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Omnibus Theatre filling the gap

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Omnibus Theatre last day, London UK

Last Saturday was the last day of the exhibition at Omnibus Theatre 

and 

WE MADE IT!!!

We completed the gap left four weeks ago, I added the last doll at 10pm!!!

We made 115 dolls together, in 16 workshops, an average of 7 dolls per day. 

1+1+5 =7

1+6 =7

Magic!

We had no idea wether we would fill the gap or not. We could had filled the gap some days before or not fill it at all, but it took us the exact amount of days I was there running workshops, actually the exact amount of hours to complete the task, incredible! 

I felt more confident we could complete it last Thursday, two days before the end of the exhibition, we had more makers in the last week.

This exhibition was born at a D&D when Marie invited us to exhibit the dolls at Omnibus Theatre. Huge thanks for all the team for being so welcoming and a huge thanks for each one who made dolls and helped us to complete the display. 

The best month of my life in London.

We are ready for the next one!

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Meditation pics at Omnibus Theatre fourth week, London UK

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Omnibus Theatre fourth week, London UK

Last week makers were Andrew, Kristin, Carolina, Edie, Tom, L Ann, Nicola, Afsoneh, Sash, Steven, David, Georgia, Anne, Ali, Ivory, Johanna, Margarita, Malsara, Shalona, Sveta, David, Mari, Paul, Rosie, Edith, Shaun, June, Joe, Sarah, Vera, Ellan, Ali, Vici, Marianne, Mel, Glynis, Nelson, Debbie, Mietek and Edith.

We made 49 dolls in total.  

‘An unusual tactile experience in a lovely format.’

’Strange, unexpected, but welcome. A lovely concept.’

‘Calming, connecting and a lovely experience. Muito obrigada!’

‘A lot of fun meeting everyone. Had a blast!’

‘Inspiring evening.’

‘It was a wonderful addition to an already special evening, (having watched a very imaginative and powerful production) to be invited to take part in this fantastic, epic art event. I met some fascinating people and enjoyed channelling happiness and connection into my little doll. Memorable.’

‘What a wonderful way to trap some dreams and bind them up with a visible heart. My little dream- filled doll will stay with me for a long time, an incredible memory of an evening spent with strangers, magical and joyful. Happenstance led me here, happenstance led me away again. Dreams connect these two points.’

‘A calming communal experience.’

‘Very calming, thoughtful experience, deeply soulful.’

‘Thank you for the peaceful + reflective moment. Good luck with your project!’

‘Making the figure was very meditative and thinking about ‘her’ was strangely moving with her beating heart.’

‘Free therapy very needed and I’m grateful. Feeling calm and content. Thanks Regina, you’re cool.’

‘I feel I have created a living thing. What a strange feeling. It is just a stuffed doll after all.’

‘It was nice to make a human from dreams with a heart. It took time and now I don’t really want to leave him…’

‘Dreams are always within us in abundance, but only those necessary for our being are realised. Making Billy after watching a play was a wonderful way to reconcile the emotions and thoughts evoked throught theatre.’

‘A strangely soothing social ritual.’

‘I am very grateful of meeting you in the middle of my adventure in London and have the chance to participate in your project. This project make people meet each other and also give you the opportunity to create some lovely dolls. In the moment I am making my doll I forget  about everything else, I am in other peaceful place. Thanks Regina for helping us and give us the chance to enjoy this big project.’ 

‘Peaceful, collaborative, joyful, creative, happy. A sense of joy, a sense of peace.’

‘Real magic.’

‘A wonderful creative process, physically and spiritually. Many thanks. The journey is the destination! Much love.’

‘Profound, surprisingly moving and powerful. Regina’s calm and sincere energy made my participation valuable ad memorable. Regina’s mission to make one doll for ‘each one of us’ has inspired me to be more mindful of the inter-connectivity between all of ‘us’. Soothing. Relieving. Beautiful!’

‘Harmony with strangers.’

‘Peace, love and determination.’

‘Thankful for the hands-on loveliness, the beauty of chatting and connecting, and the joy of creating.’

