Message Eggs is a participatory art project and social enterprise that hatched from Egg House Art and Nodestone. It was originally called Metta Eggs (an ancient sanskrit word meaning “loving kindness” or “friendliness).
This is just a taste of some of many projects we have been involved with over the years. See Team and Egghouse Arts for more.
We have recently been part of the following.
Global Love Cafes
NOW Live Events
Joined Jana and an amazing lineup, including Oliver Burkeman and Psychologies Magazine, in the NOW Tent at Wilderness Festival to offer a workshop about mindfulness, creativity and love. We have an ongoing relationship and commitment to exploring our practice together. She’s one to watch.
Improbable Theatre has a participatory playground called “The Still“. Libby Davy was invited by Phelim McDermott, Lee Simpson and Matilda Leyser onstage at the Camden People’s Theatre to improvise a show together about Love Cafes and Message Eggs. After a brief conversation defining some topics we might explore, or not, we went on stage and it begun.
“Our intention is to focus on what’s really happening in the moment – our shows are live events encouraging conversation between us and our audience.”
Libby invited everyone to talk to their neighbours about who they love and how they show them. A certain furry Love Tiger called Roary Claude and some touchable bubbles somehow made it into the show too. Who says English people can’t get personal?
“Who Do You Love?”
Message Eggs has been working with filmmaker Paul Saunders on a participatory short film, interviewing people in the North Laines of Brighton and New England House about love. This will be released online summer 2015.
Cancer & Major Illness
We have been profoundly impacted by the potential of arts at the end of life. While on placement as an artist-in-residence at a hospice, Libby helped a woman record audio files for everyone in her family before she died, telling them how proud she was of them, and how loved they were – completing her emotional work in this life.
This was part of a programme originally set up by Rosetta Life. She has been mentored by Dr Gillie Bolton, had training from Living Well, Dying Well and been sponsored by St Christopher’s Hospice, founders of the hospice movement, to attend their international symposium “The arts in a time of crisis: living and dying creatively in a changing world.” This forms part of a growing body of research and practice into arts and major illness.
Dr Bolton said: “The Message Eggs project has great arts and health potential value for the client group Libby identifies; its particular strength lies in the way it supports the creation of both writing (which is abstract) and a tactile pleasing physical object, using these to develop significant communication with loved ones. Libby has a depth of experience and skill both to offer and develop it.”
We have also helped support many friends and family during major illness and towards the end of life, seeing again and again what an impact our last expressions and exchanges can be, whatever form they take.
We will develop Message Eggs further within this space in 2015/2106. Please get in touch if you would like us to partner in anyway.