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The Nine Realms Update #9: September

21 Sep

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Vikings Ahoy! 

Having emerged from a packed week, and with my launch into the evaluatory phase of The Nine Realms on-the-go here I am to give you an idea of how  The Nine Realms five day event went. I hope you caught some of the tweeting about it and the posts by Viking participants etc. I’m thrilled to say that overall we had over 800 people passing through the Experience in King’s Lynn, and probably around 150 kids played on  our Minecraft (See section 5).   ‘Boat’  found it’s true home, and looked very stately as if it were meant to be in the space. People weren’t afraid to touch it either, and the sculpture acted as a real centre piece. You can also see the backer initials have been embossed on it, and a line of poetry hinting at the mead of poetry along the side. Mark has created a fantastically organic piece.

More Vikings came this year. With poet Jim C. Mackintosh coming, Karin Heyer and Becca Smith. Artists James Mackenzie, Lili Morgan Robert Fitzmaurice and Heather Burns coming, along with Elaine Offley, Diana Probst  and Gill Offley. Musician Simon Beavis also came too. It was a real treat!

5 paintings were sold across the 5 days and 3 prints- so all is well there too. We also had good attendance and feedback about both our poetry and art workshops. In order to decrease barriers to participation we made them free, which I think was a good thing.  60 pupils also attended our Schools’ Day and they loved our Yggdrasil Minecraft game. You’ll see some pictures below. We also found some children who were called Freyja and even Loki which was very fitting!

The poetry reading in Norwich was fun and relaxed. 34 people attended and 3 of us were there: Karin, myself and Caitlin (our Norse expert). We had somebody recording everything on a digital recorder. The audio will be winging it’s way to Future Radio on Monday.  Nearly every  poet had a poem read in the time and we even had a little girl reading as well.

1. A Visual Taster of the Experience

Under starry sky and Northern lights. Enjoying the spoken word, trying some poetry, participating, looking, responding, connecting.

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Everyone at the Experience came a way with a:

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and a

Ragnarök Comic! 

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By Elizabeth Fernandez and Koos Kleven 

We took people around the nine realms via poetry readings whereever possible getting poets and artists to talk about there poetry and art. It was a real privilege to hear them and a very personal way to communicate.

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2. Yggdrassil!

As mentioned above, 60 pupils from Whitefriars attended on the Friday, and they absolutely loved the Minecraft game we had specially created for them by Adam Clarke. Not only did it contain all the project material in it: pictures embedded in rugged mountains or on easels, and poetry and music audios in press button boxes; it also had objects that we had subtly hidden within the individual realm boards in the Minecraft as well. Having found them on the boards, the children could then find them in Yggdrassil. The children were so engaged, it was a treat to see! We also gave away the zip file of our game to every child that wanted it. In so doing we could take the learning experience started in The Nine Realms and take it into the home as well.

Here is a video about the game from the game’s creator:

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A visual overview of the impact of Minecraft:

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and some Minecraft feedback from a pupil:

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3. Poetry and Art Workshops

We had two workshops on the morning and afternoon of the 14th. A poetry workshop facilitated by poet Rebecca Audra Smith in the morning and a art workshop facilitated by Viking artist Robert Fitzmaurice. The poetry had a maximum of 8 people as attendees  but 1 person slipped in so 9 people took part and the art had 9 attendees. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and came out of the workshop having learned a new skill and a little bit more about Norse mythology. Here are some pictures. I will be posting a Workshop Special post shortly which will include more pictures and videos. For now here are some photos. They should give you an idea of how engaged people were!

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4. The Nine Realms DVD is now available on Bandcamp and the Books are available too. 

I’ve just made our DVD available through Bandcamp. Here is the link:

https://artipeeps.bandcamp.com/releases

Audios are also available too!

You can also find the 40 poems selected for The Nine Realms in a book format here (£4.75):

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nicky-mortlock/the-nine-realms-poetry-book-2015/paperback/product-22354216.html

and The Schools Book here (£4.50):

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nicky-mortlock/the-nine-realms-schools-book/paperback/product-22354224.html

5.  Some audio Feedback on our project

 

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6. Interactive PDF

Here is the Dropbox link to the Interactive PDF of the whole project too. It includes 2 forewords by Caitlin Ellis (Gonville & Caius) and Anna McNay a freelance art writer:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wmgeb6mm0rnqa7l/The%20Nine%20Realms%20Interactive%20PDF.pdf?dl=0

