Dracula’s Castle

Dracula’s Castle, Transitions/Cardiff Student Community Action playscheme, Adamsdown, Cardiff August 1972.

Professor Mike Pearson gave a stunning slide show of images such as these, that were taken in Adamsdown in Cardiff when he and George Auchterlonie formed

Transitions in September 1971. Mike and George were former students at Cardiff University and they worked with Jill Taylor whom George met whilst completing teacher’s training at Bretton Hall. Transitions’ projects involve Cardiff College of Art students who, like Mike, George and Jill were committed to social/community action. There was a very influential performance course in the Art College. All of which added to the mix in Wales. The radical community based performances came out of many sources and perhaps reflected a spirit of freedom that artist had at that time, which enabled to create activities that now look like ‘daring projects’ with children and young people. At one point in his talk, Mike said, ‘Yes that’s right, we worked with small children up ladders with hammers.’

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