Welland Showcase 2023

A newly reimagined Welland Showcase launched in 2023, intertwining the realms of arts and wellbeing in Elland.

Designed to combat loneliness and ignite the spark of creativity within our community, Welland is about connection, expression, and shared experiences.

The essence of Welland lies in the collaborative efforts of the local community. Many passionate people have poured their ideas into the creation, planning, and vision of this year’s programme. Together, we curated a unique lineup that showcases the memories and narratives of our neighbours.

Welland's logo - an orange water colour circle with green, yellow, and purple brush strokes around it. The word Welland sits in the centre of the orange circle in white font.

2023 Highlights

In 2023, Welland emerged with a captivating new form, themed around unearthing untold stories from our community. The showcase event took place on Saturday 29th July at Southgate Methodist Church in Elland and was a celebration of a four-month creation period with the local community.

Find out all about it below!

This Here Land...

This Here Land… is a dance piece about togetherness, community, and celebration, drawing inspiration from the rich local area and identity of Elland. The dancers take the audience on a compelling exploration of the town’s landmarks, memories, and defining moments, inviting them to connect with the essence of this land; it’s past, present, and future, and how we might build community together.

This Here Land… brings together both professional and non-professional dancers who reside or work within the local community.

The piece was crafted entirely from scratch over the five days leading up to Welland and is a collective effort from the whole group, who worked together for the very first time to offer their shared vision, creativity, and spirit.

This Here Land… was also made into an audio version for our podcast! Tune in to unleash your imagination and let go of the world around you for a little while…

PERFORMERS: Rosalind Arden, Molly Caton, Sandile Duma, Isla Hurst, Matt Lackford, and Lizzie Leadbeater.

CHOREOGRAPHY: Samantha McCormick and the performers, with additional creative input from Emily Hutchinson.

Film Premiere

Three brand-new short films featuring people from the local community were created in the three months before Welland and premiered at the showcase event:

Each film is a unique story of life in the lower valley, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of our local community.

Created in collaboration with filmmaker Dawn Feather over the past three months.

Elland's Essence Exhibition

A celebration of togetherness, expression, and stories from across the local area.

As part of Welland’s wider programme, we spent the four months leading up to the main showcase running classes and workshops across the community, resulting in wonderful pieces of collaborative artwork, and a special photography exhibition of local life.

Elland’s Essence is a photography exhibition with artist Kim Hubble, celebrating the hidden beauty and human stories around Elland.

Also on display were beautiful co-created artworks made by the community over the past four months, including a compassion tree from our Refugee Week event, the collaborative map and cyanotype prints from the Welland showcase, and a beautiful book of illustrations from year 4 pupils at Old Earth School called The Power Collective.

The exhibition is now closed but we hope to be able to bring it back in 2024.

Workshops and Collaborative Art Making

A range of taster workshops, including some of the sessions we offer throughout the year, were available to try at the Welland showcase too. Including:

Two females and a male dance leader dancing on a wooden dance floor

Dance for Wellbeing

With Matt Lackford

Elderly lady dancing and holding both arms out the side

Unwind & Reset

Somatic movement with Rosalind Arden

Close up of women's hand drumming

African Drumming

With Sandile Duma

Cyanotype artwork, blue print

Cyanotype Printing

With Kim Hubble – the work created will displayed in our exhibition over August 2023.

Child drawing colourful lines on a large white paper

Map Memories

Collecting memories from the area on a special map, with artist Mussarat Rahman. This will also be part of our summer exhibition.

We also ran a whole array of workshops and classes in the months before the showcase, including a special event for Refugee Week, Compassion in Action, where we explored what compassion means through creativity.

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