‘It was a lovely time meeting Regina, making new friends and making the dolls. Such a nice, warm, welcoming atmosphere.’

‘Very rewarding and beautiful experience. Thoroughly enjoyable. A great masterpiece of Regina and the community. Wonderful idea.’

‘A God given experience. Inspiring, calming, interactive with amazing people. An unexpected wonderful interval of life.’

Thank you so much everyone! 

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Omnibus Theatre Exhibition, London, UK

DREAMS AND A HEART

30 Oct – 24 Nov | Tue-Fri 5-10pm, Sat 2-10pm | Free

Dreams and a Heart is Regina Mendes’ long-running participatory artwork for peace. Each doll is filled with dreams and given a heart, before the maker completes a short mediation with the dolls, guided by the artist.

Regina’s dream is to make one doll for every human on the planet. Like the hope for peace, this seemingly impossible task happens slowly, gently, one heart at a time. You are invited to join Regina and make your own dolls to add to the growing community

With over 1800 dolls made over the last 7 years, this exhibition is a celebration of the work completed so far; sharing the first 700 and working towards our 2100th doll.

Regina will be on hand to help you add your doll to the collection 5-10pm Tuesday to Friday and on Saturdays 2-10pm. You are welcome to view the exhibition any other time the Common Room is open. Doll-making is free and open to all.

Detailed workshop times and more information about the project available at dreamsandaheart.com and on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @dreamsandaheart

Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common Northside
London SW4 0QW

Box Office
0207 498 4699

Office
0207 622 4105

E-mail
enquiries@omnibus-clapham.org

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EXHIBITION EXTENDED TO 24 NOVEMBER!

 

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Dreams and a Heart is having an exhibition! Come and view the first community of 700 dolls, and make your own to add to this ongoing participatory artwork. With nearly 2000 dolls created so far, this exhibition is a celebration of all the work by Regina and her workshop participants over the last 7 years.

The exhibition is open to view Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm.

If you’d like to make dolls to add to the community, join Regina

every Tuesday – Friday evening from 5-10pm with the following exceptions: no doll-making on Weds 7, Thurs 8 and Friday 9.

On Saturdays doll-making is at different times:

Saturday 3 November, doll-making 10am-5pm
Saturday 10 November, doll-making 2-10pm
Saturday 17 November, doll-making 2-10pm
Saturday 24 November, doll-making 2-10pm

If you have a group you’d like to bring, Regina can be available on several afternoons during the exhibition. Please message us here if you’d like to arrange a group visit.

There’s no need to book – just turn up. All welcome! Please check for last minutes changes or updates on our social media pages.

The dolls are on display whenever the Common Room is open. Regular opening hours are 10-6pm Monday – Saturday. The Common Room is also open in the evenings for audiences to shows, and live music events in the Common Room itself, so we recommend you check out what else is on and make the most of your visit to this wonderful venue.

We’re also very excited that Omnibus is celebrating its 5th birthday on Saturday November 10th with an open house from 2pm, so if you’d like to join the party, that would be a particularly good time to come along.

Omnibus is wheelchair-accessible. If you have any other queries about the venue, please see the Omnibus website.

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Meditations pics at Omnibus Theatre third week, London UK

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Omnibus Theatre, third week, London UK

On the third week at Onminbus the makers were Vicky, Jess, Sash, Mital, Celine, Alison, Anne, Karen, Rex, Amy, Lucy, Jules, Christopher, Leo, Charlotte, Susan, Afsoneh, Laleh, Reza, Angela, Robin, Mitu, Jonathan, Georgia and Louise. Carolinda and Mary came as spectators. 

We made 34 dolls together. 

Some of the makers wrote comments, the two first ones connect the exhibition to Omnibus space.

’Superb place to exhibit because its ethos represents what you are doing in your art.’ 

‘Regina’s dolls are the books in this former library containing ‘dreams’ and people’s stories.’

‘Thank you for the experience. Carry on working on the dreams.’

‘It feels like meditation while working on your dreams, then you actually meditate. Absolutely amazing and relaxing, so lovely experience.’

