Some:when is a collaborative public art project conceived in response to the floods on the Somerset Moors and Levels. It is led by artists Jethro Brice and Seila Fernandez Arconada, together with individuals and community groups affected by the floods.
Working with local groups in and around Langport, we will create a replica of the Somerset Flatner - a traditional boat - using reclaimed materials sourced in the immediate environment. Designed as a practical and affordable solution for navigating life in a changeable environment, this characteristic Somerset boat is an iconic local design that represents the centrality of both water and human ingenuity in shaping the history of life on the levels.
Local groups are invited to accompany the Flatner on a triumphant journey from Langport to Bridgwater on the outgoing tide. We want to everyone who's involved or interested to be able to join us in a celebration of the River, its communities, its histories and its futures.
The exciting news is, we've already succeeded in raising skeleton funding for the project, with a generous grant from the Somerset Community Foundation. It's brilliant that they've recognised the potential value of our project, and exciting to know we can go ahead. But we've had such a warm and reception in Langport, we really want to make this grow and expand to include everyone we've encountered.
Why we need you:
The funds we've raised are enough to ensure that we can make this happen - though it will take a lot of voluntary overtime to pull the project together. We've had a really great time working on the project, exploring the area and getting to know people in and around Langport. And more than anything, we've learned that was is important is spending time with people, in a place - after all, that is the essence of socially engaged arts practice: it's the relationships you build and inspire.
So - we've set up this Kickstarter project to expand and grow the project, to allow us to spend as much time as possible in the field, talking and working with people. And to help support a legacy for the project
Aims and Targets
We have a number of ideas for how we'd like to take the project further - for example an invitation from the Royal West of England Academy - but our first priority really is to increase the hours we can spend on the round in langport, working with people. This includes paying for additional time, travel and costs (on top of what we've already committed, paid and unpaid). We'd also like to be offer something back to recognise the generousity of everyone who's helping out by hosting us, sharing their knowledge, time, skills and expertise. So we'd like a little 'gift budget' as well.
The next thing we'd like to do is increase the legacy of the project, in a number of exciting ways:
£1,400 As above, plus producing a publication and short video about the project
£2,250 As above, plus exhibiting the boat and documentation in a venue in Langport
£3,600 As above, plus a small tour of the South West, showcasing the project - including for example the Bridgwater carnival, the Scythe festival, and Bristol Green Capital 2015.
We already have ideas about how to support some of these follow-on projects, and we will of course explore grants and other funding sources. But the more we can raise through this kickstarter project the stronger a platform we have to work from as we take it forward. And the more likely we are to be able to return to Langport to create Some:when Mark II
Risks and challenges
The great thing is, we've covered the major risks and are confident we can make this project happen. The only risk is in the time frame - we may have to extend the project if some of the major challenges (such as finding a suitable space for the build) take longer than we'd hoped. However even this risk has a bright side - the longer we extend the project the more opportunity to get to know people and build relationships!
Ultimately, the project is fluid and flexible - it's about the process and the people and so any setback also becomes a kind of opportunity!
And we both have the professional experience to know that whatever happens, we can pull off an interesting and creative project and an exciting final event.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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