Dancing with the Orange Dog is the story of two people trying to connect through the stories that other people have told them. Using theatre, dance, music, photography, visual arts, film and animation this is an intimate and quirky evening about stories; why we tell them and why we sometimes turn them into shaggy dogs.
The production offers audiences a unique experience as the work is presented in 3 parts, An Art Exhibition followed by a Theatre Production and finished with a set of live music by The Housekeeping Society (The album Songs from the Orange Dog can be heard here.)
Whilst each part of the evening works as a standalone experience for the audience they are also intricately woven together through narrative, themes, visuals and art forms; collectively creating a greater whole and richer understanding of the story told.
Dancing with the Orange Dog was funded by the Arts Council and made in partnership with 3 venues; ARC, Stockton; The Lowry, Salford Quays and The Theatre in the Mill, Bradford. It was performed in February 2013.
A Common Thread is a large scale 120m image based art intervention installed in Sheffield, with a view to celebrating the people who live and work in the Spital Hill and Burngreave area of the city.
154 artists Richard Hanson and Fabric Lenny worked closely with the local community to document and develop ideas and imagery which formed the final work.
The project involved the photographing of hundreds of local people, with many of them appearing in the final piece, alongside playful imagery inspired by the concept of a common thread running through the community.
A Common Thread has provided a welcome visual intervention on a popular commuter route both in an out of the City. A Common Thread was commissioned by Sheffield City Council, and was installed in May 2013.
This exciting Public Art project, commissioned by Beam and Barnsley Community Solutions will see the installation of a series of interventions at Goldthorpe Health Centre in South Yorkshire. The development of the work has been grounded in community engagement work throughout Goldthorpe, including sessions at the Library, the Youth Centre and the Health Centre itself .
The final work will include bespoke seating embellished with collected memories and phrases, a framed original painting and a plaque commemorating a fictional local character.
Due to be installed September 2013
Where it all began. The 154 Exhibition was commissioned by Barnsley Museums and Galleries with the aim of creating an eclectic body of work celebrating the similarities between the boroughs of Barnsley and Newham as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The project culminated in a rich exhibition of artwork which covered a wide range of disciplines, complimented by a series of artist led workshops developed and delivered by members of the 154 Collective.
The exhibition ran from June to September 2012.