Davida Hewlett

Davida Hewlett/Casey Raymond
Lawrence Halprin & Associates 1972


Davida Hewlett


Chapter Arts Centre
Lecture / Workshops £4 (check box office or website for workshop schedule)
Screening Free

This is an opportunity for inclusive, creative expression and an attempt to consider how we can make this more a part of our daily lives. For several years I have been working with the idea of ‘creating conditions’ as a form situated between art practice and teaching, and a potential space for social change.

There will be Participatory Workshops open to those across the community aged 5 – 100+ which I will lead with local dancers, artists and film-makers. The workshops provide an opportunity to share the process-based methodologies of the pioneering American artist and pedagogue Anna Halprin and her late husband, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Some of the workshops will involve generating material for the Art Video Project made with my neighbours, something like a Super Gran for Canton, where we have fun putting things right in our community, using home-made special effects, and through collectively creating surreal and liberating scenarios. This will be screened on the last day of the festival. The historical and theoretical background of the project will be presented in How to Score in Canton, a performance lecture, including works-in-progress and recent conversations with Anna Halprin.

Davida Hewlett is an artist/educator living and working in Wales. Her interdisciplinary work has been presented widely at leading venues and galleries throughout the UK and internationally. Davida’s projects are often humorous, made in collaboration with others, and range from touring site-specific pop songs, full scale musical extravaganzas, and participatory events to artist survival manuals, talking books, home alone installations and low-fi videos. She also led the Introduction to Performance Art course at Chapter Arts Centre, and is an Associate Tutor at Cardiff School of Art and Design.