young creatives :: open studio

Thursday 6th April 4 – 7pm
An opportunity to come and see/hear the work produced by the ‘HS group’ during their recent workshops at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO. :: more


‘Wonders of the World’
A ‘countryfile style’ look at the surrounding countryside, with a twist.

‘Darkness and Dancing’
An experimental film exploring captivity and freedom.

Audio Drama:

‘The Village Murders’

‘The Cow Hustlers Of Corscombe’

‘D.I. Julia’

Audio/Video Installation:

‘It’s contemporary!’

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Associate artist at strangelove

Associate artist Nigel Slight’s work is being screened at this years ‘strangelove’ International Time Based Arts Festival in Folkestone, at the Quarterhouse.

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Audio ‘drama’ workshop with young creatives

February – March: audio ‘drama’ workshops with a local home school group run by associate artist David Rogers. :: listen in

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South Winterbourne Journey Event


Saturday 28th January 2017 from 2.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Martinstown Village Hall (Martinstown, DT2 9JU) a free event showcasing the results of the South Winterbourne Journey Arts Project. Tea, coffee and cake available.

2.30 pm :: Doors open
2.45 – 3.00 pm :: The South Winterbourne Journey – (Film)
3.00 – 3.15 pm :: Steve Wallis, DCC Archaeologist
3.30 – 3.45 pm :: Chris Slade, Creative Writing Workshop participant
4.00 – 4.15 pm :: Jacob Dew, Dorset Wildlife Trust
4.30 – 5.00 pm :: Dr Alan Chedzoy presenting some dialect poems
5.00 – 5.15 pm :: Marc Yeats, SATSYMPH, introduction to the Land, Bone and Stone apps.

The event is free and all are welcome :: more


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STUDIO + associate artists’ review 2016


DIVAcontemporary STUDIO and associate artists’ 2016 review [28page – 13.3mb .pdf] click here to download.

Highlights include: DADA nights, a celebration of 100 years of DADA – sonic coast :: sounding shore at the Whitstable Biennale – SOUND : MUSIC : ROBOT in West Bay – South Winterbourne Journey creative writing workshop – Young creatives audio video workshops.

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The Aged Medium Pacer


Following on from our interview with Jim Godding (Martinstown Cricket Club – The other MCC) we returned to record a selection of Jim’s cricket poems. ‘The Aged Medium Pacer’ is by Jim about his return to the game of cricket after a break and a number of years……..

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Forget Me Not

forget-me-notForget Me Not, a poignant new piece of music which sets to music the voices of people with dementia by DIVAcontemporary associate artist and composer Marc Yeats.

The Chapel, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester DT2 1JY
08/12/16 – 10/12/16, 09-30 to 16-00 each day

Thursday the 8th of December at 13-00 – 14-00, come and speak to composer Marc Yeats at the Chapel.

Forget Me Not is a new composition by Somerset composer Marc Yeats. After spending time with patients with cognitive impairment such as dementia on wards at Yeovil and Dorset County Hospitals, Marc has created a choral installation with Choir By the Sea which evokes fragments of conversation, memories of place and a sense of what it is like to live with this condition. Empathic, strident and poignant the resulting work surrounds and immerses the audience in a cumulative cycle of patients voices. Forget Me Not is the result of a collaboration between Arts in Hospital based at Dorset County Hospital and the Dementia Care Team at Yeovil District Hospital who commission artists and musicians in the hope that the outcomes convey something of the experience of dementia and also shows how music helps people with cognitive impairment to live better lives. The project was supported by Arts Council England, Dorset County Hospital Charity, Yeovil Hospital Charity and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.


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Audio/Video workshop with young creatives

backpeekholetest2November – December: audio/video workshops with a local home school group run by associate artist David Rogers. :: more

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St Martin’s Church :: Remembrance Sunday [Half Muffled Quarter Peal]


Full peal available to download from DIVAcontemporary STUDIO bandcamp :: link

SDRLBSgreyPrior to the Remembrance Sunday Service at St Martin’s Church, Howard Bowering and his team of bellringers were ringing the traditional half muffled quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles.

Half muffling is used for solemn occasions. The clappers of the bells are half covered in a leather “sock”. This means that every other round of the bells has a quality which is distant and dreamlike, a soft echo of its former self.

The day was bright and still – the natural sounds of leaves ruffling and falling gently, crows calling across the churchyard … :: more


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Interview with Howard Bowering :: Captain of the Bellringers


Friday 28th October
The Church of St Martin is at the heart of Martinstown and it has the only set of ringable bells in the South Winterbourne Valley.

Love it or hate SDRLBSgreyit, the sound of church bells drifting on the breeze through the countryside seems quintessentially English. And we had heard that there was a poignant story behind this particular set of bells. We had arranged to meet Martinstown Tower Captain, Howard Bowering, to find out more and visit the bells of Martinstown church. :: more


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