Sunday 6 June / Dry Clay Modelling
Saturday 12 June / Cyanotypes
Saturday 19 June / Wrapping
Sunday 20 June / Tracing the Cracks
Tuesday 8 June / Katarina Sengstaken
Thursday 10 June / Melanie Jordan
Tuesday 15 June / Molly Lambourn
Thursday 17 June / Elle Kydd & El
The Stour Downs Parish is developing St Mary’s Sellindge church building to become the centre for visual arts for and in the community. The first stage, June 2021 is to host an exhibition by Lorrain Mailer, who has engaged other artists to collaborate with workshops and talks. The event is aimed to provide wellbeing activities for the community in the surrounding rural and wider area.
Exhibition - access to the Church
Friday 4 June 1 - 5pm
Sunday 6 June 3 - 5pm
Tuesday 8 June 1 - 5pm
Thursday 10 June 1 - 5pm
Saturday 12 June 1 - 5pm
Tuesday 15 June 1 - 5pm
Thursday 17 June 1 - 5pm
Saturday 19 June 1 - 5pm
Sunday 20 June 1 - 5pm
This event has been made possible by the kind support of The Stour Downs Parish
and Folkestone & Hythe District Council.
Dry Clay Modelling / Jane Cordery
Sunday 6 June 1- 3.00pm
Participants will make a sculptural ‘photo frame’ out of dry clay incorporating salt in memory of someone or something lost. With an exhibition Void – 2020 at The Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable from 22nd September 2021 participates are welcome to summit.
An opportunity to meet and discuss loss, create a memory, exhibit your achievement and help a charity while getting something back. Not bad!!
https://janecordery.artweb.com/ Member of Pure ART360
Talk / Katarina Sengstaken
Tuesday 8 June 7- 8.30pm
Kat is an animator, film editor, digital artist and stop motion animator currently based at the University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury. Kat amalgamates teaching, exhibiting internationally and actively encouraging local wellbeing through participation in the arts.
Recently Kat has completed a residency at the Margate School where she combed the beach for inspirational material.
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/katsengstaken Tutor at UCA
Talk / Melanie Jordan
Thursday 10 June 7- 8.30pm
A haptic practice with thread-based crafts at its core. Mel's artwork pays attention to the inner tension between the need to nurture and a feeling of entrapment associated with motherhood; that is maternal ambivalence.
Mel has just completed a residency at the Creative Quater, Folkestone where she has started developing a new body of work.
https://www.artymel.co.uk/ Currently doing a PhD
Cyanotype / Katarina Sengstaken
Saturday 12 June 10 – 12.30pm
Using the flora and vegetation growing wild in the graveyard, along with the natural light, participates will magically create blue impressions and patterns like photographic prints on paper. The mystery of how this is achieved will be explained so once completed you can go home to create even more beautiful images.
Kat is an animator, film editor, digital artist and stop motion animator currently based at UCA in Canterbury and exhibites internationally.
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/katsengstaken Tutor at UCA
Talk / Molly Lambourn
Tuesday 15 June 7- 8.30pm
Molly is a Kent based Fine Artist specialising in drawing. Her work has helped her to maintain positive mental wellbeing during personal struggle. Her drawing promotes mindfulness through repetition, producing work that has a beautiful surface with a more complex reality.
Invited to stay at Jane Austen's home, it is hoped that Molly will entertain us with tales of her residency.
Final year MA Student at UCA
Talk / Ellen Kydd & Eleanor Cox
Thursday 17 June 7- 8.30pm
Ellen Kydd (Elle) and Eleanor Cox (El) will present a talk about space and connection. Through a live performance & video, the collaborative artwork connects a felt experience with an individual spatial investigation. This will be their inaugural public performance.
The duo hope to invite audience participation.
The past year has seen Elle & El work together to help found POW! Youth, a ‘younger sister’ to the POW! (Power of Women) movement based in Margate. This community focused group seeks to actively promote the move towards gender equality, whilst also providing a platform for young voices and artists. Elle & El have recently produced the POW! Youth Arts Trail across Thanet, allowing emerging young artists to be recognised within their local community.
Elle: Final year MA Student at UCA
El: Final year BA Student at St Martin's
Everyday Objects / Lorrain Mailer
Saturday 19 June 10 – 12.00pm
Using overlooked everyday materials, to produce sculptural oddities that encourages participates to re-examine disguarded objects. Through play participates have the opportunity to question the material, its origin, the processes it has gone through and where it will end up, rather like a journey.
By combining these items through a wrapping process, the participate makes judgements of construction, weight, colour, materiality and by doing so reconsiders the value of things.
Finalist VIA Arts Prize 2020 / Sellindge Church Events Facilitator
Tracing the Cracks / Alison Lees
Sunday 20 June 10 – 12.30pm
A very fluid activity where participates will feel, trace and record cracks and worn lines from the dry earth, trees or even the tiles within the church porch. This event (subject to weather) will take place outside in the graveyard, so please dress accordingly and bring something to sit on. From these connections, you will create abstract line or block colour images or smudges of colour from the damp surfaces you encounter.
This is a journey to reconnect with the natural world and to listen to yourself.
https://www.alileesartist.com/ Currently doing a PhD