Hello, it’s been a while.
Since our building closure over 2 weeks ago, the Farnham Maltings team have continued to work behind the scenes to bring art to the community, collaborating and creating in new ways during the global crisis. Hear from our teams below to see what’s in store for the next few months.
launch of the Farnham and villages coronavirus helpline
Together with the Farnham Town Council and Farnham Herald, we have launched a new central helpline to assist with any queries during the COVID-19 situation. In its first week, the helpline has taken over 200 calls and assisted with food shopping, collection of prescriptions and setting up social phone calls. As demand changes over the coming weeks, we will keep our volunteers to up to date about the needs of the town. If you or anyone you know needs help and have no access to family, friends or neighbours call or email using the details below.
caravan showcase goes digital
The caravan showcase, the biennial programme of the best new English performance presented to a selection of international promoters, festival organisers and presenters as part of the Brighton Festival was due to take place 10-12 May 2020. In response to this, the theatre team are developing a digital version of the showcase using Squarespace, Zoom and Slack. The aim is to enable the key features of the showcase to continue, as well as hold conversations about how artists and cultural organisations are responding to COVID-19 around the world.
making theatre in extraordinary times – a response to the ongoing crisis
This programme of grants supported by The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, ranging from £500 to £5000, aims to support artists to create theatre experiences with and for their community, in response to the current COVID-19 situation. More details on how to apply are found here: http://theatre.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/covid-19-responses/
the craft team announce stitching together
The craft team are very excited to be working with British textile artist Alice Kettle on the Stitching Together project, celebrating our contribution to the shape and character of the town. The first phase of the project, just launched on the website, will see them collecting drawings from local school children that will later be interpreted in stitch and incorporated into a larger design created by Alice. This project is part of the Future Arts Centres’ Here & Now Project celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery. You can find more information here: craft.farnhammaltings.com/stitching-together
community development programme continues to deliver
The group from the Men in Sheds project continue to work on projects whilst at home, including constructing some handy new shelves! This group launched in 2019 with space2grow as part of our community development work.
The regular Tuesday lunchtime participatory session of Nimble Fingers is catching up via video link every week, sharing knitting and crochet patterns as normal, with the aim to continue and encourage creativity and connection through craft.
house theatre support
house, the venue network and touring initiative delivered by Farnham Maltings, is continuing to offer support to artists and venues, despite momentarily being unable to continue their touring schedule. They’ve always encouraged a spirit of connectedness and shared knowledge across the region, and the house team are finding this need is greater now, more than ever. You can read their full statement here http://housetheatre.org.uk/announcement/ and get the latest updates on resources and activity via Twitter @housetheatre.
aylesbury library project, soap and porridge, takes to twitter
This project which took place in situ at Aylesbury Library has now moved to twitter. Local community groups and library users were asked: ‘What are your first and what might be your most lasting memories?’ by artist Tom Cross and writer Aoife Mannix. The project has now moved to Twitter @SoapPorridge sharing the original pieces that were created with further videos explaining the project in the pipeline. Tom is also asking people to send their first or most lasting memory either via twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This commission was part of a three-year project funded by the Rothschild Foundation, managed by Farnham Maltings who are working with Essex Cultural Diversity Project on this commission, in partnership with Buckinghamshire Libraries.