Friday, 19 October 2012
Exciting Times Ahead
An unexpected break in the build due to lack of funding has given me a week of peace at home to think about and plan the next few months.
I met with our Creative Economies Officer Yvette Turnbull yesterday with the first notes for my Arts Council application, which will be to help develop my re-emerging carreer in the next few years. First draft was deemed a good start, now I have to crack on and finish it for my deadline in early November. It will be a burst of frantic research and writing, but I am looking forward to it.
My schedule for the solo show at The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum will be tight; it allows me eight weeks in the studio to make work after Christmas, as well as managing the design, copy and print of the accompanying publication - provided I am awarded the grant, that is! Nothing will stop me making work, I just need a bit of support to make things even more professional and then there is that pressing need to earn some cash.
I have a couple of ideas for the show that I am excited about and after all these years, I finally feel that my carreer as a fine artist is going to be real and full time.
It was so helpful to be able to sit down and discuss all this with Yvette, what would Ryedale artists and makers do without her unswerving support and encouragement, I wonder? Her knowledge, committment and understanding are exceptional; she is the best arts officer I have ever worked with.