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Countdown to Transformations Week 4/5

7 Sep

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Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and Supported by Norfolk County Council

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

 

Week 4

The Foamboards and Banners have landed

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

The first features James Mackenzie’s painting for Book 14

 

Banner 2 Jamie

 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

new-badge5

Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and assisted by Norfolk County Council

.

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

new-badge5

Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and assisted by Norfolk County Council

.

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

new-badge5

Supported with public funding by Arts Council England

and assisted by Norfolk County Council

.

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

 

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

 

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

001 Artipeeps – A5 Flyer

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

ArtiPeeps Update: Into the Home Straight (Transformations et al)

26 Jun

Fireworks

 

A lot has happened since the last update and I probably ‘should’ have posted out an update earlier. My apologies. However brooding over ‘shoulds’ usually doesn’t get one anywhere,  and I can make amends now…..So here we go. 

Our Kickstarter Campaign

Something amazing happened at the end of our official Kickstarter campaign some of our lovely backers decided to come with us: 26 no less! (Big thanks to Kate Garrett for coming up with the idea) This is no mean feat! The fact that people wish to support Transformations  financially and see it’s value is significant and a testament to the talent of all the creatives involved.  We are presently fulfilling on the rewards with a delivery date of November. 

Backer Cards

With that in mind, the second card in our backer 3-pack has also been printed, so Gill Offley’s painting The Punishment of the Maenads and Rebecca Audra Smith’s poem How to Kill Orpheus have been immortalised in card and print. 

 

Second Card

 

The final card is now being produced featuring Ryan Atkin’s picture Achilles v Cycnus and Karin Heyer’s poem ‘Horror of War’.

Achillies v Cycnus by Ryan Atkins, Inspired by Book 12

Achillies v Cycnus by Ryan Atkins, Inspired by Book 12

Funding Applications

Yesterday, I put in ArtiPeeps’ first match funding bid to the arts council which goes alongside our application to Norfolk County Council. There is a six week turn around on these applications, so we will see what comes of that in early August. With these two bids under our belt and the backers’ support we will hopefully have funded Transformations. I’m happy with the application I put in, but do recognise it is quite close to our activity date. However, that is just the way it has fallen. I couldn’t have done any more, so whatever will be, will be.

Exhibition Preparation

The 6o poems for the exhibition foam boards have gone off, as has copy for the National Heritage Open Day brochure, the Hanse House website, and the exhibition leaflet.  The designer has done a fantastic job of the leaflet, and has created  a really structural 3D flyer. It’s most unusual. Mr Ovid would approve I think. As soon as we have finalised a proof I’ll be able to share it with you.

We also have resolved a little size issue with the temporary fencing we were going to use to at the exhibition, and  on which we were going to mount everything. We discovered they wouldn’t fit up the stairs at Hanse House!!! So off we went to a builders yard (DSL) and found a solution, which is even better.  We’ll probably be creating  17 scaffolding cubes 1.5 metres by 2 metres high  (one per book, plus 2 for the comic strip). The  branch manager  will be there on the 10th to help  start construction.

Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be producing text for all the scroll down banners that are going to be at the exhibition, copy for an advertisement going in a local Norfolk Magazine (Iceni) and also hurling myself headlong into the production of the interactive pdf, ebook and soft copy book.  Phew! 

ArtiPeeps Devevelopment

In terms of the opportunities that ArtiPeeps offers, I’m having a good old think about whether to swap from fixed seasons to rolling seasons of work. The advantage of making our opportunties rolling would be that I could offer showcases and collaborations on an ongoing, flexible basis. If a creative wanted a showcase then and there, or a FreeSpace next week I could give it to them. That appeals to me. Equally, I can also see how it may well be the case that all of ArtiPeeps’ opportunities could be ultimately driven through its large-scale collaborations. Running one large mental health venture and one epic literary venture per year would create a significant amount of opportunities, and two guaranteed  external outlets for those involved. I’m mulling all of this over at the moment. I’m really trying to get  down to the core of what ArtiPeeps is all about and what needs to drive it.

Collaborations and Partners 

Millfield School

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Our collaboration with Millfield School in Somerset has been a great success and the post we put together ( ‘ A Sense of Place’ ) was Freshly Pressed by a WordPress editor and has now had 130 likes, which is more than a bit crazy, and a testament to the quality of the school’s year 9 young poets. We are hoping Millfield will be taking part in some way in our next large-scale project Norse Sagas.  Some more poetry from Millfield’s recent poetry festival will be posted out this afternoon.

Many, many thanks to everyone who liked the Millfied post and who now follow the ArtiPeeps site. James, Millfield’s head teacher told all his pupils about your support and they were thrilled and said it was cool. 🙂 

The UK Recovery Federation

It’s also been confirmed that I will be presenting our mental health collaboration  ‘The Recovery Projectto the national UK Recovery Federation’sCreating narratives for the Recovery Movement: the Good, the True & the Beautiful’  conference in Leicester on  Friday 26th September 2014. I will also be giving a 10 minute talk around the theme of well-being in relation to the  afternow themes. I’m thrilled about this because I will be able to  to showcase, Ray’s , Hugo’s, Jeremy’s, Becca’s, Carol’s and John’s art and poetry to a wider audience. The knowledge I’ll  gain from the experience will also allow me to direct our well-being work better and with greater theoretical understanding. 

With the idea of swapping to a rolling programme of work, you may well see a smattering of Weekend Showcases across July.

Thank you once again for your interest, and look out for more Millfield poetry this afternoon.

All the very best.

Nicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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