'Transformations': Making the Virtual Real
'Transformations': Making the Virtual Real
A global, collaborative poetry-art exhibition: Showcasing 29 emerging Twitter poets and artists, transforming Ovid's Metamorphoses
A global, collaborative poetry-art exhibition: Showcasing 29 emerging Twitter poets and artists, transforming Ovid's Metamorphoses Read more
About this project
BE THERE AT THE START AND HELP US MAKE THE VIRTUAL REAL
We need you to help us fund 'Transformations', a global, 3 day collaborative poetry-art exhibition which creates a contemporary version of Ovid's Metamorphoses and showcases 29 emerging and established Twitter poets and artists from all around the globe.
- It features 60 plus new poems created by 14 emerging Twitter poets
- It exhibits 15 new multi-medium artworks from 15 emerging and established Twitter artists.
The creatives have worked together entirely virtually via my collaborative creativity site ArtiPeeps for the last 15 months and the exhibition will bring them together physically for the first time.
We have also commissioned The Code Crimson (an artist-duo in Florida, USA) to create a large comic strip of some of the stories as an entry point to the material for schools, children and adults. This piece will be exhibited alongside the main exhibition..
Through this exhibition we hope to launch our large-scale exhibition initiative that can be repeated year on year and also our new membership scheme.
An exhibition book and ebook will be available for purchase.
Venue: The Blue Drawing Room, Hanse House, South Quay, King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK.
Date: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th September 2014 (part of the National Heritage Open Day on Sunday)
Anticipated Footfall: 700 + people
!!CAMPAIGN PRESS COVERAGE!!:
Lynn News: 'Campaign hopes to Kickstart a huge poetry and art exhibition in King’s Lynn' http://goo.gl/t2BIcN
Cambridge Evening News: 'I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, but art helped me turn my life around' says Cambridge woman Nicky Mortlock http://goo.gl/EQp1lq
WHAT MAKES TRANSFORMATIONS SPECIAL?
IT SHOWCASES a mix of emerging and established social media poets and artists from around the UK and the globe
IT LAUNCHES into the real world our large-scale collaborative exhibition initiative, which we hope to run on a yearly basis, transforming unusual literary pieces and themes year on year
IT FORGES a new ongoing relationship with HANSE HOUSE, a unique exhibition space and development
IT PROJECTS ArtiPeeps and its new, open access membership scheme into the real world
IT INNOVATES using comic strip as an entry point for children and adults to access literature more easily
IT PUTS A CONTEMPORARY TWIST on a remarkable, influential continuous poem and piece of literature
IT CELEBRATES relationships, connection and creativity as we all come together
GREAT NEWS! We have just been offered a provisional grant for £200 from Norfolk County Council. This is towards the £375 it costs to hire Hanse House BUT we still need to raise £4413 to pay for:
- the marketing of the exhibition
- the mounting of the poems and pictures
- the hiring of the exhibition stands
- the creation of the cartoon.
We need to get Transformations funded so we can make this all real for not only these great, talented 29 creatives, but for another 29 and another who will take part in our future projects.
SO WHERE DID IT ALL START?
ArtiPeeps was originally a women's creativity group I started in 2012 because I believed 100% in creative potential. I also wanted to create an organisation and space that would support potential whilst acknowledging the important link between creativity and well-being. With a little seed of an idea in my head about expanding this virtually, I went onto Twitter to try and establish a virtual community of social media creatives. It worked (!) and this has grown into what ArtiPeeps is now: an organisation which provides a range of showcasing and collaborative opportunities for anyone who wants to create. Transformations is one of the initiatives that has grown out of this intention.
"Creativity generates well-being. Within nearly twelve months of collaborating with various writers & visual artists, ArtiPeeps has provided a formidable platform for allowing both inner spirit & work to explore new corners and connect with kindred spirits. So far, it has been both a challenging and highly enjoyable adventure!"
Nat Hall one of our Transformations poets.
LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO THE PEOPLE INVOLVED:
THE CREATIVES AND THEIR PIECES:
The creatives involved come from all over Britain and across the world and represent a broad range of ages, From Amanda, a high-school art student in California, USA, to Ray, who is an established artist in Stoke on Trent, UK; to poets Sadaf, who lives in Lahore in India and Nat, who lives in the Shetland Isles, Scotland.
