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My Misbehaving Poetry by Daniella Sciuto & J. Matthew Waters (FreeSpace #3)

2 Oct

Welcome to the final FreeSpace from poets Daniella Sciuto and J Matthew Waters. ‘My Misbehaving Poetry’ is the third of three collaborative pieces that Daniella and John have created together.

 

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My Misbehaving Poetry

 

a mess of discarded words
surround the waste paper bin
a screwed up frustrating mishmash
of misbehaving poetry
sent to Coventry
the current state of affairs
keeps missing the mark
ideas bouncing off rims in silence
not even a dead klunk
to rattle my soul
to let me know
if I more accurately honed my aim
matched that rhythm zigzagging
in and out of my own personal alphabet
if I took an occasional Z
rhymed it with W instead
attached it to an A, B or C
would poetry suddenly
work for me

exhausted I pause
stare deep into the double-hung window
a handful of flies
trapped between the panes
gasping for fresh air
crawling and buzzing
schizophrenically searching
for the only way out
watching me in a frenzy
weighing up the worth
over-thinking the import
of a few lonely words
which my pen decides
to frantically override
in indigo ink

the day turns to dust
water turns to wine
turns to blood in a trice
I raise my ancient chalice
toasting and praying
to the poetry gods on high
for an ounce of inspiration
as I drift into stars
the night showers reams
of words falling free
my pen and my paper
and my mind all three
collaborate with the gods
to write dream poetry

in the morning I awake
feel the words as they bleed
dead flies on the sill
empty paper
empty pen
an empty state of mind

 

Poets’ Biographies

 

Daniella Sciuto: I’m a writer from The Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Proud owner of an unused degree in Anthropology. Am owned by many, many books which don’t seem to want to leave once they have been read. My first story to be published was on a pillow. I can be found, together with my ramblings, at bluebellina.wordpress.com and @iwasaplatypus on Twitter.

J Matthew Waters is a poet residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After earning his liberal arts degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1984, he has since enjoyed a career in the financial services industry.  His first collection of poetry entitled “Five Hundred Pieces” was self-published in 1997. His second collection entitled “In the Middle of Somewhere” was self-published as a Kindle ebook in 2011. His most recent work can be found at his poetry blog jdubqca.com.

You can also follow Johnhttps://twitter.com/jdubqca

 

If you missed out on the other two FreeSpace poems by Daniella and John you can find them here:

Proclamation: http://wp.me/p2tYft-2xy

Rewriting the Universe: http://wp.me/p2tYft-2z9

 

FreeSpace is a creative opportunity that offers 3 posts on ArtiPeeps to an individual or group for showcasing or a project. The slots can be taken in a cluster or spread over a period of months.

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”:

http://goo.gl/4uNuUh

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

 

Rewriting the Universe by Daniella Sciuto & J. Matthew Waters (FreeSpace #2)

22 Sep

Welcome to the second FreeSpace from poets Daniella Sciuto and J Matthew Waters. ‘Rewriting the Universe’ is the second of three collaborative pieces that Daniella and John will be creating together.

 

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Rewriting the Universe

 

I drew these lines ages ago without

understanding the consequences

and my desire to protect them

weakened as time wore on

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I sketched these images

fast frenetic murals on the wall

portraying all my doubts

concerning this world

and myself

and then I lived on

each day passing by

these lines remained unchanged

concealed by a thin layer of imagination

.

I crossed the line into a new

form of reality

regaining my strength by

becoming one with creation

drawn across the land

yet the pull of these lines

that basis of all

beyond the veil of life

influenced everything

no matter how much I whitewashed

my tabula rasa was not pure

and I found myself

redrawing the lines

found myself starting all over again

.

this is how it both

ends and begins

with poetry written

rewritten and rewritten again

layers upon meanings

upon words

with us forever

redrawing the lines

starting all over again

whilst the ghosts of poems past

influence everything

 

 

If you want to hear an audio of John reading his poem you can do so here

 

Poets’ Biographies

 

Daniella Sciuto: I’m a writer from The Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Proud owner of an unused degree in Anthropology. Am owned by many, many books which don’t seem to want to leave once they have been read. My first story to be published was on a pillow. I can be found, together with my ramblings, at bluebellina.wordpress.com and @iwasaplatypus on Twitter.

