The Smile Inside Exhibition of stories and artwork is now on tour. In each area the exhibition tours we are working with the local community to gather their stories that make them smile to inspire poetry, creative writing and dance to create a community dance film. You can see the exhibition and get involved in:
Smile Inside at Story Town Corsham
No.19 High Street Corsham 16-25 Oct
Working with film maker Peter Anderson, poet Dawn Gorman, musician Will Lawton, dance artist Marie Lou Flexen and artist Sam Perry we created our smiling yarn bomb tree, collected 36 stories and 300 leaves that make us smile, held workshops on the High Street and interpreted the things that make Corsham smile through improvised dance. While we await the final edit of the film here are the three poems Dawn Gorman created from Corsham's stories.
Poems created by Dawn Gorman incorporating everyone's stories:
Films created for each poem by Peter Anderson with Music created by Will Lawton and the Company:
In the end we chose 3 winners of our Smiling Leaf competition who all won Book Tokens
With thanks to funding and support from Corsham Town Council, The Pound, No.19 and The Pound Ballet Studio
Smile Inside at Surrey Libraries
November -December 2020
We are delighted to be working with Surrey Libraries and their local communities in Woking, Ashford, Dorking, Horsley and Horley including Creative Response, Zambesi Dance Company and our zoom adult dance groups to bring their stories to life. Created and performed by the storytellers and professional dancers Emily Neighbour, Ellie Dowling and Matilda Maginnis. Film created by Peter Anderson. Please email us for further information or to get involved.
With thanks to funding and support from Surrey Libraries, Surrey Arts and Woking Borough Council
Smile Inside at Witney Hospital
We are looking forward to collaborating with John Darvell and Nocturn Dance to work with the staff and patients of Witney Community Hospital to find out what makes them smile. We are hoping to enable the patients to become the storytellers and choreographers to create dances that bring their stories to life as well as to inspire artists and the local community to create works for the hospital wards. This project has had to be delayed due to covid, if you would like to get involved please email us.
With thanks to funding and support from Angela Conlan-Creating With Care & West Oxfordshire District Council
Photographer Trev Porter
Photographer Trev Porter
This has been made possible with funding from Arts Council England,