Who are still busy writing book 15 poetry:
Richard Biddle (Chichester, UK);John Austin Brooks (Kent UK); Sadaf Fatima (Lahore, India); Kate Garrett (Sheffield, UK); Karin Heyer (King's Lynn, UK); Nat Hall (The Shetland Isles, Scotland); James Knight (Somerset, UK); John Mansell (Manchester, UK); Greg Mackie (France); Eleanor Perry (Canterbury, UK); Rebecca Audra Smith (Manchester, UK); Carol Robson (Yorkshire, UK); Adam Wimbush (Brighton, UK); Lenka Monk (East Midlands, UK)
Hear an audio from a poem in the exhibition, inspired by book 9:
Ryan Atkins (Wyoming, USA); Raymond Bentley (Stoke On Trent), UK; Heather Burns (Lancashire, UK); Ken Fasimpaur (Ohio, USA); Robert Fitzmaurice (Reading, UK); Sara Mena (Dublin, Ireland); Kelly Occhiuzzo (New York, USA); Elaine Offley (Cambridge, UK); Gill Offley (Cambridge, UK); James Mackenzie (Chelmsford, UK); Lili Morgan (Surrey, UK); Diana Probst (Cambridge, UK); Charlie Redding (Hereford, UK); Amanda Santos (California, USA); Hugo Smith (Belfast, Ireland)
ALL THE EXHIBITION ARTWORK:
THE CODE CRIMSON:
The Code Crimson is an ongoing web comic and independently published comic book series created by Elizabeth Fernandez and Lisa Perz.
At the moment Elizabeth and Lisa are working on sketching the layout of the comic and beginning the big background image that will have individual panels scattered across illustrating selected verses from the book sections. The comic will combine both digital art and painting. Books 1, 3 and 8 are part of the national curriculum for the Classical Civilisations A/S in England.
Here are some latest images:
We'll keep you posted as to how the comic develops through our backer updates!
Hanse House is the only surviving hanseatic warehouse in England, dating from the 15th century. It has a heritage of international exchange which makes the building so appropriate for our global project. The Heritage Open Day will boost visitor numbers to our exhibition hugely, exposing the poets and artists work to a wider audience.
The exhibition will be held in the Blue Drawing Room which, as you can see, is presently being redecorated. We'll keep you updated with it's progress as it gets transformed!
Three to five poems per book have been chosen (Metamorphoses has 15 books within it) and these will be displayed on 4 large 3 metre x 2 metre metal temporary fencing.
The 60 + poems are going to be mounted on A3 foamboard so they are easily legible.
We decided to use the fencing because it is portable, urban, in line with the contemporary feel of our exhibition.The large-sized comic will be mounted alongside the main exhibition and be 2 metres x 2 metres.
Most of the artists themselves will be bringing their pictures to the exhibition. However, ArtiPeeps is framing 7 of the artists' works because either they are unable to bring their pictures or they do not live in the UK.
We will be holding two poetry readings each day. There will also be readings of the 3-word poems created for the MINERVA reward.
We are also producing a soft copy exhibition book via lulu.com and an e-book of the exhibition poetry and artwork which will be available via Amazon. The exhibition book is featured in our DAEDALUS reward and an interactive pdf of the exhibition book is one of the add-ons from the HERCULES reward onwards.
Connecting with Schools
The Friday of our exhibition will be open for schools so they can have access to what we have created, particularly the large cartoon. ArtiPeeps has been in contact with the schools within King's Lynn whose students are studying Classical Civilisations. The comic has been targeted at the syllabus for this course.
WHY OVID AND METAMORPHOSES?
'It may be doubted whether any poem has had so great an influence on the literature of western civilisation as Metamorphoses' (A.D. Melville)
Well, because it is one of the most significant sources of all our stories and myths since antiquity. Its 15 books contain a rich vein of tales that allow us to explore our relationship to nature, power, sexuality and change, and often sidelined by Shakespeare's use of the same tales. Our exhibition hopes to reinvigorate and contemporise these stories for everyone. Making them relevant to our modern times.
'This huge collection of stories matters as much today as ever'
Dr Ronald Gray, Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Here is a link to the overviews of each book I created for the project.
If you include your email, at any of the reward levels, you can receive updates as to how we are progressing. All backers will be added to our newsletter list.
