Our exhibition is open to the public!

20170525_102209.jpgWe’ve just set up the textiles part of our BFEST 2017 Youth Arts exhibition at Jubilee Library in Brighton, exploring Brighton and Hove during the Somme, and made with young people, and artist Rosie James. It’s looking great!
 
We will also be showing the short films made with young people for The Orange Lilies project, and they should be operation from tomorrow.
 
The BFST festival last for a week and offers free activities across the city created by, with and for young people.
It starts with the launch on Saturday 27th May at The Level so come down and see the exhibition. It’s on until 4th July.

The Orange Lilies textile banner

We’ve had a sneak preview of the nearly finished textile banner we’ve been working on for The Orange Lilies project with artist Rosie James and young people in Brighton and Hove, through a series of workshops with young people at Jubilee Library in March 2017.

It’s looking great! We’ll be collecting it in two weeks time as there is still some final stitching to do, but it’s looks amazing and we’re really pleased with it. It measures 2 metres long by 1 metre wide.

When finished this will be installed at Jubilee Library in the city as part of the annual youth festival B fest from 24th May – 4th July 2017 for everyone to view, alongside a series of short films we’ve made with young filmmakers, facilitated by Tracey Gue.

We urge you to come and view it, and find out more about Brighton and Hove history during the Somme, the Home Front, and the lives of The Royal Sussex Regiment in France from 30th June -18th November 1916.

Thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries Service for hosting this exhibition

Textiles for The Orange Lilies project

2017-03-23 16.54.29We’ve been working with a  talented textiles artist Rosie James recently for The Orange Lilies project. Following on from a series of public access free workshops at Jubilee Library in Brighton, she is now in the process of completing a textile banner which will be displayed during BFest – the Brighton Youth Arts Festival and beyond across libraries in the city between May and July 2017.

We’re really excited about seeing the experiences of Brighton during the Somme brought to life in fabric. It will depict aspects of Brighton and Hove, women on the home front, as well as soldiers in France too.

C7DruJ5WcAAO8DNHere’s her blog post about the experience:

I have just finished a series of workshops which took place at Jubilee Library in Brighton. These were organised by Strike a Light to commemorate Brighton in WW1. The workshops took the form of drop in sessions for young people from the ages of about 15-25.

We had about 4 or 5 people join in at each session, and make some stitched drawings of Brighton buildings, soldiers, nurses, lilies, planes etc.. Plus others who came along to watch! Being in a library meant that we attracted a bit of attention, with the sewing machines and piles of fabrics. 

It was great that so many boys joined in, and were really keen to carry on at home. One of the boys came to 3 of the workshops and even got himself a sewing machine on freecycle so he could carry on at home.

Here are some pictures taken at the workshops, I am currently putting the final piece together and will post pictures of that when complete.

(These photos below taken by Tracey Gue)

Drawing with Textiles final session

TOL poster TextilesThis is the final free Drawing with Textiles session this week! Tomorrow (Thursday 4-6pm)
 
Come along to the drop in activity based at Jubilee Library and enjoy learning a new creative skill. All welcome.
 
FREE

Creative drop in activities for all

(part of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage The Orange Lilies project).

On Saturday 11th March 2017 from 11am – 4pm at Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE. This will take place in the Young Peoples area in the library.

Sessions continue after this on Thursdays 16th, 23rd & 30th from 4 – 6pm, also at Jubilee Library.

Drop in activities, no need to book!

Free workshops run by professional textile artist Rosie James include:

Using a sewing machine,
stitching and drawing with a machine
textile art
using collage in textiles

Rosie James is an artist working mostly in textiles. Her work explores the use of the sewing machine as a tool for drawing. Her focus falls mainly on people and the kinds of crowds that form when people gather, she is looking for the individual within the crowd. Her work also encompasses the use of the stitched line to create drawings which explore the whole world of stitch, textiles, fashion, craft etc.

The ways in which stitching and textiles figure in our everyday lives is a continuing fascination. Rosie using screen printing as well as machine stitching and applique to create layers of imagery. Recently she has become interested in the ways in which a line is created on the sewing machine and how lines are everywhere we look. These lines link us together.

