Fantabulosa was a lively series of 3 events, an exhibition and workshop at the Forum, a wellbeing, workshop and exhibition tent at Pride 2019 and an cumulative exhibition of works created at the NNUH.
The Dandies created a new body of work, including visual art, wearable art, backdrops, art interactions & roaming performances. An ongoing art collaboration throughout all our Fantabulosa events with the public, facilitated by us, created a large-scale mixed media artwork of the parade around the city centre. The audience was invited to draw themselves in the parade, creating a visual record of pride 2019.
The Norwich Dandies presented Nasty Women; a nine-day arts happening in the Norwich Undercroft with a flash mob & day event at the Norwich Forum.
Nasty Women was put on during the centenary year of Women’s Suffrage & is a collaboration between the Dandies & three global women’s movements; One Billion Rising, Nasty Women Exhibitions & Pussy Hats. It was a combined arts exhibition of female identifying & feminist artists featuring work of core Dandy members, invited guests & an open call to engage new artists. Rachael Scott (Nasty Woman & founder of Em-Re-Un) curated a selection of video art presented in a separated space within the Undercroft. Nasty Women also included a program of creative & informative workshops with special opening & closing events that included a line up of local musicians, speakers, actors, poets, witches, artists & DJs.
We have exhibited as a group many times since 2010 but the show of biggest note is our mixed discipline community arts extravaganza Dandifest!. Due to popular demand we presented Dandifest! in 2014, 2015 and returning for the final time in 2017, showcasing a wealth of local and international talent. We worked with, exhibited and presented over 200 artists, predominantly from LGBTQIA+, disabled, mental health, feminist and hard to reach communities.
The main hub of Dandifest! was always St Margarets Church of Art on St Benedict's Street where we would host the main exhibition, performances and workshops with satellite venues and events including Norwich Arts Centre, Gallery 13a, The Birdcage, The Norwich Lanes, Nansa Charity shop, Great Yarmouth Library, Eaton Park Cafe and many others. Over the years we have presented a curation of painting, drawing, poetry, installation, print, sculpture, textiles, performance, photography, film, theatre, live art, music, life drawing, dance and cartoon.
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