Tag Archives: Kelly Occhiuzzo

Transformations: Art, and Meeting Face-to-Face

29 Sep

new-badge5

 

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):

 

Cloud 17

 

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.

 ——

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:

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

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

 

Advertisements

‘Interactions and Intersections’: An Artistic Experiment In Collaboration #5 (the conclusion)

3 Jun

Interactions and Intersections

Welcome to ‘Interactions and Intersections’, an artistic exploration of collaboration by 3 artists over 1 month.

Featuring artists: Kelly Occhiuzzo, Sara Mena and Amanda Santos

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” ~Alexander Gorlizki

A couple of months a go I asked Kelly if she would like to take up our Visitor Peep/artist in residence initiative for a month, and we started to discuss the nature of collaboration and connection. As we talked Kelly came up with the idea of online, Twitter-based artists co-creating pieces of art. Passing work, one-to-the-other, and creating something truly collaborative. I then found the artists and what will follow over the next 4 weeks and be posted out on a weekly basis will be the gradual unfolding of 4 new, truly collaborative pieces of art. The project is intended to be experimental, fun, and with an emphasis on the connectivity and the process more than the completed compositions themselves.  

After 5 weeks of passing the ‘Interactions and Intersections’ Project finally draws to a close this week. Each original artwork from each artist having been passed between the artists 4 times.  You’ll find Kelly’s, Sara’s and Amanda’s final pieces below.

>>>>>>

Without further ado, here is Kelly’s final offering which has been passed between the 3 artists for 4 weeks:

>>>>>

Kelly's Week 5 Final Pass 

I thought it might be pertinent to repeat what Kelly felt about about her experience of Interactions and Intersections

‘Exciting week this was. The work passed was so wonderful,  I had a hard time wondering how to yet again morph it into something new.  But what was the most exciting for me was knowing the experiences the other artists were having,  especially Amanda. When I found out she was still in High School I thought her to be very brave to take this kind of project on. I am excited for her that this is the beginning of her artistic journey and she is not afraid to be challenged. I look forward to following both Amanda and Sara’s work into the future. We will forever be connected by Interactions & Intersections, and of course by Nicky, who so patiently put this all together. Thank you Nicky for providing this kind of forum for creatives to connect and share’. 

In case you’ve forgotten what this piece looked pre-collaboration here’s a reminder:

>>>>>>

Kelly Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And here’s Sara’s Final Contribution which has been passed between the 3 artists for 4 weeks:

Sara's artipeeps_pass4

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I thought it might be pertinent to repeat what Sara felt about about her experience of Interactions and Intersections:

‘Interactions and Intersections’ was and still is a fantastic artistic experience. Usually we do a picture ourselves, we think about our experience and our way to see the world. While that is welcome and pleasant., doing something with others helps us expand our view and how we see art. I loved this from the start and every week I had a lot of fun doing every image. I appreciate a lot how I was doing my pictures thinking about the other artists, giving them space to work on it and also trying to keep their expression in the pictures. I also like that I was able to use a lot of media in my pictures. I feel like I grew a lot with this. No wonder Surrealists did something similar to this. I suggest everyone do something like this whenever they get the chance. I also want to thank, Nicky, Amanda, Kelly and David for this amazing experience! Hope I can work with you guys in the future. ‘

In case you’ve forgotten what Sara’s piece looked like pre-collaboration here’s a reminder:

Sara Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And here is Amanda’s Final Contribution which has been passed between the 3 artists for the past 4 weeks:

>>>

Amanda's Last Piece Big

>>>

I thought it might be pertinent to repeat what Amanda felt about about her experience of Interactions and Intersections:

‘I personally loved the experience of this collaboration. I loved interacting with artists from around the world through art. With each pass I got to see who the other artists were, their styles, and how those styles contrasted against each other but still worked together at the same time. It was fun to see each piece progress throughout the weeks. Everyone did a fantastic job, because all of the pieces are amazing works of art! This whole process was amazing but difficult, because I am a high school student. May is a busy time for any student, and keeping up with deadlines proved to be a challenge. However, I was still able to contribute which is really rewarding. If I had an opportunity like this again, I would not hesitate to sign up! Thank you to everyone that participated, especially Nicky who kept us all going.’

