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Vikings Ahoy! Good News! The Nine Realms Update (April #2)

13 Apr

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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking Boat

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Vikings Ahoy!

 Good News!

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I am very pleased to announce that The Nine Realms has been co-funded by Arts Council England alongside Norfolk County Council, which is absolutely thrilling and a testament to the talents, creativity and skills of all 45 creatives involved in The Nine Realms!

HOWEVER,

 we are still missing some vital funds to cover the commissioning costs of the carving of our Viking boat,  the focal point of our project. This is why our Indiegogo campaign is starting next week on Monday 20th April, to cover these costs. Mark, our great woodcarver, is going to start his LIVE-WOODCARVING,  and I’m really excited to see what Mark is going to create for us. To have regular, live updates will be a wonderful thing. We can watch our boat emerge!

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Our campaign  is still crucial because it will be the final piece in our funding jigsaw.  As soon as the campaign goes live I  will post out the project link which will take you to our campaign.  Any support you could give us would be MUCH appreciated and will help showcase the talents of 45 global creatives ‘Magicking the Norse World to life’ for the general public and schools! 

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FIDDLING and FINALISING

I have spent the last couple of months creating the video for our campaign and I  think I am now there with it. Still a few more tweaks on the campaign text, but we’re nearly there with that too. Big thanks goes to  poet and writer Robin Sounder for her input.

I think it will be exciting to see what we can achieve as a collective. This phase of our fundraising always tends to bring the Vikings/creatives  together in a more overt way, in pursuit of one aim.  

The details of the 4 competitions are also being finalised, and it will be great to see what energy that will bring. The prize will be a multimedia event DVD of The Nine Realms. This includes all the selected poetry, all the art and music, as well as any poems/artwork from the pupils at the schools with whom we are working . The DVD will be in a specially designed slipcase by Gary Caldwell

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PROMOTION AND INTERVIEWS THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN:

This evening I shall be having a chat via Skype with podcaster Amber Love about The Nine Realms and creativity.The podcast will be going out on Monday 4th May. Amber hosts VODKA O’CLOCK where she interviews people from all areas of the arts and entertainment.  An article with the King’s Lynn News is also going to go out across the campaign, and hopefully some interviews and promos via Future Radio. These will feature both poets, artists and Mark. I am at present in discussion with their arts programme producer as to the exact nature of how we will be featured. It will be exciting to share what we are doing with Norwich listeners, and then share our poetry and art with them in September!

I think that is it for now! Here’s to the launch of our campaign next Monday!

Thank you for your interest.

 

Viking Nicky

The Nine Realms HQ

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Vikings Ahoy! The Nine Realms Update (April)

2 Apr

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19 poets, 22 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking Boat

 Vikings Ahoy! 

Our Indiedgogo Campaign

The previous month or so has been filled with lots of preparation for the launch of our Indiegogo Campaign to raise funds for the commissioning costs of the 50 cm x 80 cm Carved Viking boat that woodcarver Mark Crowley is going to be LIVE CARVING for us from his studio in Newcastle.

We shall be launching our campaign on Monday 20th April!  I’ve been busy creating  our campaign video, and I am now putting the final touches to our Campaign Page and starting to show it to people. Over Easter I shall create a  special Campaign page for this site. So please do watch out for the launch, and consider supporting us and our boat!

It’s going to be very exciting to see the boat emerge from within the oak wood that Mark has chosen. The boat will act as the focal point of our poetry readings and realm tours.

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Competitions

This year we are also running 4 Twitter competitions attached to our campaign. Two poetry-led ones, one fiction, and one art. They will be run by Vikings : Shirley Golden, James Mackenzie, Kate Garrett (and myself) and Jim C. Mackintosh. We will release the competition dates and details after Easter. There will be some really original ‘The Nine Realms’ prizes attached.