Part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme project – Try a new skill with textiles and sewing machines, find out more about the city and its’ inhabitants in WWI; make a collage for exhibition in BFEST (Brighton Youth Festival) poster, and find out more about Brighton & Hove’s local memories.

Find out more about The Orange Lilies project here: https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/

With support from project partners Fabrica Gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and Gateways to the First World War.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Free Drawing with Textiles workshop

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Creative drop in activities for all

(part of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage The Orange Lilies project).

Every Thursday in March 2017 – Dates remaining are: 23rd & 30th from 4 – 6pm at Jubilee Library. This will take place in the Young Peoples area in the library. Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

Drop in activities, no need to book!

Free workshops run by professional textile artist Rosie James include:

Using a sewing machine,
stitching and drawing with a machine
textile art
using collage in textiles

TG7_1526.JPGRosie James is an artist working mostly in textiles. Her work explores the use of the sewing machine as a tool for drawing. Her focus falls mainly on people and the kinds of crowds that form when people gather, she is looking for the individual within the crowd. Her work also encompasses the use of the stitched line to create drawings which explore the whole world of stitch, textiles, fashion, craft etc.

The ways in which stitching and textiles figure in our everyday lives is a continuing fascination. Rosie using screen printing as well as machine stitching and applique to create layers of imagery. Recently she has become interested in the ways in which a line is created on the sewing machine and how lines are everywhere we look. These lines link us together.

Part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme project – Try a new skill with textiles and sewing machines, find out more about the city and its’ inhabitants in WWI; make a collage for exhibition in BFEST (Brighton Youth Festival) poster, and find out more about Brighton & Hove’s local memories.

Find out more about The Orange Lilies project here: https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/

With support from project partners Fabrica Gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and Gateways to the First World War. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Free Drawing with Textiles workshop – Saturday 11th March

Getting ready for the start of our free Drawing with Textiles workshops (part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project). Activities for 12-24 years age participants, and accompanying parents or carers.

Our artist Rosie James says – I’m getting ready for the workshop on Saturday! Looking forward to it! This is a picture of some bunting made for a previous project in Dover.

We will be drawing with the sewing machine as well as applique to create a wall hanging to commemorate Brighton’s involvement in WW1. Come along and join in!

First session 11am-4pm at Jubilee Library, Brighton on Saturday 11th March.

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Free Drawing with part of The Orange Lilies project

As part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project and to encourage youth engagement, we will be running four free creative textiles workshops, looking at the themes arising from Brighton in The Somme, and using materials including Edwardian table cloths and ephemera to create a series of displays for exhibition.
If you know anyone between 11-24 who might be interested in attending these free workshops, then please circulate this information.

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Creative drop in activities for young people aged 11-24

(part of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage The Orange Lilies project).

On Saturday 11th March 2017 from 11am – 4pm at Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE. This will take place in the Young Peoples area in the library.

Sessions continue after this on Thursdays 16th, 23rd & 30th from 4 – 6pm, also at Jubilee Library.

Drop in activities, no need to book!

Free workshops run by professional textile artist Rosie James include:

Using a sewing machine,
stitching and drawing with a machine
textile art
using collage in textiles

Rosie James is an artist working mostly in textiles. Her work explores the use of the sewing machine as a tool for drawing. Her focus falls mainly on people and the kinds of crowds that form when people gather, she is looking for the individual within the crowd. Her work also encompasses the use of the stitched line to create drawings which explore the whole world of stitch, textiles, fashion, craft etc.

The ways in which stitching and textiles figure in our everyday lives is a continuing fascination. Rosie using screen printing as well as machine stitching and applique to create layers of imagery. Recently she has become interested in the ways in which a line is created on the sewing machine and how lines are everywhere we look. These lines link us together.

Part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme project – Try a new skill with textiles and sewing machines, find out more about the city and its’ inhabitants in WWI; make a collage for exhibition in BFEST (Brighton Youth Festival) poster, and find out more about Brighton & Hove’s local memories.