POETRY/ART CARDS (add-ons from WORLDS FORM onwards)
Here's an example of one of the poetry/art cards we've created. Featuring the poem 'Maybe Medea' by Kate Garrett and the painting 'The Circle is Unbroken' by Heather Burns. Inspired by Book 7. It is also one of the cards that will appear in the 3-pack (HERCULES onwards) The other two cards are still a work- in- progress but will follow the same template.
We'll keep you posted as to the progress of the other two.They are made of good quality card and are smooth and glossy. We've left the inside blank so you can use them!
THE CAMPAIGN WORDLE (add-on from WORLDS FORM onwards)
Your name will be added to a 2 metre by 2 metre Wordle banner which will be displayed in the foyer just outside the Blue Drawing Room. As the campaign goes on, backers' names will be added to the Wordle and you'll be able to see how it expands via our regular updates here and on the ArtiPeeps Campaign Wordle Page.
It's a fun way for us to say a big thank you to you for supporting us.
To give you an idea of what your caricature could be like here's a drawing Ryan Atkins did of me as Athena.
Be Hades, Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Hera or Athena. Get a great caricature of yourself in a Roman setting.
Just email us 3 words of your own choosing and either Carol Robson, Greg Mackie, Richard Biddle, Kate Garrett, or Rebecca Audra Smith will write a poem just for you incorporating your 3 words. An mp3 of your poem will be recorded at one of our live poetry readings and the mp3 will be sent to you.
Added Extra! :
The first 10 backers of this reward will also receive a special handmade card from one of our poets Rebecca Audra Smith featuring their poem.
Here's how Rebecca describes them:
'Home made collage cards: A collage of words and images that use a personalised poem written from your three words to create a card. Images are taken from vintage materials and modern magazines in a kaleidoscopic of colours and themes. You can either ask for the card as a thank you for sponsoring us and keep it for yourself, or have a blank card to give to a loved one, either way the personalised poem will always have been written using your words for inspiration!'
Your portrait will be painted or drawn by one of our artists from a photo that you provide. The portrait will then be printed on an A4 Giclee Art Print, 300gsm fine art etch, photo rag paper. Four of our artists will be doing them: Diana Probst, Sara Mena, Ryan Atkins and Raymond Bentley. The artists will be allocated randomly to the backers so there is a fair spread of backers to artists.
Here are some examples of their work so you can see the quality of what you'll be getting. The Transformation artists are great!
At present some of our painters are still busy painting their pictures with a deadline of Monday 5th May. Therefore, at the moment just one of the three A4 Giclee Art Prints (300gsm fine art etch, photo rag paper) for the exhibition is ready to be put forward for this reward. As soon as all the pieces are in on the 5th we'll update the campaign page with the other two chosen pieces for this reward. Watch this space!
nb. Please indicate which print you would like when going through the reward purchase process.
1. Echo and Narcissus by Kelly Occhiuzzo
2. The Transformation of Hecuba by Rob Fitzmaurice
3. The Moon's Dark Shadow, by James Mackenzie
Risks and challenges
Other than the £200 grant from Norfolk County Council, we have no other funds to help us make the virtual real. This campaign matters!
Throughout the whole project the biggest unique, challenge has been that we have been coordinating this all entirely virtually. All communication has been undertaken via Twitter, email and Google Group. As the exhibition gets nearer and more deadline driven it will have to involve a shared commitment to collectively communicate on an ongoing basis.
In the long term, ArtiPeeps and its future projects desperately need to be funded in a continuous way. That's our challenge! At the moment we have no core funding or means to finance our projects. The danger is that we might not be able to fund our next large scale project which will be on Norse Sagas, and hopefully held in Hanse House once again. If we meet our project goal, we will then set another stretch goal to go towards our Norse Sagas venture together. We want to provide large-scale opportunities year on year. In the summer, I am hoping to put in a 4 year funding bid to secure our future.
Moreover, realistically, I can't continue to grow ArtiPeeps the way I want to alone. I am running our services voluntarily without an income, and I would love to administer and develop ArtiPeeps for the rest of my working life and for that I need to start to bring together a work team to help me with it all. ArtiPeeps is growing and it is beginning to be too much for one person; and, in the long term, there is the danger that I might get ill (see bio).
We're hoping that our new website which should be up and running over the next few months will help us deliver our services better. Our ratcheted membership scheme will also be launched at the exhibition and after the exhibition is over we hope to build a wonderful, creative community because creative potential is in us all.
Thank you very much indeed for looking at our project. We really can't do this without you.
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