 

Art work:

Although the deadline for all project art isn’t until the 30th April, three great pieces have already come in. From artists:  Ann Supan, Robert Fitzmaurice and  Chad Swanson.  Here they are:

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All three pictures have great impact and are going to compliment the realm poetry powerfully. For Ann, it will be her first ever exhibition experience, and for Chad his first UK exhibition. I’m so thrilled to have them both involved.  

As some of the artwork came in early we could also create our first poetry-art greetings card in readiness for the campaign.  A pack of three different cards will be one of our rewards.  Rob’s Nifelheim piece was chosen, and paired with a poem by Realm poet  Tom Murphy called ‘Nifelheim’. You can listen to Tom reading his poem below:

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The Nine Realms DVD

I went to  Future Radio last week, the community radio station we are working with in Norwich, and we have finalised two dates when we will begin to edit together the poetry mp3, paintings and music, and create an event DVD. This is something we will do steadily until the deadline at the end of June, which is when the master file has to be with the Disk Manufacturers.

Interviews with Poets and Artists

I have also been in contact with the arts programme producer at Future Radio and we are presently working out how we shall promote our campaign through their programmes, whilst also creating opportunities within which the Viking poets, artists and musicians  can be interviewed and talk about their work.

Some of our rewards will also include backer poems and songs and will be aired on Future Radio, which should be great! 

At the moment lots of the tiny threads of the project are being pulled together which is exciting, but also a little bit nerve wracking. The thought of the boat being carved, and how the crowdfunding pulls the collective together is an ongoing salve. And whenever I think about our collective, and the notion of collective endeavour, I am always pulled towards the beginning of a quote by Henry James which I have returned to again and again over the years:

‘Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind-of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads…’

Over the next few weeks up until the launch of our campaign those ‘finest threads’ are coming together and becoming an immense sensibility! And that all feels pretty wondrous, I have to say…

Thank you very much indeed for your interest,  and have a Happy Easter-all. There will be another update next week.

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Viking Nicky

The Nine Realms HQ

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Vikings Ahoy! The Nine Realms Update: March

5 Mar

 

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19 poets, 22 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat

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Funding

I finally sent off our application to Arts Council England (ACE) last week, which was a great relief after 2 months of fiddling with words and figures.  You become so anxious about wanting to communicate the worth of your project and the quality of the creatives involved, and hoping you’ve done everything and everyone justice…. I’m pleased to say that the day before yesterday I heard that the application had passed through the first stage, which feels great. I shall keep everyone posted as to the application’s progress. We will hear in the middle of April.

It’s funny how life works: that on the same morning that I pressed the submit button to whiz the application off to ACE, I also heard from Norfolk County Council, saying that we have been offered a provisional grant from them- towards the cost of hiring ‘The Gallery’ space in Hanse House. This feels brilliant because it reconfirms that the Council thinks highly of the creatives involved, the projects we create, and the opportunities we offer. And in terms of Norfolk, it’s great that they are supporting Hanse House in its development as a cultural venue. So good news all round!

I have also finally sent off two trust letters to The Paul Bassham Trust (supporting events in Norfolk) and the Laura Elizabeth Stuart Memorial Trust (who support projects in Norfolk with a broad educational remit) for help towards the hire of Hanse House and our Schools’ Day costs on the Friday of our event. Decision dates on trust funding can be quite quick. The trusts meet in April, and we can  hear 2-3 weeks later,  so watch this space….

Crowdfunding

With the trust letters off I can now concentrate on preparations for our crowdfunding campaign. We have decided to go for Indiegogo this time because it has a firm not-for-profit remit and flexible funding. It’s a difficult call to make- Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but the only way to know is to have an experience of both.  So this year its Indiegogo’s turn…..At the moment I am aiming to begin our campaign on Monday 20th April for 30 days.  Last year we crowdfunded for entire project costs. This year we are funding for the commission fees of our oak-carved Viking boat, which will be live carved by woodcarver Mark Crowley across the 30 days. Live updates throughout. The boat will act as a focal point in ‘The Gallery’ space throughout our event. We are going to be donating the boat to Hanse House after the 5-days, so it can sit within a suitable hanseatic setting. We’ll have to nab the boat back though when we tour with The Nine Realms…..

