Ann Liddell

 

      Ann Liddell trained as a professional dancer, but turned to Art and Design after an injury. Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in the West Country, and also at the Medici Gallery in London.
      As a furniture designer/maker, her work has been shown and sold at 'Art Works', Bristol Watershed, the Direct Design shows, and British Contemporary Furniture shows in London.  Her work is also in private collections. 
      While living in Bristol she was co-organizer and designer of two of the largest women's exhibitions ever to be held in England, - 'A Kind of Journey' and 'Taking Root', both mounted in the south aisle of Bristol Cathedral.
      Working on various design projects, including the NSPCC centenary year catalogue, she also formed her own interior design group 'The Interior Dimension', specializing in murals and decorative work.  After completing the decoration of a large club for the Indian community, she was asked to run it as a music venue. She promoted local bands for a year, before teaming up with Keith Tippett, the renowned contemporary jazz pianist, and designed and help run 'The Rare Music Club', presenting at each session cutting edge musicians from the world of contemporary Classical, Jazz and Folk.
      After this project, Ann took a sabbatical to travel and return to her roots in dance. She travelled through India tracing the evolution of Flamenco from Kerala through the continent to Rajasthan and beyond to the Middle East. She then went on to research forms of sacred dance in Java, Indonesia, and became so entranced by the whole culture that she lived there for several years. Ann brought dancers and choreographers back to England to perform and teach at dance festivals, schools and universities. She has also been involved in the setting up and support of 'Gunung Tambo',  the movement and meditation centre in East Java run by Parmin Ras, one of the countries foremost artists and innovators. 
      Working with the Batik co-op in central Java she formed the company 'Adana' to promote the survival of the beautiful hand made batik, producing furnishings and clothing to export for the English market.  These were sold at Neal Street East in Covent Garden until revolution erupted in Indonesia and foreigners were advised to leave by their Embassies.  
      Returning to England Ann set up the Multi Cultural Directory, recruiting expert dancers, musicians and artists to provide complete cultural weeks for schools and colleges, teaching the Indonesian and Spanish projects herself. 
      She has taught Flamenco throughout the West Country and at Bristol, Exeter and Glastonbury dance festivals, and based on her experience in Java, she developed Movement/Meditation and Sacred Dance workshops, the latter informing an exploration of meditation and the  symbolism of legend and myth in her art work.