MELTDOWN: Transform Your Heirlooms for Collective Healing

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Artist Sarah Dixon will share 'Meltdown' - a work about transforming heirlooms, and offer you a process for making your own new legacy.

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Join artist Sarah Dixon for this interactive workshop on transmuting inherited objects into new forms for new legacies.

Sarah has been melting down and cutting up some family silver, to create a new set of heirloom pieces to pass on to her daughter. This project emerged from her work in the Silver Spoons Collective, a group of women practicing ancestral healing to address the harms caused by persecution of 'witches'.

The silver represents in some ways the colonial and patriarchal structures that continue to shape our lives. Taking family heirlooms and breaking them is a small but powerful symbolic gesture and it was surprisingly challenging to enact.

The Meltdown process included a ritual melting, and a lot of handwork to turn a milk jug and a Sculls trophy into a set of small tools and ceremonial objects. This reflects in some ways the questions around collective heritage - what do we do with sculptures honouring harmful legacies, or objects that were taken wrongly?

Sarah will share the transformation process and the work, and how it came about. Then we will offer space to participants and their inherited objects.

This is an opportunity for us all to reflect upon how we might change our inheritance and claim a new cultural legacy to leave behind.

If you would like to be an active participant, please come with an object or inheritance that you feel might be in need of transformation, or something you feel is missing such as queer legacies or any unacknowledged and suppressed identities.

You can also opt to be an observer and listen in, to take away the ideas and work with them in your own way. You do not have to have children or a specific legacy, to take part. We all have inherited the world and we all can contribute to changing the culture. Depending on numbers not everyone will have a chance to share their object and explore what might be changed, but all attendees whether live or watching the recording will go away with a process they can use to work with transforming inheritance.

Sarah is a white middle class cis gendered neurodivergent woman artist and coach with chronic illness. She aims to make this an inclusive space respecting any and all identities with equity. Discussion of colonialism and classism may arise so please consider your needs in this regard and ask for support if you wish.


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More about Sarah Dixon and her art practice: https://sarahdixonfineart.co.uk/

More about the Silver Spoons Collective and the upcoming show in Lancaster (Jan 2022) that explores Healing of the Burning Times https://silverspoonscollective.org/

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Sarah Dixon (b. 1973) is a woman and artist whose work plays with power structures enforced through myth, fairy tale and symbolic magic in our institutions and social structures. Using traditional and raw materials, and often through an evolutionary process of many small accumulations of work, she produces moving image, painted, and public collaborative art.

Basically, she's interested in rituals and how we can repurpose and re-examine them to make them serve humans better.

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