Free dance performances and workshops in Gainsborough this May

A series of playful, imaginative and moving dance performances and workshops, from multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, come to Gainsborough in May 2019.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, Made By Katie Green (Photography Owen Benson Visuals; Performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey)

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 is about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do, and is part of a three-year project leading up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Many of the passengers on board the Mayflower were from this area.

Saturday 11 May

Gainsborough United Reformed Church, Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR

Performances at 11am and 2pm

In association with West Lindsey’s Churches Festival
Free to attend, but donations welcome, no tickets needed – just turn up on the day

Saturday 25 May

Gainsborough Old Hall, Parnell Street, DN21 2NB

Performances at 11.30am and 2pm

Standard entry charge applies 11am-5pm, no additional event charge

“Awesome. Grinned from ear to ear all the way through.” – Audience member

Free performances (40 minutes) will be repeated throughout the day.

PLUS: Join us for a free tea/coffee and a chat and dance/craft activities for children after all our performances.

In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, 3 eccentric tour guides will lead you on a journey through history, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for many of the passengers from this area who travelled from England to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

Lincolnshire-born choreographer Katie Green says: “I am thrilled to be returning to Lincolnshire to respond to such a significant event in the area’s history. This is the very beginning of our Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project which starts this year in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and will travel via Hampshire to Plymouth in October 2020, in line with the journey that people from this area took 400 years ago.”

To find out more about how you can get involved in The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project, contact katie@imaginationmuseum.co.uk and see www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey District Council, Plymouth City, Nottinghamshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils and Surf the Wave, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

From 2019 – 2020, the project will tour to more than 20 venues across the Midlands and South West of England, including museums, heritage sites, schools, community centres and churches. Each performance will be different, drawing on workshops with the local community at each venue to develop the core dance piece, and providing opportunities for community groups to perform alongside professional dancers. The project will see 5,500 people get involved in innovative dance and heritage events within their local community.

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Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, we create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

For more information about the company’s work visit: www.madebykatiegreen.co.uk

For more information about the national Mayflower 400 commemoration, please visit: www.mayflower400uk.org

New Imagination Museum website launched

Dance company Made By Katie Green is pleased to announce the launch of ‘The Imagination Museum’ website, a platform showcasing new ways of moving in museums.

The new ‘Imagination Museum’ website at www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk will:

  • document the journey of Made By Katie Green’s performance work of the same name
  • provide a new online hub for information about using dance to respond creatively to museum sites, collections, themes and ideas.

Created with Lincoln-based designers Root Studio, with support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme, visitors will be able to use the website to find out more about future performances of The Imagination Museum, a danced history tour performed by 3 eccentric tour guides. To date, The Imagination Museum has been adapted for more than 30 museums and heritage sites across the UK and seen by more than 6000 people.

“Fantastic, changed the way I thought museums could be made exciting, playful, vibrant and inclusive. Animated historical facts through high quality art”

– The Imagination Museum audience member

IM M400 Owen Benson Visuals; dancers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey
The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 (Owen Benson Visuals; dancers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey)

Visitors to the website will also be able to find out more about other events happening using dance and movement in museums, read about the creative process involved in this work, explore case studies and helpful resources and join the Imagination Museum consortium. Members of this consortium will be able to share their own events, news, resources and opportunities, and have access to annual meetings at which they will be able to share ideas with artists and museums.

Director Katie Green says: “We’ve been involved in a lot of discussion around creative practice using dance and movement in museums and heritage sites over the past 6 years, and have come to realise that there is a desire from artists and museums for a place to bring together information about this kind of work. We hope to be able to use the new website as a place where we can open up our own process but also invite others to share examples of the great work they are doing. Hopefully the site and Imagination Museum consortium will make it a bit easier for artists and museums interested in collaborating to find each other.”

Join the consortium to help create a shared Imagination Museum space full of danced responses to museums, galleries and heritage sites. Visit www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk/consortium or contact katie@imaginationmuseum.co.uk.

The Imagination Museum project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme.

The forthcoming Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project will respond specifically to the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America in the lead up to the 2020 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is also supported by Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey District Council, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw District Councils and the Surf the Wave programme, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, they create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

Artist Rachel Carter’s Spirit of Mayflower Project begins

Nottinghamshire artist Rachel Carter begins her ‘Language of Sculpture: A Spirit of Mayflower 400 Project’ this week – and has posted her plans:

“This new project will aim to digitally capture and bring knotting it into the modern age whilst still retaining the touch of the hand. I’ll explore storytelling, visual art and history through the textural language of sculpture.

Exploring migration and family history, and inspired by the Mayflower story, I’ll be creating a modern version of the Atlantic crossing, then encounter the woven history of the Wampanoag tribe of America held at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.

This two year project will begin this week with a twin Artist residency at Nottingham College learning Computer Aided Design and at Nottingham Trent University learning scanning and digital mapping.”

Rachel works from her Garden Studio, and has worked on large scale sculpture for the garden and smaller intimate sculptures for the home.

She is interested in developing innovative techniques; her sculptural work often features abstract fluid or geometric shapes that take inspiration from the patterns found in nature. She specialises in using hand weaving techniques for a range of materials, including wax, wire, paper and cord.

“Hand processes such as weaving, knotting & tying, crochet and even corn dollie weaves have allowed that repetition to flourish to a point where my hands can almost sculpt independently of thought.

Challenges push me in some interesting directions, underpinned by my love of research, history and hand processes. I fill endless notebooks questioning stages and noting progress, sketching is a large feature of this creative process.”

