in the moment

in the moment

Sometimes all you need to do is to put the music on, close your eyes, place your hands on your torso and take a deep breath or smile.  That’s just what the participants have been doing in the ‘Creative Communications’ sessions.  Along with movement and art activities they have been full of music, colour, conversation and laughter. Thanks to Ideas…

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moving colours

moving colours

The use of objects and props continues our ‘creative communications’, from developing movement to telling a story.  We have colourfully and creatively moved our bodies in more ways than one.  From swaying, twisting and conducting peacock feathers leading into playful shadows. Pushing our arms forward and back, up and down to pressing our fingers to…

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creative communications

creative communications

A new small experiments project has begun called ‘Creative Communications’ thanks to a partnership between Amherst Court, a residential care home in Chatham, run by Avante Partnership and funding provided by Ideas Test. On Monday, 13 April, Luci and Wendy went along to Amherst Court and met 4 of the participants and activity coordinator to…

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we’ll meet again!

we’ll meet again!

It has been a tantalizing 6 weeks that have flown by in Chalk and Higham.  Using the element of surprise, the participants have not known what to expect each week. From voice to conducting, movement with materials, powder pigment painting to drawing on foil, storytelling and much more. The ideas explored during the sessions will…

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moving voice & art

moving voice & art

In Chalk and Higham we have been using our voices, not only to make unusual sounds, but to tell stories with a twist and turn. The introduction of instruments, used as prompts or sound effects has added a different dynamic to the stories, moving from scary to western and romantic to sci-fi.  Tania has explored with us…

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celebrating edna’s evaluation

celebrating edna’s evaluation

Thanks to NKLAAP – North Kent Local Authorities Arts Partnership and in particular Gravesham Arts, Lyndsey Thompson, Arts and Heritage Officer who has arranged the Kent Room at Woodville Hall for Friday, 20 June from 2-4pm so that all Gravesham, Medway participants and Artists can come together to celebrate edna’s evaluation report. The majority can…

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edna evaluated

edna evaluated

Finally, after rigorous and effective work by the research team, the edna evaluation report is now available. The research team include Dr Ann Skingley from the Sidney De Haan Research Centre based at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent and Stephanie De’Ath from Trinity Laban’s Dance Science Department in Greenwich.  With support from Luci Napleton,…

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elevated edna

elevated edna

This afternoon everyone who has been part of this journey and more, came together to celebrate and how elevated do we all feel?  Words cannot describe sometimes, but here goes. “it was like we were one big family” from Anne.  We couldn’t agree more. Enriching experience and tapping into everyone’s creativity, that some people didn’t…

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end of edna?

end of edna?

The last 3 months have flown by and so much creativity has happened.  The Artists have been integral to the huge success of edna. As Wendy passed the last prop and Rebecca passed the last move everyone expressed” how they do not want edna to end”. “edna has been unique, completely different and appreciated” But…

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pastel, paint and piped moves

pastel, paint and piped moves

Turning 2D into 3D, has involved pipe cleaners this week.  Translating movement onto lining paper using pastel and paint to begin with and then into a piped move has been an enjoyable experience. The contrast from colour to black and white, pastel to paint and now the use of pipe cleaners has been quite different.  Apparently,…

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