J Matthew Waters is a poet residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After earning his liberal arts degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1984, he has since enjoyed a career in the financial services industry.  His first collection of poetry entitled “Five Hundred Pieces” was self-published in 1997. His second collection entitled “In the Middle of Somewhere” was self-published as a Kindle ebook in 2011. His most recent work can be found at his poetry blog jdubqca.com.You can follow Johnhttps://twitter.com/jdubqca

 

Please do watch out for the third collaborative piece from Daniella and John which should appear over the next few months.

 

FreeSpace is a creative opportunity that offers 3 posts on ArtiPeeps to an individual or group for showcasing or a project. The slots can be taken in a cluster or spread over a period of months.

Countdown to Transformations Week 4/5

7 Sep

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Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and Supported by Norfolk County Council

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As part of an attempt to document this whole process I have decided to post out on a weekly basis during the 5-week build up towards our exhibition in Hanse House, King’s Lynn. Preparation-wise a lot is going on each week and I want to record it- not only for the  purposes of evaluation afterwards, but as  a record for myself.

 

Week 4

The Foamboards and Banners have landed

This week has been the week when nearly all of the promotional and exhibition material for our event has been completed and delivered to Hanse House. Minuteman Press, King’s Lynn have done a brilliant job, and what they have produced looks both artistic and professional. I’m very grateful for their  attention to detail and their efficiency. Here are the two banners that will hang at the front and back of Hanse House across the weekend.

The first features James Mackenzie’s painting for Book 14

 

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 and the second Ken Fasimpaur Photograph Montage of Book 8

 

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The photographs don’t really do them justice, but they look striking and communicate all the information we need effectively.

Yesterday we completed the gluing of the poetry foam boards, painting and book plaques. There are 74 foam boards featuring 60 new poems and these are going on 8 scaffolding cubes. So there’s a fair amount of mounting to which we will be doing on Thursday.  To give you a taster here they are, below, in their box. I’m not going to reveal too much until the exhibition itself, but it gives everyone a good idea.

 

Foam boards

 

There have been several occasions where the exhibition has felt very real and very near, and this was one of them-seeing those boards for real brought that home. Today we will be  ensconced in Hanse House sorting everything back into book order.

Ipads, A Change of Room and The Heritage Open Day Brochure

This last week or so has felt very bitty. Pulling everything together: PhotoArtGB completing the mounting of the 7 non-Uk pictures; the backer Wordle the foam boards; keeping an eye on the budget; and buying ArtiPeeps’ first piece of equipment with our grant money.  ArtiPeeps is now the proud owner of a 16 GB Ipad. This will be used for people who have access problems to the first floor in Hanse House. We are putting the interactive PDF that has been created onto it, so no-one is denied access to Transformations for mobility reasons. I have to say I felt the responsibility attached to using public funds when I bought it hugely. I was also excited because it is an asset and the first physical contribution to our organisation’s development, and our ability to provide services to all and to not exclude anyone.

When you are putting on an exhibition like this, it seems that things can change at the toss of coin; things can change and you have to adjust…. On Friday we found out that we are going to have to shift our exhibition from The Blue Drawing Room to the Emmerich Room in Hanse House.. I thought this would feel traumatic, but it doesn’t. It’s another fantastic space, with beautiful beams, a split level, and an opportunity to create a different sort of exhibition experience than in The Blue Drawing Room. It’s also meant we have had to reconsider our equipment needs. So as a result we are needing slightly less cubes and using wall space for the Comic Strip.  We have full access to the room from Monday onwards and we are going to enjoy working out where everything will go. All the committee will be working on putting everything up this coming Thursday, and the scaffolding arrives this Wednesday.  What I thought might feel like a crisis has actually felt like a great opportunity to rethink the physical structure of the exhibition.

 

We are also in the Heritage Open Day Brochure which is distributed county-wise, and here is our entry. If you click and enlarge the text is clearer

 

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Making the Virtual Real and Volunteers

This weekend we also booked a table of 15 at the Restaurant in Hanse House. This will be where the Transformers and I will celebrate our coming together and the collaboration that is ArtiPeeps. In our Kickstarter Campaign our slogan was ‘Making the Virtual Real’ and I am only too thrilled that I have fulfilled on that. I am only sorry that all those non-UK Transformers, or UK Transformers that can’t make it, won’t be there. They will be there in spirit though and definitely, 100% not forgotten.

I am also glad to say that we will be having a volunteer helping us across the weekend, which is great. She will be manning the reception desk, keeping a head count and making sure that we get feedback from those that attend the exhibition. This is needed for the evaluatory report and activity plan I have to produce for Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council. We will also be selling the remainder of the cards that we produced for our crowdfunding backers.