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The month ahead will consist of me pulling the campaign together on Indiegogo and creating a project video and campaign page. I’m having a different approach this year with the video, and making it a lot less talky and more image based, which I think will work much better. I’m also planning to storyboard it carefully first as well. We are also presently confirming the backer rewards, and I’ll reveal all as soon as they’re 100% decided upon.

Other Progress:

Two pieces of artwork for the project have come in thus far. I will share them with the Viking participants first, and then post them out in my next update. All the artwork is due in on Thursday 30th April which will be in the middle of our campaign.  I think it will be exciting to reveal all the event art in the middle of our funding initiative.

 As some of the artwork has already come in I have been able to start creating the first greetings card in  our reward 3-pack.  The artwork and writing features Viking artist Robert Fitzmaurice and Viking poet Tom Murphy . The card went off yesterday to the printers, and as soon as it is ready, I’ll release it to the world. 

I think that’s about it for now.

Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

Viking Nicky

The Nine Realms HQ

Vikings Ahoy! : Here’s The Nine Realms Collaboration Logo

10 Feb

Our logo for our The Nine Realms project has finally been designed and completed by illustrator and graphic designer Gary Caldwell.  

Here it is:

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The logo is based on the Yggasdril Tree which is central to Norse Mythology and their myths of cosmology. All the nine realms come off the tree. The realms are represented by the different coloured balls within the tree (including the main one). This logo will be used on all our promotional material.

We have decided to call the event in Hanse House in September an ‘experience’ rather than an exhibition. This is for 3 reasons: 1. because of the high levels of participation and interaction there will be with attendees and pupils (at our schools’ day); 2. because we want to move attendees away from merely attending to active participation and 3. because we want to take attendees on a the magical journey supported by the realm music, lighting, poetry and art. We want to trigger the senses and the imagination.

I hope you all like it.

 Gary has done all our previous logos for Transformations (last year’s large-scale) and  our ArtiPeeps logo. Here are the other two logos Gary created for us:

 

Thank you Gary, for designing something so striking and memorable for The Nine Realms.

 

Viking Nicky 

 

 

 

 

 

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! 

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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

 

 

 

 

The Nine Realms: Our Next Epic Collaboration

1 Oct

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On Monday the 6th October 2014 our next epic large-scale project will be starting with the posting of an overview of the realm Asgard in Norse Mythology. The online part of our collaboration will run for 9 months and is inspired by the 9 realms of the Norse world. Like with Transformations,  The Nine Realms will culminate in a 5 day exhibition in Hanse House, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK across the Heritage Open Day weekend.  We’re not only excited to deepen our connection with King’s Lynn, but to also draw in more disciplines. There’s going to be music, a Viking boat is being carved my sculptor Mark Crowley and we’re having a comic corner and a more up-front promotions corner for the creatives involved.

This year we are bringing together near on 50 creatives from all disciplines, some have crossed over from Transformations and there are well over 20 new creatives being showcased. So there is a good mix.  Excitingly, by the end of the project not only will the creatives involved have created their own personal Nine Realms, but they will also have created a collective Nine Realms which can be used to introduce new audiences and young people to this material. It can be used as an innovative, educational tool.  We learned a lot from the great schools’ day we had with King Edward VII Academy, King’s Lynn in relation to this.

As with Transformations, I will be posting out an overview of each realm month by month along with deadlines for the submission of the writing (poetry, prose etc). I will also attach writing prompts and an audio of one of the stories as well. We will be drawing from both the Prose and Poetc Eddas as well as other source material. The order will be as follows:

October 2014: Asgard (Month 1, Realm of the Warrior Gods)

November 2014: Vanaheim (Month 2, Realm of the Vanir, the gods associated with wisdom, nature, magic and fertility)

December 2014: Jutenheim (Month 3, Realm of the Giants)

January 2015: Nidavellir (Month 4, Realm of the Dwarves)

February 2015: Nifelheim (Month 5, Realm of the Dead, where evil men die)

March 2015: Helheim (Month 6, The Realm of the Dead, which men pass through in order to die in Nifelheim)

April 2015: Muspelheim (Month 7, Realm of Fire)

May 2015: Midgard (Month 8, Realm of the People)

June 2015: Alfheim (Month 9, Realm of the Light Elves)

During April/May we will collectively run a Kickstarter campaign for one aspect of our project.

