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Islands of Serenity

Tuesday 16 June 2020
Closed event
Maximum participants: 4
Location: Online via Zoom
Free, suitable for ages 18 and over 

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This workshop is facilitated by Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s Sarah Steenhorst (Learning and Participation) and led by artists Elmira and Ramona Zadissa as a part of their project Ephemeral Lines

At a time of social distancing and isolation, it is vitally important that we find ways to adapt and keep connected; especially with those in our communities who are most vulnerable and at risk of loneliness.

In response to lockdown, our current resident artists have adapted their workshops to online, offering to meet people where they are currently situated, inviting them into a safe space for online engagement.

Through a series of informal workshops using creative activities to stimulate conversation, the Zadissa sisters aim to make meaningful connections between neighbours and strengthen bonds within communities.

Each workshop will be themed around self-isolation and our immediate surroundings, encouraging participants to share experiences of their time in lockdown.

With participant consent, outcomes from the workshops will inspire an artwork by the Zadissa sisters, to be installed in Milton Keynes city centre from Saturday 19 September 2020.
What’s covered?
We are living in a time which requires us to be creative about how we make the most of our time inside or in one place, and find new and rewarding ways to connect to our surroundings.

There is a lot that we miss about the before times, but there is a lot to be gained from this period of inner reflection and appreciation for the simple things in life.

Artists Elmira and Ramona ask to think of that one place which makes you happy and is your sanctuary. It could be anywhere. A sunny spot in your garden or on your balcony, a friend’s house or a park bench.

We will also be exploring places you have reconnected with, or new spaces you’ve recently discovered.

Using colour, we will try to capture the feelings these places give us.

At the end of the workshop, participants are invited to share their drawings with the group and submit them to the artists as inspiration for the Ephemeral Lines installation.
Who is this workshop class suitable for?
Suitable for ages 18 and over. Max of 4 participants are welcome to join into these workshops.

Materials required
Pencil, pen, scrap paper, colour pencils, water colour or use an app or software for creating/editing images on your phone/computer.

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