So you can see there’s lots afoot, and we’re nearly there!

Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

Nicky

 

 

Proclamation by Daniella Sciuto and J Matthew Waters (FreeSpace #1)

3 Sep

Welcome to the first FreeSpace from poets Daniella Sciuto and J Matthew Waters. Proclamation is the first of three collaborative pieces that Daniella and John will be creating together.

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Words.

 

Proclamation

 

form my words to suit another

snatch a topic from the air

my heart beats fast in fear of nothing

do I dare

do I really dare

 

should my thoughts ever dawdle

or refuse to find new words

may the light of day forever blind me

in this world

and in the next

 

smash the pattern

defy the template

whether in this world or next

yes I dare

I really dare

to throw all thoughts up in the air

grab them

pummel them

write them

down

read them

bleed them

feel them

drown

 

out of the depths

of darkest of waters

I pull myself up

breaking the surface

breathing

in new air

introducing words

never before spoken

never before heard

begging to be understood

by the very one

absolutely

proclaiming them

 

Poets’ Biographies

 

Daniella Sciuto: I’m a writer from The Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Proud owner of an unused degree in Anthropology. Am owned by many, many books which don’t seem to want to leave once they have been read. My first story to be published was on a pillow. I can be found, together with my ramblings, at bluebellina.wordpress.com and @iwasaplatypus on Twitter.

J Matthew Waters is a poet residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After earning his liberal arts degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1984, he has since enjoyed a career in the financial services industry.  His first collection of poetry entitled “Five Hundred Pieces” was self-published in 1997. His second collection entitled “In the Middle of Somewhere” was self-published as a Kindle ebook in 2011. His most recent work can be found at his poetry blog jdubqca.com

 

Please do watch out for the next two collaborative pieces from Daniella and John over the months ahead.

 

FreeSpace is a creative opportunity that offers 3 posts on ArtiPeeps to an individual or group for showcasing or a project. The slots can be taken in a cluster or spread over a period of months.

 

 

 

 

Countdown to Transformations Week 3/5

28 Aug

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Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and assisted by Norfolk County Council

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As part of an attempt to document this whole process I have decided to post out on a weekly basis during the 5-week build up towards our exhibition in Hanse House, King’s Lynn. Preparation-wise a lot is going on each week and I want to record it- not only for the  purposes of evaluation afterwards, but as  a record for myself.

 

Week 3

Questionnaires and Workshops

After the meeting with King Edward VII School last week I have spent this week preparing three questionnaires for the classes that will be coming to our Schools’ day. One poetry questionnaire which will involve the pupils creating a found poem from texts within Transformations; another for the Classical Civilisations class that will feed into their syllabus (focusing on Books 1, 3 and 8) and the third with an art focus that will involve images from the exhibition.

The ArtiPeeps Management Committee also had our Membership Workshop this week in which we fleshed out an ArtiPeeps Membership Scheme which will run alongside our core services and offer add-ons to enhance the creative opportunities and collaborative experiences that we offer. It is our intention that this will be launched at the exhibition through a proto-type, new ArtiPeeps website. The actual membership scheme will come into being when the new site is completed and ready to go! 

The whole day was really useful, as it further clarified what ArtiPeeps is as an organisation, what our intentions are as a service provider, and where our economic engine might be and how that balances with funding and fundraising. Although we now have a status as a Company Ltd by Guarantee, and we can generate an income, we are a not-for-profit, charitable  organisation that provides services. How we balance the two sides is very important to me and the workshop clarified this hugely. This will be very helpful to the development of ArtiPeeps and our committee as we move into our next project and fulfill on Transformations.

Signing Offs, Special Invitations and Possible Partners

Today and tomorrow I am signing off on all all the banners and scroll-down banners, picture plaques, foam boards, book headings etc, and everything is being printed tomorrow so we have them well in advance of 12th in case changes need to be made. The foam boards will be delivered to Hanse on the 5th, next Friday, and we will be sticking fixtures on the back of 75 foam boards, 15 book headings and 15 picture plaques. We will do this in-situ.  There will probably be pictures!

Special invitations to the Formal Opening are also being sent out this week and all the main places where we can advertise will be furnished with our promotional material. King’s Lynn has very strict rules about where you can and can’t place posters etc so marketing within the town is limited. However, because we are attached to The Heritage Open Day Transformations is in their promotional material which is county wide.

