Looking at the diary yesterday, I realised I have not done an ArtiPeeps Update for a while, and there has been a lot going on in terms of development. Last month we finally opened our official bank account as an organisation. This is in preparation for the fundraising for ‘Transformations’. I have to say that it all felt very grown up, and a bit of a benchmark for us! There’s nothing in it at the moment, but I’m sure that will change when our sponsorship drive kicks in! At the moment it feels like lots of little jigsaw pieces are being lain down in readiness for the completion of the whole picture. It’s amazing how one big movement, a coming together, is so overwhelmingly dependent on so many smaller pieces sliding into position behind it….
So where to begin: at this very moment I’m pulling together our ‘Transformations’ Kickstarter Campaign Page’ together in preparation for our launch. A video beckons immanently- very ‘where do you want me Mr De Mille!’
We’re nearly there with the special logo/badge designed for our ‘Transformations’ Kickstarter campaign. It’s been created by Gary Caldwell (who did our ArtiPeeps logo). As with the previous logo, it has taken a lot of tweaking, and there has been a lot of too-ing and fro-ing with the image over the last month or so, but we’re there with it now. As soon as I have shown it too the Transformers I’ll release it generally. The idea is that you’ll be able to ‘grab’ it to help us promote the exhibition and project as our Kickstarter campaign kicks off. I had intended for sponsorship letters to have gone out by now, but we needed the logo for the letterheads so now we have it- out into the world the letters can go.
In terms of funding applications, I am also about to send off our first grant bid to Norwich Borough County Council. This is for the hire of Hanse House across the 3 days: 12, 13, 14th September. It will take six weeks for us to find out if we’ve got the money, which will impact our Kickstarter project goal/sum. We will start our Kickstarter campaign for ‘Transformations’ as soon as we’ve heard. I’m hoping for Monday 24th April, but it may still have to be put back if we haven’t heard by then. There’s nothing much I can do about that, apart from accept it as the nature of the beast! Then it will be onto preparing an application to The Jarrolds Trust in March, for the commissioning of the cartoon (see below) and the framing and mounting of 6-7 pictures for the exhibition (for those creatives who can’t get to King’s Lynn geographically). The Chair of ArtiPeeps and I have been tucked away together calculating for the last month in order to get all the figures right. It’s been a real eye-openner and felt more than a bit Dickensian, but necessary: very, very necessary…
At the end of this month too, we are also going to be amalgamating the poets and the artists from ‘Transformations’ into one group, which will be a fine feeling in readiness for the campaign and for the conclusion of the online project in March, and our transition into the phase that takes us to the actual concrete event. The poetry for the project will still continue to be posted out through our up-and-coming season.
It is my plan in May to start to plan the next large-scale project which will be the Norse Sagas. If any poets, writers or artists are interested in getting involved do let me know, via the contact form on the What’s On page or via Twitter @ArtiPeeps .
The Code Crimson, the great duo of cartoonists and artists in Florida, California, are also at this moment creating the cartoon which is portraying the material and stories from books 1,3, and 8 of Metamorphoses. This is in alignment with the requirements of the Classical Civilisations A/S which includes Metamorphoses. This will be displayed alongside the main exhibition as an innovative access point for children and adults. Our plan is to make the first day of the exhibition a schools day for this reason.
The re-designing of the ArtiPeeps website is still ongoing, but we are nearly there now. The wire frame and design is nearly done and then the coding will start. Unfortunately it won’t be ready for either the start of the season or the Kickstarter. However, there’s no point in rushing something that is going to make such a difference. It’s better to get it right and take our time. Suffice it to say I’m very happy with it, and it will make a huge difference to how our opportunities are presented which is a brilliant thing.
It’s also time for me to announce the next sequence of poems selected for the exhibition from Books 8-11:
Richard Biddle-A Humble Marriage
Nell Perry- Philemon and Baucis
Karin Heyer- Icarus Transformed
John Mansell- Philemon and Baucis
Sadaf Fatima- FlipSide
James Knight- Lotis
Love Transcends- Carol Robson
Byblis writes a love letter – Rebecca Audra Smith
Richard Biddle- Thoughtform (after Pygmalion)
Nat Hall- Wild Vows
Greg Mackie- That Loser Pygmalion (with apologies to Ovid)
Adam Wimbush- Cyparrisus
Kate Garrett- This guy Midas
James Knight-Prime Cut
Nell Perry- Turned To Birds
Rebecca Audra Smith- How to kill Orpheus
I think that is about it for the moment. I’m really excited about the great season of work that’s immanently going to start from Monday 3rd March. We’ve got a wide range of Showcases, ‘FreeSpaces’ and some really great poetry, writing and mental health collaborations involving a broad range of creatives. It’s going to be good!!
I’m also full of anticipation about our ‘Transformations’ Kickstarter campaign for our exhibition which will hopefully nestle, and then explode, right in the middle of it all! It’s a big adventure and gamble into the unknown. I know it’s a bit early to say this, but we absolutely need your support with our campaign so we can make the exhibition happen, so watch out for the start of it!
All the very best,