Our members are a creative bunch and we're always keen to share what they've been working on or getting up to.
If you've produced something or are working on something you'd like others to know about then get in touch with us.
As part of our programme we run a Theatre Group called Kindred Spirits. The group is led by Artistic Directors Tanya Myers and Stephen Lowe. During lockdown they have been setting improvisation tasks exploring a range of themes that group members have been responding to. The work they have produced has covered pieces of writing, poetry, imagery, sound and video recordings.
Kindred Spirits member Don Rowe shares his sound recording of his response to the task 'From My Window.' His piece is titled Reflections From The Window Seat and can be listened to by clicking on the image below.
An extract from:
Reflections from the Window Seat
"I'm looking out my window, I see red geraniums in chimney pots shouting their colour to anyone passing by. I see trees, a Magnolia that's finished flowering and is putting on lots of green growth. Further afield is a rowan who's branches are no longer iced with delicate blossom but is soon expecting an abundance of lipstick red berries..."
Kindred Spirits member Carrie has recently pursued another of her creative interests and has produced a documentary film to celebrate the life and music of her father, composer Leonard Salzedo. 2021 marks his centenary year.
Leonard Salzedo A Life Composed in Music - Watch the documentary here
To help with the filmmaking process Carrie took part in our introductory film making workshops that were delivered online by Film Maker and Tutor Keith Allott.
Beginning in September 2019 we ran a 10 week photography course led by Photographer Jagdish Patel. At the end of the course the participants exhibited their work as part of the Off Centre Photo Festival.
The gallery below shows some of the images that were taken by participants during the course as well as pieces from their broader portfolio of work.
Continuing on from the course we have worked with a range of photographers who have led workshops covering a range of different genres of photography. These has taken place online, as indoor and outdoor tutorials and practical workshops. The genres covered have included: Photo editing, Alternative Camera Techniques, Advanced Camera Techniques, Portrait and Wildlife Photography. We now hold monthly photography walks and work with photographers to suggest tasks and set challenges around specific areas of photography to help participants get the most out of the session. These walks are open to all abilities, no prior experience in photography is required, all you need is something to take photographs on and a willingness to try. Advice and support will be provided by the tutor throughout.
The walks are delivered as part of our ArtSpeak Ambles strand of the programme and currently take place on the third Wednesday of every month from 11:00 – 13:00 at various locations. We always endeavor to plan the walks at locations that are accessible for all levels of mobility but please get in touch prior to booking if you have any requirements or concerns.
The walks so far…
Leicester based Photographer and founder of Photography Oddities, Sammy, began our series of walks with a walk themed around ‘Urban Nature’. The walk took place along Victoria Embankment and around the War Memorial Gardens. Participants were tasked with looking more closely at the relationship nature played in this urban environment and capturing signs of it in unusual spaces.
Photo credit: Sammy
Nottingham is full of interesting Architecture but it's easy to overlook it when visiting for different purposes like going shopping or socialising. July’s photography walk was all about ‘Architecture Photography’ and took place around the City Centre, focusing on the City’s cultural quarter and historic Lace Market and seeing how these contrast with the modern areas such as Trinity Square. Tasks involved looking for interesting details and textures in buildings and considering different vantage points to capture some of this great Architecture.
Participants were keen to practice photographing water and movement so for the August photography walk they headed to the Beeston and Rylands Weir and Marina. The area provided plenty of texture and movement, and there were lots of great points of interest on and around the water in the form of boats, flora and fauna.
For upcoming walks visit our Artspeak Ambles page.
CREATIVE WRITING AND POETRY
'Ode To Chris'
By Miriam Gifford
My Name is Resurgence: I live in a tent
They keep trying to house me; but I can't pay the rent.
I live round the Meadows, I like to be free
There’s a community here, they let me be,
The Autocracy says that I’m supposed to
They want me to change; fit with the norm,
I have the Trent beside me, flowing to the sea
I sit by it at night, see all its’s ‘beautee’,
Read the whole poem here
We first met Miriam when she attended our Creative Cafe in the Meadows. She has also participated in our Creative Writing Course.
Kind of Blue
By Simon Kew
and the heart silent
like an owl’s wing.
We track those down-beat
the tawny bass’
the piano filling up
by the ream.
Then a cymbal’s white-out frost
and melodies of falling snow.
Simon says " I wrote this poem with the great jazz track
'So What' in mind from the album 'Kind of Blue'.
Simon is a Just Jamming musician, attending the monthly sessions at The Embankment pub and Kitchen.
Hundred and Fifty Horse-Tail Hairs
By Simon Kew
Violins pitch our mercurial desires.
A luthier figures these by number,
sets a finger-board at 85 degrees.
The bow is laid across his knee -
a sprung and gently tapering length:
the artist in him measures craft by feel.
How much of us is needed for his hands
to match, reach into a body’s dark interior,
expose the pulling of heart-strings’ winding?
Music interleaves in us, but who knows how?
Luthiers are busied scrolling, edging corners
setting ribs, burnishing the spruce and maple
until they sing. In the end what can they do
but hang the varnished body out to dry in
a room of mirrors and humming lights?