Future Radio

On Wednesday the Treasurer and I went on a visit to Future Radio, which is a community radio station in Norwich. Not only does it have a great output it also  provides training in radio production for anyone who wants to make their own shows. I met with the manager and had a conversation as to how we could partner in some way. I had in mind that the station might be able to broadcast Transformations from King’s Lynn, but this, unfortunately is not in their remit.  However, there is a really exciting connection with future radio that can be made in relation to The Nine Realms.  We are in discussions about this and I will keep you posted.

Next week will be about pulling the material together for the Schools’ Day, photocopying and exhibition prep……and lots and lots of foam boards…

 

Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

Nicky

 

 

Countdown to Transformations Week 2/5

21 Aug

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Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and assisted by Norfolk County Council

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As part of an attempt to document this whole process I have decided to post out on a weekly basis during the 5-week build up towards our exhibition in Hanse House, King’s Lynn. Preparation-wise a lot is going on each week and I want to record it- not only for the  purposes of evaluation afterwards, but as  a record for myself.

 

Week 2

This week has been nothing else but very varied…

Frames, the Comic Strip and Schools

On Monday I went to PhotoArtGB Ltd  in Pampisford to choose frames for the pictures that are being framed by us because either the Transformer lives outside the UK or is unable to get to the exhibition. This means that we have created these particular exhibition pictures from high resolution Jpegs and PNG files that the artist has sent us. Other Transformers will be bringing their pictures in person.  The originals are for sale from the artists themselves via us with no commission.

In relation to the frames I  ended up choosing a very simple black frame that would stay within our budget but still look good. My intention with the framing has been to not detract from the images as much as possible. Whilst at the PhotoArt studio, the PhotoArt boys revealed The Code Crimson 2 x 2 metre comic strip was there, and they rolled it out before my very eyes in all its glory!

Here are some snippets from the overall banner. It was so large I couldn’t just take one picture.

 

The  comic strip acts as an entry point to our exhibition and focuses on Book 1 which is on the syllabus for Classical Civilisations AS. The strip is spotted with quotes from Metamorphoses and we hope this will inspire children, young adults and adults to move forward into the full exhibition.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with the art, literature and classical civilisations teachers so we can organise the schools day to their advantage. It will be exciting to see what they make of the mini- workshops we are going to hold and the poetry and art!

Thursday Update: The schools meeting went brilliantly and the art, literature and classical civilisations classes are coming! Great!

The Backer Wordle is also about to be printed too, and that looks very colourful too: 1 x 1 metre to thank all 29 backers for their support!

Community Radio, Future Partners and Volunteers?

I  have also been in contact with Future Radio in Norwich. It is a community radio station and I am hoping they may be able to help us out with two volunteers across the three days, and I’m hoping they might do a live broadcast or interview at the actual event….. I have a lot of time for community radio as they offer really great creative opportunities and serve a real purpose with communities.  I am going to a meeting next week with them so I’ll let you know how that goes. I am also looking to find long time partners that we can take forward into future projects. This will be particularly important with the The Nine Realms, which is driven by language…radio would be a brilliant expression of this….Watch this space!

Logistics, Exhibition Layout, Budgeting What’s On

We’re giving a lot of attention to the layout of the exhibition at the moment: ie. how many cubes will be needed per book etc. This is important for budgetary reasons and for working out the space needed within The Blue Drawing Room: where best to place everything, where to hold the poetry readings, how many foam boards per side etc? There are 75 foam boards all of which have to be hung and have hooks glued on the back….

Over the last 2 days I have also set up our in-house budgeting system for ArtiPeeps and for the exhibition. I was informed yesterday that the money from the Arts Council England will be with us in 5 working days, and it is important that there are systems set up so I can monitor all the ins and outs of our project. There are two funders grants plus the backers’ contributions all in one ArtiPeeps account and I feel the responsibility of that, as payments will start to be due. I have learned that it may well be advantageous to have a separate account created for each project. One to remember, again, for The Nine Realms.  So I  have now set up 2 systems one for ArtiPeeps and one for ACE so I can keep hold of the actual and original costs as money comes in and out. So far-so-good it all adds up!

