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Learning Curves: ArtiPeeps Update

25 Sep

Learning Curve

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A real hotch-potch of ArtiPeeps news…

For the last week or so I have been concentrating on trying to shape the first ArtiPeeps 5 year business plan, and I have to say this has been no easy task: amidst the swirl of the first stages of the planning of our  ‘Transformations‘ Exhibition/Poetry Reading in September 2014 and our mini- relaunch ahead in October it’s been tricky to squeeze everything in.  September 2014 It may seem like a long way off but time ticks a way so, and the more preparation and space we have the better the outcome of ‘Transformations’ will be. I’m  hoping this will be a real, tangible springboard for us. 

Heritage Weekend

Last weekend I went to Hanse Houses Heritage day which was part of the town- (King’s Lynn’s)  yearly heritage weekend. The number of people passing through Hanse’s  doors has upped from 400- 600 from last year to this year. This bodes very well for ‘Transformations’ next year. It was a really great day which highlighted notions of collaboration and reconciliation. I felt our project would fit in there perfectly.

Legal Structure for ArtiPeeps

As part of my business planning it has also become apparent that very shortly ArtiPeeps will have to choose an appropriate legal structure if it is to become a professional organisation. I have to say,  I have never quite seen us as a blog in my head anyway (even though we are). I’ve always  wanted ArtiPeeps to be a service and/or a kind of creative, collaborating community. In professional speak, I’ve come to understand, we are  an ‘unincorporated’ organisation. However, with ‘Transformations’ on the horizon and budgets being created how ArtiPeeps deals with its relationship to money has to be addressed. This is particularly important as we plan to facilitate more concrete events in the future. It is also important we know what we are for funding purposes. This has become all too clear.

At the moment I am deliberating over whether we are moving towards becoming a not-for-profit- all -out charity or whether we are going to be a company limited by guarantee and a charitable organisation. One allows us to play with some sort of income the other restricts us to purely charitable pursuits.  Both frameworks also have different implications on the legal structure-  for instance- a company limited by guarantee has a membership, which I think would actually suit ArtiPeeps very well.

At present I am still working through this as each has entirely different implications on how we proceed. I have set myself a goal to have this all squared up by the end of December.

Intention

This has all  meant that  I have had to think very carefully through what ArtiPeeps’ intentions are (the business planning has helped me do this). What does ArtiPeeps, in its heart, want to do? This is the  question that matters the most.   I know that a lot of charitable organisations move from charitable status to a company ltd by guarantee as it does allow you mix profit with charitable intent. Indeed, I’ve worked for several organisations that have done so successfully.  Once this issue has been clarified I can then approach either Companies House or the Charities Compassion. 

Business Planning

Deciding what legal structure we are has slowed up the writing of the business plan somewhat as one aspect is dependent on another. Also, as per usual, ArtiPeeps is continually evolving-responding every day to what’s emerging creatively- and to try and fix what we do down, to project clearly into the future;  to know ‘for certain’ in this moment, is hard. I can certainly see now why some new organisations don’t try and write a business plan until later down the line. But then you don’t know where you’re going; there’s no compass to guide you  and things eventually fall apart or grind to a heart-wrenching halt. I’ve worked for organisations like that too. Trying to pin matters down whilst in flow is  a hard one to crack. So I’ve moved a long hugely with it, but the fixing is still a work in progress. However, what our ultimate structure could be has become much more apparent which is exciting.

Marketing Material and ‘Transformations’

I also have had a meeting with what will be the printers and graphic designers for ‘Transformations’ (Minute Man Press). I have been through all the costings of the marketing needed for our project. Just last night I pulled together a budget for our event and I am finalising everything in preparation for a second meeting shortly. The advice I received at Minute Man was invaluable and really made me think things through. It gave me some perspective so I could see how clear and strong my sense of purpose is, and how well I can communicate it if needs be (which was a relief to me). I’m always so insecure about how I communicate even though I communicate well.  My plan is to also secure sponsorship for some of the marketing costs involved in ‘Transformations’. Watch this space… It could well be that there will also be some big changes in terms of our website as well in readiness for next year.

