Sunday, 20 May 2018
|Banners made with Guide Dogs and their humans|
|Me getting a cwtch from Guide Dog Uri|
Thank you to everyone (humans and animals) who took part in 'CLOCKING OFF', a commemorative parade for retired and working guide dogs. I was over the moon with the response, the amount of people who showed up. Most importantly, this has massively contributed towards my research into the ability animals have to provide wellbeing and work alongside humans. Thanks to the amazing Siân Healey, who taught me everything I needed to know about the experience of being visually impaired and life with a Guide Dog Uri and retired GD Arnie. Many thanks to Chapter and Experimentica for always believing in me and supporting my work. DIOLCH.
Performance slide show.
6.04.2018 The British Society for the History of Science PG conference, UoM
This work is an autobiographical account of cohabiting with a variety of species as pets. 'Housemate' is a spoken word performance that is an attempt to locate myself subjectively within the arena, and discourse surrounding the interactions between human animals and non-human animals in the domestic space. The work also delves into the therapeutic functions that animals and pets play in the everyday.
Housemates was created in direct response to Bruno Latour’s call for a subjective exploration of science and the creation of a new genre- the scientific fable.
The text is a combination of pop songs, which reference the love of pets and the human/animal relationship, personal history and the recalling of sounds, or the voice of my dead pets.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
‘Clocking Off’ Call for participation and participant information
Banner Making Workshop & getting to know you: CHAPTER, Cardiff 7th of April 14:00
Refreshments to be provided for dogs and humans.
Parade through Bute Park, Cardiff and gift giving: Sat 14th of April 14:00
‘Clocking Off’ is a commemorative parade for all working guide dogs, devised and organised by artist and researcher Kathryn Ashill. The aim of this work is to honour the working life of the guide dog and to celebrate the work the dogs do for the wellbeing of humans.
The priority of this performance is to ensure the parade not only brings joy to the people that participate, but most importantly that the dogs can enjoy it and be active collaborators.
If this feels like something you would like to be part of, then please get in touch.
Who We Need
Owners of any guide dogs, pets as therapy or assistance dogs who are happy to take part and be in the filmed documentation of the parade.
What we will be doing
- · Meeting in an informal workshop setting at Chapter Art Centre to meet participants, dogs, have refreshments and make banners with the dogs and all participants to be carried/used at the parade.
- Creating a short parade (duration: roughly around 30 mins) to celebrate the work that the dogs do and to give the working dog a gift. The parade will start at the Blackweir Bridge in Bute Park and end at the stone circle in the park.
- · Have fun together and celebrate