We went along to the University of Derby’s degree show last night, which was a good chance to network and catch up with lecturers and tell people what we are up to. It all sounds good when you tell people that you are organising an arts trail (not the first one in Belper, there have been a couple of others but we want this one to be an annual event).
Interestingly, when you tell people what you are doing, they are keen to tell you how to make it better… And I have to get my filing cabinet out of my mary poppins bag, and file it under ‘possibly a good idea for the future’ or ‘no, no, never!’
It would be easy to be drawn into other peoples agendas and forget our own. So is a good lesson in sticking to your own integrity, and to constantly keep questioning your own motives. While we are autonomous, we have the freedom to say yes or no, (or ‘thats a great idea for development’) and that feels like a good starting point.
I also went along to the Re:place symposium last week, entitled Curating the Rural. Which was an inspiring day, it challenged my safe ideas, for my own practice and for the arts trail, I learnt a lot from the day. And lunch was good too.