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 7. King’s Lynn New: Press Coverage

Here’s the latest piece that went out about our Schools’ Day! There will be a more detailed follow-up article coming out in the Lynn News shortly:

http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/local/latest-local-news/king-s-lynn-school-pupils-face-viking-past-1-6961536

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Vikings Day at Hanse House, King's Lynn, pupils from Whitefriars School, LtoR, Stephen Barker (10), Nicky Mortlock (event organiser), Vilma Endriukaityte (10)

Vikings Day at Hanse House, King’s Lynn, pupils from Whitefriars School, LtoR,
Stephen Barker (10), Nicky Mortlock (event organiser), Vilma Endriukaityte (10)

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 8.  The Norwich Poetry Reading

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Viking poet Karin Heyer, myself and our Norse expert trotted off to the Millennium library on the 14th all set for a reading of the poems from the project. We read and performed as many as we could between 5,45 pm and 7 pm, and then the floor was opened up to other poets, some of whom had specially written a Norse themed piece. We recorded the whole session, and the file will be going to Future Radio next week to be edited and turned into a programme.  The whole experience was very casual and we even had a young girl reading a poem by mexican poet Mina Polen. Big thanks to The Poetry Unbound Team for letting us come! It was the first time they had had something so finitely themed.

Apologies, there aren’t any photos- we were either reading or recording. Oh yes, and we also made another school contact at the reading, which is a great thing! 

Overall, the outcome of the 5 days is that the general public and the schools love what we’re doing and want us to go into schools with our work. This is a brilliant position for us to be in and we’re thrilled at the new connections we have made via Whitefriars and our Norwich poetry reading.

I think that’s all for now! I’ll post out the Workshop Special shortly.

As ever, thank you for your interest.

Nicky

A Festive Nine Realms and ArtiPeeps Update (2014)

22 Dec

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 ArtiPeeps 2014 Overview:

It’s been a significant year for ArtiPeeps, with the success of Transformations our first poetry-art exhibition in Hanse House, Norfolk. Not only did we showcase a broad range of creatives from all over the world and the UK, we confirmed that the ‘making the virtual real’ part of what we do, works. Also, some of us met for the first time having worked together for two years virtually which was also very rewarding.

My strongest  memory though of Transformations is of the schools’ day where pupils engaged with the poetry and art created by the Transformers, inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. They were fully engaged, valued the interaction with,  and direct access to, the Transformers who came and shared their process. They took part in poetry readings- the whole works! It made me realise how powerful participation and interaction is with the arts particularly when you combine them. This belief informs what we will do in the future, our artistic policy and indeed, what we’re doing next year with The Nine Realms.

 

The whole project was a huge act of collaboration in every possible way, and in its culmination reflected the diversity and talent of the poets and artists involved.  All the material from the collaboration has been gathered into a book, which you can find here, or via the side bar.

The Nine Realms Update:

The Nine Realms has followed directly on the heels of Transformations, and before the year is out I wanted to give you all an update as to how our latest large-scale collaboration is getting on. The poetry and writing side of the collaboration has been rolling out now since October, and some fantastic poetry has been written inspired by the realms of Asgard and Vanaheim. The first batch of Vanaheim poems was posted out this week.

This year, due to the oral tradition attached to the Norse Sagas, as many of the poets and writers have been reading their poetry out loud, creating mp3s. This has enriched the poetic and writerly element of the project hugely, and brought the poetry to life. It’s also lovely to hear the voices of many creatives who have been collaborating together since 2012, when ArtiPeeps first started. All the selected mp3s for The Nine Realms experience next September will be compiled into a DVD featuring all the music, images and poetry from the event. You can also listen to them now via the music player in the sidebar —->

At present, I am busy pulling all the various elements of the project together for the new year.  Getting quotes in consolidating new and old partnerships and writing funding applications. We’re continuing our relationship with Hanse House, and have now chosen the room our event will be in (see below, The Gallery). I’ve had several really great meetings with new partners too. Future Radio (which is a community radio station in Norwich, Norfolk in the UK) are going to be helping us promote the event and the Viking creatives involved. Vikings will be interviewed on a variety of programmes before after and during the event, which is very exciting as Future Radio has a listenership of 42,000 per week! This will help us disseminate our project further.

We are also pencilled in for the Millenium Library in Norwich for a poetry reading there. Viking poets will be taking part there too. In both cases (Hanse House and The Library) we want to create a really rich interactive experience for attendees. This worked so brilliantly with Transformations, as mentioned above,  and we want to replicate and further develop that aspect of our work.