I have also been concentrating on spreading the word about Transformations via various online What’s Ons and we are now featured on The Norwich Writers’ Centres What’s On, which you can see here:

 http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/transformations.aspx

PDF

My goal by the end of this week is to have completely finished the interactive PDF for the exhibition. This has been particularly designed for access reasons- for any non-abled bodied people who wish to see the exhibition. The PDF will be put on an Ipad which will be available on the ground floor so nobody will miss out. The pdf contains all the material from the exhibition, hyperlinks to source material and educational material and to the participants websites. I am also, if I have time, toying with the idea of creating some sort of video that could be on the Ipad as another point of access. The Ipad has been funded by Arts Council England, which is a fabulous and useful thing, and will be used in all our other forth coming projects.

We’re talking posters for next week….as many as possible going up…..

Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

Nicky

 

 

Countdown to Transformations Week 1/5

15 Aug

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Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and assisted by Norfolk County Council

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As part of an attempt to document this whole process I have decided to post out on a weekly basis during the 5-week build up towards our exhibition in Hanse House, King’s Lynn. Preparation-wise a lot is going on each week and I want to record it- not only for the  purposes of evaluation afterwards, but as  a record for myself.

 

Yesterday, the scaffolding came to build a prototype  of one of a number of cubes we are going to build to exhibit the poetry foam boards and artwork on.   We put one together last night and it looks great. Here’s what it looked like before we put it up….I’m keeping what it looks likes together under my belt for a bit… so there’s some surprise attached to the exhibition…. The urban feel will work very well considering the contemporary nature of the project.

 

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The flyer for the exhibition was also printed this week, so we can begin to distribute them as widely as possible. We had to hang on for the funder logos, but it was well worth it. The posters will be ready on Monday. If you click on the link below you can see what it looks like. Dan Roberts from Minute Man in King’s Lynn has done a really interesting design based on the Origami theme of our exhibition logo designed by  Gary Caldwell I’ll put out the poster next week…..

001 Artipeeps – A5 Flyer

 

We began to budget for this exhibition many months ago. We had to make assumptions about our costs and what we would need so we could apply for grants.  When it actually comes to the ‘nitty gritty’ of the finances and your in the ‘now’ of the project re-instigating quotes etc,  the reality can be quite different. You may have to shift funds from one spending stream to another. This is something I have learned this week as our promotional material and exhibition costs have gone up and our framing costs down.  Luckily, The Arts Council England, who is our primary funder, understands this and allows us to redistribute the money as long as we stay within the £2694 of public funds that they have given us towards our project. This has meant that we can shift money over to where we need it. It has also confirmed to me that the overall figure we set was adequate.  Also, marketing and promotional costs must not be underestimated. I’m grateful I’ve learned that so early on, and it will help with The Nine Realms. I’ve also learned that a 15% contingency fund is a comforting thing!

We made contact with schools this week too, primarily King Edward VII’s  in King’s Lynn.  The art and literary departments are excited about what we are doing and will be hopefully coming to our Schools Day on the Friday (12th September). We go back for a formal meeting next week where we will also talk to the Classical Civilisations teacher again. This connection is one I instigated last year.

The educational element of what ArtiPeeps is  trying to do with its large-scale projects is very important to us, and we are dedicated to the use of comic strips as an access point for our projects. I’ll be able to say more about all of this after the meeting next week.

I have also started to advertise what we’re doing online via The Norwich Writer’s Centre via their ‘What’s On’ which should be up shortly and we are in ‘The Heritage Open Day directory’ which is great. I have also approached KLFM, the local radio station, and next week I’ll be connecting with the community radio station in Norwich.

Oh yes, having had to re-do the document for the poetry foams to bring down costs, I bid them a fond farewell today and they have now gone to the printers to be printed. It was hard to let go and stop fiddling.

I think that’s about it!  Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

 

 

 

 

 

ArtiPeeps Update: Onwards and Upwards

28 May

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Exactly a week has passed since the conclusion of our Kickstarter campaign for Transformations. We had a £4413 project goal and accrued £1392 of it, with 46 backers. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us.  This,  I feel,  is no mean feat and the Transformers and I all worked very hard, full-out, for its duration. Kickstarter campaigns are incredibly labour intensive, I have found!

The conclusion of this Kickstarter could have elicited feelings of despondency, but quite the opposite:  financial support has emerged out of the ashes of the campaign; many backers still  feeling able to support what we’re doing. We can move forward not really having lost anything. I am also about to put in an application to the arts council to fund the remaining monetary shortfall, and the Chair of ArtiPeeps and I will be trying to secure business sponsorship over the next couple of months.  