In case you have forgotten what Amanda’s original pre-collaboration picture looked like here it is:

Amanda Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

 Overall, this whole project has been an extremely interesting one to watch unfold. As you can see from what has been produced above the quality and artistry of the original start-off pieces has been retained, and enhanced with integrity and care.  I think this project has truly embodied the quote from Alexander Gorlizki that Kelly offered up in such an apposite way in her original post for Interactions and Intersections:

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” 

And if you can’t remember all the other phases of creation you can find them here, here and here

 

 

_____________________

 

‘Interactions and Intersections’: An Artistic Experiment In Collaboration #4

27 May

Interactions and Intersections

Welcome to ‘Interactions and Intersections’, an artistic exploration of collaboration by 3 artists over 1 month.

Featuring artists: Kelly Occhiuzzo, Sara Mena and Amanda Santos

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” ~Alexander Gorlizki

A couple of months a go I asked Kelly if she would like to take up our Visitor Peep/artist in residence initiative for a month, and we started to discuss the nature of collaboration and connection. As we talked Kelly came up with the idea of online, Twitter-based artists co-creating pieces of art. Passing work, one-to-the-other, and creating something truly collaborative. I then found the artists and what will follow over the next 4 weeks and be posted out on a weekly basis will be the gradual unfolding of 4 new, truly collaborative pieces of art. The project is intended to be experimental, fun, and with an emphasis on the connectivity and the process more than the completed compositions themselves.  

Each week we’ll let you see how the pieces are progressing, and today we’re collectively reflecting upon the whole process.

Here’s what Amanda says about her experience thus far: 


‘I personally loved the experience of this collaboration. I loved interacting with artists from around the world through art. With each pass I got to see who the other artists were, their styles, and how those styles contrasted against each other but still worked together at the same time. It was fun to see each piece progress throughout the weeks. Everyone did a fantastic job, because all of the pieces are amazing works of art! This whole process was amazing but difficult, because I am a high school student. May is a busy time for any student, and keeping up with deadlines proved to be a challenge. However, I was still able to contribute which is really rewarding. If I had an opportunity like this again, I would not hesitate to sign up! Thank you to everyone that participated, especially Nicky who kept us all going.’

Here below is Amanda’s 3rd pass piece working from Kelly’s original and Sara’s Second pass addition:

The 3rd Pass, Amanda

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Here’s how Sara summed up her experience thus far too :

‘Interactions and Intersections’ was and still is a fantastic artistic experience. Usually we do a picture ourselves, we think about our experience and our way to see the world. While that is welcome and pleasant., doing something with others helps us expand our view and how we see art. I loved this from the start and every week I had a lot of fun doing every image. I appreciate a lot how I was doing my pictures thinking about the other artists, giving them space to work on it and also trying to keep their expression in the pictures. I also like that I was able to use a lot of media in my pictures. I feel like I grew a lot with this. No wonder Surrealists did something similar to this. I suggest everyone do something like this whenever they get the chance. I also want to thank, Nicky, Amanda, Kelly and David for this amazing experience! Hope I can work with you guys in the future. ‘

Here below is Sara’s 3rd pass piece working from Amanda’s original and Kelly’s 2nd pass additions:  

artipeeps_pass3 Sara

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Here we have Kelly’s feelings about her experience of Interactions and Interesections

‘Exciting week this was. The work passed was so wonderful,  I had a hard time wondering how to yet again morph it into something new.  But what was the most exciting for me was knowing the experiences the other artists were having,  especially Amanda. When I found out she was still in High School I thought her to be very brave to take this kind of project on. I am excited for her that this is the beginning of her artistic journey and she is not afraid to be challenged. I look forward to following both Amanda and Sara’s work into the future. We will forever be connected by Interactions & Intersections, and of course by Nicky, who so patiently put this all together. Thank you Nicky for providing this kind of forum for creatives to connect and share’.

