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To tie in Gaia’s visit to Chelmsford, October’s Ignite Social looks at Mother Earth in partnership with Writtle University College.
About this event
Every second Thursday, we host a social meet-up with creative inspiration and an opportunity to connect and learn how we can support one another’s work.
This month we hear from three creatives who’s work cuts across the world of culture and climate change — providing space and time for us reflect on and discuss one of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Joanne Ooi, EA Festival Entrepreneurial founder of EA Festival, a showcase in East Anglia for creative leaders in literature, media, art, environment and music. Joanne will share her vision for EA Sustain. A new festival where culture meets environment. With programming ‘edifies, inspires and activates, while acknowledging the challenges specific to achieving sustainability jn rural areas’. Spanning everything from food and farming, rewilding, the state of our seas, eco fashion and more.
Daniel and Clara Since meeting in 2010 Daniel & Clara have dedicated themselves to a shared life of creative exploration, working across moving image, photography, performance, installation and correspondence art.
Daniel and Clara will talk about how they use themselves and their life together as their material. Their work explores the nature of subjective experience, perception and reality. Set against the backdrop of the British landscape, their work presents narratives of psychological disorientation and the human creature in crisis.
Image: An image from Revisiting, a video from 2019 by Daniel and Clara
This event is bought to you in partnership with Writtle University College, who are developing a new MA Environment and Creative Practice, for students who want to engage with the most pressing ecological questions of our time in creative and transformative ways, encompassing the wellbeing of humans, animals and plants.
Gaia, the inspiration for this months theme, is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring six metres in diameter, it will be suspended, two metres up, giving visitors an opportunity to see the earth as astronauts see it from space and will fill the nave of Chelmsford Cathedral. Artist Luke Jerram hopes that visitors will be inspired, seeing our planet in a new way and that the installation will give people an opportunity to reflect on its vulnerability.
Cashless bar with soft and alcoholic drinks. Beer supplied by our friends at Chelmsford Brewery.
How to find the venue: Patch is in the old Chop Bloc space, just off the High Street, by the escalator entrance to Debenhams, and next to Nandos. Google maps: 51.732628, 0.475775
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We believe creativity thrives in a warm, open, and encouraging environment where everybody is welcome. We are passionate about helping Chelmsford realise its ambition as a city of creativity and innovation.
If you work, volunteer, or study in the creative and cultural industries in Chelmsford, have skills in field of work that you think could bring out the best in Chelmsford’s cultural identity – or are simply interested in supporting this work, we would love you to join our community.