Exhibition Book

I have looked into the costs of  producing a book that will be available alongside the exhibition containing all the artwork and chosen poems. Thanks to one of our transformers James Knight, I am now ‘in the know’ as to how it all works; that feels good too. I’m all set to start fiddling…

Wellcome Trust Grant Bid (Biomedicine)

I am also having a meeting this Friday with poet and academic  Miranda Barnes in relation to a Wellcome Trust bid we are going to work towards together.  I’ve scheduled  this collaborative project to take place in 2016 (not that I’m thinking ahead or anything…).  My aim  from now on is to actively work towards securing  funding in advance for all our major collaborations (one major, large scale one each year and 3-4 mid scale mental health orientated ones per year).  I am pleased to say I have also found several other potential creatives with a science background who  will hopefully feed into this too. The Wellcome Trust funds projects that promote new artworks which nurture public engagement with  bioscience (biology and medicine). This project will eventually feed into our ‘Creatives Making A Difference’ strand.

 ArtiPeeps is having a mini relaunch next week-

with a jam packed programme of new talent and mental health/well-being mid-sized collaborations.  We also have a writer in residence for the month (our visitor peep) the emerging writer and poet  Lydia Allison, which will be brilliant.  We’re so pleased to be featuring her work and creating opportunities for Lydia  to work with other creatives from other disciplines. This mini-relaunch marks the movement of ArtiPeeps away from features to being driven by two strands: individual showcasing opportunities (Spotlight) and multi-form collaborations (both educational and artistic  and mental-health  orientated- ‘Creatives Making A Difference’). This two-strand testing will be running right the way through until the end of December.  Do let me know what you think. There will be a ‘re-launch’ post out on Monday to introduce what will be going on throughout the next three months. It’s going to be great!!

There’s lots afoot at ArtiPeeps at the moment so do support us as we grow and evolve, shape, turn, create and collaborate.

All the very best!

Nicky

Vimeo & What Does It Mean?

4 Sep

😉 I had a great week last week because I stumbled upon Vimeo (an alternative to You Tube- less ubiquitous it seems, and more creative) where I thought I/we could host any videos we create. It’s where I’m going to put The Dove Project as we go along.  Having thought it through  I  have also  decided to use Vimeo as a springboard for not only our group and individual creative projects but also  for ArtiPeeps  as an entity in itself and for what will be my overarching business (now called CreoKardia …meaning to create from the heart). I’m doing little videos focusing around the themes we do for each session, and I’m doing little creative tips and inspiration pointers etc..whatever comes up for me, a bit like these blogs… I also thought it would be a good place for little videos about ArtiPeeps and where we can record/video our pieces (like Karin reading her poetry, if we so wish). I’m also doing little videos on the creation of my business.  I’m also hoping this will lead to other creative opportunities for us. There’s so much potential there. I’m really enjoying it. So far I’ve uploaded two videos: the shortened version of Harvey was Heavy, and a little conscious business video. I haven’t made it live yet because I want to build up a collection of videos, so everyone can really see what we’re about. I’m hoping to go live in about a 2 weeks time, and at the same time letting ArtiPeeps blog go live at the same time (if that’s okay with you), so people can see the link between the two.  I’ll see how it goes. It will then mean I can embed Vimeo videos into Artipeeps which will be brilliant! I’ve loved doing it. If you ever see a hunched woman on a bench in the Country Park speaking ardently into her ipod it’s probably me doing a video….

Anyway, that’s a really huge segue! Back to what I really wanted to muse over. A couple of days ago I showed Karin the new shortened Harvey was Heavy that I’ve put up on Vimeo, and what she said at the end really made me think. She said, and she didn’t mean it critically, I know:  what was the point of it? She didn’t quite get it. It didn’t make sense to her.  And I’ve been going over this in my mind (the way I do), questioning if it really does have to make sense. If my intention was to use it as a vehicle of experimentation, to try and show my peeps what I wanted to do with our Dove Project does it have to make sense?  There were some really striking images, some good bits of editing and audio..isn’t that enough? If the intention never was to create a narrative but to try and get a feel of something-does it then  have to be coherent as well? Isn’t it just a matter of intention? And is there something slightly askew about our expectation for films to be linear and make sense? Maybe a juxtaposed form challenges all of that, and that is that. I don’t know… Karin’s reaction just placed all these thoughts into my head. What  do you think? Let’s have a heated debate… I’ve also done a little Vimeo video about it which I’ll hopefully upload shortly….

So that’s been me-growing and expanding over the last fortnight, and loving every minute of it……………………

Intention

13 Aug

🙂 Since the last ArtiPeep session I’ve been thinking a lot about INTENTION, which has been further enhanced by my acquistition of Wayne Dyer’s The Power of Intention.  Here he sites Carlos Castanada’s (a great lover of Shamanism) definition:

‘Intent is a force that exists in the universe. When sorcerers (those who live of the source) beckon intent it comes to them and sets up a path of attainment which means that a sorcerer always accomplish what they set out to do’. 

