Sod Off offers 6 creative weekends over 6 months from February 2014 to engage, inspire and ignite peoples living in London to tell their stories of place, race and heritage; sod also refers to the earth we came from. Creative Weekends will bring participants through a journey of storytelling via creative writing, poetry, music, performance, dance, sculpture, photography and video, resulting in a festival including an end show, open space and exhibition. SOD Offs’ aim is to produce an archive of personal stories from across London through creative arts practice, inspiring a cross-fertilization of ideas and creative practices.
The collaborative weekends will consist of 2 full days offering exercises, processes and experiments into storytelling through arts practice. Led by a collaborative group of artists, the two days will bring participants through a series of artistic activity developing their stories. The project aims to engage members of the community from all walks of life, in order to offer a series of free artistic workshops, creating access to artistic learning and expression.
Each creative weekend will have a team of artists working together in order to structure the workshop according to theme, whilst using participants’ stories as the main content. Their planning and structuring of each workshop will be a continuation of the previous workshops outcome and look to developing each individual’s story through processes, exercises and experimentation in their field.
As part of Sod Offs program to offer public artistic activity it aims to work with both emerging and established artists looking to develop their practice by developing workshops for public. The project is geared towards broadening artistic endeavor by offering artists involved in running workshops the opportunity to attend the all other workshops. This is to improve and advance skills exchange.
Not only offering each weekend workshop in a variety of artistic practices, Sod Offs’ main goal is to act as a arena for the development of artistic activity within communities across London by sharing personal stories, becoming a vehicle for creative social change, whilst contemporaneously archiving life in London.
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