The Writing: 

In this collaboration writers can chose to write in whichever form they like- prose, poetry play-format etc.

In alignment with the Norse Sagas themselves there will be a focus on ORALITY and storytelling, and work will be centred around the themes of POWER, NATURE and RELIGION.  There will also be a focus on translation and rhythm, and we are hoping that a separate off-shoot project can grow from this when we translate what we do into different languages. The writers are free to be as modern and contemporary as they like, but still keeping a feeling of magic.

At the exhibition, in contrast to Transformations, the writing will be communicated to the audience orally/in person or by recording. The oral communication of the poetry in Transformations was such a success that we want to get even more people actively involved and engaged with the writing in The Nine Realms.

As we go through the realms month by month the writers will be submitting their work in both a written and oral format/mp3. The idea being that we will create and record an oral version of the writing within the project. The poems will also be placed into a Nine Realms playlist on Soundcloud. This alongside some specially commissioned pieces of music will be turned into a CD and performed across the 5 days at the exhibition.

We are also intending to take the writing into libraries: one in King’s Lynn and the other in Norwich and have a theme of storytelling.

The writers will be submitting one piece (or more if they wish), and there will be a selection process at the end in relation to which pieces go into the exhibition.

The 22 Poets and Writers are: 

Nat Hall
Eleanor Perry
Mina Polen
Stephannie Brennan
James Knight
Lydia Allison
Ross Beattie
Rebecca Audra Smith
Joanna Lee
Jim C Mackintosh
Robert de Born
Richard Biddle
Karin Heyer
Kate Garrett
Greg Mackie
Shirley Golden
Adam Wimbush
Carol Robson
John Mansell
Tom Murphy
Lenka Monk

 

The Music:

This year we have decided to bring music into our project and we have commissioned three musicians and composers to write 3, 8 minute pieces to represent the realms:

Ruth Angell, violinist, singer, amongst other instruments will be composing music for Asgard, Vanaheim and Nifelheim

Shaun Blezard, a creative technologist, will be composing music for Jotunheim, Helheim, and Nidavellir. Shaun composed the music for The Recovery Project we did the year before last.

Simon Beavis, a music maker, is composing music for Muspelheim, Alfheim and Midgard

We are hoping that there will be a live performance of the music along with the poetry at the exhibition, and the compositions will be used in-between poems and as a background to the poetry. The music will set the tone of the realms. ArtiPeeps and I are thrilled to be working with these composers and to bring in this new element.

We are in the process of consolidating a partnership with Future Radio in Norwich and all being well we will be recording the CD at their studio in Norwich.

The Art:

We have also attached 19 artists to the Realms. 2 per realm (with the exception of Muspelheim which has 3). As with Transformations, they cross a range of styles and mediums including photography and sculpture. Each artist, with the help of the ‘woolly viking hat of fate’, has been allocated a realm from the 9,  which they can create for themselves inspired by the poetry and prose written about their realm by the Realms writers, and by their own research and the project overviews. The artists, if they wish, can create pictures for the individual realms as they go along, but only their allocated realm will be exhibited. For those artists outside of the UK, the same pattern as Transformations will be followed and we will frame a high quality 300 dpi image of their work on their behalf. The original will be available for sale through the artist.

