Chelmsford C100Community Flags / Walking
100 Silks, 100 Stories, 100 Miles for Chelmsford
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C100 is Chelmsford’s new mobile celebration of community, creativity, environment, and volunteering led by Chelmsford CVS. Kinetika, along with handpicked local groups and volunteers working with Chelmsford CVS, will create a celebration of the talents, resourcefulness, and spirit that resides across the district. Inspiration will be taken from the beautiful waterways and outdoor spaces, as well as the people who live among them.
The centrepiece of Chelmsford 100 will be the creation of 100 hand-painted silk flags illustrating local stories. The flags will be displayed in an exhibition and walking festival in the summer of 2022. In subsequent years the intention is to build on this legacy, creating an expanding and connected celebration.
C100 will enable exploration of local journeys and walks taken, celebrating people and place; championing diversity, community strength and the different neighbourhood connections that continue to be made.
Download the Flag Design Pack
This resource pack was designed to inspire everyone to get creative and take part. It describes the easy step-by-step process to create flag designs for Chelmsford 100. It will open when you click the button below and can be downloaded from that page.
NB. Download is 18.9MB
4th April: Deadline for submitting the final designs and stories to Chelmsford CVS. Contact Sally@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk or call 01245 351888.
During April 2022: All the flag designs will be waxed onto silk by the Kinetika team and the local artists from Chelmsford, at the Kinetika Design Studio. Volunteers are welcome to help wax and paint the flags, book a session through George@kinetika.co.uk
Ali Pretty is best known as the founding member and artistic director of the international outdoor arts company Kinetika, which she founded in 1997 after an established career in carnival arts and a growing commitment to community engagement. Ali has collaborated with and led teams of artists to deliver large-scale events to diverse audiences all over the world, such as WOMAD (1985 – 1991), FIFA World Cup (2009), the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In recent years Ali has been developing her practice to develop transformational walking arts projects with diverse communities. Through these Ali brings people together by walking, talking, and painting large-scale silk creations.
Since 2012, Ali has led walking projects in Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight, Lincolnshire, Essex and Thurrock, where she has developed an annual walking, talking, and making festival, Thurrock 100. This pioneering place-making model has been replicated internationally in various forms in Ethiopia, Chile and India.
Her most ambitious project to date is Silk River, commissioned by the British Council as part of the UK /India Year of Culture in 2017. Ali has recently completed Beach of Dreams, leading a 500-mile walk involving 500 participants and 500 silk flags from Lowestoft to Tilbury.
Jacci has been an artist with Kinetika in Thurrock since 2014, leading and participating in multiple projects including Thurrock 100, Silk River, Link Ethiopia, Milan Expo, and Beach of Dreams. After leaving art college, Jacci pursued a career working in the print and design industry as a production manager on fine art catalogues.
On graduating from university as a teacher she taught art in both mainstream and alternative education sectors before becoming a freelance artist working on community art projects.
After graduating university, Sarah worked for ten years in the early years education sector and has always had a passion for art and inspiring creativity in young people. Sarah is currently a cake artist specialising in creating sugar models and bespoke cakes. After designing a flag for the Tilbury carnival in 2019, she fell in love with batik and creating stunning silk flags with Kinetika.
Sarah has been working as an artist with Kinetika for the past 18 months, supporting several projects including T100 mandalas, Grays community flags, Carnival Gold and Beach of Dreams. Sarah loves working with communities and individuals to help bring their ideas and creativity to life.
Rizwana Siddiqui has many years’ experience of community engagement and health promotion activities across Mid Essex, having previously worked for Chelmsford Volunteer Centre and Mid Essex CCG. She founded EMAN CIC in 2010 to support people from South Asian communities, promoting cultural diversity and skills development across Essex.
She has shared her skill set in a variety of ways including at the Essex Jiangsu Festival, Essex One World Festival, Essex Cultural Olympiad, CHP Family Fun Days, Chelmsford Fling Festival and Black History Month.
A passionate and talented silk artist, Rizwana teaches and encourages others at weekly silk painting and sewing workshops; and brings many shared cultural, arts and craft activities to other parts of Essex.
Born in Birmingham and now based in the east, Elaine Tribley has a studio at The Hive in Chelmsford. She has a BA in Fine Art from St Martin’s School of Art in London and returned in 2007 to complete a MAFA.
Tribley explores her immediate environments, producing site responsive work with suggestions of belonging and nostalgia, and often with a sense of irony. Her work spans photography, drawing, sculpture and installation, and operates on the boundary between fine art and graphic design.
Several of Tribley’s public artworks are on display at sites across the UK, and her work is held in the collections of Braintree Museum, The V&A, Central St Martins and The Gardens of Easton Lodge.