Silk River 2017 - Kinetika


*Opportunity to attend Silk Scroll Batik Painting Workshops* - See below!

Silk River is our ambitious new project. We are one of ten partners along the River Thames who are working with ten partners in India along the river Hooghly each exploring our own connection to the rivers.  This project has been devised by Kinetika, an arts organisation based in Thurrock with extensive experience creating textile art that has been shown at many international events including the Olympics.

On the 8th February Kinetika came with some of the project artists from India to show us their story scrolls about their people, places and the Hooghly. It was a brilliant kick start to our creative ideas and we are now planning community walks, workshops and a festival event for 16th and 17th September 2017. Since then we have recruited an artist and artist facilitator to collect your stories of the river and Kinetika delivered a workshop bringing together some of those designs on 11th May.

The Silk Scroll residency takes place between the 5th and 10th June at Kinetika studios in Thurrock and we want you to help create the final scroll!

Saira and Susanna have been collecting stories from the river and have been busy designing the imagery for the scrolls and now its your turn to get involved and learn some new skills.  Come and join us in painting the Barking and Dagenham scroll, using Batik painting techniques, it will then go on to be paraded along the River Thames, arriving in the borough on Monday 18th September. Contact to sign up to one of the following sessions. (There are two places available at each 4 hour session. First come first serve. Travel expense will be covered).

Wednesday 7th June: 11am to 3pm   or 3pm - 7pm

Thursday 8th June: 11am to 3pm or 3pm - 7pm

Friday 9th June: 11am to 3pm or 3pm - 7pm

Saturday 10th June: 11am to 3pmor 3pm - 7pm

Keep up to date with how the project is developing, including images from workshops and the project in India on the Silk River project facebook page.