We started up Brainchild in our first year of University, when we were just 19. Since then we have had our fair share of ups and downs and have learnt a great deal on the way. It is now four years later and we have built a thriving community, based entirely on volunteers who are in it simply for the love of the project. With the help of this community, we can now be much more ambitious in our plans and the work we commission. Alongside musicians, poets, public speakers and theatre performers, we are featuring a number of emerging artists, set designers and architects who will be responsible for visually transforming the festival. Their work will span from art installations, interactive art, projections, large scale murals and illustrations to hanging mobiles, textiles and interiors.
About the Art
Is there any better context in which to exhibit and experience art than at a festival? If you think about it, without the pale, restricting walls of a Gallery, creativity is boundless, people are more relaxed and prepared to interact with the art and the artist can dream BIG and really build it that size. This year, some incredible young artists have come on board with Brainchild and taken the festival as an opportunity to dream pretty huge. We need your help to take their ideas to the next level, give them support and find storage solutions to keep their pieces intact after the festival for future use. We want to be the festival that empowers young artists and develops creativity for everyone involved. By giving to this campaign, you will be backing the extraordinary hard work that goes into these pieces.
About the artworks
The artists mentioned in the film are: Josie Tucker, Keshav Anand and David Flook, Emily Motto and Josh Murr. However this is by no means everyone, there will be about 15 other artists involved, all with really exciting projects. These include a crop circle by Poppy Moroney, a cluster of architectural pod-like structures by Roma Swords McDonald and Louise Colgan. Illustrator Betty Woodhouse's fantasy creatures, will be hidden around the field. Els Maple’s human-sized nest will sit under the tree with Josie Tucker's facial features. Miriam Forster’s sculpture, made entirely from coloured straws, will move around the site- a jewel-like mirage communicating with different artworks and scenery. Abigail Portus will be building a pavilion out of branches from the nearby woods. In the cinema space there will be a number of artist’s films including projections by Sophie Rogers, Hannah Gill, Charis Boon and short documentary pieces by filmmaker Scott Carthy. Finally Jamie Hignett is designing a mirrored pool which will reflect the Brainchild Logo, as the central sign of the festival.
There has been a change to Jacob Meyers Belkin's piece. Instead of using real ice he is now using a pump system to pour water over a beautiful clear inflatable igloo. With an irrigation system designed by Mark Trotter the water will flow over the igloo and in an out of an 8ft paddling pool for people to relax in.
About the funding
Our main goal for this Kickstarter campaign is to raise money for storage. It may not sound glamorous but it is fundamentally important. Because of the size of many of these artworks there is nowhere for them to go at the end of the weekend. The alternative is to dispose of them at the end. Not only is this an appalling waste in terms of the environment, but it would be a terrible waste of the effort, skill and investment which has gone into making the artworks. If we were to raise more than our goal there are multiple things we would like to put the money towards, primarily signs to credit each artwork properly, lights, so they can be seen well at night and ideally we would want to subsidise the artist's own investment in their projects. We are a non-profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers, so every penny raised would feed back into the festival to make it the biggest and most beautiful yet.
Not convinced? Ros Anderson puts it better then we ever could in her article for Friends House. Read the full piece here.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge has been trying to dream big without letting lack of funds hold us back. This has meant we have to be incredibly resourceful and make a lot of friends, something we like to think we do well. Nevertheless being resourceful with little financial aid is and will continue to be a challenge and will, at times, compromise our vision. As far as risks go, we have outlined our fear that we will not find a safe space for the work created this year, this continues to be the greatest risk we have to face as we approach the festival days of 10-12 July.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (35 days)