 

The Gallery, where The Nine Realms will be held

The Gallery, where The Nine Realms will be held

 

Having written the Norse realms overviews each month for the last three months I have become all too aware of how complex the material attached to the Norse Sagas is. The characters, myths and heart of the stories are thick with humour, spirit and history in away which is strikingly different from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. How we present the poetry, writing, art and music in The Nine Realms will be key to it being understood. We want to create a magical experience for everyone which involves as many of the senses as possible- so this year we will be using lighting to create a starlit sky and we will also be recreating the northern lights across the gallery floor.  Along with the realm music interspersed between the poetry, it should be a magical event, that feeds off what we did with Transformations.

The wood carved Viking boat we have commissioned  from wood carver Mark Crowley will act as a centre piece to the whole experience, and attendees will be  taken on a journey round the artwork via the reading of the poetry and writing attached to each realm. Mini-overviews to each realm will be given by the wonderful Caitlin who is a PhD student from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. This approach worked so well with Transformations and we want to replicate it again. nb. We will be crowdfunding for the Viking boat in mid-April. Mark will be carving the wood sculpture live across our campaign! 

The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk

The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk

 

As there are so many more elements attached to this project I am applying to many more funders to support what we are doing. This week I finished the first draft of our Norfolk County Council Arts Project Fund grant to  help us towards the cost of hiring Hanse House. We are also applying to a variety of trusts for the schools’ day etc.  However we will be asking  Arts Council England for the bulk of our project, once again.  I shall be writing that application in February, and we will hear whether we got it in the second week of April 2015. Fingers crossed!….I have every faith!!!

We have also further consolidated our work with schools within King’s Lynn,  and the Music and English departments from King Edward VII Academy will be working alongside us, in particular their ‘Able, Gifted and Talented’ students. I’ll let you know more details of this as they emerge. The Norse inspired poetry from the pupils from Millfield School Somerset, who did such a great FreeSpace with us this year (which got us Freshly Pressed)  will be posted out here from the end of February 2015. It’s been a pleasure to turn this online connection into a partnership in a concrete project. We will be including the mp3s of their poems with our own on the The Nine Realms DVD!

As part of our  educational remit we have also definitely decided to go ahead with the creation of our very own Norse Minecraft world. The world will be created by Adam Clarke and one of his colleagues and will contain all of the material from our project. This world will be fully interactive and will be made available to the schools involved. If it is successful,  Minecraft will become something we attach to all our projects in the future. It will become a regular part of the educational packages we hope to create for schools.

Also in the new year, all being well, we should have our new The Nine Realms logo in place, designed by Gary Caldwell who produced both our ArtiPeeps and Transformations logos.

 

Finally, some THANK YOUs:

  • I’d like to say a big thank you to all the Transformers who contributed to Transformations this year- both the online part and the ‘real’ part. Without your talent and abilities to collaborate and trust it couldn’t have happened. Thank you for helping me show that Ovid still does rock!
  • Vikings Ahoy! And a big thank you to all the Vikings who are involved in The Nine Realms, I’m excited to see what the new year will bring and what magical  world we’ll create collaboratively.
  • A big thank you to the ArtiPeeps Management Committee as well, who have stuck with me through thick and thin and who have supported my vision and intention.
  • I’d also like to thank all of you who read the material from this website, and who comment and support what we do as an evolving organisation. Your opinions and interest matter hugely, and you have made it the active site it is. ArtiPeeps is a developing organisation. We are learning and growing as we move, and your interest helps us along the way. I’m hoping that at some point in the not too distant future I can start running regular seasons of work again alongside the large-scales, but this is dependent on me successfully finding finances to support the employment of someone to help me with the ongoing running of ArtiPeeps, so we can provide more and more opportunities to more and more creatives.

 Have a happy christmas everyone- and may all good things come to you in the new year ahead!

 

Nicky

 

 

 

 

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

 

A Transformations Poetry Special: Pictures and Audios

18 Sep

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Supported with public funding by Arts Council England. Supported by Norfolk County Council

 

In this post I want to place a focus on the poetry featured in our exhibition in King’s Lynn. 60 of the over 100 poems written throughout our 15 month collaboration were featured in the exhibition. We managed to get a broad range of the poetry  read out loud across the 3 days. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get audios of everything, but we do have some great moments we’d like to share, particularly with attendees reading the transformers’ poetry aloud, sometimes not having read poetry for years.

