Groundwork, Skills Workshop: Flora and Film
Flora & Film with Sapphire Goss, 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Skills Workshop for All
Milton Keynes Arts Centre (leading to MK Gallery)
Video artist Sapphire Goss will lead a day long workshop for artists and creatives exploring the specific flora and fauna of Milton Keynes through walking and gathering along redways and bridleways, through estates, parks, underpasses and verges of MK.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own filming equipment if they have it, but otherwise to bring their phones and Sapphire Goss will teach participants editing, looping and collage techniques to develop unique films that combine the physical flora of Milton Keynes with footage of the walk.
At the end of the workshop, participants will have developed their own films which will be shown from 7pm at Milton Keynes Gallery, followed by series of Sapphire Goss's short films. All participants are encouraged to stay for this part of the evening and may invite others they wish to join them to watch their films.
This workshop will involve a walk of around 2.5 miles, taken at a leisurely pace. This workshop will begin at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, and finish at MK Gallery. We will organise some car drops back to MKAC on the day if you need a lift back to your car.
Sapphire is one of 10 commissioned artists taking part in Tracing the Pathway's project Groundwork and is currently working towards the creation of a new work titled Eternity City which will be presented at the Groundwork Weekender (14-16th September 2018).
Sapphire is an artist researcher working primarily in film, She creates collaged compositions from elements of footage, archive and video snapshots, often remixed and performed live. She makes films using experimental techniques, playing with textures and surface and using unusual patterns with light, fragments of archive and found footage with more traditional filmed elements to create abstract animations that have a physically tangible, textural quality. This layered style creates work that has a physically tangible, textural quality and evokes dream narratives, creating concurrent motifs, shifting patterns and layers of consciousness. With a background studying film and visual anthropology her work investigates ideas of place, culture and memory. This might take the form of installations, documentaries, commissions, workshops or live events. She is interested in engaging with overlooked, ignored or forgotten spaces, often within a challenging community context. She grew up in Milton Keynes and currently lives in Folkestone.
Image Credit: Sapphire Goss (2017) Projection Mapped Installation from Groundwork Residency and Exhibition with Tracing the Pathway (2017) at Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Photograph by Rino Pucci.