A Little About Me
What One Can Be One Must Be
My name is Nicky Mortlock , and I’m the director of ArtiPeeps a 100 percent creative soul who believes wholeheartedly in the power of creative expression and creative potential. I have created ever since I was a young girl in virtually every medium, finally resting in writing plays as my preferred form of expression.
In my past life before ‘ArtiPeeps’ , I have been, amongst other things, a full time BBC Script Editor for BBC Wales and a freelance script editor for a number of film production companies. I have also worked for a Community Radio Station, run my own theatre company, managed a professional youth theatre company for someone else and directed plays as well as having two plays I’ve written professionally produced by Menagerie Theatre. I have also run and edited a creative writing magazine called Orion and completed a novel and a collection of poetry. I have also composed 2 albums of music and have run many a creativity based workshop. That’s a brief overview of my creativity up to this point in time .
WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE THEN AND WHY I DO WHAT I DO NOW :
In 2003 I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder which strangely was a complete blessing for me. For decades I had been crashing from up-to-down without knowing why so when I got the diagnosis it all made sense! An ‘Oh, so that’s what it’s been’… a real ‘lightbulb’ moment. I could put a name to a face and then deal with it. Since then I have spent 8 years in cognitive behavioural therapy, which has helped me turn myself around completely and introduced me to a wide range of awareness and mindfulness techniques. I have first hand experience of how to create change and focus in a life, in my life. My creativity has come flooding back along with my health and a sense of well-being and out of this brewed the idea that has become ‘ArtiPeeps’. It’s a brilliant, exciting combination of what is important to me, and can hopefully also contribute to the happiness, self expression and well-being of others at the same time.
Here’s some press about ArtiPeeps and my journey:
Cambridge Evening News
‘I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, but art helped me turn my life around’ says Cambridge woman Nicky Mortlock
Read more: http://goo.gl/ErYsbx
Even though we have consolidated our status now as a not-for-profit organisation and a ‘Company Limited by Guarantee’ ArtiPeeps is still a work in progress. Over the last year or so we have started to build into a real collective of creatives who enjoy working together on a regular basis. Its substance, depth and spirit has evolved as has our intention to respond to the needs of our contributors and readers. Indeed ArtiPeeps is driven by its contributors and readers. Without a shadow of a doubt the fuel that pumps ArtiPeeps’ engine is COLLABORATION. And as such our primary intention is to :
provide creative spaces and opportunities for anyone who wishes to create and to actively promote emerging creatives from any discipline. We nurture creativity and well-being through collaboration, specialising in and facilitating, small, medium and large-scale collaborations.
It is my intention to grow ArtiPeeps into a truly dynamic, co-operative platform for creatives fuelled by the creativity, talent and inspiration of all those involved. In the long term it is my intention to turn ArtiPeeps into a fully funded organisation with a breadth of initiatives focused around creativity and well-being.
Everything I’m doing at the moment via ArtiPeeps is founded upon a wholehearted belief in human and creative potential, and the amazing life-force that is creativity. Everybody has the right to be able to express all that they are, and often in life we’re not given the space and opportunities to do so. I want to address this matter and start something that matters and sustain it, so that we can all lead happy, healthy, creative fully expressed lives.
Here’s some press about our latest large-scale poetry art exhibition ‘Transformations’ :
‘Campaign hopes to Kickstart a huge poetry and art exhibition in King’s Lynn’
If you are interested in getting involved in any of our opportunities or collaborations please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via the What’s On Page or @ArtiPeeps. We’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for your interest.