Overall, I think the campaign has positively foregrounded not only what ArtiPeeps stands for, but also what is behind the opportunities and initiatives we are attempting to provide.  It has also brought all the Transformers together much more overtly and we have communicated and worked well together as a collective. Considering this has often been across continents this is amazing.

I am also pleased that via the article in The Cambridge Evening News I may have helped other people with bi-polar by being open about mine. I’ve received a variety of emails and tweets that would indicate this, which is gratifying.  Some are creatives and will be taking part in future projects. I couldn’t run ArtiPeeps the way I do with a well-being thread without being fully transparent about my health…. 

There is a fast turn around on the Arts Council grant of 6 weeks, so my aim is to have that completed by the end of June. Therefore we will know where we are financially by August which gives us time to secure other funding if necessary by 12th September.

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Loki, Norse supervillan

 

I am also intending to put in further applications for our Norse Sagas project next year and our ‘Supporting Mental Health’ exhibition. By procuring funds in advance of our projects this will help secure our initiatives and allow us to move forward from a position of strength. That is the the theory anyway!!  From the end of June my time will then be spent on the soft copy exhibition book, ebook and pdf and other sponsorship.  We’ll see how that goes…

Our second season of work ended last Friday, and looking back it  featured a wide variety of creatives and initiatives: from Millfield School’s Year 9 young poets, to our second hot potato collaborative short story (which is now being illustrated) to our first wood sculptor who is hopefully going to be involved in the Norse Sagas project next year. The ‘Supporting Mental Health’ Initiative has also produced some fantastic work on the themes of Loneliness and Anxiety and Release. The Found Poetry Project has also shown me the delights of creating such poems. Fabulous!

Running the Kickstarter on top of the season of work was a lot of pressure, and it has made me think about how I will run the seasons in the future. Whether I will just have rolling programmes of initiatives, instead of packed three month seasons. I’m going to discuss this with the Management Committee and go from there. With a rolling programme, opportunities could be given in a more consistent, less intense way. Any feedback on this thought would be welcomed. It would also leave room for a spontaneous project which would be no bad thing. 

I will be posting out regular updates as we move towards the Transformations exhibition dates, and will post something out in July about the opportunities centred around Norse Sagas.

Thanks so much for your interest, and for having supported us during our Kickstarter campaign. It’s much appreciated, and do get in contact if you’d like to get involved- via the contact form on the What’s On page or via @ArtiPeeps

 

All the very best,

Nicky

 

 

‘A Sense of Place’: Poems From Millfield School’s 2014 Poetry Festival

22 May

 

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Young poets in Years 9, 10 and 12 are writing poems inspired by particular places of importance to them, painting word-pictures of those places and drawing on a rich emotional palette. Here you will find some poems written by pupils in Year 9, the youngest year group in the senior school. The poems are fresh and honest, and show a deft touch and attention to detail. I hope you enjoy them.

James BaddockHead of English, Drama & Media,

 

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The river flows beneath the night sky
In spring you see the birds learn how to fly
In summer there is the smell of fresh cut grass
And all the people begin to laugh
The swans and ducks then begin to waddle away
And all the children start to play
Autumn comes around fast
And clearing leaves becomes a task
Winter comes in hard before everyone’s eyes
And we all fill up on mince pies
Hot chocolate time by the fire place
Looking onto the Christmas lace
Next comes new year
When everyone forgets all the fear

by Ella and Zoe

 

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Away

by  Ellie

 

Into the river they paddle and dip,
The slender, silvery
Limbs,
Swirling,
Soothing.
Content.
The willow tree
Is where I choose,
As I did before,
And before that.

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Riveted, gnarled, ancient,
Yet youthful.
Book in hand,
I clamber,
Up:
Up and…

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The breeze ripples and eddies,
Reflecting the river below.
Swallows dip,
Snatching up the silvery stream,
They dive, they soar,
Up:
Up and away.

 

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The magnitude of the mountains
Their prowess engulfing the slight senescence.
Tiny streams weeping across the prepossessing landscape,
Emerging as an alluring blur –
Pronouncing the innocence and purity of the mist.

Darkness drifts silently and swiftly upon you,
The once aesthetic landscape is now reticent.
Rogue shadows slink with faint, pitiful cries,
Mourning for their relief of death,
The ripples of blood swamping this innocence and purity
With the deep boldness and obnoxiousness.

