Enforced hibernation

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 January 2021


Hello,

Firstly to wish you all a very happy healthy 2021. With supporting happiness and health in mind this issue focuses on how we can take inspiration from nature to make most of this period of enforced hibernation. We will take a look at strategies including den building, changing your appearance, stockpiling (we will skip over that), slowing down, huddling and migrating south (again, bear with me). Most importantly, I hope you find something to make you smile.

Caroline Tredwell, Arts Development Officer


Wychway Gallery

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Building a den

den

In my humble opinion you are never too old to build a den. Now, as we all have a few weeks indoors, why not try and change up your space for a few hours. You can create a little reading nook or maybe somewhere to watch a film, draw or eat snacks. Take a look at this website for some den building tips.

You could also try to build a den to support wildlife in your garden. The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust website can show you how to build a hibernaculum for amphibians and reptiles.

Treasured pooch? Why should they miss out? The Dogs Trust shows you how to create the perfect pet den.

You can also get some inspiration from Artist Jack Brown who turns the gallery space in to a sculptural exploration through den building.

Changing your appearance

owl

In preparation for the winter some mammals grow warmer fur or feathers. Some animals change colour to camouflage themselves within their environment. We are very fortunate to have the luxury of putting on an extra jumper or a hat if we get cold. Check out this hat knitting pattern design called 'Wychavon' if you would like to represent the district through your head gear.

Take a look at the work of Photographer Joseph Ford who commissioned Knitter Nina Dodd to create a photograph series of modelled knitwear items that blend in to public spaces.

On the subject of changing appearances this heart-warming thread shows some excellent examples of unleashing creative potential between fathers and daughters. 

Slowing down

A key component of hibernation is slowing down and conserving energy. It's very easy to let our anxieties take over at the moment so its important to make a conscious effort to take time to focus on something else and de-stress. Making art that focuses on the process and not the end result is an effective way of doing this. Check out this website for 100 Art as Therapy ideas.

If you have a mental health diagnosis or are marginalised, isolated or suffering from depression and anxiety you can now sign up to the Wellbeing Studio lead by a qualified Art Therapist. The sessions are free of charge. You can find more information on the Creating Space website.

Huddling

swan lake

Have you seen how Emperor penguins huddle together to protect themselves and each other from the harsh Antarctic winters? This video shows some of the science behind huddling.

In Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Lev Ivanov's choreography for Dance of the Little Swans was meant to imitate the way cygnets huddle and move together for protection. Here is a clip of Dance of the Little Swans why not try at home for a laugh and then give up and just have a cuddle.

Dancefest offer a range of dance classes for all ages and abilities on Zoom to find out more check their website.

Migrating South

The birds do have the right idea with many of them migrating south for winter. That's not an option for humans at the moment so for now whilst you daydream about soaking up the sun and new cultural experiences. Check out the Tate Collection on Migration and Art.


#ItGetsLighterFromHere

Did you manage to catch any of the submissions for #ItGetsLighterFromHere on the 21 December, the shortest day of the year? The initiative was started by Culture Central with the aim of commissioning artist to produce 60 second videos to create moments of happiness and hope. Check out the hashtag on social media and eight artists commissioned by Severn Arts for #ItGetsLighterFromHere are available to watch here.

Winter Creativity Parcels

It’s not too late to join in with getting crafty over the winter, if you would like to order a creativity parcel from Spare Room Arts they cost just £6 and the deadline to order is the 15 of each month. For more information contact Sarah on hello@spareroomarts.co.uk or 07894 715 680.


Call out for Artists - Big Parade 2021

Worcester’s Big Parade has announced their first call for contributors to next year’s public art trail. They are looking for dazzling elephant designs which bring the same joy and buzz to the city that we saw back in 2018 when giraffes took to our streets and public spaces.

Anyone can submit designs – from established artists, to those who are, as yet, undiscovered. Each elephant sculpture is a three-dimensional blank canvas and will hold a wide range of media – from graffiti to mosaic, fine art and even metalwork. Entries close on Friday 8 January 2021.

Find out more about Worcester's Big Parade public art trail..


Wychavon Covid-19 Memory Bank

memory bank

Don't forget about our Wychavon Covid 19 Memory Bank where you can upload photos, art work or anything else that documents our experience of these challenging times.


If you have any information that you would like to share then please email Caroline Tredwell caroline.tredwell@wychavon.gov.uk a short paragraph for the next Enews.  

To find out more about the Community Development Team at Wychavon District Council please visit our website here.

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