Winter Warmer

 centred Winter Warmer on a sparky orange background
 
An annual event to bring together old and new collaborators and friends – the Winter Warmer - this year developed with the volunteer tour guides and the tour at the heart. The event was also our first public outing under our new name centred. The event was developed through providing a British Sign Language interpreted tour and a preparatory workshop facilitated by Jay Bernard. Themes of heritage, deaf LGBTQ experience and arts activism ran through it, plus the year 1974, when conceivably five of the tour characters might have met and shared a conversation: Josephine Baker, Jackie Kay, Muriel Belcher, Carmel Stuart, and Joan Armatrading.
The workshop culminated in showcasing five short films by Zinzi Minott, Hakeem Kazeem, John Haylett, Ian Urqhart, Anita Castelino and Josetta Malcolm; all shot by film maker Hayley Reid. Barbara Grey conceived a group origami exercise: ‘finding your inner butterfly’, which created colourful moments of intense community engagement in action! Sixty five attendees were introduced to David Ellington for the first time, who performed a short piece from Othello; David won Best Director at the Milan Deaf Film Festival 2012. Mickel Smitten performed a phenomenal dance piece about space, which was BSL and visually interpreted. A 1974 sound track developed by Tim Aldcroft added to a sense of time, space and moments captured.
 
Photograph of a group of attendees at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson
 
“I would like to go to more events where my access needs are so seamlessly met”…
 
Photograph of a group of attendees at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson
 
”afterwards I though, those cultural events can so easily be inclusive for everyone with a little flexible imagination”
 
Photograph of poet Jay Bernard performing at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson; Jay Bernard reading ‘Lunch with Dorothea’
 
Photograph of a group of attendees at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson
 
Photograph of Mickel Smitten performing a dance piece at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson; Mickel Smitten performing ‘Space’
 
Photograph of attendees at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson
 
Photograph of David Ellington performing a dramatic piece based on Othello in British Sign Language at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson; David Ellington performing a piece based on Othello
 
Photograph of attendees at the Winter Warmer taken by Mike Watson
Photo by Mike Watson
 
“What a beautiful caring, safe, stimulating experience”

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 19:00 to 21:30