Feltham Arts are delighted to announce that we have received a confirmed grant of £64,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth heritage performance, exhibition and interactive workshop package and annual Feltham History Day project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to both preserve the area’s heritage for future generations, and bring the community together to celebrate their past. This two year project will be held at The Hub in The Centre, Feltham next to Feltham Library, Archives and Local Studies. The project will start in January 2018, with the primary schools visitors’ programme being rolled out in September 2018, followed by the Feltham History Day in November of each year.
Marking the centenary of the opening of Hanworth Air Park in 1917, this creative project will explore the history of the people, communities and events connected with the West Area of Hounslow between 1917 and 1947. This period covers a rich and valuable heritage, particularly around the war and inter-war periods, which unfortunately is not well-recognised. While archive material is available, it is not easily accessible or engaging. Additionally, due to rapid redevelopment locally combined with recently settled communities, both the physical and intangible heritage is in danger of being lost.
Feltham Arts will work closely with Hounslow Local Studies, the Feltham History Group, local volunteers and a theatre company to research, document and interpret the areas impressive heritage. We will produce a range of innovative learning material to engage the whole community (particularly primary school children) encouraging them to learn more about their heritage in ways that suit them. These learning opportunities include: A theatrical performance; a photographic exhibition; a series of interactive workshops; a primary schools’ resource pack; the creation of an annual “Feltham History Day”; and an online resource.
BEST OF HOUNSLOW ...
Feltham Arts has 30 years experience in producing visual, outdoor arts shows and carnivals, having performed both in Hounlsow most recently at the Night of Festivals and in major London events such as the London New Years Day Parade and Thames Festival. Some of our work is site specific, this has included World Heritage Site Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace. Outdoor events provide immersive experiences that invite local communities and audiences to contribute to the story or performance.
Acts as a catalyst for social interaction
Animates public space
Creates access to live performance
Access to the arts for all
Celebrates cultural diversity
The setting for arts projects with older people is mainly across sheltered accommodation in Hounslow, providing a weekly programme to residents. Creative writing, storytelling, dance, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and painting are just some of the art forms offered. Artworks produced contribute to exhibitions, installations or performances throughout the year, notably the annual Feltham Festival and 60+ Festival in Hounslow.
Improved health and wellbeing
Residents participate more in community life
Residents are given more opportunities to use their skills and time
Feltham Festival takes place each year throughout May and June.
The Festival has become a calendar fixture renowned for showcasing exciting emerging local artists, music, variety shows, visual arts and high quality community arts. Last year we celebrated the Festivals’ 20th Anniversary. The festival continues to act as a conduit for the best emerging talent in the borough to appear alongside established artists from across London.
We have worked in co operation with many talented local groups and organisations to select and design activities and projects for people of all ages to enjoy.
The magic and creativity the festival brings is very special to all of us, allowing local community and audiences to enjoy a broad range of interesting projects and workshops in arts, dance and community activities or to showcase work through exhibitions or to a live audience.
NIGHT OF FESTIVALS
In partnership with ArtReach, Feltham Arts was delighted to be a part of the Night of Fesitvals Hounslow for a second year, this year brought a vibrant line up of world artists and musicians with a special focus on South Asia, helping to mark the 70th Anniversary of Indian and Pakistani independence. The colourful carnival from world renowned Mandinga Arts and local community groups, including the Highfields Youth Arts Club, Aluminae Dance, Tale be Told Theatre's Young and groups took place throughout each day. With Brazilian baianas, cheeky lizards and frogs, spinning lotus flowers and more. Performers and musicians from the community also performed in procession and in front of the main stage. Acts included the Tamil Foundation, Bhangra Punjabian Da and Feltham Asian Womens' Dance.