We are returning to Newhaven to run another Drama Project for people with learning disabilities.
This time, we will be bringing some of the Charleston paintings to life through drama.
The project will be taking place over seven consecutive Thursday afternoons.
For more information about the project, please look at this: Charleston Drama Project – Publicity for Recruitment
To book a place on this course, please contact Mark Richardson on 01323 815142 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday the 5th February 2019 we held an immersive conversation at Charleston around the Coco Table in the new Threshing Barn, in partnership with Take The Space
With guest speakers KUCHENGA and Bee Tajudeen, Zanele Muholi’s photographic exhibition ‘Faces and Phases’ was the backdrop to our conversation exploring blackness, gender fluidity and freedom of voice.
This is our Event record
A group of 13 local LGBTQ+ people worked together at Charleston to explore the House, Garden, and surrounding South Downs landscape with photography and words. They created a beautifully imagined Zine. Participants worked together, facilitated by Mark Richardson, to draw inspiration from Charleston’s Small Wonder short story festival, the history of the Bloomsbury Group at Charleston and Orlando at the present time – the first exhibition in our newly-built galleries. They worked with invited queer writers Juliet Jacques, Shivanee Ramlochan and Neil Bartlett who talked about their creative processes. Please click on this link to read the Zine: Unexpected Delights Zine
Some members of this group will be joining others from the local LGBTQ+ community to create a new LGBTQ+ Forum that will advise Charleston on future planning and programming, to ensure that a queer voice is present and visible across all of our work here. Our first meeting will be in December 2018 in Lewes. Please contact Mark Richardson (details below) if you would like further information or would like to join this group.
During October 2018, we worked with a group of 10 people with learning disabilities in Newhaven at The Hillcrest Centre on Thursday afternoons. We used the many statues that are around Charleston’s garden to create stories that we brought to life using dance and drama. The project culminated in a visit to Charleston, with a celebratory tea in the newly restored Threshing Barn.
We really hope to run more projects for people with learning disabilities in Newhaven during 2019 – watch this space!
We are working with diverse groups from Brighton and Newhaven, offering them a Charleston visitor experience and asking them the question “How can Charleston be useful to you and your community?”. So far we have worked with the Older People’s Group from LGBT Switchboard in Brighton and the Newhaven SEN Parent and Carers Support Network. There will be more to follow!
Programme announced February 2019. Join as a Friend for priority booking
Queer Bloomsbury presents an LGBTQ+ day of celebration and the launch of our new queer house tours.