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artist call out

the artist call out has been available for about a week now.  it’s an invitation to submit an idea about something you’d like to make in belper parks.  there is a bit of a twist …. it’s a pair of works or even a set of pair of works ….. it’s how we propose to make the here and there concept work.

we’re open to experimental work … if you’ve always painted and fancy making an installation from sticks … please submit your idea.

we’re open to stone balancers making a set of balances …. or a performance artist making a performance.

for us the art walk is a new venture and so we’re walking a fresh path and we’d love you to join us and try something out too.

the full artist call out is available at http://www.corridor-arts.org.uk/call-outs/

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march 14th peer to peer meeting.

a peer to peer meeting is simply that. a meeting where artists, makers, crafts people, writers, actors and musicians meet to discuss with each other their practice, their interests and their work.

the format of the meeting allows for works at any stage of completion to be shown to the group as a focal point of discussion.  for example at previous meetings we’ve seen completed paintings, sketch books, unframed paintings, books that have inspired, sculpture, yarn bombing and even a database narrative film.

there’s no set agenda. the meeting is steered by a facilitator to include the work, inspirations  and ideas  brought to the table by those attending the meeting.

the meeting lasts 2 hours.

we charge £3.50 and this includes a drink.

the next meeting is saturday 14th march 2015.
the venue is room 54 of the strutts community centre, derby road, belper DE56 1UU

the meeting will start at 2pm.

paths in snow

maths of an area

some early adopters of the call out might have noticed the stated size of area we have to work in.  we need to apologise for a school boy error in stating this area.

the area we have to work in is 100 metres square because 100  metres by 100 metres is 100 metres square.

we apologise for any inconvenience caused by andrew’s school boy maths error.

 

 

 

sharing the word document frustration

i’m preparing the artist callout and i thought it was all ready to go but come up against frustration with the word document and  i’d like to share this experience with you.

it’s a strange one really.  on my laptop the callout document looks great formatting works a treat and after several of us have looked and pondered and editted it really feels ready to shouted about.

this morning i’ve been doing some testing, downloading into different browsers and checking on my mobile device and tablet that all looks as great and easy to read as on my laptop.  to my amazement the bulk of the text is being represented in yellow on the android devices and i’m also seeing it to some extent on the preview on the laptop too.

holly in belper parks

the deer would have eaten the holly back in the day of the parks being a deer park.

i’ve spent about an hour checking, uploading, downloading and i’ve finally found the problem.  the thing is though i don’t know how to solve it except for typing out all the text again.  the problem is inherent to the text and i can’t find anything online about how to solve it.  so it’s good old fashioned the long way.

i’m disappointed as i so so hoping to get the callout live today.

time to have some lunch ….

i’m hoping that after lunch my sharing of the word document frustration helps me to retype the thing !

preparing the artist callout

andrew is preparing the artist call out … he explains what’s going on so far …

preparing the callout has been really challenging as we’d like to attract a diverse selection of artists. potentially very risky i know however while we find our feet with the art walk format i’m keen to explore all possibilities.

the call out describes how we’re looking for a pair of works, one near to a specific tree and the compliment to that being somewhere within the total area we’re working in.  the visitor experience is based on the possibilities of how to discover the works in the art walk.

we hope to attract artists to come and make or display their work. displaying paintings or sculptures made off site is possible however in the call out i stress how consideration needs to be made about wet weather and security strategies as we can’t secure the site overnight.  we feel the art walk format will suit the artist who makes on site with materials that have little or no monetary value.

to help the artists put their proposals together there’s the notion of balance to consider, not essential however everything has to begin with something.

materials can be brought in or found or foraged in the parks themselves.  we’ll be running a leave no trace policy so anything brought in will need to be removed at the end of the event.

 

i’ll post full details of the call out soon.

we have a peer to peer meeting on january 31st

 

later today i’m attending the cluster group meeting at the strutts centre to tell them about the project.

 

 

big tree in belper parks part of the here area photographed earlier today.

peer to peer meeting

a peer to peer meeting is simply that. a meeting where artists, makers, crafts people, writers, actors and musicians meet to discuss with each other their practice, their interests and their work.

the format of the meeting allows for works at any stage of completion to be shown to the group as a focal point of discussion.  for example at previous meetings we’ve seen completed paintings, sketch books, unframed paintings, books that have inspired, sculpture, yarn bombing and even a database narrative film.

there’s no set agenda. the meeting is steered by a facilitator to  include the work, inspirations  and ideas  brought to the table by those attending the meeting.

the meeting lasts 2 hours.

we charge £3.50 and this includes a drink.

 

the next meeting is saturday 31st january 2015.
the venue is room 19 of the strutts community centre, derby road, belper DE56 1UU

the meeting will start at 2pm.

 

what we visualise.

we’re going to unpack some of our thoughts about what we visualise for the event.  we began believing the art walk could be part of the derbyshire open arts weekend so we applied to use the belper parks that weekend.  we were successful with our application. However, Derbyshire Open Arts have since decided to take a sabbatical in 2015.

in preparing to produce the art walk we drew on our experiences with the belper art trail and our research from an artists information company go and see bursary visit to the sculptures at grizedale in the lake district.

before our go and see visit we knew we wanted to make the art walk an event where the visitor discovered the art works for themselves.  after our grizedale experience and discussions with the arts development curator of the forestry commission we arrived at a plan for an art walk with discovery very much at the fore front of the visitor experience.   we have an overall designated site to explore with part of it produced in such a way to make discovery a little bit easier. this is where the title for the event comes from.

the artistic opportunity will be to make two works, one here and one there.  we have an area of up to a square kilometre to show work in so we’ll be looking for a sizeable number of artists to take part.  we will be asking for a small submission fee to help with publicising the event and some of it will go towards the running costs of corridor arts.

to make the event happen we plan for a saturday morning into early afternoon installation with a publicised opening at about 3 pm.  the opening times will continue into sunday and monday.  the site is outdoors and open to the public so the installed works will need to be made with this in mind.

to help with this consideration we’ll be encouraging works that use foraged and found materials from the parks.  we will run a leave no trace policy so anything brought into the parks will need to be removed at the close of the event.

we see the art walk both as an art event and a celebration of the belper parks.

the event will be publicised through our social media channels, the belper news and by word of mouth to users of the parks.  there’s an arts festival happening in belper at the same time so we hope they might support us by letting their audience know about the art walk in belper parks.

we hope that we’ve wetted your appetite for the art walk.  there’s a contact form below for any questions at this time.  having outlined what we visualise for the art walk, we now start work on the call out for artists.  we’ll have an update soon.

 

 

 

 

welcome.

here and there is an art walk taking place in belper parks in may 2015.

we have lots to do to get the event ready. we’ll be making a call out for artists to join us to make work in the selected area of belper parks.