Welcome to the 2021 F.S.A.L Arts Festival, in collaboration with Weymouth's iconic Nothe Fort.
Exploring themes of Protection and Survival using Performance, Sound, Dance, Music, Sculpture, Installation and Art.
The Friendly Society of Artistic Labourers
Nothe Fort, Weymouth 2021 (FSAL 2021)
Using the same approach as the previous FSAL in 2020, a ‘pioneers’ committee of around 30 students, representing all subject areas, act as a steering group for the project.
Between 1-5 February 2021 a series of presentations, provocations and workshops, run by our associated creative practitioners, took place on-line. This helped students to broaden their knowledge of contemporary arts practice through the exploration of different notions of ‘Protection and Survival’.
The intention is not for students to re-present the history of Nothe Fort, but to make new work that explores personal and collective ideas of Protection & Survival. The particular architecture and aesthetics of Nothe Fort will be used as the canvas for the work rather than the subject.
Artist Simon Lee Dicker and the staff of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Weymouth College have lead the coordination of artist and audience experience.
As a consequence of the latest lockdown we are previewing this work digitally, but remain hopeful that a live event will follow.
In the beginning (FSAL 2020)
The friendly Society of Artistic Labourers was established in 2019 as a way for students of creative arts to gain meaningful industry experience and produce work for live and interactive audiences. The program is led by established artists and includes talks, workshops and collaborative cross disciplinary groups working together on all aspects of delivering a festival from inception to production.
The first F.S.A.L. festival took place at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse in February 2020 and included a parade, exhibition and series of events.
The name, The friendly Society of Artistic Labourers, takes its lead from the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the birth of the Trade Union Movement during the agricultural revolution, where a group of six agricultural labourers from the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset were convicted at Shire Hall Court House in 1834 of swearing a secret oath as members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers.