Sunday, June 23, 2013

Human Bat Walk - Fruit Route - Loughborough University

As the public gathered for artist activist Anne-Marie Culhane’s ecological bat walk artist Paul Conneally initiated a Human Bat Walk utilising splacist artist and ofttime collaborator Nikki Pugh’s bat goggles. People were invited to wear the sonar bat goggles and experience the orchard space as human bats using only echo location. After this they set out to walk the campus in darkness and meet Loughborough University’s real bat population.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jumping for Joy - Fruit Routes - Conneally and Culhane June 2013

During 'In Your Hands',  the performative installation by artist activists Paul Conneally and Anne-Marie Culhane, we find Mika Obara jumping for joy for Japan in the nettle te leaves at the bottom of her tea bowl.

'In Your Hands' saw the public invited by Conneally and Culhane to join them for wild tea, scones, jam, clotted cream and tasseography, reading the te leaves, in one of the orchards planted as part of Culhane's long term piece for Loughborough University Sustainability Team, 'FRUIT ROUTES'.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

New Century Works - Interventions and Works

Paul Conneally & Maurice Maguire

Coming soon a new series of interventions and works at Snibston Discovery Museum

Lionheart by Shauna Richardson - Worlds Largest Crochet Sculpture

LIONHEART is the world’s largest crocheted sculpture. 

It's by Leicestershire artist Shauna Richardson and features three huge lions in a glass cage.

It is on exhibition at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, Leicestershire, the home of Transform, for the rest of 2013.

Visit the museum but also Coalville itself, a town of real character.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Picture Bar - Measham - Annie Holland's Palace of Light

The Picture Bar at Measham is built on the final resting site of Annie Holland’s famous fairground attraction The Palace of Light.
Annie Holland toured with her Palace of Light Bioscope Cinematograph Show. Mrs Annie Holland was one of ten women who travelled a fairground cinematograph in the early 20th century. Hers was described as the biggest and brightest on the road.
The Holland family presented both the Palace of Light and Wonderland, which was travelled by Annie’s son Albert. Arthur Fay writing as Southdown in the World’s Fair in the 1930s provides an interesting account of the type of performance the exhibitors presented. In April 1912 when the news of the sinking of the Titanic broke, a Gaumont Film Company newsreel was shown of the event. To accompany the film of the disaster, the Holland family arranged a musical sketch which incorporated tunes such as Afloat on the Ocean Blue, Ship’s Bell Rings, The Sailor’s Two Step, Crash, An Iceberg, Excitement on Board, Lowering the Boats, Women and Children First, and finished with Nearer my God to Thee and Chopin’s Funeral March. The February issue of World’s Fair in 1936 includes a description of a bill used by the Holland family and provides us with a guide to the admission charges which range from 3d up to 6d. Both shows continued to travel until the outbreak of the First World War, when the Palace of Light was settled permanently at Measham by James Holland where it continued to present moving pictures whilst the permanent cinema was constructed around it.