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The Overground Arts Jam is my hometown jam. I love it because I know so many of the people that visit throughout the day which makes it a very sociable jam. This years jam was meant to be a small affair with efforts being put into Overground 2015 but the turnout was good and the quality was high.
I used this jam as an opportunity to experiment with a different background. A stencil I cut a few years ago that had never been sprayed before was repeated multiple times with one of my more detailed worms in the foreground. Let me know what you think.
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One of the things with painting at a live arts jam is the number of people that are taking your photograph. I was talking to a photographer a few weeks ago at the Gloucester Jam who told me that they can sometimes feel quite intrusive when they are taking your photo so the best thing you can do is ignore them and carry on with your work. At Overground it turns out that this is easier said than done because about halfway through the day I notice a guy is standing behind me taking a photo. I can handle this, nothing out of the ordinary, but then he slowly starts to shuffle round in a circle while taking lots more photographs and it gets quite distracting because I'm now thinking this guy is nuts and doesnt really know how to use a camera. Today I saw the resulting photograph...and it was planet Korp.
Moral of the story is to trust the togs, they know what they're doing.
Big thanks go to Daren Grant for the picture above from Overground 2014 and all the other photographers I've met over the years who have generously found my work interesting enough to capture on film...well on SD cards.
Last week my wife said to me I need to go to work with her because she needed some help writing on some large boards. I agreed to help out but didn't really know what I was letting myself in for. Today I found out we were going to work at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough which is a beautiful building that has been a hospice for the last 20 years providing palliative care. The job was simple but emotional, we had to write the words "before I die I want to" at the top of four large boards.
The plan is to screw the four boards together into a giant cube and take them to various locations and ask people to write what they want to do before they die on them.
Happy with how they turned out considering we didn't plan anything, we just turned up and painted. It was a good afternoon.
Find out more about Thorpe Hall and consider donating here.
Curious Yellow Weekend was an opportunity to paint with a few friends and try something new. So I put away the cans, whipped out the brushes and came up with this.
Pleased with how it turned out because it was pretty similar to the original sletches...
Here are some shots from the day
Check out what Wayne Williamson did with my worm heads...I love it. Picture on top and a video below.
A couple of weeks ao Benny from Beat This asked me if I'd paint on a wall in a recording studio he was putting together for the Beat This organisation. Once I understood what Beat This was about I couldnt say no.
Beat This is a Community Interest Company (or CIC), which is a social enterprise with a conscience. They use music and technology to help children, young people and adults with additional needs develop skills, interact and create through music.
Many of the people that they support are disengaged from mainstream society or education and may have special educational needs and disabilities, mental health issues, or challenging behaviour.
This year they have built Peterborough’s 1st Community Music Studio (Chime Creation Cente) where people will have the opportunity to learn, record, perform their music and gain qualifications in a professional recording studio environment.
For more details on Beat This you can check their website, Facebook page and Twitter.
I stated my painting a few weeks ago and finished the night before it officially opened, it was all very last minute but it was geat working with so many volunteers who were finishing off the renovation late into night. Here are a few photographs of the finished wall and the volunteers.
The good people at Beat This asked me to paint a wall for them. They use music and technology to help children, young people and adults with additional needs learn, interact and create through music. How could I say no?
Here are some shots of the work completed so far.
The Overground Arts Jam is one of my favourite art jams. It's in my hometown of Peterborough and it's at a great venue, The Green Backyard. What made this years event particularly symbolic is that the Green Backyard is under threat fom the city council. Despite being used by schools, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems, single parents, the elderly, the unemployed and many other community groups this unique urban greenspace is potentially going to be closed down. Do me a favour, jump over to the petition site and put your name down in support #SAVEGBY...
...and when you've done that take a look at my pictues fom the day. Most of which were taken by my 9 year old.
Me, Los Dave and My Dog Sighs run a page on Facebook for Free Art Friday. We decided Fiday 13th couldnt go past without a little exta effort so here are my contributions to what promises to be a big day for free art. Check out the page to see all the other donations...
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