This past month has been quieter than the first half of the year, as I wind down (but not completely stop) work for the school summer holidays when both my children will be at home with me.
My recent studio work includes mounting my Cap Stories caps on boards to be installed in Elland Library. The exhibition will be up over summer until October when the library undergoes a refurbishment. I’ve also been running some more workshops in schools using The Very Hungry Caterpillar and George’s Marvellous Medicine as inspiration to illustrate the stories in caps as part of Arts Week and tying in with the schools’recycling projects.
One of my other major projects Dwell Time is out and about at Wellbeing Festivals this summer undertaking interviews about mental wellbeing. DwellTime Issue 2 open call for contributions is also now live. Dwell Time is an arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing produced in collaboration with Penistone Line Partnership. We are seeking drawings, illustrations, poetry and stories about real life, raw feelings and survival stories; more about the journeys more than the destinations. The title Dwell Time comes from train terminology (as we are partnered with a community rail partnership and produce our publication to be distributed along the railway line) :Dwell time: The time a train spends at a scheduled stop without moving. Typically, this time is spent boarding or alighting passengers, but it may also be spent waiting for traffic ahead to clear, or idling time in order to get back on schedule.
Dwell Time also has a survey open about working in the arts and mental health: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8R3TVRF
This survey is looking specifically at arts practitioners and how their work affects their mental health (either positively or negatively) as, whilst it is generally well-evidenced and acknowledged that participating in art usually has a very positive impact on mental health, there are many examples of the stress, isolation and loneliness that working freelance and in the arts can create. We are looking at what issues people are encountering currently and what things people can see would benefit them.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this issue in more depth .https://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/
My research and development project for Compass Live Art around dialogue will continue over summer too and now has a blog that I update daily. The blog is reflections on daily learning, thoughts and exchanges centred on dialogue: dialogue as subject and dialogic practices in contemporary art practices. The idea to blog daily for this project specifically comes from a play on the etymology of the word dialogue: From the Latin ‘dies’ translating to‘day or period of light’and ‘log’ meaning achronological record. I would quite like this research and development to culminate in a piece of work at the end of the process (maybe a publication, performance or symposium) but it is not essential to have an outcome as part of this project.
Alice Bradshaw http://www.alicebradshaw.co.uk/