Hello 2013!

Well here it is – a brand-new year, with new ideas, new projects and of course, the inevitable website overhaul … bear with us as we prune, rake and plant. We will be back soon with the latest from the edge of Brighton. Beware – may contain biodiversity, kites, beehives, wildlife corridors, happenings, wind and perfume! Happy 2013,

Your friendly Involuntary Park Rangers, CiCi & Johanna

Involuntary Park shrub in bloom on Brighton beach in January. Photo: CiCi Blumstein


We are moving studios …

It’s all change here at Involuntary Park HQ as we’re moving into a temporary studio space, sprucing up the big project gallery space at BLANK Studios and are generally shaking things up! While we’re in flux, please send any post or other ‘real stuff’ to Involuntary Park c/o Studio One at BLANK – our street address and email contacts remain the same, see contact page.

Deer Studio. Photo: CiCi Blumstein

Involuntary Park residency at Foredown Tower & Camera Obscura

Coming up in July 2012: an Involuntary Park residency with a double-bill of courses at Foredown Tower & Camera Obscura, a unique water tower structure located on the edge of the South Downs. CiCi will be teaching a series of workshops entitled Wearing the Downs, while Johanna is offering her course Painting in the Landscape. See flyers below for details, and for all bookings, please contact Jayne Routley on 01273 422632.

Involuntary Park residency at Foredown Tower - Painting in the Landscape 2012Involuntary Park residency at Foredown Tower - Wearing the Downs 2012

White Night Festival Brighton & Hove takes a year out in 2012

We’re very sad to hear that the fabulous city-wide White Night festival has been put on hold for 2012 due to funding cuts. This is a real shame, as the hugely successful and completely free all night arts festival had developed into a major cultural event and much loved date in Brighton’s busy arts calendar over the past 4 years, with thousands of people taking part. In 2011, it boasted over 70 separate events, and many Brighton artists and arts organisations [including your friendly Park Rangers here at Involuntary Park] dedicated a significant amount of their time and resources to make it all happen, creating extraordinary and inventive experiences and art works. However, the organisers at Brighton & Hove Arts and Creative Industries Commission say that they will take a year out to re-assess funding possibilities for the festival to take place in the future. Roll on White Night 2013!

Further information:
White Night website
Involuntary Park’s WN event in 2011

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!

Mapping journeys through public space

There is no rest for the busy! We spent last weekend mapping public spaces through movement, sound and installation, for an exciting new commission. A fabulous project & brilliant collaborators – full update & documentation coming up in early 2012, but here is a little preview …

 Mapping journeys through urban space. Photo: CiCi Blumstein


Deer Feeding Station Cafe at THE EXCHANGE

Don’t miss the LAST weekend of THE EXCHANGE!

Have homemade delicious food in our Deer Feeding Station Cafe, and come and swap workshops for stuff.. something you can do? Because it’s the last weekend we are specially interested in people who can swap songs, dances, jokes, music! For our art? But anything is good with us… just tempt us..

Saturday workshops are:
11:00-15:00 (drop in)
Facilitator: Parliament of Feathers
Screen Printing workshop -Print your own t-shirt!

Facilitator: Veronica Walton
Dowsing for Health, Missing Objects & Geopathic Stress- have a go at dowsing!

Facilitator: Charlotte Hyde
Shoulder, hand & neck massages (short drop-in sessions)- a massage & a cup of tea?

Facilitator: Eva Weaver
Glass Walking- Could change your life!

Facilitator: Johanna Berger
Urban Deer Hunting-a workshop in drawing and watercolour sketching- Guided in-situ painting in Portslade.