Hello, Creatives! One of my side projects alongside running 99% Perspiration is a weekly radio programme called ArtyParti. We invite guests to chat about artistic & cultural events in the North East of the UK.
Here’s the latest;
I’m a part of the last cohort of the International Performance Research Masters run by the University of Warwick, Trinity College Dublin and the University of the Arts Belgrade. In short, I study performing arts – academically, artistically, practically, and also from a curatorial perspective. Over the past 8 months, I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful artists, academics and amusing encounters along the way. I decided to start this blog to share experiences of my last semester here in Belgrade, which will be my home for the next three months before embarking upon my dissertation project.
Lungs is an upcoming contemporary art publication based in Sunderland. It exists to catalogue the work of emerging North East artists, and to provide a platform to exhibit to a wider audience.
With a limited print run, the catalogue will be distributed to local galleries, museums and art organisations, to serve as a reference of the innovative creative work happening on our own doorstep.
“I think more than anything, we wanted to show what’s going on around here. Our curating class spent the week in London last month and the culture of the city is so arts focused. Everywhere! You don’t get that here.”
– Angela Wingate, Photographer & Co-Founder of Lungs
“Everyone assumes you have to travel to London for arts and culture but there is some awesome work being created in the North East. We want the galleries and art organisations to know that before they call out to artists down south, see what’s going on right here.
“We want the Lungs catalogue to kind of serve as a reminder… like, ‘Hey, we’re here!’ Hopefully, it will be received well and we will be able make Lungs an annual publication. And we’re really excited.”
A call for artists based in North East UK is now open until 15 April 2016. Submission guidelines can be found at lungsproject.org.
An exhibition of a selected works will coincide with the launch of the first Lungs issue in September 2016. To find out more about the project, you can email the team – email@example.com
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And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration
Following the recent What Next? Sunderland event on Wednesday, the latest and 36th branch of a national campaign to bring together artists and cultural players from grass-roots to those on the top of the trees, I left with a renewed passion. I’d signed up as social media coordinator to help with the Sunderland effort, and am so excited to see how the community of artists and cultural players can influence arts here, in a city so often overlooked in the shadow of its more “culturally significant” cousin, Newcastle.
It was there that I met Sophie Lisa Beresford. She told me about her upcoming art show “Geordie Mackem Magic” at Arts Centre Washington, and I was quickly won over and wanted to check it out; not in the least because she’s one of the most enthusiastic and engaging speakers I’ve ever met. Her work, she explained, explores her identity of “raggie” (a local term for chav (a national term for a downgraded member of working class society)), and how her art reaches past the barriers places on her by society to For more on this topic, I thoroughly recommend you check out Owen Jones’ ridiculously insightful “Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class”.
Long story short, Sophie’s now a member of our 99% Perspiration Facebook group, and was promoting her event. Meanwhile, another Sophie, our guest blogger and journalism student Sophie Dishman, is searching for a new contributor to her A Day in the Life… blog series. I introduced Sophie to Sophie and, voila, a connection was made. That’s why I love the group.
A big thanks to 99% blogger Sophie Dishman for allowing us to reblog her Day in the Life series. Over to you, Sophie!