Saturday, 22 May 2010

Norwich Dandies update launch

The Norwich Dandies, a group of contemporary artists, poets and performers are taking over St Margaret’s Church on St Benedict’s Street, Norwich, for two weeks and filling it with art, poetry, performance and community projects. There will be a Human Library, Spoken Word Open Mike, T-shirt Printing, OUT140, crowning of the Norwich Pope (with a hand-knitted mitre!), Badger the dog, and a spectacular Launch Party on Monday 24 May from 6pm prompt – don’t miss it! Plus the Small Blue Ball, signed by artist Kurt Perschke, the man behind the big Red Ball, will be squished and squashed into various places around the church over the 2 weeks!

Artists include Vince Laws who takes poetry off the page into paintings, performance and installations; Norwegian painter Ole Skauge who creates dazzling geometrical illusions; homeboy Dugald Ferguson with his illuminated bunches of sportsmen-clad blossom; Christina Sabberton who creates exaggerated stereotypes inspired by what she observes in the world around her; Grant Dejonge, Painter and Ceramicist; Eloise O’Hare who makes Alice in Wonderland look dowdy; and Mark Scott Wood who makes curious installations. Badger the Dog will be displaying his unmade bed.

Others taking part include Shelly Telly, community film maker and the chair of Norwich Pride; poet and UEA lecturer Caroline Gilfillan; writer and comedian Paul Knight; humanist celebrant Georgina Wragg; musician and singer Maddie Cassell; photographer Paul John Bayfield; artist Jacqui Jones; the newly formed Norwich Pride Choir; flag waver Neville Holyoake; artists Gaia Shaw and Sam Epps; poet and octogenarian Jean Clark; final year art students Holly Goldberg and Angela Szczypka; Oz Osbourne from Rethink; comedian Hillary Koe; and the one and only Pequlia Bigtop;

The Norwich Dandies runs from 24 May - 5 June 2010, at St Margaret’s Church, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich, and is open daily from 10am-5pm, plus later for certain events. The Launch Party is on Monday 24 May at 6pm prompt, with Tate Curator Marcus Dickey Horley cutting the Red Ribbon at 6.30pm, followed by live performances, including The Small Frayed Knot by Vince Laws.

Contact for a Launch Party invite, to get involved, or for more information.

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