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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

We’re Funded! (ArtiPeeps Update)

7 Aug

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I haven’t put out an ArtiPeeps Update for a while because I’ve been immersed in all things Transformations. However, I received very good news this week that the grant bid I put in to The Arts Council, England has been successful and because of that too we now have match funding from Norfolk County Council who are helping towards the costs of the hire Hanse House.

 

So I am honoured to say that we are now funded by:

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and supported by:

 

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The fact we have secured this support is a real testament to the talents of all those involved: The Transformers and The Code Crimson and the quality of their work. They have all contributed to the success of this application. The Arts Council grant is also particularly significant as it is public money. I don’t take this fact lightly.

I am also thrilled because it means that the sort of large-scale, collaborative projects that ArtiPeeps is providing is fundable. It is very rewarding to feel that funders have seen the  artistic and creative merit in what we are trying to do.  This bodes very well for our next project starting in October called The Nine Realms which will follow in a similar pattern to Transformations but will last nine months.

The exhibition is now just over a month away and thanks to our funding I can now instigate services such as the framing of the 7 pictures for the Transformers who are outside of the UK, or who can’t get to the exhibition geographically within the UK. Everything, I have to say, is feeling very real (in a good way).  Printing the leaflets and posters has also had to wait because all the promotional material has to have funder logos on them. However, now we have them we’re away! The flyer and leaflet should be available next week. Watch this space….

The next few weeks will have me finishing off the soft copy book and pdf and ebook (if there is time…this might now have to be completed after the exhibition…). We’re also  going to various schools in King’s Lynn to promote the exhibition and comic strip so they can take part in our schools day.      

The Arts Council grant is given to projects and initiatives that show artistic excellence, and it is my intention to keep providing new, high quality and varied  opportunities for creatives as we move forward and grow as an organisation.

I’ll post another update shortly.

 As ever, thank you for your interest!

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

26 Jun

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Showcase : Ashley Mackenzie (Artist)

16 May

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Ashley Mackenzie

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Ashley Mackenzie is an artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Scientific American and The New Republic. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.

 You can find more about Ashley here:

http://ashmackenzie.com/

https://twitter.com/_ashmackenzie

 

 Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

On Monday there will be the final FreeSpace from writer Estrella Azul.  

 

 BE THERE AT THE START AND HELP US MAKE THE VIRTUAL REAL

Transformations Kickstarter Campaign

14 Twitter poets, 15 Twitter artists, 1 Contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Please do take a look: 

 Campaign short code

http://kck.st/1i2e721

Campaign Video short code

http://goo.gl/khucJx

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‘Ends and Beginnings’ Circle 3/4: Transformations Poems (Book 15)

14 May

TRANSFORMATIONS

George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab

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Poems Inspired by Book 15

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James Knight and Eleanor Perry

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 The Assassination and Transfigeration of Julius Caesar

-a mannequin ballet

by James Knight

Book 15 James

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an unwrap in flux

by Eleanor Perry

An Unwrap in Flux by Nell Perry Book 15

 

 

 

 

You can find more about James here:

http://thebirdking.com/

https://twitter.com/badbadpoet

 

You can find more about Nell here:

 https://twitter.com/nellperry

http://themusicofbreakages.wordpress.com/

 

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BE THERE AT THE START AND HELP US MAKE THE VIRTUAL REAL

14 Poets, 15 artists, 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Consider pledging:

Transformations Kickstarter Campaign:

http://kck.st/1i2e721

Campaign Video:

http://goo.gl/khucJx

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