Here’s an audio of one lady doing exactly that- amazing…:

 

 

The engagement with the spoken word was impressive across the whole weekend, whether child or adult. Even people who came in and said ‘poetry wasn’t their thing’ seemed to soon change their minds when they heard some of the transformers read their poetry out loud. Karin read her Book 13 poem Hecuba’s Pain to a lady who said she didn’t ‘get’ poetry. However, as soon as she engaged with the emotion behind the words of Karin’s poem and responded to Karin’s interpretation she changed her mind. She is now going to give it a go! Here’s the reading that altered her perception. 

 

 

I also came across another interesting prejudice which was that poetry is an inferior form to prose. I had a energetic debate with a man who could not see the purpose of it… I fought poetry’s corner, and this encounter has firmed up my intention to try and shake-up a bit how our attendees in future projects meet what we create….Perhaps even challenging the idea of the word ‘exhibition’ and all that the word intimates. Anyway, that’s another story….

 

Here below, is a visual, poetry foam board extravaganza for you. Showing the variety of forms, styles and themes, and an idea of the journey they made from box to stand (click to enlarge the pictures):

 

 

There are more images to come as the pictures roll in…. We’ll  also do a special on the art from the exhibition  and on the impact of the Transformers coming together in real time.

To leave you. Here’s an audio of Adam Wimbush’s poem from Book 15, Epilogue. Summing up, I think, what Transformations has been all about:

 

 

Thanks so much for your interest!

 

All good wishes,

Nicky

P.S. Big thanks to Transformer Gill Offley who took so many of these great photos! 

We Made The Virtual Real! : Transformations Update and PDF 5/5

15 Sep

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To celebrate the opening of our first ever large-scale exhibition, I just thought I would share the fully interactive PDF of our exhibition which contains all the artwork and poetry from our 15 month project.

We hope you enjoy the 15 new artworks and the 60 poems all celebrating and modernising Ovid’s Metamorphoses for new audiences. It also includes two great Ovid/poetry and art forewords by classicist Emma Bridges and art critic Anna McNay.

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A few of our Hanse House preparation and exhibition pictures thus far, including our schools’ day:

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Everyone  responded so  positively  to the poetry and art. On the Schools’ Day we had a fantastic poetry reading. We had the pupils from King Edward VII’s School reading poetry.  Greg Mackie’s, poem Hope and Defiance got read out by one of the pupils; Eleanor Perry’s  poem of beginning was read out too amongst others. Every Transformer’s poetry was given an airing across the exhibition weekend. The pupils were 100% engaged, and responded to the poetry-art combination amazingly well. Artist, Heather Burns,  described her painting, so did James Mackenzie and Rob Fitzmaurice. Heather also read out Kate Garrett’s Maybe Medea too, as well as James KnightsScylla . And as you can see from the pictures the pupils loved the use of comic strip in Sara Mena’s picture Strength and Disgrace.

Strength and Disgrace by Sara Mena Inspired by Book 9

Strength and Disgrace by Sara Mena Inspired by Book 9

 

Elizabeth Fernandez’ and Lisa Perz’ comic strip was also praised. The concept of using comic strip as an entry point to complicated material works! There were clusters of pupils  around the comic strip/cartoons. It was great.

The one-word evaluation sheet went down well too- the responses ranged from SICK!, to mystical, to thought-provoking. to powerful, to EPIC! This is really great feedback. Here is  a soundcloud audio that James Mackenzie and I did (having met for the first time) to give you an idea!

 

 

In terms of selling paintings we had 7 sales: Lili Morgan, Kelly Occhiuzzo, Charlie Redding (x2), Elaine Offley and James Mackenzie.

The Heritage Open Day was a complete success, and by the end of the day 402 people had heard the Transformers poetry and viewed their pictures. Congratulations to them all!! More pictures of all of this will follow…..

I shall post another update soon!

Thanks so much for your interest!

 

All good wishes,

Nicky

Countdown to Transformations Week 4/5

7 Sep

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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

 

 

Countdown to Transformations Week 3/5

28 Aug

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Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Things: ArtiPeeps Update

6 Sep

Great Things

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FANTASTIC NEWS! We’ve found a venue and set a date for our ‘Transformations’ Exhibition/Poetry reading for next year!!  Put a note in your diaries for the 12,13, 14th September 2014 at Hanse House, Kings’s Lynn, Norfolk .

