Sunday, 29 July 2012

busy week

A busy week, catching up, planning, meetings and time for thought?!
Yesterday I went to People's Health Trust and Health Perfect, challenging traditional notions of health, not from a disease based model but what maintains good health; positive communities and neighbourhoods, opportunities, access to natural spaces. The local people have the solutions and insights and need support, which is what they offer through their small grants. An innovative, exciting  point of view and wanting to engage in local conversations (not consultations). I learnt a lot and a fascinated to see the work others do and the people around the table and their work was inspiring, from green gyms to Alzheimers, and 3 dance groups, Street Factory and Wheel fever
We have funding from them for Friends and Dancing next term to help train 2 peer group support facilitators.

Yesterday saw me at the Pearl Spectrum Conference, where i met some old friends, new acquaintances, and struggled to listen to informative lectures - always good to be reminded why i work in a fidgety arena and in the arts -  there's always more to learn and i learn best from people, so a big thank you to Dean Beadle who gave a fantastic, insightful and hilarious talk.
 I am about to write to our dear patron Rober Fripp as Dean left us for a long time wondering who his new obsession is, starting with Doctor Who ( not unusual) , it came out as a large overhead image of Toyah Wilcox, who he gets given a ticket to see in pantomine every year and waits expectantly to go to as his "treat"...Robert is married to Toyah and though we often talk about his bringing her to visit when he comes with cream cakes we haven't seen her  (except on TV)  for many years.

I am left with 2 pages of notes to do at the beginning of the holidays, and an invitation to perform at The Asylum tent on Kneehigh's Music and Dance evening, 8th August, which i might have to accept for a small group of us, another evening out at a beautiful venue ( if the weather holds), just checking performers availablity.

Big thank you to Barbara for coming on board to help us find funding for 2013, there are a wealth of ideas flying around. It is having to squash them into a box that makes sense to others, with a budget attached, that we now have to do 3 times over, at least. We have a skilled and enthusiastic team at the moment so here goes, it's not as lonely as it has been in the past.........
The Studio is developing, etc, while tidying i found what inspired us to work with Laura, this statement combined with the quality of the work in their exhibition.

St.Petroc’s Society

Breadline Art Group
Lead artist: Laura Wild
Breadline Art Group began nine months ago. For the first few weeks it ran for two hours on Thursdays. We soon realised we needed more time and the day gradually lengthened. We then found ourselves becoming hungry so we started baking bread and eating healthy meals together. We have found that we are building a sense of community, a safe space for people who for a variety of reasons are homeless or vulnerably housed. The regularity of the Art Group gives structure to the week.
We work non-competitively and collaboratively whilst developing individual skills. We experiment with different materials and processes. We decide between us what we would like to do week by week and discuss at each stage how we can develop the work. We decided Mazey Day would be a good opportunity to show what we have been doing. 

So entering the tying up loose ends week! and blogging to avoid work! off to look at application forms and our new 3 year possible plan, and the joy of working from home and in Cornwall, this afternoon sees us pier jumping in Mousehole- the teenagers, not me- and who knows a quick arty meeting with Sally or catch up with Colin maybe possible, or trying to explain new ideas to "interested"?! friends to practise for visiting The Works tomorrow for help on next bid, and the sun is still shining.

Photos, coming soon.

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