Don’t worry about where to start, take a deep breath, and begin…
A lovely and lively performance from the Ukulele Ladies this afternoon as they launched the exhibition of their own artworks and the book which supports the project.
Lydia introduced the ladies and all the artists who have helped to bring this project to it’s wonderful finale this afternoon. Jemma Bagley also introduced the exhibition which she has curated and Mellow Baku explained how the songs came into life. Then the ladies took over and played us some of their wonderful songs, with much of the audience joining in.
The Book is a collection of the ladies artworks, created during the Monday art sessions with Khush Nubian, Nita Nathwani and Jemma Bagley, with the songs printed alongside which have been written by the ladies with Mellow Baku and Rebecca Percival. The project has inspired some amazing work, songs inspiring artworks and vice versa. All of the work is currently on display at Peepul Enterprise, be sure to get over to see it in person. You can see a selection of the work below but there is much more to see…
This has been such an amazing project, I am so grateful to have been a part of it. I have met some amazing people. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this project a reality. I look forward to any future projects with anticipation and excitement…
The Monday creative sessions are now finished with Khush Nubian. During the final sessions Khush worked with ladies from the Coffee Morning Baheno group to create a patchwork banner. Regular LALU participants also worked together to create a Look A Lady Ukulele banner.
“Each patchwork square is as individual as the person who made it”
The banners will be displayed with the other artworks created to accompany the lyrics of the songs written by the LALU project members with Mellow Baku.
Jemma is also busy framing up work created with Khush in her first block of workshops ready for the end of project exhibition and celebration evening in mid June.
Even though the Monday classes have now finished the Thursday sessions will continue with Lydia from 2pm till 4pm.
We would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part in this pilot project. Also don’t forget to watch this space for news on the exhibition of artworks that have been created over the year and for the consequent book that will feature images of the artworks as well as the lyrics for the songs written by the ladies with our lovely Mellow Baku.
“Thank you for following us on our musical and artistic journey!”
Khush and the ladies have been progressing well with their latest workshops.
Using the songs they have written with Mellow as inspiration the ladies are creating fabric banners which will go in the exhibition coming soon along with all the other art works created by the ladies.
Last Thursday saw the last of musician and singer Mellow Baku’s ukulele session with the ladies. Here’s what she had to say…
“A Wonderful Week of Workshops. My last LookALadyUkulele Session (for now) Thanks so much to Project LALU Ladies for beautiful goodbye card and amazing gifts”
“I’ve loved being part of such a great project”
Thank you Mellow for all your amazing hard work, we hope to meet and work with you again very soon.
This Monday the 21st March saw the last session that Nita Nathwani ran for the project. We asked her to extend her session for the last few so that she could spend some time with the Coffee Morning Group. The group have made tiles and other 3d items that represents them individually. Nita asked them to express themselves, what surrounds them, the familiar, what makes them happy. The tiles are filled with patterns and motifs special to the ladies in the group.The LALU group that follows on from the Coffee Morning Group on a Monday have also made tiles and vessels.
They started off by collecting snippets of collage and drawing in a specially made personal sketchbook. These little collections influenced the design of the ceramic items.
The tiles will be mounted onto blocks for exhibition once the project has ended. Thanks to Nita for helping the participants to create such a beautiful and individual set of work for the project. We got some very positive feedback from everyone about the ceramic experiences.
After the bank holiday break we welcome back fine artist Khush Nubian. She will run the last block of this pilot project and the materials will change from ceramics to textiles and collage. Thats the 4th April for the start of the final block. Please email tim Sayers email@example.com for more info or just come along on the day we start at 1pm and finish at 3pm the sessions are free including all materials. Work produced during the sessions will be exhibited at Peepul Enterprises in June and then toured around Leicester until the end of the year.
Our lovely Khushi ladies have been featured in a new blog created by our very own Jemma Bagley …
It’s a beautiful post with stunning images.
To find out what the Khushi ladies get up to on a Thursday afternoon after Ukulele check out Jemma’s first post here …
Welcome back to the start of a very busy new year.
So far Jemma Bagley has run the art sessions on Mondays, helping the ladies create some beautiful artworks based on their song ‘Springtime’. As you can guess the pieces are so very bright and fresh they really inspire the soul. Each piece has been screen printed with lines from the song.
Back with us again in February is our lovely Nita Nathwani, running ceramic workshops.
More on the art sessions soon …
Ukulele workshops take place every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm at the Peepul Enterprise, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DP.
If you would like to join the group please email interim project manager Jemma Bagley at firstname.lastname@example.org
All creative art workshops are FREE to attend and take place on Mondays from 1pm to 3pm at the Peepul Enterprise, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DP
If you would like to take part please don’t hesitate to drop into the centre, or you can email interim project manager Jemma Bagley email@example.com