FADT and Space 2 Leeds
Phil Ashby and Sarah Larkin from our recovery group "Risen" represented FADT at Space 2's "Lost in Translation" in Leeds. Here is Phil's blog of the event.....
"At Inkwell creative studio arts centre in Potternewton Lane Leeds we turned up and Space 2 were really excited that we had come. There was a lot of people and it's was a well attended event. On display was work commissioned by Space 2 from artists Kevin Hickson, Tony Stephenson,Michelle Scally Clarke and Gary Clarke. They had started exploring how in the local area there was a lot of rubbish building up on the streets. There were re-occurring themes that emerged of isolation, vulnerability, protection and suffocation
There was a collection of 5 films all relating to the subject. A montage of the area, with Art work, buildings within the community, using props like, plastic, string. Set to interesting music scores composed by "Coal" with an Electro vibe.
One film featured FADT dancers. They had captured the footage of myself and Lyndsey Thomas (professional dancer) at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in December. The footage had been manipulated to further explore the theme, using artwork and a sculpture of a wheelie bin set on fire.
Sarah was really inspired by the exhibition and went away buzzing, leading to loads of ideas and creative writing. The exhibition was very loose, which was thought provoking and you could take your own journey with it. A really positive experience."
FADT asked Phil - what did this experience mean for you?
"It was the first time I worked with a pro dancer, a set, I did some contact lifts which has helped develop my dance practice. Using a the theme to explore made me think about different possibilities to explore in dance, and how we can address different social issues.
I was in awe of NSCD. Amazing to visit new places, meet new people, push yourself out of your comfort zone."
Advice to others:
"I learnt even if you fear something if you do step out you'll have amazing experiences and you'll be alright!
Having unique experiences gives you confidence, inspiration, and helps you move forward in recovery and life!"