BA Hons History of Art and Design student Sally Lawrence on being on placement at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
On 5th May 2018, a very rousing new exhibition opened at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Corita Kent: Get with the action uses film, her personal correspondence and screen prints, including some that have never before been shown in Britain, to explore the life and work of this fascinating lady. Corita Kent (1918-1986) was an American Roman Catholic Nun, teacher and artist who believed in the power of art to create a sense of togetherness and to elicit social change. She worked in America in the 1960s and was heavily influenced by Pop Art, particularly by the work of Andy Warhol. This year at Ditchling, Corita has influenced a very exciting new project.
I recently had the opportunity to undertake a placement at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft as part of my degree, for the second year ‘Behind the Scenes’ module. I arrived at a particularly busy time: they were not only preparing their brilliant new exhibition (Fig 1.), but they were also embarking on a very innovative project, inspired by Corita Kent, that involved creating a piece of art and design that inspires and explores notions of belonging. Designer Morag Myerscough, with the help of a plethora of school, community and university groups, put together a travelling bandstand (see Fig. 2), which will help bring communities together through art and music. Myerscough’s bandstand is topped with a crown of placards designed by groups including the University of Brighton, DV8 in Bexhill, Diverse Crawley and Ditchling Primary School. With each new location the bandstand will have a new crown (see Fig. 3) that represents the local community and will host different performers each location.
Where the bandstand will be this summer:
19th-20thMay- Brighton Festival, Your Place, Hangleton
26th-27thMay- Brighton Festival, Your Place, East Brighton
7th-9thJune- South of England Show
4th-10thJuly Crawley Festival
22nd-27thAugust- Newhaven Festival of Belonging
1st-9thSeptember- Coastal Current Arts Festival, Hastings
17th– 23rdSeptember- Ditchling.
You can also see more of Morag Myerscough’s work in a display at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, alongside Corita Kent: Get with The Action, until 14th October 2018.