Giving centre stage to London’s less well known creative communities…

You know of amazing projects happening in your own backyard, perhaps you even run one or attend a group that inspires you to reconnect with yourself after a hard day, unwind after a long week and more importantly feel a sense of connection to where you live or work…

Seeking out such groups on some of the more well hidden nooks and crannies of London has been at the heart of co-curating Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 – and now June is finally here do take the many opportunities we have cooked up with The Dragon Cafe, Mental Fight Club, Mind and Soul Choir, Friends of Cathja, Cooltan Arts and Lambeth Addiction recovery just to name few… blink and you will have missed so many treats!

Communities programme – Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014

When thinking about what could a Communities programme look like as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014

London as a body came to mind and that each of use who live, work and visit here at any given time make up that body and the roads, buildings and green spaces form the structure, the web we all co-exist in…

And what if when you as a festival goer come to a festival event you get to really challenge yourself and what you think is ‘community’ or not…

Much is written about the ‘fractured’ self or ‘split’ self and in much of my own experience of being able to come ‘home’ to myself is just as much about how I am feeling as much about where I live and  who I live with and around. And how I choose to frame this… and that community exists even if and when I say “I don’t do community” sitting hidden away in my flat…

You are invited to go into new spaces such as The Anatomy Museum and Theatre at Kings College (a hidden gem of London’s), see  supposed ‘old’ societal anxieties in new light given that many of yester year’s problems maybe seem like they have not gone away i.e. Horace Ove’s film Pressure and to see new theatre and writing that brings those real everyday anxieties such as the decline of loved ones in later life into reality through lived experience with tenderness and humour i.e. Julie McNamara’s Let Me Stay

So I hope we’ve managed to do this in our programming not just within Communities but across the whole festival – we have each played with making new collaborations with groups not usually included in festivals such as patients in locked wards, prisoners, recovery addicts and community mental health service users…

You’ll be the judges of whether it has worked… do tell me/us… @anxiety2014 #anxiety2014

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How can a festival inspire you to re-examine your relationship with community and what this means to you?

Paying Artists Survey results #PAYARTISTS

Is it really that hard to equate being paid for the time, energy, resources given out for a return of income. 

Of course I know we artists gain a huge amount of development, new contacts, networkings, marketing and, and for every show we are taking part in…

And the results of the recent Paying Artists Survey results  so very clearly show that publicly funded organisations with remits to support artists are seriously falling short of their duties.

What do you think?   What has been your experience?

Start a conversation below…

http://www.a-n.co.uk/knowledge_bank/document/3371149

The artists and commissions… that hard

Key findings

– 72% of artists earn up to 10K a year from their art practice

– 17% earn between £10 and £20K – Artists cite ‘sharing their work with the public’ as the most important reason for exhibiting

– Nearly half of all artists reported that exhibiting their work is prohibitively expensive

http://www.a-n.co.uk/knowledge_bank/document/3371149

71% of artists did not get paid to take part in exhibitions in publicly funded spaces… you do the math

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