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Dreams, Masks and Mirrors

Dreams, Masks and Mirrors
Radstock exhibition Tuesday 16th – 30th May
Radstock Library
Jill Carter, multi media artist, was commissioned by Creativity Works in 2011 as Artist in Residence to respond to the Radstock Community Festival. Members of the local community were invited to participate in performative play inspired by a unique treasure trove and collection of dressing up materials. 
 
The journey over five days was documented with photography and a journal. “We have learnt so much about ourselves” said one resident whilst wearing an oriental dress, a wig and a pair of colourful spectacles.
 
Creativity Works are delighted to be able to bring this exhibition back to Radstock that revisits Jill’s engagement process to encourage people to dream and tell their creative stories through performance and play. This exhibition will be part of this year’s round-about Radstock on Saturday 20th May run by DNA Arts.
 
These black and white images don’t easily fall into a single category. They are part street photography, part feature story and part something else. It’s easiest to think of the photographs as a comic book without the text.
If you look at these images over and over again the stories keep changing. The ambiguity of the images allows the stories to keep bubbling to the surface. Maybe these images are about the viewer as much as the viewed.
The visitors to the library will be invited to respond to the images in a collection called The Book of Everyone.
The name of the book comes from one of the Radstock residents who participated and said to Jill – “there should be a book about all of this – a book of everyone – and then everyone can tell you what they think.” The book will be available for all to contribute to.

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