I just returned from a week in cold, cold Poland, but with an incredibly warm/warmed heart. My first stop was in Kalisz where I had been invited to give a presentation at the Adam Mickiewicza University. I was made very welcome by the students and staff, particularly by the Dean, Professor Monika Kastrzewa, and we had a lively and interesting discussion about possible collaboration on future EU projects, which I hope we can achieve.
Then to Wroclaw for the opening of the latest instalment in our current EU project: Transparent Boundaries. UK textile artist Diana Harrison and Italian choreographer Giulio D'Anna have been working together with the Italian photographer and video artist Cinzia Camela in the UK at UCA Farnham and in Wroclaw Poland for Transparent Boundaries. The outcomes are now installed at the Tkacka Gallery in Wroclaw. Both also gave workshops during the week, 2 workshops from Diana Harrison and 4 from Giulio D'Anna. The workshops were specifically for the over-60's and were very well attended; the textile outcomes were shown in the Gallery and the participants in the dance workshop gave a performance in the dance studio to an invited audience.
The welcome and enthusiasm from all concerned was beyond anything any of us imagined or could have hoped for, and is the perfect Transparent Boundaries project.