Work begins on Nick’s street mural inspired by “The Middle Way”.
Jonny works on his guitar solo at Wavelength Studios
It’s been rather a busy week at Creative Recovery as work begins to go up and out on to the streets of Barnsley and music and performances get committed to tape in the studio.
With this rush of activity, a whole mix of feelings, challenges and discoveries as everything starts to unfold and visions become real.
Elaine who brought people together to create a track at the studio for her dance installation shared this with us,
I found it all so interesting, challenging, and rewarding. A truly creative experience that I will always treasure. At 61 years of age and experiencing both physical and mental health issues I never expected to be able or allowed to express myself creatively in such a way. It is life changing.
With the visibility of the emerging street artworks, its has also got the town buzzing a little too, creating new conversations and interest in individual artists and our work as a whole.
As part of The Spaces Between project we have been working with Creative Recovery participant and local published poet, Nigel Shaun Downing to look at ways of bringing his poetry to life and reaching new audiences.
After many years of writing to help soothe, express and document his own experiences, Nigel published his book, Life is Eximius Ordo, with Olympia Publishers.
Here is a sample of recordings he made over at Sight and Sound in Bolton upon Dearne a few months ago. It includes some spoken word and music collaborations, working with one of our resident musicians, Jonny Thorpe.
It’s been a busy April at Creative Recovery. We have all been head down in more devising and creating for the festival; working on group projects and fleshing out individual’s ideas and visions.
Leaflets have gone to print, props been discovered, new partners and interest gained from local businesses and groups. This has included a new commission for the Recovery Through Art group from the Pride Over Prejudice Festival in Barnsley. This new artwork will make home in the Town Hall for the festival and will also mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. We have also featured in the local rag, invited more collaborating artists to the mix and got our production plan well and truly into swing.
We are excited to announce new members to the artistic team that are set to collaborate with our community to bring their emerging visions alive.
Simon Grainger aka Graingerboy- Songwriter/Performer
Graingerboy will be bringing his incredible sound and expertise in creating electronic pop masterpieces to collaborate with Daryl Jackson on his new original song called ‘Open Spaces’ . The song is exploring Daryl’s experiences of inner and outer life, navigating the spaces he inhabits both within himself and the world. Simon is also set to perform with Daryl at the festival on Friday night.
Listen to Graingerboy here to get a flavour of what’s to come.
Chris Bradley- Dance/Movement Artist
After an intense storyboarding session with movement director Keira Martin in March, Chris Bradley will be joining Elaine in the studio to realise her vision for the protagonist in her performance piece which is exploring the ascent from fear to freedom.