Dream it, Create it, Produce and Manage it
The Street Arts course encourages the creativity of the students to extend to the practice of creative production, to understand and practice the business side of their work to deliver their work effectively and with enterprise to the public. As a natural extension of making work outdoors and in unusual places, the students learn how to become managers and producers and to create environments in which their work can be seen by audiences that range from the small scale to the large scale spectacles. Skills include arts administration, programming, production skills, marketing and publicity and promotion and funding.
With our help and support, they build pathways to future employment developing creatively as producers, creators and performers in this vibrant and expanding sector of the creative industries and performing arts.
In January and February 2012, the street arts department welcome the international street arts company Periplum that will be resident at the University for the first four weeks of the new term in January 2012. Periplum have worked with the street arts students before creating the acclaimed Submarine Show in 2009 a site specific production at the National Submarine museum in Gosport that was funded by the Arts Council and the Hampshire County Council. This residency will be shared with the theatre management students, contemporary performance and drama students and students from the Journalism programme bringing an intriguing dimension to the very contemporary theme of the Art of Demonstration
Talks and workshops are planned in 2012 by Artistic Director Ali Pretty of Kinetika on Design and Street Arts. Ali has been recently asked by the V and A Museum in London to archive her work at the museum as recognition of a lifetime of work in carnival design
Street Arts Winter Academy
In March 2012, the Street Arts Winter Academy, a European conference that brings together key organisation teachers and trainers in Street Arts education and training will be held at Winchester. Out of this meeting is planned a set of proposals to inform national bodies and governmental bodies in Street arts education policies throughout Europe over the next decade. Invited organisations will include the British Council, the Arts Council, Circostrada, Fai Ar in Marseilles, Anna Munro Theatre in Slovenia and representatives from Germany and the Ministry of Culture in France.
University of Amiens and Zepa
In March 2012, students from the University of Winchester have been invited for the second year running to showcase their work at the University of Artois and in May 2012 to attend a workshop conference on Street arts and visual arts at the University of Amiens
All the students now belong to ZEPA the European network for Street Arts that helps fund the student visits to an array of activities in Northern Europe
In May 2012, a national conference on the theme of the Art of the Street is being organised that will invite academics, writers and practitioners to come together in a one day conference to talk and debate From the perspective of the street, papers are being invited on Street arts, the Art of Demonstration, architecture, space and performance, the domestication of the street miniaturisation, knitting the Street and lots more.
In May 2012, the third years will be organising their own festival to celebrate their work and there are plans to merge this with the Emerge festival.
Second year students studied at Le Fourneau Creation Centre in Brittany, France . They worked with La Compagnie n°8 developing work in the Companies style that the Company intends to develop in this coming year at the Hat Fair 2012 with the students
In June 2012, the Street Arts students have been invited to participate in a large scale project creating and operating huge Giants organised by Simon Chatterton and based in Newbury as part of the programmes policy to engage students with professional practice opportunities working with creative producers in the sector.
In June 2012, the Street Arts students are working with Dance students and Foundation Music students from the University to create a large community event in celebration of the Queens Jubilee. Expect stilt walkers, dancers and comedy walkabouts.
Examples of their involvement include:
Enigma at the Vault
In December 2011, the first year Street Arts students with some help from the second years and with direction from members of the third year created an evening's entertainment around the theme of Enigma at the Vault with the BA Theatre Management first years. The performance showcased the wide variety of the Street Arts students and included comedy, circus, stilt walking, fire juggling, break dancing, beat box, statues, visual design, dance percussion and music, UV spectacle and interactive walkabout.
In October 2011, Street Arts Lecturer Dr Olu Taiwo and two of the third year student travelled to Turkey where they were part of a European wide student event that brought together students and tutors new to street arts from over six European countries. Together they explored the ancient traditions of classical theatre and contemporary outdoor theatre performance. Studying and work shopping in the Roman amphitheatre sites, they developed work with the students of several countries that opened the way for future partnerships and projects across Europe.
In July 2011, second year students worked with the Catalan company Sarruga in Newbury helping to create and operate large mythical insect creations in a processional parade performance organised as a work experience internship with independent producer Simon Chatterton. Simon is responsible for producing some of the major outdoor arts festival in the UK and abroad including the Inside Out festival in Dorset. Giant insects swarmed through the streets of Newbury in a spectacular night-time parade featuring incredible bicycle-powered giant insects driven by the students with dramatic music and pyrotechnics.
Hat Fair, Larmertree, Street Jam and Parklife and Emerge Festivals
Between May and July 2011, third year students toured across southern England last summer performing with critical success at a range of festivals including the International Hat Fair in Winchester, Larmertree Festival in Wiltshire, Streetjam in Somerset, Parklife in Bracknell, Berkshire, Emerge Festival in Winchester and Eastleigh. Companies are now forming in the third year and are establishing pathways into professional practice this coming year. year.
The first year created an outdoor spectacle on the Campus as a celebration of their first terms work at the University. Bringing together fire sculptures, fire pois, percussion and installation art rapping and dance. They will be creating a contemporary street arts performance that celebrates the emergence and excitement of Street arts as an art form mixing traditions of celebratory art with more contemporary styles.