We look forward to hearing more about Rachel’s plans for her Spirit of Mayflower project, as she applies her interests to thinking about the historic voyage, the Pilgrims’ journeys, and the encounters they had on the way.

Pilgrim Heartlands Trail highlights stories about local Mayflower Pilgrims

A new Pilgrim Heartlands Trail has been produced jointly by Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster Council.

Pilgrims Heartlands Trail image

The leaflet, available from local Tourist Information Centres, libraries and churches along the trail, and downloadable from Bassetlaw and Doncaster Council’s websites, covers the local villages in North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire that are steeped in the history of William Brewster and William Bradford; a history that most local people are familiar with.  But this new Heartlands leaflet brings further, little known facts about the families that embarked on that seminal voyage aboard the Mayflower.

Until now, little has been told about the women and children who bravely followed their husbands, firstly to Holland and then on to America, but now,  thanks to research conducted by historian and tour guide Sue Allan, the Pilgrim Heartlands Trail adds previously unfamiliar named villages to this area’s history.  Villages such as Tickhill, Arksey and Braithwell in South Yorkshire join Clarborough and Carlton in Lindrick on the trail, and much more information has been discovered about Pilgrim Susannna White-Winslow and her connections to Scrooby Manor.

Sue Allan, Chair of the Pilgrim Fathers Origins UK Association, said “In the past, history books have focused upon the men connected to the story of the Separatists who became Mayflower Pilgrims  and with little attention being paid to that of the women.  Without the women, we have only half of the story and even after recent discoveries, I know that there is still much more to be revealed. I expect the Pilgrim Heartlands Trail will soon need a reprint!”

Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council have been working in partnership to promote the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims for over 10 years.  They are both founder members of Pilgrim Fathers Origins Association, the Mayflower 400 National partnership which was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims reaching America in 1620, and the regional Pilgrim Roots group, that aims to continue joint participation across county borders beyond 2020.

For those interested in finding out more about new information featured in the Heartlands Trial, Bassetlaw District Council is holding its annual Illuminate Event in Scrooby on Thursday 22nd November.  A service will be held at 5.00pm in St Wilfrid’s Church featuring a talk by Sue Allan and a recital from Scrooby Manor’s own Kamilla Dunstan.  This will be followed by a lantern parade through the village.  The event is open to all, please confirm your attendance by email to Sandra.withington@bassetlaw.gov.uk.

 

Retford’s Pilgrims Festival 2018

PILGRIMS FESTIVAL – November 2018

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage are hosting a range of events for this year’s Pilgrims Festival in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Free lantern-making workshops

Free lantern-making workshops – make a lantern and join the parade in Retford on Tuesday 20 November.

Tuesday 30th October – 10am – 4pm, with artist Jessica Kemp at Retford Library
Friday 2nd November – 10am – 4pm, with artist Kirsty Champ at Bassetlaw Museum, Retford

Thanksgiving Dinner

Venue: Spencer’s on the Square, Retford
Thursday 15th November 6.30pm for 7pm
3 course dinner plus entertainment from Adam Schofield and Jessica Mary Brett (£29.95) Call 01777 800230 to book

Pilgrims Art Exhibition

Featuring art inspired by the Pilgrims Story

Venue: Babworth Parish Church, near Retford
Saturday 17th November 10am – 4pm with a talk by local historian Adrian Gray at 11am
Sunday 18th November 12pm – 4pm- see working embroiders and artist
Refreshments available

Parade & Performances

RetfordTuesday 20th November
5.30pm: Parade from Carolgate to St Swithun’s Parish Church
6pm: St Swithun’s all age event, led by Rev Mark Cantrill, with the Elizabethan Academy, Katie Green’s Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 and the Songbirds
7pm: the ‘400’ photograph, then refreshments for all in the Church

Music at Worksop Priory

Monday 19th November 7pm for 7.30pm
International Harpist Leah Stuttard
£10 entry incl. mince pies & mulled wine

Friday 23rd November 7pm for 7.30pm
Doncaster Waites: Music from the Pilgrims’ streets
£10 entry incl. mince pies & mulled wine

Supported by funding from, and delivered with the support of:

  • Arts Council England
  • Bassetlaw Christian Heritage network
  • Bassetlaw Museum
  • Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, Church of England
  • Elizabethan Academy
  • Made by Katie Green
  • Retford Business Forum
  • Retford Civic Society
  • Retford Library (Inspire)
  • Retford Lions
  • Retford Rotary
  • Spencer’s on the Square
  • TLS

Scrooby’s Illuminate 2018

Scrooby Illuminate Event

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Bassetlaw District Council’s Illuminate event this year will take place in the historic village of Scrooby, with its renowned Pilgrim connections.

The event will begin with a service at St. Wilfrid’s Church at 5pm, including a talk by historian Sue Allan on ‘The Forgotten Pilgrim Women’, followed by a recital from
Scrooby Manor’s own Kamilla Dunstan.

At 6:15pm there will be a lantern parade around the village with local uniformed groups, ending at the Village Hall.

At the Village Hall, students from Retford’s Elizabethan Academy will perform an interpretive drama about the Pilgrim Children’s journey.

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Sandra Withington – sandra.withington@bassetlaw.gov.uk

Would you like to make a lantern & participate in the Parade?

Artist Jessica Kemp will be at Scrooby Village Hall on Monday 29th October from 1pm until 5pm and everyone, regardless of age or ability, is invited to drop by and learn how to make their own star lantern. All materials are provided and the event is free.Scrooby Illuminate 2018