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Belonging Bandstand

5 May 2018 - 30 September 2018


Event times for Crawley Festival (Mon 2 – Sat 7 July)

Look out for artist and designer Morag Myerscough’s new work Belonging, touring around Sussex throughout the summer. Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Belonging celebrates the spirit of seminal 1960s Los Angeles artist Corita Kent whose work brought together a belief in the strength of creativity, togetherness, love and social justice. It will be Myerscough’s first-ever mobile installation: a bright, bold, touring bandstand programmed in conjunction with communities across Sussex.

Myerscough will run workshops based on assignments taken from Corita’s inspirational book Learning from the Heart (a blueprint for creative exploration and community empowerment, published posthumously in 1992), to produce creative visual responses to the theme of ‘belonging’. Each group will then work with Morag to create a series of placards that will adorn the crown of the specially-commissioned bandstand. Fully portable, the structure will be hard to miss as it is taken on a countywide tour of festivals and community events, programmed for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors.

Launching on the beach level next to the i360 as part of Brighton Festival, the Belonging Bandstand will tour to Your Place venues in Brighton and on to the South of England Show at Ardingly, Crawley Festival, Newhaven, Ditchling and Coastal Currents Arts Festival in Hastings, taking on a different local character with each new iteration as the placard formation of the crown is changed to show off the communities’ own designs, and as the bandstand is programmed with local performers.

The project accompanies the exhibition Get With The Action: Corita Kent, showing at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft from 5 May – 14 October 2018.


Belonging Bandstand Tour Dates

(Further details and dates to be announced)

12/13 May: Brighton Festival, Beach Level (next to i360)
19/20 May: Brighton Festival, Your Place, Hangleton
26/27 May: Brighton Festival, Your Place, East Brighton
7-9 June: South of England Show
5-10 July: Crawley Festival
25 – 27 August: Newhaven (in association with Artwave)
1 – 9 September : Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Hastings/St Leonards
17-22 September: Ditchling (as part of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s 5th birthday celebrations)
Brighton FestivalArts Council England


Belonging Bandstand at Crawley Festival

Wednesday 4 July
tbc Yoga
Thursday 5 July
4 – 5pm Oriel High School Samba Band and Soloists
Friday 6 July
6 – 10pm Folk music stage
Saturday 7 July
10am – 12pm Family Learning Class with LPK Learning
11.30am – 2.30pm Heritage Walk finishes at Bandstand 12pm
5 – 7pm CCYS, Youth music stage
Sunday 8 July
3pm onwards 40 Years of The Cure with original tribute act “The Cureheads” + opening acts.
Monday 9 July
10 – 11am Pebble Party with Vanessa Cumper
11am – 12pm 60 Minute Health Walk will start & end at Bandstand.
Tuesday 10 July
11.30am – 1.30pm Pebble/Art workshop with Vanessa Cumper
1.30 – 2.30pm Health Walk starts at Bandstand
1.30 – 2.30pm Tai Chi Beginner Taster Session