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On The Walls Around You

Tuesday 9 June 2020
Closed event
Maximum participants: 4
Location: Online via Zoom
Free, suitable for ages 18 and over 

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On The Walls Around You with Elmira and Ramona Zadissa
Filmed via Zoom on 9 June 2020

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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?
Right now, like the rest of the world, Milton Keynes is indoors.

Thrown into lockdown, we’re suddenly spending more time than ever in the surroundings we created for ourselves.

Exploring how home comforts can play a role in isolation, the Zadissa sisters ask participants to take a look at what’s on the walls around them and consider the following:

  • What do you see?
  • Why is it there?
  • Do you see it differently now?
  • Has it helped you cope with self-isolation?

To help express the above and share the importance of home comforts with others, the Zadissa sisters will take participants through a series of drawing exercises to stimulate discussion around the groups chosen objects.  

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
For this workshop you need pencil, pen and sheets of paper.

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