In a trice, rays of light pierce through the recondite
Of darkness, like a hot knife through butter.
A glimpse of freedom, shone as bright as a star
Through the bleak barbarity of darkness,
Churning in my head, head, head.

by Henry

 

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The sky is like a zen garden
Lights bright like stars
Grass as green as money
Water like a mirror

by Innes

 

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I must stay

by Josh

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The purple flash left in my mind
The hut below dodged the threat
My eyes are black my eyes are blind
The place below is getting wet

The clouds line the heavenly door
The street so silent and bare
The litter does roll on the floor
The smell of chips in the air

The candle lights are no match
The tree sways and sigh
The lonely dog starts to scratch
The room to sleep I must buy

They open my door
And are cold no more

 

 

 Kenya

by Freddie

 

The sun is a little boy with a magnifying glass
Burning all the ants,
Everywhere you go a predator is watching your every step,
All the animals staring into the abyss above,
Waiting for short showers,
Fighting for a drop of water,
Nervous to approach you,
Creeping into shadows,
A desert with no oasis,
The birds guarding the skies
As you walk on the crispy cracked earth.

 

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Moccas

by Page

 

The old wise men of Moccas.
Where the deer roam all day,
I could stay there all day listening to
the sounds of the wind within the leaves.

I listen with content in my heart. The
Peacefulness is overwhelming and my
Mind is at ease here.You can be
her forever without any disturbance.
Just the way it should be.

Different adventures everyday,
From low to high. Sometimes it’s
Inclement other times it is
Radiant, just like the house.

No disturbance just innocence.
It is easy to lose track of time.
You lose all thoughts.
At peace.

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inhale,
……………a spiritual place of wonder,
……………mine,
the sun even cowers behind burnt branches and neglected pressure,
…………..all silence,
except for a slight rustle of leaves,
…………..I can unwind,
not everything is as it seems,
realisation.
……………standing out is just someone’s hobby,
……………and there is nothing to be done about it,
glistening gold,
final seconds,
……………and I exhale..

by Ellie

 

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Prison

by Rosie

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Sifting through each memory,
Every sense of time and space,
Emotions drowning
In the midst of this desolate place

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Inmates dull and grey,
Nothing left to live for.
Each day another burden,
Hearts rubbed red and raw.

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Locked up at night
Locked up in day.
Memories of the outside world,
Drift by each passing day.

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There’s nothing left,
All hope is gone.
There’s nothing left,
My life is done.

 

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World War II London

by Stephen

Sirens going, whistles blowing, bombs fall to the ground,
People running everywhere, confusion all around,
A shout goes out, someone’s hurt, the ambulance moves fast,
Where are the children? Are they safe? I am remembering my past.

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Once the houses stood around lovely village greens,
With enormous homes full of love and life,
And children and a husband and a dutiful wife,
A world full of hope, a future full of dreams.

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But now all that’s left is a horrible scene,
I must try to stop this to get back what has been,
What is left for you and me,
When the nations of the world cannot see,
They dominate us with power and might,
What is left for our children,
How will they learn what is wrong and right?

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So let’s teach them to be tolerant, patient and kind,
To learn that the use of guns is weaker than the mind,
Let’s make it right for you and for me,
So that our children can see how we used to be.

 

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Dubai

by Tshimollo

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Dubai … expanse of desert
With lots of Palm trees and
cactuses,
Lost in the overwhelming brown
sand,
Buildings appear from a distance,
Cars going from side to side,

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The Human habitation desert gone,
Dubai is as hot as a boiling kennel,
The sand is crisp gold cornflakes,
The water is as warm as a hot
running bath,
The rooms are as cold as ice cubes

That’s the city of
Dubai…

 

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I go to the magical island Minorca

the smell of fresh figs breathing though my nose

Sweet heaven!

I jump in the swimming pool

I get a breath of hot air

And then paralysingly cold water

I’m relaxed and joyful

I get on the jetski

Bumping and bashing

I fall off

Jellyfish!

by Will

 

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The Beast

by Zoe

The cries of death whispered around the corridors,
Murmurs discussing the blood that stained the sheets,
Eager footsteps caressed the floors,
As the pained looks rushed to meet their fate.

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As soon as the doors opened,
The unwilling were engulfed into a world,
Sanitised and streaked with fear,

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The operating room beds creased with the contours of paralysed legs,
The shadows of the doctors swarmed over patients,
As the rubber gloves searched for the beast that crawled inside of them,
The beast that could cause the end.

 

 

 

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