Calling All Creative Community Organisations and Slough based Artists
Free Opera performances in Slough!
Shoppers discovered something new in Slough High Street on Saturday 10th November and enjoyed some amazing taster performances direct from the Royal Opera House.
Home Slough invited The Royal Opera House to perform one of their most popular operas, La Traviata. Over the course of the day, classically trained singers entertained packed audiences with five engaging, interactive performances. Performers waltzed the audience through this dazzling story of love, betrayal and heartbreak and meet some of the characters lurking in the shadows of Verdi's beloved opera…all in 25 minutes!
Have a look at some photos from the day.
Light up your life
Local residents enjoyed the warmth and lights at the new HOME on the High Street arts venue in central Slough, taking part in lantern making workshops with Cristina Ottonello, viewing a live painting performance with Isabel Hunt and a Passion of Slough exhibition and film installation by local artist Nathalia Syam.
The Dionysus Ensemble presented A Musical Adventure, with bite-sized classical pieces for children with plenty of chances for fidgety feet to get up and dance to the music! In the afternoon, Linda Tabor Thomas revealed how to stay calm and relaxed throughout the festive season with a workshop to help people lead a happier life. The Augmented Reality workshop run by Jay Younes attracted a huge crowd who enjoyed an interactive experience of a real-world environment.
The afternoon ended with a procession of lanterns leading the way to the Christmas lights switch up in the town square.
A selection photos can be found here
Out and About
Our Creative Connector Linda has been exploring a range of local arts activities and events in the local area, read all about her latest trips - here!
ETA TRAIL NOW LIVE
On Thursday 22 March businesses on the Slough Trading Estate competed in the first ever ‘interactive’ treasure trail, exploring eleven iconic locations on the estate using state of the art QR technology, designed to engage with the local workhorse, increased awareness and cultural heritage of Slough.
The Estate Trail App (ETA), commissioned by HOME Slough and devised by Resource Productions and Mix-Up Reality in partnership with SEGRO, saw nine teams racing to get to the checkpoints across the estate using a specially designed mobile phone app.
Now Slough residents and visitors can try the app for themselves!
Winner announced in competition for a new poem for Slough!
HOME Slough are thrilled to announce Elizabeth Uter’s poem ‘Slough Homecoming’ the winner of our ‘Bring Your Own Future’ poetry competition.
On 21 March at Empoword’s special spoken word event to celebrate World Poetry Day, judge Antosh Wojcik announced the winner and runners up for the competition, which saw over 140 entries from all ages.
The winning entry was awarded to Elizabeth Uter for her ode to Slough ‘Slough Homecoming’, with runners up Amrah Janoofar, Salma Ail and Amaan Javed.
All these fantastic will be preserved in print in a commemorative ‘Bring Your Own Future’ book, to come out this summer.
Read the winning poems here
A WATERCOLOUR JOURNEY OF SLOUGH
Bring Your Own Future
See your town as never before.
Explore the collision of traditional watercolour painting and virtual reality in this new exhibition. Try out our Google Cardboard headsets and see new 360º views created by and with the people of Slough.
Throughout Autumn 2017 artists Close and Remote have been working with local residents to re-paint the image of Slough through watercolours and the world of virtual reality. This new exhibition takes you from watercolour streets to a new 360º vision of Slough.
Explore our 360º tour on your phone here
Take a sneak peek at the artwork in our gallery here
A new digital platform for young Slough poets
Empoword launch new digital platform with help from HOME Slough
As part of a key initiative to build and support home-grown work, HOME Slough granted Aik Saath’s Empoword project a bursary to provide this monthly spoken word event with its own digital platform which will launch this Saturday on YouTube.
With the appetite for online spoken-word performances is growing, with poets such as Danez Smith racking up more than 300,000 viewings, these young local poets, rappers and storytellers will have a chance to make their mark outside of their home town.
Empoword will launch the new YouTube channel with special guest Poet Curious at 3pm Saturday 3rd February in the YES Shop, Slough. A big name in the London conscious hip hop and spoken word scene, Poet Curious has won many awards and is Hammer & Tongue London Slam Champion 2011 & 2012.
In keeping with Empoword’s other monthly events, anyone that wishes to share a poem will be welcome to do so on Saturday.
Click here access the Empoword YouTube channel to view the work of local poets.
We are thrilled to share Black Theatre Live's free online streaming of Big Foot from Queen's Hall Arts Cantre, Hexham. Available to watch from 7pm on Wed 18 Oct until Wed 1 Nov.
BRING YOUR OWN FUTURE
Bring Your Own Future is HOME Slough’s first major artist commission.
This new project with Close and Remote, taking place in Autumn 2017, will explore the way we see our home town through watercolours and virtual reality.
Find out more about this exciting new project here.
Empoword awarded our first Build Bursary
HOME Slough are thrilled to announce that its first HOME Build bursary has been awarded to Slough’s spoken-word youth project Empoword.
As part of a key initiative to build and support home-grown work, HOME Slough have created a number award opportunities for local artists and organisations. The first round of applications took place in July and Empoword will be the first to benefit from the award pot.
The successful application from Aik Saath supports the work of Empoword, a monthly spoken word event where local young poets, rappers and storytellers meet and perform their work. The bursary will provide the group with the equipment and training to take their work from their pop-up performance space in Queensmere shopping centre to a worldwide digital space. Through training from industry experts, including the Poetry Society, and access to professional equipment the young performers will be able film and share their performances. This opportunity will not only help them to asses and improve performance skills but also spread the word of these talented local performers throughout the country and perhaps even the world.
Rob Deeks, Aik Saath, commented ‘Empoword is an incredibly exciting project to be a part of and over the last three years it's become clear to us that Slough has so much talent when it comes to spoken word and poetry. The HOME Build bursary is a fantastic opportunity to further develop talent in Slough and ensure that local artists get the development opportunities and recognition they deserve’
Milan Govedarica, the Programme Manager for HOME Slough, commented: 'We were pleased to see Empoword putting a strong bid in for HOME Build bursary and that the local decision makers (creative connectors) have recognized the value of it. We are looking forward to supporting Empoword, as a successful local community art collective, in the artistic development of their members as well as in building their reach and capacity.'
The next round of applications are now open, find out more here.