As a blind physiotherapist, Rebecca Lake explained her way of understanding bodies was through touch.
A small orange circle of felt depicting Trump Trout, a character created by Lewis, a CE Academy student. A fish with the face and bouffant of Donald Trump who shouts non-sequiturs.
Diogo described the small marks they had made through gestures of the wrist as “like table tennis”, encouraging the students to go bigger “like tennis” through gestures of the arm. Gestures of the whole body came next.
The snow was deep and each step needed focus and decidedly more strength than when walking along the flat gravelled footpath. I challenged the group to notice the scene in which they now found themselves.
Emma Davies recounts her early experiences with Fermynwoods, including one student following in the social realist tradition of the Kitchen Sink Painters.
“When will you be happy”. One student replied, “I’ll never be happy”, a deeply sad moment with the silver lining that interventions like these can help students disclose personal feelings to those they trust in order to find the help they need.
Clare Abbatt’s Sculpture and Survival workshops drew inspiration from her own exhibition examining Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica.
Jason filled the cottages to the brim with the sounds of wind, crashing waves, body-shaking bass lines, punctuated with weird bleeps, and astral noises. The sound of jaws dropping drowned out as Jason turned the volume up to 11.
Urban Divers was a film created by Japanese artist Tomoko Take, documenting a collaboration between Jason Singh, leading Grime MC’s and students from The CE Academy, drawing out stories, feelings and emotions around the idea of home.
Figures In The Landscape was a 2015 elemental workshop with students from The CE Academy. Led by one of our Associate Educators, Clare Abbatt, this workshop also sparked the imagination of Emma Davies, who provides this weeks Fermynwoods Friday post.