Town to Down will be a series of walks and accessible resources created by Anne and Matt in collaboration with Highdown Gardens in Worthing, West Sussex.
With a focus on sensory connections with nature, Town to Down will encourage local residents and groups to visit the gardens on foot, highlighting the transition from urban settings towards Highdown’s unique chalk garden and the surrounding area in the Southdowns National Park.
My Fantastic Place celebrates nature connection through creativity and was a collaboration with Imprint and Great Ormond Street Hospital Arts, supported with an Arts Council England National Lottery grant.
My Fantastic Place invited patients, families and staff from Great Ormond Street Hospital to tell us what they love about their favourite places in nature.
Participants delved into some Nature Explorations Packs and chose their favourite ways to explore, plotting their creations on one of three beautifully designed interactive maps.
Take a tour across the maps and make your own discoveries…
“Take a trip in nature - outside or in your imagination…”
South East Dance commissioned Anne to produce two series of wellbeing cards designed to encourage people to enjoy nature, be curious, explore and share ideas.
South East Dance teamed up with Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project and the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership to help spread the word via food banks and invite as many people across their communities to find their own connections with their nature spaces.
All eight cards can be accessed via the South East Dance website here.
IMPRINT for Our City Dancers was an exploration into people’s relationship with nature, making dance with three professional dancers, and non-trained dancers from Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project.
Anne, Matt and the dancers worked up on Devil’s Dyke, a beautiful part of the South Downs National Park, with a richness of natural and human history and created dance in response to the site and everyone’s experiences of it.
“We walk, we talk, we notice, we mark make, we walk and talk some more, we respond and move. We laugh, we eat biscuits, we’re still, we wait, we respond and move some more.”
'IMPRINT for Our City Dances' was a South East Dance Welcome Project Commission and was also funded by an Arts Council England National Lottery Grant.
“By capturing personal stories inspired by our place in landscape - and the imprint that it leaves - I will gain insight into the essence of what a relationship with nature means for different people.”
Imprint began with an R&D project led by Anne in 2017, which explored people’s personal stories in connection with nature. The research took place above and below the cliffs at Birling Gap, East Sussex and amongst the ancient yew trees at Kingley Vale, West Sussex with three dancers.
IMPRINT was funded by Arts Council England and ZigZagAlive and supported by Ropetackle Arts Centre, National Trust, College of Richard Collyer and Clearcut.
I take away so much inspiration from my involvement in this project.