Mosaic Meeting tonight – Wednesday 16th May

We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 16th May at 7:00 for 7:30pm at our new venue the Castle Inn Colchester. As we are not being charged for this room there will be no fee for the meeting but we strongly encourage you to arrive in time to buy a drink of any description!  The room we will be using is separate to the main bar and has its own door from the outside seating area at the side of the pub. Parking is available nearby at the Greyfriars car park or Priory Street. There is a drop off point outside the Castle gates.

Mosaic has received the following exciting invitation to take part in an exhibition commemorating the end of the first World War  which will be held at First Site from September to January.

We are working with internationally renowned Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective on an ambitious co-commission with 14-18 NOW entitled ‘Not Yet At Ease‘. 14-18 NOW is a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. ‘Not Yet At Ease’ will explore the history of psychological disorders resulting from conflict and the stigmas attached to them.  This major artwork will rework letters, photographs and documents dating back to the First World War to create an innovative video and sound installation that tells the story of the condition known at the time as ‘shell shock’. Alongside the exhibition, we are programming an energetic public programme of events – a “Theory Opera” – that will take place alongside the physical gallery installation from 30 September 2018 to 20 January 2019. These events will bring together academics, poets, writers and local groups to create meetings of minds that engage in the interlinked histories of war, poetry and mental health.

We are keen to engage local groups in presenting a poetry performance, or public reading of extracts of literature associated with the subject of the exhibition. Along with Raqs, we are currently culminating a list of poet’s works and other literature that we would love local groups to bring a vividness to through performance. We are also open to new poetry being created and performed in response to the themes explored within the exhibition or any of the poems/books Raqs have taken inspiration from – happy to share this list when required. 

We will be using Wednesday’s Workshop meeting to explore possible ideas and stating points. The workshop will be jointly led by Tess Gardner and Sheena Clover.

If any of you have any memorabilia from the First World War we would appreciate you bringing it to this meeting when there will be an opportunity to share its history and personal significance.

We would also encourage an early start for this meeting so that members can informally share any artefacts before we start writing.

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