Monthly Archives: May 2013

Exchanges: Sculpture and dance in dialogue

‘Exchanges’ is a programme of educational opportunities to explore dialogue between visual art and performance.  Dancers from 2BU, Pavilion Dance South West and Hampshire Youth Dance company came together to explore sculptures at Roche Court, forming the starting point for new improvisational performance. This culminated in a student showcase and presentation at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth on the 14th April.  The project was extremely successful and plans are already underway to develop the dialogue further into 2014.

“I’m delighted with the outcomes of the Exchanges project.  Not only has it brought together two youth dance companies to share their creative ideas and learning journeys, but it has also given our young dancers an opportunity to work with sculpture for the first time.  Our visit to the Roche Court Trust’s Sculpture Park was truly inspiring and the impact it had on our young people is evident in the high quality dance work they have produced since.  The sculptures they saw were so much more than a simple initial stimulus; they became the core and purpose of their dance work and they returned to the themes that emerged from the scuptures to reinterpret them over and over again”. Sophie Amstell, Programme Director, Hampshire Dance

Sarah Pickstone Workshops

On Tuesday 30th April Artist, Sarah Pickstone led creative workshops to explore the themes of her exhibition at Roche Court. 

Figurescapes was an opportunity for students to view Sarah Pickstone’s exhibition and to explore the sculpture at Roche Court through drawing. All the drawings and ideas were gathered together to create a concertina book at the end of the workshop.  By walking, discussing and drawing in the Sculpture Park, students explored the unique space of the garden and the creative stimulus it has been for many writers such as Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath depicted by Sarah Pickstone’s paintings in ‘The Writers Series’ at Roche Court.

“Thank you so much for giving the students such a valuable experience – seeing the sculptures in such a beautiful setting was enough in itself; but to work with an artist and discuss their work with them, gives the students’ a real insight!” Rosemary Scott Assistant Centre Manager,  Andover Education Centre.