27/04/2020 – Grayson Perry, #PortraitForNHSHeroes and Photo Competition for kids

Here are the details and links to the information I will be chatting about in my ‘Creative Catch-up’ on BBC Radio Suffolk with @JournoJon tonight from 7pm :)

I will also be challenging Jon Wright and Matt Marvell with a creative challenge from the 2nd edition of the  FREE Activity Art Pack from Firstsite, Colchester.

Grayson’s Art Club

Grayson Perry is on a mission to bring the nation together throughout creativity. His new TV show on Channel 4 starts tonight at 8pm. The first of the 6 episode series will focus on ‘Portrait’ with Grayson encouraging people to battle the boredom and create some art themselves. Grayson is encouraging people to send their own art to him, you could be feature on future shows… deadline for the topic ‘Fantasy’ is this Thursday 30th here is the link to get involved :)

Grayson’s Art Club on Channel 4


There are many different and exciting examples of creative folk using social media to work together and come up with a positive response to these very strange times. The #PortraitsForNHSHeroes initiative has popped up on social media recently, artist Tom Croft came up with the idea of fellow artists painting portraits of frontline NHS workers for FREE.

I chatted with Tom today and he said “It’s a great way for artists to have a focus and direction for their work” he went on to say “creating a portrait elevates our NHS frontline workers to the heroes that they are”.Tom personally matched over 500 artists and heroes at the start of this initiative. Locally artists Mark and Mchelle @clemfandangoed @mabowdenartist are currently working on 2 portraits for local NHS workers, and they told me of other artists @lisapuhlhofer @emmmalem who are also working on painting portraits.

If you are an NHS worker and would like to search for an artist offering to create a FREE portrait of you head over to social media and search for the #PortraitsForNHSHeroe If an artist is looking to be matched with someone they will have a green post, when they are matched they will upload a red post.

Tom Croft’s portrait of Harriet, an A&E nurse at the Manchester Royal Infirmary

Photography competition for kids in NW Ipswich with North West Ipswich Big Local Trust

The North West Ipswich B.I.T. have launched a photography competition for youngster across the north west of Ipswich via their Facebook page.

This competition is the brainchild of local resident Rachel, who happens to be an former colleague of mine from my time in teaching. Children are being asked to capture a view from their window, anything they can see, but NOT including any people. I have been asked to help judge the entries and you have until May 23rd to enter, there are 4 age categories and prizes for winners. For more details please email traceydockery@nwipswichblt.org.uk


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