The artists involved are:

Deborah Sheehy (Month 1, Oct. Asgard)
Diana Probst (Month 1, Oct. Asgard)
To be confirmed (Month 2, Nov. Vanaheim)
Heather Burns (Month 2, Nov. Vanaheim)
Ieuan Edwards (Month 3, Dec. Jotunheim)
Jasmine Reynolds (Month 3, Dec. Jotunheim)
Jeremy Moseley (Month 4, Jan. Nidavellir)
Cliona Sheehan (Month 4, Jan. 2015, Nidavellir)
Charlie Redding (Month 5, Feb. 2015, Nifelheim)
Rob Fitzmaurice (Month 5, Feb, Nifelheim)
Ryan Atkins (Month 6, March, Helheim)
Lili Morgan (Month 6, March, Helheim)
Gill Offley (Month 7, April, Muspelheim)
Chad Swanson (Month 7, April, Muspelheim)
Mark Peverley (Month 7,April, Muspelheim)
James Mackenzie (Month 8, May Midgard)
Raymond Bentley (Month 8, May Midgard)
Elaine Offley (Month 9, June Alfheim)
Ann Supan (Month 9 June Alfheim)

 

Our Partners:

Elizabeth and Lisa

The lovely Elizabeth and Lisa from Florida USA will also be involved with us again. This time actually creating a hard-copy comic inspired by the characters and realms of Norse Mythology. This hard-copy version will be made available to attendees at the exhibition, and act, once again, as a entry point for younger people and adults. As mentioned above, this year we’re going to have a comic corner and hopefully get the comic animated….Watch this space….

We are also going to be continuing our collaboration with both Hanse House and Deborah Services Limited, King’s Lynn, who provided our exhibition scaffolding.

King Edward VII Academy, King’s Lynn:

I’m thrilled to say that as a direct result of the great schools’ day we had with Transformations KES Academy in King’s Lynn want to get involved with our Norse project this year. They want to involve the art and english departments and their pupils. We are fleshing out what this will look like at the moment and I’ll let you know as more details unfold.

Millfield School, Somerset,

Millfield and their pupils took up a FreeSpace with us last year, and one of their post’s on ArtiPeeps got Freshly Pressed. The quality of Millfield’s young poets is apparent. We’re thrilled that they want to work alongside us on this project. Pupils of all ages will be writing their own myths and stories which will more than likely be posted out on ArtiPeeps as we go along. This is all being firmed up now.

We will be incorporating the work of both KES and Millfield into our exhibition. The exact way this will be done will be confirmed shortly…Watch this space…

Future Radio

Future Radio is a community radio station in Norwich, Norfolk, which broadcasts a breadth of user-created programmes to Norwich on a daily basis. It also runs courses in radio production and has a recording studio in which we are hoping to record the music and poetry for The Nine Realms. We are also hoping that they will interview our creatives and perhaps get involved with the storytelling workshops we hope to put on in libraries. Watch this space on this one too.

As with Transformations, as The Nine Realms evolves, new partnerships will emerge, and I shall keep you up-to-date as we move along.

The Funding of our project:

From this point onwards I will be applying to a variety of funders and sponsors in order to finance what we are creating. Through October and November the Chair of ArtiPeeps and I will be preparing budgets and I will start writing applications in November/December. This is a big project and therefore we are approaching a breadth of potential funders. They will range from local authorities, to public money funders, to foundations, to individual sponsors. We will also, as mentioned above, be holding a Kickstarter Campaign for one aspect of our collaboration. I have no doubt in my heart and my head that we can fund this rich, magical, multi-discipline project which is filled with such a range of talented creatives.

I’m excited to kick the whole project off with the Asgard overview next week, and I’m 100% sure that The Nine Realms’ Vikings will create something of high quality once again that inspires, innovates and promotes creativity as well as showing how relevant the Norse myths still are!

Thank you for your interest!

Nicky

P.S. We should shortly have a project logo for the Nine Realms created by Gary Caldwell

Transformations: Art, and Meeting Face-to-Face

29 Sep

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Supported with public funds by Arts Council England.

Supported by Norfolk County Council.

