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The Art of Attachment is an arts based project led by local substance misuse charity, Brighton Oasis Project, in partnership with acclaimed artists, Lemn Sissay and Charlotte Vincent. The project involves an exciting programme of research and creative activity funded by Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England and seeks to explore individual experiences of attachment, an area that is of increasing importance in the fields of substance misuse, mental health and children’s services.
Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) brings 20 years experience working with women who have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol misuse, as well as children and young people who have been affected by substance misuse in the family.
The project invites BOP clients as well as member of in the wider community to participate in workshops and events run by poet Lemn Sissay and choreographer/director Charlotte Vincent of Vincent Dance Theatre (VDT) as well as other artists including filmmaker, Becky Edmunds and painter, Oscar Romp and illustrator, Laura Bissonet.
The Art of Attachment will culminate in a live performance by Vincent Dance Theatre which will be shown on 18th October 2018 at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts. Lemn Sissay will also perform a new poem written for the Art of Attachment Project at this event and there will be a permanent installation of Lemn’s poem within the city of Brighton and Hove.
“The Art of Attachment is an inclusive project which acknowledges the resilience of women and children affected by substance misuse. It offers an opportunity for our clients and other groups in the community to participate in the arts and to have their voices heard”
Jo-Anne Welsh, Director, Brighton Oasis Project
Lemn Sissay MBE, poet/writer/playwright, is Chancellor of the University of Manchester an associate artist at London’s Southbank Centre. Lemn was the first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics and has an MBE for services to literature. Lemn grew up in the care system and often draws on his difficult childhood experiences through his work. He is renowned for nurturing new writers and especially those who are care leavers, enabling them to go on to a life of creativity.
In October, Lemn Sissay visited BOP to lead two poetry workshops for children, young people and adults. We are currently planning another session with Lemn for the summer.
Charlotte Vincent is a choreographer/director who formed Vincent Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1994 and has directed all the company’s work to date. Led by ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today (The Observer)’, VDT produce powerful dance theatre work on stage, on film and online challenging conventional values in dance and gender politics. VDT is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England, recently nominated for Best Independent Company in the National Dance Awards 2017.
Charlotte is currently designing and delivering practical, creative workshops for children and adults who access support from BOP, to reflect on their life experiences, their attachments and relationships, identifying hopeful ways forward. Charlotte Vincent has been collaborating with participants through workshops and activities that will give rise to movement, text, film and recorded conversation.
Film maker Becky Edmunds is exploring alternative methods of story telling working with clients and professionals at BOP to make a film about attachment.
Painter Oscar Romp has documented workshops by making live drawings, to capture the action as Lemn Sissay and Charlotte Vincent work with BOP adults and children.
Illustrator Laura Bissonet has met with BOP’s attachment based parenting groups – Mellow Bumps, Mellow Parenting and Boppers, as well as making drawings during outdoor creative sessions with Young Oasis. Her work is soon to be shown in our Art of Attachment Exhibition at the Jubilee Library, 21 May – 3 June.