Farmhouse Fellow, Tina Reid describes her recent experience at Kaleidoscope 2012 Carnival, an opportunity made possible through her Fellowship at Digswell Arts Trust…
“I applied for the opportunity to work with Carnival artists Paul Smith and Simon Tipping from Festive Road. Two artists from Digswell were chosen, myself and Jo Taylor. I wanted to get some experience in running workshops and to do something that was totally different to the way I usually work. I wasn’t disappointed.
“I had never worked with brightly coloured foam, recycled bottles and shiny stuff that would generally be sent to landfill. I learnt how to use these materials in a low tech way (threading, tying, taping). The results where exciting, immediate and ideally suited to encouraging people with no or little art experience to have a go making things.
“Working with three amazing artists Simon, Paul and fellow Digswell artist Jo Taylor was a treat. We took our new skills into local schools and community projects with a series of workshops. The children and young people involved created objects ranging from shakers, colourful sticks to large structures including a bus and two olympic queens.
“A carnival workshop was run on the day of the festival with the chance to make a hat, medal or carnival attire. All the hard work everyone put in paid off. It was the wettest festival ever, but the sun showed its face for Kaleidoscope’s first carnival!
“I would like to thank Digswell Arts Trust for the opportunity to work with Kaleidoscope Festival. I would also like to thank on behalf of the Digswell Arts Trust and fellows, Welwyn Hatfield County Councillors who supported the carnival through Locality Budget Scheme, Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust for their sponsorship and Festive Road, Kaleidoscope Enterprises and all the other groups and volunteers that took part. It was a great day.”