Activities free and suitable for young people aged from 11-24.

Find out more about The Orange Lilies project here: https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/

With support from project partners Fabrica Gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and Gateways to the First World War. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

https://www.facebook.com/events/601644246707872/permalink/601804030025227/

Seeking project participants!

postcard from F stoner to sister France 1916Get involved with our new The Orange Lilies project which has just begun and which is researching and commemorating the role of Brighton and Hove born Royal Sussex Regiment soldiers in the battle of the Somme in 1916.

We’re seeking volunteer researchers, project participants, young people who are interested in learning about making short films, and creative young people to participate in a series of free textile workshops between June 2016 and June 2017. If you would like to find out more, then have a look at our new project website here or email theorangelilies@gmail.com to participate in the project.

We’d love to hear your stories, find out about family history, uncover information about Brighton and Hove at home during the battle of the Somme, and those city soldiers abroad who served on the battlefields and what happened to them.

We’ve started to uncover stories about soldiers like Private Frederick George Stoner who died on 28th October 1916 and who’s name is engraved on the memorial at Thiepval in the Somme, France. Here he writes a postcard is to his sister Ellen (‘Nellie’) Elizabeth Stoner (later Simmons) in 1916. The front of the postcard shows ‘Inside of the church’ at Eclusier-Vaux in the Somme.

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Images both with kind permission of the Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books.

Introducing … The Orange Lilies

Sussex in the Somme

On 1st July 1916, the commencement of the battle of the Somme, it was said you could hear the cannons from France at a cricket match in Brighton.  At a key battle taking place on the eve of the Somme, that of the Battle of Boar’s Head, it quickly became known as ‘The Day that Sussex died’, due to the huge amount of fatalities sustained on the battlefield.

The men of the 11th, 12th and 13th Southdowns Battalions (all Sussex regiments) leading the fighting were unaware that their assault was a diversionary raid. Their objective was the nearby salient, a bulge in the line, known as ‘The Boar’s Head’ and it was to be ‘bitten out’.

Southdowns Battalions suffered 366 killed and over 1000 wounded or taken prisoner. Around 70% of those that died came from Sussex with estimates including up to 12 sets of brothers.

We plan to commemorate these epic events; the anniversary of the Somme,  Sussex lives lost at war and subsequent  changes on the homefront from this epic six month battle. Through this moving new project, we will create and install a new WWI commemorative plaque in Brighton and Hove to remember those lost at the Battle of Boar’s head. The plaque would memorialise soldiers from Brighton & Hove who fought and fell during this particular part of the Great War. These men are the ordinary, forgotten heroes of WWI, also known as Lowther’s Lambs.

From June 2016 – June 2017 we will discover the effects of the Somme on the city of Brighton and Hove, including the impact of this significant part of WWI on local soldiers, their families and wider community. We will connect this tangible heritage with the present, linking the stories of lost soldiers, those left on the home front, and the city – with participants and volunteers, new and established audiences and project partners, with young and older people.

Through partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries, Gateways to WWI and existing archives, we plan to create a project about the role of Sussex in the battlefields of the Somme and the impact of this epic, life shattering battle in the city of Brighton and Hove. We will do this through:

  • A series of short film about the Somme in Sussex created by young local filmmakers, mentored by a professional filmmaker with input from a respected local historian
  • A series of six WWI themed outings to local and regional places of relevance to the Somme, an Armistice event in 2016 Two film Great War themed film events at Fabrica
  • Two historian talks about our theme at different venues
  • A partnered study day with Gateways to WWI project
  • Ten historic and creative WWI postcards to be disseminated to local organisations and schools
  • A Brighton and Hove libraries young people research group compiling information about the battle of Boar’s Head and the Somme, collaborating with our volunteer filmmakers, and mentored by Fabrica gallery staff.
  • Meeting with a now retired 1st Battalion, Sussex Regiment member who will advise on military matters.

The Orange Lilies project is delivered by

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In Partnership with the following organisations:

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with support from

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