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Battle for the Winds

LONDON 2012 Olympic games are mostly being played in and around London – but where I live - the South West - we have an Olympic site – Weymouth in Dorset - where the sailing and wind surfing events will take place
As part of the Cultural Olympiad Arts Council England have funded Bristol based arts organisations Desperate Men and Cirque Bijou to deliver spectacular arts events to mark the opening of these sailing events. Each of the seven counties of the South West has a lead artist collaborator who is organising their county’s contribution. I am Gloucestershire's Lead Artist and I am working with Stroud College Art School, SVA, Theatre Gloucestershire and seven county youth theatres to make this an exciting and worthwhile arts project.
Each county is building a huge ‘wind-machine’ on wheels. The artistic story behind these machines is that (as in Greek Mythology) the wind gatherers must bring wind from across the South West of England to be available for the Olympic sailing events. These ‘machines’ will parade through the streets of Weymouth to the beach where The Battle for the Winds will be enacted out over two nights.
Gloucestershire’s ‘wind machine’ will be constructed by Stroud College Art School and unveiled in the Stroud Brunel Goods Shed 28th April 2012 before it travels around the county gathering ’wind’, to be present at the torch relay event at Cheltenham Racecourse on May 23rd, and finally make its way to Dorset in July.  
Stroud’s Brunel Goodshed, in collaboration with SVA, will be used from March onwards as the ‘home’ of the Battle for the Winds, storing the large Wind Machine and being host to various events:
•The launch of the wind machine.
•The award giving ceremony for the best Gloucestershire poem, dance, film, song, sculpture, composition, short play, photograph, story, joke and painting.
• Youth theatre workshops and performances.
• Carnival costume-making workshops.
• Funding for this project is coming from Quest Battle for the Winds Arts Council England award with the potential for additional funds from other sources to be confirmed – plus in-kind support from SVA, Stroud College and Create Gloucestershire


Click here to download a document about Glos Creative Olympic Contest

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