Working as an artist, using a mixture of media, ensures that I often work with others. For example I worked with Helen Champion on her final show for her BA at Goldsmiths, University of London, setting her text, from a film of her parents sitting in their garden, to music, and then trained my community choir to sing in 3 and 4 parts, the sometimes discordant, challenging work. Helen came to many of the rehearsals, and videoed the process as well as the final recordings that was then edited into a film that was shown at the exhibition.
Unfortunately I don’t have any recordings of the final piece. This is a brief snatched recording of one tiny part of it!
Another collaborative piece is the Beginnings & Endings project for the Dursley Festival. Dave Murray (who is a playwright and poet) and I have worked on research, the script, rehearsing people, including children, for the play and are now editing the film of it. Again, hard work but really rewarding, not just working with Dave but all the people I spent time interviewing and persuading to participate
In March 2016, I was a participant in a writing/ performance project, “the arrival of the bee-box” which was writers’ responses to artists’ responding to the well known Sylvia Plath poem of the same name. The exhibition of art had taken place the previous October.
And following on from that I have been invited to participate in the Needle Makers project, responding to the history of needle making in the Redditch area through writing and a simultaneous art exhibition. This will take place at the end of October 2016.
I am currently at the early stages of organising further collaborative projects, including at a residential home, at a university college and to celebrate Shakespeare’s anniversary. I’m also planning on composing a piece to be performed by a number of community choirs at the same time in an outdoor arena… Watch this space for more details.