15/06/2020 – Being creative…the new normal?

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 :)

The ‘new normal’…

With people saying that the ‘new normal’ starts today, I thought we could look at some things that will still available online. Many shops are reopening today, with strict social distancing measures in place, but what’s available online for those of us who don’t want to, or aren’t ready to join the ‘new normal’ just yet?

Many independent shops, creatives and makers have taken this time to creative their online shops. So please keep looking for local when you can. The money that goes into the cash register of an independent really does make all the difference to their bottom line.

With pubs, restaurants, theatres and other sectors facing many hurdles to overcome before they can safely reopen we need to keep supporting them online. With places like Suffolk Libraries, Britten Pears Foundation, Dance East, The Seagull Theatre, First Light Festival and many more local organisations creating online content for their audiences, it’s never been such a great time to stay connected and support our local arts scene.

Suffolk artist in London gallery…virtually

Suffolk artist Jocelyn Magnus and Norfolk artist Aurial Innes are currently exhibiting in London at the Piers Feetham Gallery with the exhibition ‘Animated by the same spirit’. I love the way that you can go online and hear the voices of the artists. They talk about their influences and what the artworks mean to them.

Britten on Camera

BBC 4 aired a 2013 documentary on our local composer Benjamin Britten.

Commissioned for Britten’s centenary in 2013, Britten on Camera, narrated by James Naughtie, presents some of the highlights of Britten’s broadcast legacy. He was one of the great classical composers of the broadcasting age and his music was regularly performed on radio and television throughout his working life. This documentary explores the dynamic relationship he developed with the BBC to bring classical music to wider audiences. Contributors include David Attenborough, Michael Crawford, Humphrey Burton and Nicholas Kenyon. Available on the BBC iplayer for a month.

The 2016 Aldeburgh Festival opened with Illuminations, a new work directed by Struan Leslie and performed by soprano Sarah Tynan, Aurora Orchestra, and an ensemble of international circus artists. On Friday 12 June, you could watch the film premiere of the staging of Les Illuminations on our Facebook page and YouTube channels at 9pm. Now available on their Youtube channel for a month.

My creative record of lockdown

Those of you who have been following me on Instagram will have seen my plasticine model creations.

12 weeks ago I stumbled apron a fun and creative little Instagram initiative called #communityclaytime. I can honestly say that this happy, chilled out, creative time each day has really helped me maintain a positive outlook and stability in my mental health. So 50+ model makes later, a whole load of fun, with a display cabinet in my studio, it’s time to thank the generous, kind and awesome man behind it all @jimparkyn :) What a legend this man is!

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