 

Pre-amble

Firstly,  let me share this link to the newspaper article that was written by The Lynn News in response to Transformations. It sums up the whole experience entirely: ‘ArtiPeeps King’s Lynn exhibition ‘rip-roaring success”:

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And here’s the Wordle I did of the Evaluation Sheet we had at the exhibition (click to enlarge):

 

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For me, the most interesting evaluatory word in real terms amidst all of the above is the word ‘Confused’.  This lone word is potentially a real point of growth and development for us. What we presented to a viewing audience was a huge swathe of material that nearly everybody appreciated in someway, but that maybe still needs to be contextualised more for better understanding.  It’s made me ask: do we need more explanatory information?; how can we best guide people around our projects? are we putting on collaborations or exhibitions?  These are big, fundamental questions that affect our artistic practice and future projects. These are all really great questions to be asking as we step into our next project.

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Art and Connecting

When Transformations first started out as a project I hadn’t even thought of incorporating art or making it a multi-form project. It was going to be solely a poetry project. However, the power of juxtaposing one form up against another is undeniable, and the more that thought brewed the more the idea of bringing art in seemed inevitable. The art and the poetry could juxtapose, they could also mirror. Either way they would stimulate interest in different ways, broadening out the reach of our project. I never thought in my wildest dreams that in the asking and in the return I would get such a diversity of mediums, themes and styles. The level of skill too was beyond measure too. Also the mixture of emerging and professional creatives provided a really good balance.

In case you’ve forgotten here are all the Transformations pieces:

 

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7 of the 15 pieces were framed by us, with some of the artists (Rob Fitzmaurice,  Diana Probst, James Mackenzie and Heather Burns) delivering their art themselves. It was such a privilege to meet them for the first time and here they are with their pieces:

 

Rob Fitzmaurice an The Transformation of Hecuba, Book 13

Rob Fitzmaurice an The Transformation of Hecuba, Book 13

Diana Probst delivering her Book  picture

Diana Probst delivering her Book picture

Heather Burns and her Book 6 painting A Circle Unbroken

Heather Burns and her Book 6 painting A Circle Unbroken

 

Seven seems to have been our lucky number as 7 pieces of art were sold too: James Mackenzie’s The Moon’s Dark Shadow, which went to the Vice Principal of King Edward VII Academy, King’s Lynn:

The Proud owner of James Mackenzie's picture

The Proud owner of James Mackenzie’s picture

 

And Lili Morgan had her first ever picture bought…Here’s the red marker going on, placed by the owner:

 

The moment Lili's painting was sold

The moment Lili’s painting was sold

 

Both Kelly Occhiuzzo’s piece Echo and Narcissus was sold, and two prints of emerging artist Charle Redding’s print The Mortal Coil were also sold. We hope to build on this next year with a designated promotion zone where people can sell other pieces and exhibition prints.

Also the impact of the comic strip and cartoon orientated pictures was pivotal in the consolidation of our use of comics in what we do:

 

Teenager looking at Comic Strip

 

Schools' Day: KES Academy, King's Lynn, Sara Mena's Picture Strength and Disgrace

Schools’ Day: KES Academy, King’s Lynn, Sara Mena’s Picture Strength and Disgrace

 

The interest younger people showed in the comic strip material was obvious and a really good introduction to the material and to Ovid’s Metamorphoses. With The Nine Realms we will be having a designated Comic Corner, a physical comic and hopefully an animation of some sort.

Overall, a good number of us met for the first-time, and connected in real-time. I’m hoping that next year even more of us can meet and share in the collective experience. I’m excited to communicate our next project to a viewing and hearing audience in King’s Lynn and Norfolk, who now not only know who we are but also the quality of our work and our intention. In the not-to-distant-future I am hoping to put in place some sort of travel bursary to help creatives take part in our projects in real-time, so more of the collective can meet and see the impact of their work on others.

I shall be introducing our next large-scale project on Wednesday, and thank you, once again, for your interest.

 

All the very best.

 Nicky

 

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