Here below is Kelly’s Week 3 pass, working from Sara’s original artwork and Amanda’s 2nd Week addition:

<<<<

Pass 3 Kelly's Work on Sara's Week 2

Nicky’s experience of Co-ordinating ‘Inteactions and Intersections’

”Interactions and Intersections’ out of all the collaborations ArtiPeeps has run so far has perhaps revealed to me the most about not only the wonder of collaboration but also the complex and delicate nature of interaction and collaboration. Particularly in the virtual world where there are no physical cues or signs to feed off, no ‘real’ faces to scour off for meaning.  Affective communication and actively communicating therefore become an imperative not only for the individual but  also for the collective. To maintain a group feel within this environment takes enthusiasm and openness. Kelly, Amanda and Sara have had ample amounts of both. To collaborate affectively is no mean feat, it’s something that artists in isolation don’t necessarily benefit from as Sara mentioned above. I’m hoping we can use this project as a template for the first of many, and I am inordinately thankful to the 4 artists involved for coming on board with this. Long may this connection continue and I’m looking forward to seeing the final, completed artworks next week.’

>>>

The 4th pass has just occurred (Kelly to Sara, Sara to Amanda, Amanda to Kelly) and you’ll be able to see the completed pieces in this project’s last post on Monday 3rd June. In case you’ve forgotten what the pieces looked like originally you can check them out here

 

>>>

 

_____________________

 

‘Interactions and Intersections’: An Artistic Experiment In Collaboration #3

22 May

Interactions and Intersections

Welcome to ‘Interactions and Intersections’, an artistic exploration of collaboration by 3 artists over 1 month.

Featuring artists: Kelly Occhiuzzo, Sara Mena and Amanda Santos

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” ~Alexander Gorlizki

A couple of months a go I asked Kelly if she would like to take up our Visitor Peep/artist in residence initiative for a month, and we started to discuss the nature of collaboration and connection. As we talked Kelly came up with the idea of online, Twitter-based artists co-creating pieces of art. Passing work, one-to-the-other, and creating something truly collaborative. I then found the artists and what will follow over the next 4 weeks and be posted out on a weekly basis will be the gradual unfolding of 4 new, truly collaborative pieces of art. The project is intended to be experimental, fun, and with an emphasis on the connectivity and the process more than the completed compositions themselves.  

Each week we’ll let you see how the pieces are progressing, and we’ll spotlight one of the artists involved each week too.

This week our spotlight falls on Amanda Santos

 ______________________

But before we turn to Amanda here are the results of our Second week. Each artist now adding  their own individual twist on the first pass artwork which occurred last Saturday (18th). In case you’ve forgotten what the pieces looked like last week you can check them out here

 Here below is Amanda’s First Offering which has been added to by Kelly this week in our Second Pass:

>>>

Kelly-Week 2 Pass Adding To Amanda's Piece

>>>>

And here below is Kelly’s Piece which has been added to by Sara this week:

>>>

Sara's Week 2 Pass Adding To Kelly's Piece

>>>>>

And here below is the piece by Sara which has been added to by Amanda this week:

>>>

Amanda's Week 2 Pass adding Onto Sara's Piece

>>>>

 

^Please click on the image to enlarge

>>>

This coming Saturday each artist will pass their work on:

Kelly to Sara

Sara to Amanda

Amanda to Kelly

The third week results as well as a discussion by the artists on what they have felt about this experience will be posted out on Monday 27th May 

_____________________

Now here’s a little bit more about Amanda:

“Hi, my name is Amanda Santos. I’m a junior in High School, and I only really got involved in art a year ago in my Art I class. Since then I have tried to learn everything that I possibly can about every type of art that I could find. I am still trying to find a style and a voice in the artistic world, but I’m on my way.

So far I have discovered that I particularly enjoy figure drawing , and using mixed media. Beyond that I am still learning and having a blast doing so. When Nicky asked me to be a part of this collaboration I was ecstatic. I have never done anything like this, and the opportunity to work with artists from around that world was one that I could not pass up. This experience has been amazing, and the pieces are growing into some fantastic works of art. Everyone is doing an amazing job!”

