A Festive Nine Realms and ArtiPeeps Update (2014)

22 Dec

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 ArtiPeeps 2014 Overview:

It’s been a significant year for ArtiPeeps, with the success of Transformations our first poetry-art exhibition in Hanse House, Norfolk. Not only did we showcase a broad range of creatives from all over the world and the UK, we confirmed that the ‘making the virtual real’ part of what we do, works. Also, some of us met for the first time having worked together for two years virtually which was also very rewarding.

My strongest  memory though of Transformations is of the schools’ day where pupils engaged with the poetry and art created by the Transformers, inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. They were fully engaged, valued the interaction with,  and direct access to, the Transformers who came and shared their process. They took part in poetry readings- the whole works! It made me realise how powerful participation and interaction is with the arts particularly when you combine them. This belief informs what we will do in the future, our artistic policy and indeed, what we’re doing next year with The Nine Realms.

 

The whole project was a huge act of collaboration in every possible way, and in its culmination reflected the diversity and talent of the poets and artists involved.  All the material from the collaboration has been gathered into a book, which you can find here, or via the side bar.

The Nine Realms Update:

The Nine Realms has followed directly on the heels of Transformations, and before the year is out I wanted to give you all an update as to how our latest large-scale collaboration is getting on. The poetry and writing side of the collaboration has been rolling out now since October, and some fantastic poetry has been written inspired by the realms of Asgard and Vanaheim. The first batch of Vanaheim poems was posted out this week.

This year, due to the oral tradition attached to the Norse Sagas, as many of the poets and writers have been reading their poetry out loud, creating mp3s. This has enriched the poetic and writerly element of the project hugely, and brought the poetry to life. It’s also lovely to hear the voices of many creatives who have been collaborating together since 2012, when ArtiPeeps first started. All the selected mp3s for The Nine Realms experience next September will be compiled into a DVD featuring all the music, images and poetry from the event. You can also listen to them now via the music player in the sidebar —->

At present, I am busy pulling all the various elements of the project together for the new year.  Getting quotes in consolidating new and old partnerships and writing funding applications. We’re continuing our relationship with Hanse House, and have now chosen the room our event will be in (see below, The Gallery). I’ve had several really great meetings with new partners too. Future Radio (which is a community radio station in Norwich, Norfolk in the UK) are going to be helping us promote the event and the Viking creatives involved. Vikings will be interviewed on a variety of programmes before after and during the event, which is very exciting as Future Radio has a listenership of 42,000 per week! This will help us disseminate our project further.

We are also pencilled in for the Millenium Library in Norwich for a poetry reading there. Viking poets will be taking part there too. In both cases (Hanse House and The Library) we want to create a really rich interactive experience for attendees. This worked so brilliantly with Transformations, as mentioned above,  and we want to replicate and further develop that aspect of our work.

 

The Gallery, where The Nine Realms will be held

The Gallery, where The Nine Realms will be held

 

Having written the Norse realms overviews each month for the last three months I have become all too aware of how complex the material attached to the Norse Sagas is. The characters, myths and heart of the stories are thick with humour, spirit and history in away which is strikingly different from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. How we present the poetry, writing, art and music in The Nine Realms will be key to it being understood. We want to create a magical experience for everyone which involves as many of the senses as possible- so this year we will be using lighting to create a starlit sky and we will also be recreating the northern lights across the gallery floor.  Along with the realm music interspersed between the poetry, it should be a magical event, that feeds off what we did with Transformations.

The wood carved Viking boat we have commissioned  from wood carver Mark Crowley will act as a centre piece to the whole experience, and attendees will be  taken on a journey round the artwork via the reading of the poetry and writing attached to each realm. Mini-overviews to each realm will be given by the wonderful Caitlin who is a PhD student from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. This approach worked so well with Transformations and we want to replicate it again. nb. We will be crowdfunding for the Viking boat in mid-April. Mark will be carving the wood sculpture live across our campaign! 

The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk

The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk

 

As there are so many more elements attached to this project I am applying to many more funders to support what we are doing. This week I finished the first draft of our Norfolk County Council Arts Project Fund grant to  help us towards the cost of hiring Hanse House. We are also applying to a variety of trusts for the schools’ day etc.  However we will be asking  Arts Council England for the bulk of our project, once again.  I shall be writing that application in February, and we will hear whether we got it in the second week of April 2015. Fingers crossed!….I have every faith!!!

We have also further consolidated our work with schools within King’s Lynn,  and the Music and English departments from King Edward VII Academy will be working alongside us, in particular their ‘Able, Gifted and Talented’ students. I’ll let you know more details of this as they emerge. The Norse inspired poetry from the pupils from Millfield School Somerset, who did such a great FreeSpace with us this year (which got us Freshly Pressed)  will be posted out here from the end of February 2015. It’s been a pleasure to turn this online connection into a partnership in a concrete project. We will be including the mp3s of their poems with our own on the The Nine Realms DVD!

As part of our  educational remit we have also definitely decided to go ahead with the creation of our very own Norse Minecraft world. The world will be created by Adam Clarke and one of his colleagues and will contain all of the material from our project. This world will be fully interactive and will be made available to the schools involved. If it is successful,  Minecraft will become something we attach to all our projects in the future. It will become a regular part of the educational packages we hope to create for schools.

Also in the new year, all being well, we should have our new The Nine Realms logo in place, designed by Gary Caldwell who produced both our ArtiPeeps and Transformations logos.

 

Finally, some THANK YOUs:

  • I’d like to say a big thank you to all the Transformers who contributed to Transformations this year- both the online part and the ‘real’ part. Without your talent and abilities to collaborate and trust it couldn’t have happened. Thank you for helping me show that Ovid still does rock!
  • Vikings Ahoy! And a big thank you to all the Vikings who are involved in The Nine Realms, I’m excited to see what the new year will bring and what magical  world we’ll create collaboratively.
  • A big thank you to the ArtiPeeps Management Committee as well, who have stuck with me through thick and thin and who have supported my vision and intention.
  • I’d also like to thank all of you who read the material from this website, and who comment and support what we do as an evolving organisation. Your opinions and interest matter hugely, and you have made it the active site it is. ArtiPeeps is a developing organisation. We are learning and growing as we move, and your interest helps us along the way. I’m hoping that at some point in the not too distant future I can start running regular seasons of work again alongside the large-scales, but this is dependent on me successfully finding finances to support the employment of someone to help me with the ongoing running of ArtiPeeps, so we can provide more and more opportunities to more and more creatives.

 Have a happy christmas everyone- and may all good things come to you in the new year ahead!

 

Nicky

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “A Festive Nine Realms and ArtiPeeps Update (2014)”

  1. nordicblackbird December 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    What a great update, and, Aaawww, will not be long till i see galley (boat replica above) surrounded by helmets & torches again! (Last Tues of January). Have a wonderful Yuketide, Nicky and everyone at ArtiPeeps :-)) N xx

  2. nordicblackbird December 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on nordicblackbird and commented:
    From ArtiPeeps’ Curator & friend, Nicky Mortlock 🙂

  3. Sketchbook0918 January 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Reblogged this on Sketchbook0918.

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