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Statue First Day

This week I had my first meeting at The Orchards specialist school in Flixton, Trafford to talk about how to introduce and adapt Statue performance/workshop for the school setting. I specifically wanted to work with this school as it believes […]

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01/09/19

We had a development session at Compass Live Art in Leeds last week (we being the artist development bursary recipients with the Compass team). This one was looking at partnerships. Nicole Mollett and Sarah Butler’s A-Z of Partnerships was used […]

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13/08/19

Audiologist recommended googling “communication tactics” and here is one result: Communication strategies when talking to individuals with hearing loss https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/51744-Communication-strategies-when-talking-to-individuals-with-hearing-loss Choose your environment Some environments are much easier for communication for people with hearing loss. Here are some things you […]

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12/08/19

I’ve been thinking about absence or opposite of dialogue. Antonyms are: quiet; silence; monologue; soliloquy (talking to yourself). A dialogue that isn’t a dialogue is talking to someone who isn’t listening or present in the conversation. That dialogue would be […]

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11/08/19

I was asked by my previous University to write a short blurb about my time there studying for my Masters and send some photos for their Alumni feature. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on my time there and the […]

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10/10/19

I took the kids to a lasercutting workshop at Bridge Rectifier in Hebden Bridge. They designed their own door plaque and learned about the lasercutting process. They had lots of questions and learned out lasercutting hands on through the making. […]

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09/08/19

I had another doctors appointment today for an ongoing but undiagnosed issue. Doctors deal with the patient’s medical ailments and biology but they must do so primarily through dialogue with the patient. Their dialogue skills are highly trained. Listening to […]

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08/08/19

I took the kids on a Pirate Day at Shibden Hall today which was part treasure hunt and part crafting activity. The facilitators were in costume and in pirate character for the treasure hunt. They took us for a short […]

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07/08/19

We had a Dwell Time meeting today and discussed our plans for our September-December workshop programme. This idea development stage building ideas up through dialogue is one of the most rewarding and exciting parts of collaborations when anything is possible […]

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a-n Artist Bursary Evaluation

Bursary schedule The aim of my proposed bursary activity was to research and develop making my work accessible to children by integrating Makaton language to communicate signs within the work. There were some changes to my original schedule due to […]

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06/08/19

“Is it a sculpture?” “No it’s not got a door.” “Is there a door on top?” “I can’t see!” “It might be a sculpture still”

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05/08/19

Oh. A small word but can be a heavily loaded word. When you receive bad news. When you receive surprising information. When you receive information and want to ackwnowledge receipt of said information. When you don’t know what else to […]

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04/08/19

We had a big family meet up today at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. There were cousins there I haven’t seen in 30 years and swapping memories of our childhood was great. We each have slightly different memories of the same occasions […]

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03/07/19

Some everyday conversations today: In the shop buying bits of school uniform and new trainers for the youngest. The pleasantries of other shoppers and of shop assistants making small talk. Small talk Chitchat Pleasantries Talking rubbish Niceties These social niceties […]

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02/08/19

I spent a lot of the day talking about how we talk to children and nurturing in general. nurture [nur-cher] verb (used with object), nur·tured, nur·tur·ing. to feed and protect: to nurture one’s offspring. to support and encourage, as during […]

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01/08/19

This evening we launched the collaborative publication Resilience is Futile which I have been Writer in Residence for YVAN and Corridor 8. I had some fantastic conversations with many people there: Some people I’ve known a while, some I’ve met […]

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UNION 3 (Manchester) – The Sunday

On Sunday morning we went to the most incredible place ever. Even thinking about it now lifts my soul. It’s called Hulme Community Garden Centre. I love every single square inch of that place, seriously. Just go have a look […]

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UNION 3 (Manchester) – The Saturday

Saturday morning kicked off at the Green Fish Resource Centre with the theme of Working From Within. This weekend would be about using ones own lived experience to inform ways of working. Fellow UNIONITES from the North West gave their […]

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UNION 3 (Manchester) – The Friday

I’ve been looking forward to this third residency weekend for ages (I always do) – I’m surrounded by other passionate and HUGELY interesting people doing very insightful and inspiring things. This UNION programme has been absolutely brilliant so far, and […]

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31/07/19

Dwell Time met with Northern and British Transport Police to discuss our plans for Issue 2 and to see where we could possibly link up. Northern were very impressed with Issue 1 and the response from staff especially. They said […]

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30/07/19

Final day of holiday today and back to work tomorrow. The (short) week ahead includes Dwell Time meetings, Resilience is Futile publication launch and a meeting/CPD session at Compass as well as some meetings with friends and family. Planned dialogues. […]

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29/07/19

Spent a little bit of holiday time arranging meetings with Northern and British Transport Police. Getting six busy people together in the same room at the same time sometimes seems impossible but we managed it for my first day back […]

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28/07/19

We went to see the performance of Dracula at Whitby Abbey. We’d been last year as well and it was the same performance by the same actors but I don’t think the children really remembered it. The performance is three […]

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27/07/19

Seagulls are literally everywhere in Whitby. They like to sit on the chimney of our holiday home and talk to each other. When the kids have gone to bed and it’s quiet their squawks echo down the chimney, which is […]

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26/07/19

After fossil, jet and rubbish hunting, we went to the pub for dinner. It’d been threatening to thunderstorm all day and as we set looking out to sea eating dinner, the skies turned black and downpoured. The kids absolutely refused […]

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