Emily Medley

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Updated Fun Palaces Illustration

Updated Fun Palaces Illustration

I've just completed an updated version of the Fun Palaces illustration I did in 2013. The new scenes depict the sort of activities that go on in the Fun Palaces, now that they have been running for several years. When I initially drew, the scenes were vaguer, either 'science' or 'art' or maybe a story telling. This time I had specific activities to draw on, as well as photographs. The Fun Palaces are continually evolving so I look forward to amending the image again in a few years time...

Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces

Yesterday I went to the Theatre Royal Stratford East for an inspiring open space session for Fun Palaces 2014. So what is a Fun Palace?

Based on Joan Littlewood (theatre maker) and Cedric Price’s  (architect) 1961 idea. It’s fun.  It’s a ‘university of the streets’ and ‘a laboratory of pleasure’.  A revolutionary venue, temporary and moveable, housing arts and sciences, welcoming children and adults, with courses in mechanics or childcare, encouraging political engagement and debate, making it possible to listen to a symphony or stare at the sky.

Yesterday was for for anyone or any company who was interested in this fantastic venture led by Stella Duffy and Sarah Jane Rawlings which aims to create a series of Fun Palaces across the UK to commemorate Joan Littlewood's centenary in October 2014. It's up to each company, each school, each University, each venue, each individual to do with it what they will, the Fun Palaces will be as varied as the locations, companies and individual artists themselves. 

Both Stella and Sarah Jane were completely wonderfully enthusiastic and inspirational - this has to work!! I really think it will - there were over 300 people there, some of whom had come from far reaches of the country, and they were equally enthusiastic and ideas were flying round the room.

I illustrated a generic Fun Palace for the meeting which was displayed on a huge screen for all to see...

Contact Stella via Twitter @stellduffy if you want to know more....

 

Comments

Pete

Pete

30. January, 2018 |

This is great - I love these dog stars cards

PManCat

PManCat

01. August, 2014 |

We're getting a cocker spaniel tomorrow that we are going to call Jarvis :-)

Antony Medley

Antony Medley

17. January, 2012 |

I'll grow one if you get rid of yours first.

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