work!

OPENING TIMES: Wed 9th May 3pm – 7pm, Thurs/Fri/Sat/ 10am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 4pm

LOCATION: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=23+market+street+southport&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=LAmDT5nNE4i08QOf_pCXBg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=3&ved=0CB8Q_AUoAg

 

 

Design and Visual Exhibition May 2012

A great chance for you to come and view the work taking place at Edge Hill University. Unsure whether this is the right course for you? Third Year BA (Hons) Design for Performance and BA (hons) Visual Theatre exhibit a collection of their work throughout the three year course. Come and Visit Edge Hill University from the 21st – 25th May to view the free exhibition.

The exhibition will show you the progression of skills and projects throughout the course. Professional projects and collaborative work. Here is the link to the facebook event.

For more information drop us a comment or email Lauren.mcgowan@edgehill.ac.uk

http://www.facebook.com/events/121161768008421/

Open Skies Gallery

Ruth Ainsworth runs a life drawing session every Friday at Edge hill for any students who wish to attend. The more the merrier!

The classes are very informal, explore what you like but also pick up a few creative techniques from Ruth. Life Drawing classes are highly recommended for anyone thinking of studying design. You may think you can’t draw (and if i had a pound for every time someone said that…) and never will be able to . But it is incredible to see the improvement some of the students have made just from a couple of classes.

Drawing is such an easy way to get your creative ideas out of your head onto paper and present it to others. Personally I find it so much easier than trying to explain what’s going on in my head because it usually doesn’t make sense to the majority of people.

Life drawing is structured around your classes and lectures so you will always have spare time to go. Its great way to de-stress and just escape everything else for that minute.

Ruth also has her own gallery in Southport. Where she offers similar classes to locals. Some of her impressive art work is also available to purchase. Here is a link to her website and details of the address.

http://openskiesart.co.uk/default.aspx

I visited the gallery last Wednesday and took some photos of the space. Which i will be using to display my dissertation piece. Enjoy!

Pin Hole Camera

 

This Friday we were introduced to the pin hole camera by Neil Willcock from the Media Department. Neill has always had an passion for this kind of photography.

He introduced us to a number of his own creative examples of pin hole photography. Some of the results are simply stunning.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/homemadepinhole/

Artist Francesco Capponi has created a pinhole camera from an egg. The artist places the photo emulsion on the inside of the egg, takes a photo, and then let’s the image get exposed on the inside shell of the egg.

There are so many possibilities. Creativity has no limits!

How to make a pin hole camera

When you make a pinhole camera for roll or sheet film, use a small can or box as the camera body. You can use anything that has a tight-fitting top – a clean paint can, a vegetable shortening can, a 2-pound coffee can, a shoebox, or even a cereal box.

Cut a small square out of a can (this will be where you pierce your pin -hole) sand the surface down if very thick.

To make the can light-tight, paint the inside with dull black paint or line it with black paper to prevent light reflections. If the can you use has a plastic lid, paint the lid black.

Be sure to paint it inside and out; then before using it, check to make sure no paint has chipped off. Chipped or peeling paint on the lid will allow light to enter the camera and ruin your pictures.

To make the pin hole take a surgical needle and pierce the can.

Positing the film paper will be dependant on the size and pan of image you would like to take. To calculate use the following webpage …http://www.mrpinhole.com/calcpinh.php

Here are a few photos from the session and our customized cameras!

 

Manifesto Exhibition

The past week has been an exciting week for activity in the performing arts department. Third Years had to exhibit their manifestos creatively in spaces around the department (see photos below) . Students in collaboration with Wired Aerial Theatre preformed on Friday night in the studio theatre. Connor QuillIam, Tara Pender, Rebecca Millard, Charlotte McKernan did an exceptional performance exploring drug use with dangling ropes, suspension, gymnastics through hoops.

Edge Hill university is one of the few in the country that offer facilities for aerial performance. The module choice is available in second and third year. Studying at Edge Hill enables you to learn aerial performance in a safe environment, with top class teachers, specialist aerial equipment, and truly have a one off experience learning bungee-assisted dance from the creators of the technique