Sunday, 13 January 2013
So feeling some keen anticipation to progress further at the start of this new year. After rounding up the first phase of the project, at the end of last year. It became clear to me fully the extent of the huge ambition for the first phase of our project. Its success, particularly the audiences responses to the work may have surprised some in certain quarters. The project leadership though, all felt vindicated and thrilled. Confirmed in our determination to continue to adapt and expand on the work to date. In the meantime, having sat on a Black History Season 2013 artist commission panel. I am aware and gratified to know, that at least three other Black women artists in my East Midlands region. Are inspired and plan solo multi-media performance works for 2013 . It only takes one artist like myself to lead successfully in the van guard for others to find courage for their own vision.
This has all been as I hoped and planned - it is real source of joy and pride. I have been in touch with poet Chanje Kunda (Manchester) and looking forward to her publication of her choreopoem - by her cutting edge publishers linked to the North West Literature Development Agency. She also plans to stage her work this year also. I am also preparing material to promote the choreopoem art form for other artists to consider via my series of workshops, creative salons talks and presentation. I will launch this with a brief Choreopoem introductory session at Embrace Arts Leicester, for the Event SPRING curator by Bobba Cass of PINGGG...K ! fame. - To provide workshops for attendees to perform work they have generated on the day to an audience - celebrating Leicester/shire's robust thriving Live Literature scene.
However funding is needed in fact essential for other BME artists, as mainstream arts tends not to take them on and support them in a sustained fashion , the current funding environment is even more competitive and very proscribed for charities, young people or arts of demonstrable social policy benefit . Very tough for individual new wave Black woman multi-artist, looking to advance to the next level. I remain committed to starting a new cycle to move forward and maintain momentum. My vision is focused and aimed at regional, national and international target venues and audiences. There has been some interest from arts management companies I have met with, to help fundraise and and manage say a future tour programme of dates to to other theatres. Onward and upward then...