 

Here’s a slide show of some of Amanda’s artwork:

>

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

>>

‘Interactions and Intersections’: An Artistic Experiment In Collaboration #2

15 May

Interactions and Intersections

Welcome to ‘Interactions and Intersections’, an artistic exploration of collaboration by 3 artists over 1 month.

Featuring artists: Kelly Occhiuzzo, Sara Mena and Amanda Santos

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” ~Alexander Gorlizki

A couple of months a go I asked Kelly if she would like to take up our Visitor Peep/artist in residence initiative for a month, and we started to discuss the nature of collaboration and connection. As we talked Kelly came up with the idea of online, Twitter-based artists co-creating pieces of art. Passing work, one-to-the-other, and creating something truly collaborative. I then found the artists and what will follow over the next 4 weeks and be posted out on a weekly basis will be the gradual unfolding of 4 new, truly collaborative pieces of art. The project is intended to be experimental, fun, and with an emphasis on the connectivity and the process more than the completed compositions themselves.  

Each week we’ll let you see how the pieces are progressing, and we’ll spotlight one of the artists involved each week.

This week our spotlight falls on  Sara Mena

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to health reasons artist David Lee has had to pull out of this project. We wish him well and I’m sure he will be collaborating with us in some other creative venture in the future.

______________________

But before we turn to Sara here are the results of our first week. Each artist starting their own individual piece ready for the first pass which occurred last Saturday (11th). 

 Here below is Amanda’s First Offering which is being added to by Kelly this week:

>>>>

Amanda Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

And here below is Kelly’s Piece which is being added to by Sara this week:

>>>>>

Kelly Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

And here below is the piece by Sara which is being added to by Amanda this week:

>>>>

Sara Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

 

^Please click on the image to enlarge

>>>

This coming Saturday each artist will pass their work on:

Kelly to Sara

Sara to Amanda

Amanda to Kelly

The second week results as well as a feature on Amanda will be posted out on Wednesday 22nd May 

_____________________

Now here’s a little bit more about Sara:

HI I’m Sara Mena, i’m a freelance illustrator and 2D artist and very positive with life and with the things I love. I was born in 1985 and although I have a BA in Graphic Design I was always drawn to the visual arts and illustration and decided to go that way.

I like to work in paper and digital, usually mixing those two. I’m passionate with expression and emotion in paintings and drawings and I like merging media to find new ways of expression and to convey responses.

At present time, I’m doing figurative work, science art and also art for videogames. Sometimes I work in some art exhibitions.

I’m glad to be able to work with such different areas, they make me use different techniques and make me think in particular ways, that helps me grow and expand my art.

I also love challenges, that’s why I got really happy when I was invited for ‘Interactions and Intersections’: An Artistic Experiment In Collaboration by Artipeep/Nicky! I feel this a great and new challenge for me and the chance to work with other artists is awesome! “

Here’s a slide show of some of Sara’s artwork:

>>>

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

‘Interactions and Intersections’: An Artistic Experiment In Collaboration #1

6 May

Interactions and Intersections

Welcome to ‘Interactions and Intersections’, an artistic exploration of collaboration by 4 artists over a month. Created by artist Kelly Occhiuzzo,

A couple of months a go I asked Kelly if she would like to take up our Visitor Peep/artist in residence initiative for a month, and we started to discuss the nature of collaboration and connection. As we talked Kelly came up with the idea of online, twittered based artists co-creating pieces of art. Passing work, one-to-the-other, and creating something truly collaborative. I then found the artists and what will follow over the next 5 weeks and be posted out on a weekly basis will be the gradual unfolding of 4 new, truly collaborative pieces of art. The project is intended to be experimental, fun, and with an emphasis on  the connectivity and the process more than the finessed, completed compositions themselves.  

Each week we’ll let you see how the pieces are progressing, and we’ll spotlight one of the artists involved each week.

Kelly will now set the scene for their collaborative project:

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” ~Alexander Gorlizki

>>>

Abstraction II by Kelly Occhiuzzo

Abstraction II by Kelly Occhiuzzo 

My name is Kelly Occhiuzzo, Artist, Mother, Maker. BFA The Cooper Union 1989, I am an Abstract Expressionist who loves to work on paper.

