UCA Farnham at Glastonbury Festival

 

UCA stand in the main drag at Glastonbury 2010

UCA stand in the main drag at Glastonbury 2010

As part of our artist in residence (A.I.R) at UCA, fellow jeweller Kirsty Alman and I were invited to run Recycled Jewellery workshops at UCA Farnham’s stand at Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts2010. Although I have been to Glastonbury a number of times before, this would be the first I would have to work at this amazing festival…very different to previous experiences. 

The UCA stand offered daily documentary screenings, hands on craft trials, interactive artworks and of course information on all of their art, design and media courses.  An interesting alternative to the usual marketing methods employed by most universities.

It also provided free internet access and phone charging facilities, a chill-out area, plus nightly screenings of films by UCA graduates. The UCA stand was sponsored by Apple and had nine iPods to give away to the most creative works produced by the public during the Festival. A number of these were awarded for the best recycled jewellery item:

 

The youngest recycled jewellery winner of an iPod

The youngest recycled jewellery winner of an iPod

Highlights included: a bullet rig (to create your own scene from The Matrix using 30 special cameras); a photo studio (where festival-goers could glam themselves up to become a model or have a go at being a photographer); recycled jewellery workshops to create your own unique designs from littered items at Glastonbury; oversized weaves which grew into works of art as the festival went on; and, interactive canvases where people made their own mark with a paint-brush. 

Friday night's recycled jewellery workshop at Glastonbury 2010

Friday night’s recycled jewellery workshop at Glastonbury 2010

Kirsty and I ran the workshops at the front of the stand which was in the main market drag so had a lot of continual passing traffic. I was really pleased that so many people of all ages stopped to participate in making a recycled keepsake from the festival. I am very grateful that 2010′s 40th birthday Glastonbury festival was a beautiful and sunny one.

Glastonbury_Kirsty with her recycled materials hair piece

Glastonbury_Kirsty with her recycled materials hair piece

Please see the following links for highlights:

Photos

Video

Workshops UCA blog:

Wednesday 

Friday 

Sunday 

 



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