‘Lovey and creative experience. Had really natural and honest conversations.’

‘It was lovely to sit and talk while making my doll. It’s nice to just relax and get away from work and the hectic world.’

‘It was lovely to meet you, you are relaxing and joyful lady, as I was making the doll for my dreams my life was passing away through  me like a film, I hope one of my dreams come true for happiness and love and health.’

‘A very relaxing time spent stuffing a dolls, a perfect way to complement a wonderful intense play.’

‘One more doll for the community.’

‘A lovely and therapeutic experience. Loved connecting with Regina, fellow participants I didn’t know and my family members.’

‘Regina is very sweet lady and made me feel welcome and comfortable from the start. This was a very relaxing experience and I highly recommend everyone to give it a go! The meditation at the end was the icing on the cake.’

We spent another great week at Omnibus, actually this amazing experience is just getting better and better.

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Meditation pics at Omnibus Theatre second week, London UK

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Omnibus Theatre, second week, London , UK

In our second week residency at Omnibus Theatre we made dolls in two different days. Huma, Gabi, Charlotte, Florence, Tabish, Catherine, Keith, Barbara, Dana, Enzo, Amelie, Ruth, Matt, Sarah, Soham and Bex came to make dolls at the exhibition, we made 18 dolls together. Some of the makers live locally and will come back to finish off their dolls. 

‘Inspired, inspiring, giving, generous, spiritual, community, aiding + sharing – we are all connected by one thread of humanity. Thank you Regina!’

‘Wonderful experience with warm and interesting women.’

‘Interesting and unique experience contributing to such a one of a kind project – glad to participate.’ 

‘I had fun sitting and talking with everyone – it’s not often I get the chance to create something like this.’

‘The time interrupted by the rhythm of my pulse that solely signifies life. I try to concentrate asking myself ‘where is my mind?’ 

‘A moment of quiet + stillness with the regularity of my pulse quickening and slowing in time with my breathing. The room around me continues in its own way, whist I sit, my heart steadily beating on.’ 

‘J’ai passé un trés bon moment avec Regina. Elle m’a fait découvrir son project et nous avons fait des poupées ensemble. Ses idées sont trés intéressantes et inspirantes, elles encouragent à la paix et à l’amour. C’était une trés belle après-midi passée en compagnie d’une trés belle persone! Bon courage pour la suite de tu projet Regi, je suis contente d’avoir cntribué à la création des cinq communautés. Thanks & take care.’ ‘I had a great time with Regina. She showed me her project and we made dolls together. Her ideas are very interesting and inspiring, they promote peace and love. It was a beautiful afternoon spent with a very nice person! Good luck for the future of your project,  Reggie, I am pleased to have contributed to the creation of the five communities.’

‘Cette après-midi était pour moi une grande découverte et veritable parcours initiatique. Le projet que Regina défend permet d’envisager en dépassement des clivages et de anxiété qui règnent dans notre société actuelle. Bien plus qu’un projet, Regina propose une vraie philosophie au travers des ses créations. En particulier, le moment de la méditation fut inattendu per moi – sceptique au départ, l’expérience m’a finalment convaincu et ému. Te le souhaite le meilleur dans la construction et aboutissement des cinq comminautés. Merci infiniment de nous avoir fait partager ce beau moment en ta compagnie.’ ‘This afternoon was for me a great discovery and a real initiatory route. The project Regina advocates allows us to look beyond the divisions and anxiety that prevail in our current  society. Much more than a project, Regina proposes a true philosophy through her creations. In particular, the moment of meditation was unexpected for me – skeptical at first, the experience finally both convinced me and moved me. I wish you the best in the construction and culmination of the five communities. Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave us to share this beautiful moment with you.’

On Saturday Omnibus Theatre celebrated five year birthday with many special activities. I particularly loved when Marie told us the history that goes back twelve years ago when they fought against destroying the building to build luxury flats, and of they won!!! The building which was a library was kept for the community and transformed in this beautiful theatre. It is incredible what we can achieve when we work together for the wellbeing of many others. Congratulations to Marie and everybody who made this dream come true.

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