Planet Citizen a weird and wonderful world conceptualised by 90+ pupils from Edinburgh High Schools and interpreted by a team of artists to make an Immersive Gallery Experience for Edinburgh International Book Festival. Concept & Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator : Ryan Van Winkle. Images : Emma Brierley's (Temporary Commons) sculptures - one of eight contributing artists.
Indentity: Unmasked Exploring identity through mask making with Clyde Pride youth group for Beacon Arts Creative Minds festival. "I would love to live like a river, carried by the surprise of its' own unfolding." John O'Donohue
The Wells O' Wearie Exploring historical and contemporary relationships with place through archival photography, cyanotypes and reflective writing, as part of a Scottish Forestry Branching Out workshop programme with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.
Workshop Design and Facilitation : Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons) & Rob May (ELGT)
Cyanotype Flags Photographic printing with the sun and locally foraged and pressed plants at North Edinburgh Community Festival, Lauriston Agroecology Farm, Pilton Community Health Project & Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.
Workshop Design & Facilitation : Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons), Workshop Assistants : Youth Volunteers from Granton Youth & Project Esperanza.
Make Your Own Cranky Toy Theatre or Moving Panorama. This workshop has been shared with participants of all ages at Festival of Curiosity, Puppet Animation Festival, SEALL Festival, Create Puppetry Festival and Dandelion at Lauriston Farm.
Workshop Design & Facilitation : Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons) Workshop Assistants ; Jemima Thewes, Jess Raine (Swallow The Sea) & Fiona Oliver Larken.
Crankys are traditionally used in folk singing and storytelling, rather than turning a page to reveal the images, they appear across the “screen” of the box by turning a handle (or crank). The Moving Panorama or Cranky Theatre was an innovation on panoramic paintings in the mid-nineteenth century. It became a new visual element to theatre and was among the most popular forms of entertainment, serving as an ancestor and platform to early cinema.
Soil Health = Community Health a co-created cranky toy theatre show. This show was made via a series of creative workshops which explored the parallels between soil health and community health.
Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator : Vicky Nyanga, Visual Artist : Natasha Russell, Soil Health Specialist : Jamie Sommerville, Music Facilitator : Shea M, Ethnographer : Agnes Taiti, Creative Producer & Community Engagement Officer : Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons)
Our Cranky Toy Theatre box was made by North Edinburgh Art's Community Shed in Muirhouse. In our visual art workshop, Jamie Sommerville gave an interactive presentation about the microrganisms that live in healthy soil then participants detailed a section of a collaborative Cranky scroll - illustrated by Natasha Russell. As part of the Open Music Sessions - led by Shea M - we worked towards building a short set of music to accompany the illustrated scroll. All musical styles, instruments and abilities were welcome. In our writing workshop - facilitated by Vicky Nyanga - we looked at how the inner-workings of soil health echo the principles of social justice, regenerative farming and community health to create collaborative text that is read aloud as part of the "Cranky Toy Theatre" performance.
Harvest Cantasoria a co-created theatre show with painted banners.
Writer and Visual Artist : Hailey Beavis, Performance Directors and Community Theatre Facilitators : SaltyDolls Theatre, Musician in Residence : Jose Rojas, Ethnographer : Agnes Taiti, Creative Producer & Community Engagement Officer : Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons) Photos : DumiVisuals & Bella Thewes
Cantasoria comes from Italian for "story-singer" and is known by many other names around the world. It's a form of theatre where a performer tells or sings a story while gesturing to a series of images. These images can be painted, printed or drawn on any sort of material.
In this creative workshop series we explored the spoken languages of North Edinburgh to make a series of banners that celebrate the word "harvest" in its many forms. We also devised and wrote short pieces of text for song and spoken word to make a Cantasoria Performance that was set to live instrumentation at our Harvest Festival at Lauriston Farm on Sep 10th 2022.
Puppet & Costume Making for Lauriston Farm's Harvest Festival
Visual Artist, Puppet Maker & Workshop Facilitator : Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons), Visual Artist & Workshop Facilitator : Natasha Russell, Puppet Maker & Workshop Facilitator : Ella Mackay, Project Partner : Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) Creative Producer & Community Engagement Officer : Emma Brierley Photos : DumiVisuals & Bella Thewes
Participants of all ages used clay, paper mache, cloth and paint to sculpt, build and decorate our puppets and costumes that celebrate the biodiversity of our Unexpected Garden's home at Lauriston Agroecology Farm.
Vege-Tables a choreographed dance act in celebration of our favourite vegetables performed at Lauriston Agroecology Farm's Harvest Festival (2022).
Choreographer : Ruxy Cantir, Performers : HND Students from Performing Arts Studio Scotland, Edinburgh College - Granton Campus, 2D vegetables, jars & pepper grinder puppets : Natasha Russell, Ella Mackay, Emma Brierley & Jillian Lee Adamson. Creative Producer : Emma Brierley
Together We Grow Our Future a collaborative sewing & writing project.
Project Partner : Project Esperanza. Workshop Design & Facilitation : Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons). The group worked together to design and complete a large banner and shared it at Lauriston Farm's Harvest Festival (2022) as an act of community resilience.
My Body My Voice 2D puppet making workshop exploring our relationships with body image.
Workshop Design & Facilitation : Yamina Peerzada & Emma Brierley (Temporary Commons) Delivered at WOW Perth & Rafi Peer Theatre in 2018/19 with funded support from the British Council. It has since been shared with participants from British Council Scotland, Museums and Galleries Scotland, Surge and Edinburgh College of Art.
Past clients for visual arts and performance workshops include:
Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art’s shared Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Community Arts Practice : Oct 2022 Create Puppetry Festival : Oct 2022 Performing Arts Studio Scotland, Edinburgh College : Sep 2022 Dandelion at Lauriston Agroecology Farm : Jul - Sep 2022 Granton Youth : Jul 2022 Project Esperanza : Jul - Sep 2022 Pilton Community Health Project : Jun 2022 Festival of Curiosity : Jul 2021 Puppet Animation Festival : Apr 2021 Morningside Family Art Club : Apr - May 2021 Rafi Peer Puppet Theatre : May 2020 British Council Scotland & Museums and Galleries Scotland : May 2019 British Council & Rafi Peer - Pakistan : Apr 2019 Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art’s shared Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Community Arts Practice : Nov 2018 British Council & Women of the World Festival - Scotland : Oct 2018 Dream Community - Taiwan : Apr - Sep 2014 Anatomy : Sep 2012 Theatre Modo : Aug 2012 Saprinu - Nepal : May 2012 Umbrella Foundation & Sattya - Nepal : Feb - May 2012 Circus Kathmandu - Nepal : Nov 2011 - May 2012 EBTN - Nepal : Nov 2011 - May 2012 Knockengorroch Festival - May : 2011 WHALE Street Arts : Sep 2010 WHALE : July - Aug 2010 The Big Tent Festival : July 2010 Milton Arts Centre : July 2010 Leith Academy : June 2010 Powerpod & Alchemy Arts : 2010 Grangemouth Children's Festival : 2008 Myths & Legends Festival : 2007 Puppet-Lab : 2007 Honeywell Primary School, Clapham : 2006 Beltane Fire Festival : 2006-07