Mellow Out 2021
St Mary’s Church is an inclusive and calm space that seeks to offer an environment to promote self-esteem and wellbeing through the visual arts and participatory learning. A place where anyone can feel safe, where one can process their thoughts, meet and confront personal challenges like isolation, anxiety, unemployment to questioning the change in the pace of life, the massive local building development and it's infer structure, to childcare and domestic tensions; through a process of making and collaborating with artists.
June 2021 Lorrain Mailer invited six artists to provide participating workshops and talks for the community along with an installation of her various artworks within the grade I listed Norman church.
These events were 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.
An opportunity to meet and discuss loss, create a memory, exhibit your achievement and help a charity while getting something back.
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.zealous.co/melaniejordan/project/To-be-Frank-1/ 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 a tutor at UCA in Canterbury and exhibites internationally. https://uk.linkedin.com/in/katsengstaken
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, Molly will entertain us with tales of her residency. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mollylambournartist/ https://www.sophiestokes.com/
https://mollylambourn.wixsite.com/mollylambournartist MA Fine Art 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.
https://www.ellenkydd.com/ 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.
https://www.lorrainmailer.com 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