Friday, December 8, 2023

Costume makers needed

Costume Makers needed
Are you interested in costume? Would you like to find out more about design? Fancy taking part in an art project? Want to work with creative professionals to develop new skills and broaden your horizons?
In April 2013, artist Lynn MacRitchie will be filming her newest video installation, The Towers of Ilium,at Coalhouse Fort Park in East Tilbury. And she needs Thurrock residents to help her. Volunteers from across Thurrock have already come forward to take part as modern day Trojans and now they need costumes.
Volunteers will work with professional costume maker Lesley Ford to develop the decorative elements of the costumes for the Trojans. Lesley needs help with printing, dyeing and embroidering onto pre-bought items of everyday clothing. Some of this activity will be messy so volunteers should wear old clothes to take part in the costume workshops. No previous experience of costume making is required, just an interest and a willingness to get involved and learn. The first workshop will be on Saturday 2 March at The Barns on the High House Production Park, Purfleet.  The workshop is open to everyone over 18 years old.  Those aged from 12 to 17 may attend but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The workshop will run from 2pm until 5pm. To find out more about the costume workshops and to register to attend, please email
The Towers of Ilium is inspired by the Trojan War and local people are needed to play the role of the ‘Trojans’ in the procession which will be filmed as part of the work. This exciting project will use the landscape of Coalhouse Fort Park as a stunning backdrop to a dramatic procession reflecting the history of the site and weaving classical tales of heroes and war together with Thurrock’s past.
For more information about artist Lynn MacRitchie and the project go to: or Facebook: Towers of Ilium


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