 Having made the discovery that Twitter was not just for following celebrities, and stumbling upon an entire community of like minded creatives, one of my first connections was with ArtiPeeps. When Nicky/ArtiPeep asked whether I would like to be a contributor to their blog, I was slightly hesitant. Not sure how or what I could do. I then began to think of the connections I was beginning to make with makers around the globe. The coming together of community on Twitter. 

 Combining ArtiPeeps’ mission of creative collaborative experiences and the long history collaboration has had in the artists’ life, an idea began to form. Artists have long been considered by many as “lonely creatures”, but they also need to ‘be’, and to perform and to be seen and recognized. And I think that is where the Twitter platform comes in:  the need to exchange, to share, to collaborate. I then began to think about the New York Correspondence School, which I have always admired, also known as Mail Art or Postal Art or Correspondence Art. An artistic movement centered around sending small scale works through the postal service. That was it, the concept of E(mail)ART. Reaching out to Nicky/ArtiPeep and her relationship with other Twitter Artists, I could find a group of willing creatives to participate. 

>

 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 Electronic communication between artists from around the globe, beginning informal art, based on the simple theme of “Interactions and Intersections” A sort of round robin of art. Each artist beginning a piece of work and then passing it on to each other. The end result, 4 different pieces in a series based on the same theme. Each artist playing off of each other and being inspired by one another. There are no limitations regarding techniques, materials, or methods, other then remembering that the work will be sent on electronically.

The idea is that the project should be fun since we are 4 artists completely unknown to each other, not get stressed over it. Each artist can spend as little time or as much time as they would like on each portion of the work. Stepping outside of their individual comfort zones and making something totally opposite to their own personal style. Anything goes really! 

The other 3 artists participating in this project are:

Sara Mena

Amanda Santos

David Lee

>>

This coming Saturday each artist will pass their work on:

Kelly to Sara, Sara to Amanda, Amanda to David and David to Kelly

The first week results as well as a feature on Sara will be posted out on Wednesday 15th May 

>>>

Bunny Hops: ArtiPeeps Update

1 Apr

Hurry

>

It’s been a little while since I’ve given everybody an update of what’s afoot with ArtiPeeps, so I’m taking this Easter Monday as a cue to do so. I am trying to embody all the energy of the hare above at the moment but not the speed- slow and steady is what I’m aiming for; trying to build something solid and meaningful in the long term. All of what you’ll find below is part of that trajectory.

Today is the launch of the new ArtiPeeps logo that you’ll see to the right at the top of the sidebar. It has been designed by artist and illustrator Gary Caldwell and Gary and I have been working on it for a number of months. The logo’s aim is to embody all that ArtiPeeps stands for in a clear and precise way and to communicate the notion of collaboration visually. There is also an explicit nod to another one of ArtiPeeps’ concerns -well-being. We’re going to use the logo on all our official documentation and business cards etc. It will also be the logo I use for my various social media profiles. It’s one of the stages in our professionalisation, so it feels good, and Gary has been a great collaborator. Artipeeps likes Gary.

In terms of present and future collaborations our Transformations Poetry Project is going on a pace. It’s our 3rd month in and the quality of the poems has been extraordinary. Long may it continue!  You can find all the poems here, here, here & here. My aim is to also bring in artists into this project to contribute one painting, illustrating one book. We have two artists so far. If you are an artist and would like to get involved with this please do contact me. The poems and art will form an exhibition/collaboration next year and this will, in real terms, move the virtual collaboration into something concrete and tangible (which is an important intent); foregrounding all the creatives involved. The exhibition which hopefully will also include the poets involved will take place in Kings Lynn late next year; I will be crowdfunding for this exhibition starting in July (that’s the plan).

Our mental health ‘Recovery Project’ is also well under way- 3 artist (Ray Bentley, Jeremy Moseley, Hugo Smith); 3 poets: (Carol Robson, John Mansell and Rebecca Audra Smith) 1 audio visual artist, (Shaun Blezard) working on the theme of recovery *. You can find full details of the project here just last week the 3 poems were passed to the artists. Indeed, the first section of our piece ‘despair’ is already complete as is the soundscape for the whole piece written by Shaun . The artwork combined with the poetty will be ready by the end of April and then it will be a matter of combining all three sections into a whole of some sort in May and releasing it to the world. It’s an extremely affecting and powerful piece we’re creating, I can feel that already. We’re getting a mental health charity involved with us and I’m working towards placing the piece in some way within psychiatric hospitals and/or like-minded organisations.