At the end of  March next year our poets will have come to the end of their heroic journey (book 15)  and it has always been my intention to then  find an external outlet for the culmination of all their wonderful creativity. The fact that we have now managed to find a place  for this is thrilling.  It is also my hope that through this new collaboration we can build  an ongoing  venue relationship which will then allow us to put on  other events connected to new online projects we facilitate in the future. It means we can hopefully put on more events after this one!!  It  also means we can  begin to contemplate generating an income. This is  HUGE!  and another big developmental step in ArtiPeeps’ journey; one that  allows us to  create a solid link between the virtual world and the real (which means more opportunities for creatives) This has always been my intention with ArtiPeeps.

Hanse House 3I was introduced to our venue,  Hanse House in King’s Lynn,  by Karin Heyer (one of our lovely Transformers). She took me to  the waterside where Hanse Hause is located and introduced me to  Kirsty who manages the venue.  The property is a beautiful listed building originating from the 15th century presently undergoing renovation and sensitive restoration.   You can see a picture of it above.

I told Kirsty all about ArtiPeeps and ‘Transformations’ and what my long term plans were and was met with enthusiasm. Kirsty showed us around the  building and flagged up  two particular spaces that might be suitable for our needs.  In the end I plumped for the space that had the most flexibility (and the highest ceilings). There’s a lot we can do with it.

The great thing about this new collaboration is that like ArtiPeeps, Hanse House is  a work-in-progress too. We have, curiously, similar paths. Moreover, the building and enterprise is  open and warm and supportive of what we are doing. I couldn’t be happier to have found such a good home for our project.  What’s also ideal is that the dates we have have booked above  will tie in with next year’s ‘Heritage Weekend’ which last year had 400 people passing through their doors. So it’s all good… and we have lots to work towards. I’m excited but equally aware of the work involved and the responsibility (to all parties).

In relation to ‘Transformations’ itself,:   at present I am confirming all the artists that will be involved in the project too. 5 more to go and that will have been sorted. The idea is that each artist is doing a painting or drawing or photograph that will rest alongside the Book-related Transformations poems  that have been chosen. The art and the poetry will rest alongside each other in the exhibition. It means too that there will be over 30 creatives involved in this whole collaboration, which is a magnificent, heartening thing! 

I also went through all the great poems the Transformers have written thus far,  and I have selected those which will be in the exhibition and book we are producing. We’re on Book 8 at the moment so there’s still some writing to do,  but at least we have some idea of an arc now which is fabulous.

Here is what has been selected:

Book 1: 

Nell Perry- of beginning

Greg Mackie- Cycle

Kate Garrett- Before After

Book 2:

Richard Biddle- Bad Trip

Karin Heyer- A Tale of Curiousness

Becca Smith- Transform

Lenka Monk- Epitaph

Book 3:

Carol Robson- Untethered Man

Nat Hall- Ignition

Becca Smith- Phaethon’s Sister II & III

Greg Mackie- The Manic Misogynist

John Austin Brooks- Are we Not all In Search of Something?

Book 4: 

Lenka Monk- Ballad of a Mulberry Tree

James Knight- 13 Medusa Variations

Richard Biddle- If I Were the Sun

Book 5:

Nell Perry- Dew Point

Carol Robson- Fertility

James Knight- The Guilty Statue

Karin Heyer- Human Destructiveness, Now and Then

Nat Hall- The Plough

Book 6:

Becca Smith- Act I & II, The King and his guilty  passion

Sadaf Fatima- Art

Kate Garrett- Revenge Englynion

Book 7:

James Knight- Myrmidon

Adam Wimbush- Jayson and the Astronauts

Carol Robson- Enchantress

Kate Garrett- Maybe Medea

nb. It could well be that once we have reached the end of Book 15 that the patterning of these might change somewhat or additions made. we will do whatever is best for the overall arc of the piece.

I’m really  looking forward to seeing what the Transformers come up with next- Books: 8-15!

You can find all of the ‘Transformations’ poems here

I just wanted to let you all know what was afoot. I am now busy drawing up budgets, planning for our project  Kickstarter campaign next March, exploring the world of self-publishing (for the project book)  and I am about to leap into the world of business plans next week.

My thanks to everyone who has shown such enthusiasm and support about what we’re trying to do. I am determined to put ArtiPeeps out into the real world too and to do so with energy, enthusiasm and care.  Also, if you have any skills or ideas that you would like to offer up  to ‘Transformations’ do get in touch. You’d be very  welcome.

Business plan here I come……

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