The Vital Spark 2011 – 2015
The Model – The Aim – The Legacy – The Feedback
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- Works across artistic links and relies on and creates a collaborative effort within the community
- Brings professional and community artists together to explore from a creative catalyst,
- Facilitates the sharing of skills and raising of aspirations
- Offers workshops across art forms in community settings
- Uses the overview of who is involved and areas of interest to network people and groups with each others to pursue their own ideas and encourage independent leadership
- Lets one idea stimulate a whole range of other ideas and developments with a ripple out effect.
- Gathers up the work made after a period of time and set in the context of a fortnight of work shown and shared and celebration, placing the outcomes in community settings, such as cafes, venues, the street
The Vital Spark was originally set up to
To raise the profile and visibility of creative activity in the community Liskeard and the surrounding villages
To try a new collaborative approach across art forms and the town
Groups who have been involved include:
Sewing, weaving, poetry, writing, walking, history, dance, art appreciation, choirs and singing groups, Cornish Dance, musicians
The call and responses nature of the project has seen:
Writers responding to dance, musicians playing a painting, sewing groups stitching from photographs, new songs, plays, art and dance made.
Sustained activity including: Cornish Dance classes, writing groups, storytelling groups, Ukulele group walking groups, the development of Liskeard as a Walker Friendly status town, ACE funding to support Play it Again Theater Co. and an increased footfall and data base for the Liskerrett Community Centre.
Vital Spark is now a community run community interest group developing it’s own ideas for a creative community.
A Sample of Feedback
One thing I found impressive was the interaction between various local groups. For example, the community scarf arrived at last night’s ‘Speak Easy’, and was passed around during the evening and much enjoyed. I feel Vital Spark has facilitated and vastly improved communications and links within Liskeard’s diverse groups, and that there are signs that this will be ongoing. Paddy Hunter – writer/participant
Congratulations on the ‘Vital Spark Festival of Arts’! I was extremely impressed with your co-ordinating skills in putting together such a vibrant display of integrated Arts. Because of my association with Stuart House I was especially impressed with ‘Squalor’ and it’s innovative presentation. As a result of this production I’m convinced that there has been a huge increase in the number of people who now recognise the contribution that Henry Rice made to the town! Well done on all your hard work! John Batey – Stuart House
The first Saturday of the festival fortnight there was a significant increase in visitors and sales, and lots of positive comments about the town. Nicky Harwood – Jelly Pebbles shop
How successful VS has been again this year in bringing various groups together. For example, there were a lot of new faces at our Evening of Words Vital Spark continues to be a wonderful creative umbrella under which all sorts of people make connections and create work. Where else would you find a belly dancing group performing to an original, live score for the harp?
Working with dancers & other writers in the Dancing onto the Page workshops was a joy and inspiration. As was the opportunity to write for the Squalor promenade performance – so exciting to see & hear my words brought to life by actors – a real thrill. – Jackie Taylor – Herodsfoot webworks.
You’ve really got a great thing going! This has been a revitalizing and uplifting experience. All in all, thank you to you Lois, for being a guiding light in brightening up Liskeard and encouraging the faint hearted to participate! –Hella Tovar /participant
Taking part in The Vital Spark gave us an increased sense of ‘belonging’ to a group which often seems very disparate and the pleasure of taking part in a ‘whole’ work which has some kind of meaning, rather than just learning routines. It was moving, emotional difficult rewarding and exciting.
It brought us together drawing on our different forms of creativity to make a multi media event. We went on quite a deep reaching journey connecting to our roots but also with a view to looking to the future
I personally feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of working with a choreographer, this choreographer, to take part in the creative process. I love working with Lois who has the gift of drawing out the dancer in each of us. I think we all felt as though this work ‘belonged’ to us in a very real sense, and were grateful to Lois who enabled it to happen. Feedback from Continuumn older dancers group.