Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Breaking the circle

Artist Pete Flowers and poet Philip Davenport are currently working with the Smartarts Blackpool group, which are a charitable trust formed from Arts for Health group members wanting to carry on being creative. We are going to make a plaque for new mental health building The Harbour.

Phil writes:

The last session of this project, a big final push to make the best of the little time we've had. And yet stay relaxed.

Pete put the artworks/poems made thus far onto individual tables for the group to arrange in patterns, as they liked. It was astonishing to see how much they'd created in four short weeks. From little doodles and sketches to poems and collages. As they worked on the arrangements, our official photographer Claire snapped the bustle.

Then a drawing game, making improvisations on the theme of circles that's been the core of this project. Pete wanted some wobbly circles for the designs, something (he explained) to dodge perfectionism and leave some oxygen for the imagination.

Circles can be relentless things. As well as symbols for renewal, eternity, life cycles, seasons and all that  profound stuff, they can also be a trap. A couple of people have commented that, for them, circles bring to mind cycles of destructive behaviour that go round and round, without end, imprisoning and oppressive. So our final exercise was about breaking circles. A simple little writing  exercise to pop the bubble and bring release for those who felt the need for it. I won't share the exercise right now, but if you happen to be around in fifty years time when the time capsule is opened, you'll know.

1 comment:

  1. As a member of the SmartArts Blackpool group, I've had a wonderful time working with Phil Davenport and Pete Flowers. I know the whole group have enjoyed themselves on the Time Capsule Cover, and we all hope that this will be the first in a long working relationship with both Phil and Pete. Thanks, guys, it's been a ball.