Involuntary Park’s first White Night event a big success – “Portslade has never been so magical”

White Night 2011 – what a fabulous night we’ve had here at Involuntary Park in Portslade – Where Fox and Hare say Goodnight to Each Other! Thank you thank you thank you to everybody who helped make it such a success and pull off the near-impossible!!! Full credits, thanks, pics etc coming up soon here on AntlerVision & on our Facebook pages. Meanwhile, from a happy audience member: “What a treat … Involuntary Park’s ‘Where Fox and Hare say Goodnight to Each Other’ Portslade has never been so magical.” What more could we ask? Greetings my Deers, your friendly Involuntary Park Rangers, CiCi & Johanna

 White Night 2011 in Portslade – In the glow of the Deer Disco. Photo: Nicky Cambridge


Happy 1st Birthday Involuntary Park! Plus – IP’s Summer ‘Break’

June 2011 – Involuntary Park is 1 year old and evolving … new directions, developments, projects & collaborations – keep an eye on AntlerVision for latest news.

Meanwhile, in July & August we’ll be taking a summer ‘break’ – Johanna is off to New York to present at an education conference & to check out NY’s urban involuntary landscapes, while CiCi is busy with project research and curating a whole month of Expanded Dance & Public Space programs for Movement 12. See you in September!

THE EXCHANGE – list of FREE workshops now online

THE EXCHANGE – poster design by the wonderful

Parliament of Feathers

Involuntary Park has curated THE EXCHANGE at BLANK Gallery & Studios in Portslade. Take advantage of the FREE workshops on offer and swap them for something you can offer in return. Just browse the list, choose a workshop, put your name down on the list and come to BLANK to register your exchange. THE EXCHANGE is open every weekend in May from 11 to 5 at BLANK, 108 North Street, Portslade, BN411DG

FOR A LIST OF WORKSHOPS ON OFFER SO FAR, DATES AND TIMES PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK: List of Workshops at THE EXCHANGE . More workshops are being added every day, so please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.

You can sign up for workshops on this online list but will need to register at BLANK Studios too on the day.

 How to ‘pay’ for a workshop at THE EXCHANGE:

Volunteering: Help in the cafe (manning the cafe, washing up, etc), invigilating the artists’ studios, etc

Performing: This one would be relevant to musicians, poets, theatre people, dancers, etc., to help animate the Deer Feeding Station cafe with short performances, interventions, readings, dances and more, sprinkled in liberally over the day – just let your imagination roam.

Facilitating a workshop, or giving a talk or demonstration: It can be anything from one-to-one to small or large groups, for whatever length of time you feel comfortable with. It doesn’t need to be ‘artistic’ – we welcome any skill that can be shared, particularly domestic or practical skills, special interests or knowledge from any field. Just run it by us and we’ll most likely say yes!

Or other: Contributing essential information or advice, donating or loaning us something we need, etc.

Money: You are more than welcome to make a donation as sponsorship for the project if you wish, but as a payment option we try to make it ‘the last resort’.

If you would like to offer a workshop or other skill at THE EXCHANGE, please first register your offer with us at , and on the day, we will give you an ANTLERCARD plus a stamp for each skill offered. You can then redeem each stamp for a workshop of your choice during THE EXCHANGE.

HOUSE Festival 2011 – preview program now online

Brighton HOUSE Festival 2011- brochure

Involuntary Park’s project THE EXCHANGE is part of HOUSE Festival, Brighton’s annual contemporary visual arts festival, which will go live online on 29th April 2011. In the meantime you can preview the HOUSE 2011 festival programme by clicking here – it’s looking fabulous! We are the first event featured, see pages 4 & 5 …

From the HOUSE Festival website:

HOUSE takes place in small galleries and domestic sites throughout Brighton and Hove. Drawing together contemporary, experimental artists and curators from the city, the region and beyond, HOUSE brings a new cultural experience to the city during May, offering the best that the contemporary visual arts have to offer.

This year’s festival will cover the four weekends of May:

May 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th, 21st & 22nd and 28th & 29th

Brochures will be available from 28th April at designated brochure pick-up points, including the Dome box office, Brighton and Hove libraries, stations and tourist centers, as well as all HOUSE and AOH festival venues.

Look out for HOUSE / AOH leaflet maps available citywide from the middle of April.

HOUSE brings a rich mix of diverse and innovative new work to the Brighton Festival season and may challenge your preconceptions of what visual art can be.

If you would like to book tickets for any of the HOUSE 2011 Artists Talks and events events, please click on this link, or phone at 01273 709709, or buy tickets in person at the Dome Box Office, 29 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG.

The Exchange @ BLANK every weekend in May

The first one of our Portslade projects has been commissioned by HOUSE as part of Brighton Festival’s events and will take place at BLANK every weekend in May:


We think the time is right for FREE things:

FREE painting

FREE film

FREE knitting

Are You Ready for it?

All of Portslade has been declared an involuntary park.

The only currency valid here is skill (any skill) and the only place to redeem it is at THE EXCHANGE. Neither an exhibition nor a performance piece but a Pay-What-You-Earn-and-Sponsor-some-ART, artist run Cafe and a workshop the size of a building. Come and hang out at The Deer Feeding Station, take part in an Involuntary Fashion trail, make a giant Knitted Deer, record your own Sound Nugget, paint an Urban Hunting scene …

We aim to discover the hidden talents of Portslade by opening up our gallery and studio spaces to the community. Come and swap something YOU can do for something we can do. ‘No skill is too big or too small. Everything is a currency we can exchange…’

Participants include: Monica Crowe, Katie Blackwell & friends from The Goodwill Co-op at Emmaus, Mike Weatherley MP, Lorette Mackie of Portslade Community Forum, Parliament of Feathers Screen printers, Josie Jeffery of Seedfreedom, plus BLANK artists Libby Davy, Carolina Diaz, Rosie Holmes, Lorenza Ippolito, Romily Meredith; Chris Shaw-Hughes; Jo Shapland, Amy Smith, EvaWeaver and Tamsin Williams.

Blank artists will open their studios every weekend throughout May during The Exchange.

Full list of workshops and times will appear here soon. In the meantime tell us what YOU can do. Your skills will buy you a slot in the workshop of your choice!

WE ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM YOU, WHAT CAN YOU OFFER IN EXCHANGE? Please go to facebook to register your workshop/event/skill sharing. Don’t be shy now…

Funding for Mini Deer Club confirmed

Novas Scarman have just confirmed that our funding application in support of a brand-new project has been successful! We have teamed up with local primary school, St Peters Infants School to deliver The Mini Deer Club, an after school arts club starting in February 2011. The aim of the project is to help the children investigate their neighbourhood’s history and cultural heritage as they go in search of The Portslade Deer. It’s all part of the The Portslade Project – watch this space for more news over the next months …