A successful Lonely Earrings Collection Day event at Victoria Baths Manchester Heritage Open day, Sunday 9th September and despite being in competition with the Paralympics closing ceremony and possible last sunny day of summer, stories, much interest and beautiful earrings themselves were gathered. We meet some interesting and interested people, a good reminder to ourselves how invaluable networking is, one person was a fellow Rogue Artists Studio Member who we’d never met before.

An unexpected aspect of awarded Arts Council England funding, is the positive effect on our identity as artists, validation, we should be doing this. It would seem (for us anyway in part) that it takes a well established high profile Arts organisation, and being paid money to have a substantial confirmation of our skills and experience.

Also to throw in some realism, can now pay bills and clothe the kids!

The above references some rather lean periods of paid art work. We have strove to remain artistically active in various ways, (sounds promiscuous) sometimes invited and in the case of this project’s beginnings, uninvited, we continued to present our art to an audience, for our own sanity. And of course working leads to more work and even paid work. Action wins over inaction every time!