This past week I’ve been very  busy stretching my hand upwards reaching high for intent to help me crack my issues with Gentleness ( teeth issues a-go-go, causing me gyp…I’ll say no more…except it pushes all my buttons). But my intent has been oh-so strong.  This is one of the last few issues I have but it’s a big one: one that goes right to my core and my heart,  and every day when I brush my teeth old, cruel ArtiPeep (perfection and cruelty-love it) bashes up against ArtiPeep (who knows gentleness and imperfection are A  ok) and for the space of the brushing there’s a bloody battle , and ArtiPeep looks at herself in the mirror and says with great vehemency :’  ArtiPeep doesn’t have to listen to old ArtiPeep!’. ‘No, no, no. You don’t need to listen to her anymore’. My intent,  in this regard you see,  is strong, rock solid. There is no need for cruelty and sharding to still be in my life. I deserve better. My intention is to learn gentleness and kindness towards myself( and this is the opportunity through which I can do so; and I don’t mean something half-hearted but something root-strong that spreads its tendrils throughout my life.  Gentleness and kindness throughout-not just for me but spread out to all those I meet. And I know, oh yes I know, that it will be this that will transform me and let me truly flourish into my future (near-apparent) and into my life right now (apparent). It’s one of the biggest battles I’ve ever had, and this is where my warriorship is coming in handy. There I stand sword and shield in hand. and I do, I d o, most certainly, do,  feel solid, like there is a true centre to me that stretches down through me into the brown earth. It’s there (and I can hardly believe it ). It really is. and I can close my eyes and feel it, really, really feel it. and it is my intent that is holding me there however I am feeling.

And as each day passes I am feeling like I’m getting closer to my source, to the force which I feel, more and more is giving me all these opportunities and ideas. It is this knowledge and the feeling,  when I close my eyes,  that makes me know I’m on my path.  So I’m truely grateful that this opportunity has come for me to set and challenge  my intent in such a rigorous way, and I shall raise my shield, cup my face in my hand (should I need comfort) and continue to move forward. Step by Step. I will accomplish what I have set out to do.

Rethinking Some Thoughts

5 Aug

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the relationship between ArtiPeeps and what I want to do with my Self-Development on-line/1-to-1 course. How can they feed into each other? Can they? Indeed, what is the exact nature of them? What do I want from them, and what do I want them to give to you, and anybody else who might be a Peep at some stage? How can I best give what I want to give to you, and how can it be turned into a business with a conscience and with ethics? And, and……………and….

Lots of thoughts……………

I’ve been quietly coming to the conclusion that I can’t really think of them as two entities that can feed off each other. I think, after a bit of an epiphany last night, and what the last July session felt like. They need to be kept separate. One: specific, targeted to the individual, focusing on change over a finite period of time. You are here and you want to get there.  BAM!- (Lot’s of musings this morning over what I could call it: I’ve thought of  ‘FREEME’ or ‘FREEYOURME’, ‘FREEYOURCREATIVEME’: unlock your creative potential as the tag…unsure…still working on it.. Just musings at the mo’. It will come……..The other, our ArtiPeeps,  is about exploration, self-development and creativity over an extended period of time. We’re in no rush, as long as we’re creating, enjoying ourselves and moving forward. There’s a striking difference between the two;  and yes, people who are doing the 121s can come along but the INTENTION is very different, and I hadn’t quite twigged that, so it’s made me re-think about how the ArtiPeep sessions could run. Keeping up the themed element, focused on self-development, but in a less obvious way. Themes generated from within, from you. Still thinking about this…. I’m going to and set up a little back-log of themes which I can draw on, creating mindmaps in advance of sessions (This will all feed in beautifully when the other groups start, next year..). So what I’ve basically decided is to keep ‘FREEME’ completely separate from ArtiPeeps, a completely different product. I’ll remove it from the blog, and it will have it’s own site. So the Practice page will vanish, and a logo-link will appear on the ArtiPeeps Home Page to the ‘FREEME’ Blog…Still thinking that one through….

Thinking…creating….thinking…..

New Creativity Group Meditation

25 Jul

Here’s our new group meditation….probably trying it out at this evening’s meeting…OMMMMMMM 🙂

Enjoy!

 

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