In relation to the well-being aspect of ArtiPeeps, it is also my intention to create a sister site (ArtiPeeps Well-being) that is dedicated to supporting creative minds. The two sites will be interlinked, but there will be a very clear psychological imperative to the sister site using art, literature and poetry therapeutically and creating links with similar groups and organisations such as Space2Create (with whom we’ll be forging a firm link shortly).

We also have our first prose collaboration Hot Potato kicking off in the middle of April, where 8 prose writers (Ben Cooper, Gail Aldwin, aksania xenogrette ,  CJ Sullivan, AK AndersonLaura Besley, Gwendolyn S, Natalie Beech (over a period of 16 weeks, will be writing one short story sequentially). It’s going to be good. We’ve got great potatoes!! 

We have also found another visitor peep/artist in residence Kelly Occhiuzzo who will be with us for the month of May co-ordinating and taking part in a 4 artist project she has developed in which 4 separate new pieces of art will be created over the period of a month. We’re in the process of firming everything up at the moment. We’re so glad to have her with us!

My focus is still firmly fixed on building as many individual and group opportunities into ArtiPeeps as possible, and the well-being sister site will be developed steadily alongside everything as best I can. I have to admit that balancing the running of ArtiPeeps with actually doing what I need to do to develop it is difficult. Finding the time to do business plans, make connections etc. At present I am in the process of trying to find not only someone to help me with all the day-to-day computer work but also someone who can help me with the budgeting of my 5 year business plan which will act as the foundation of ArtiPeeps’ business equity and project crowdfunding plans. I am approaching CamCreative in relation to this….

In terms of individual opportunities, ‘Weekend Showcase’ is running smoothly every Friday with a new creative featured each week. Every creative showcased is then offered the option of taking up ‘FreeSpace’ (3 separate slots which can be taken up in a cluster or spread across months for mini-projects or for further platforming). James Knight has already done so and Koos Kleven (cartoonist) is also taking up this offer as has poet Oregon McClure. I am also starting up another mini-opportunity called ‘FullSpread’ which will offer creatives: a showcase, ‘FreeSpace’ and a guest blog. This could work particularly well for groups and organisations that want to not only communicate what they do but also want to foreground individuals and projects. We are in fact in the process of offering this to Space2Create.

In terms of features our usual ones,Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ (Greg Mackie), ‘Flash Fortnightly’ and ‘Classic Friday’ ( Nisha Moodley) are going strong, and we have now introduced a new monthly ‘writerly’ feature ‘The Tiniest of Things’ with poet Tiffany Coffman.

Last week ArtiPeeps was nominated by Ant DiMartino for the ‘Very Inspring Blogger Award’ which caused me a bit of concern because it’s not me that does all the writing and the contributing it’s you. As I said to Ant I’m thinking hard how best to handle this and I will only proceed if I can foreground creatives from within ArtiPeeps and its environs… and they might not want to participate…so we”ll see.

As you can see there’s a lot going on; things shaping and shifting in every direction. It’s all really exciting but there’s such a lot to do so it’s about being slow and steady whilst embodying boundng hare-like energy that moves us consistently forward. It’s a matter of stepping forward each day and leaning into every opportunity I can to develop ArtiPeeps and all those who sail in her.

I thank every single contributor and supporter of ArtiPeeps. You are growing ArtiPeeps by your sheer presence and that is an amazing gift, and if you want to get involved just contact me!

Nicky 

>>

* “Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.” Scottish Recovery Network 2009

Recovery is not about ‘getting rid of problems’. It is about seeing people beyond their problems – their abilities, possibilities, interests, and dreams and recovering the social roles and relationships that give life value and meaning”Julie Repper and Rachel Perkins, 2002

%d bloggers like this: