All-Change !!

May 3, 2018

It's been a long, long time since my last entry.

Apparently it is true that time flies when you're having fun.

Though where it flies to is, so far as I know, not specified anywhere. 


Somewhere nice, I hope. 


The past month HAS been fun. 

This time last week I was at an artists' meet, discussing how Coventry winning the bid to be City of Culture 2021 would become a practical reality, and the city's vision - not just for 2021 - but for the next decade, and beyond.


It was reassuring to be surrounded by so many creative people. 

Reassuring because it shows that Coventry has a real artistic community, which kinda flies in the face of my previous opinion that the city was falling further behind nearby cities, such as Birmingham.


It was a chance to hear from local officials regarding regulatary matters - the dreaded 'health & safety', licensing etc. - and their offer of support to anyone who was thinking of putting forward a project idea.

Personally, it sounded like ... well, not a literal mine-field, but something close to a metaphorical one. I get why it's there, but that doesn't mean I get it.


So, brain in sensible thinking mode, it's time to for sensible thinking.


A couple of weeks before that I took a trip to FarGo Village - Coventry's self-described creative quarter. It is to my shame that I have never visited before.

I can't even think of an excuse as to why not ... too busy ... too far away ... nothing holds water.

Anyway, I went along with the idea of possibly renting out a workspace there.

Turns out it's a really cool place. Both exactly how I thought it would be, and not how I thought it would be, at the same time. 

It's as colourful and vibrant as I imagined, but bigger, more organised too.

Not as random, even if it does remind me of a settlement straight out of a Fallout game ( it's the shipping containers stacked one on another ).


So, I spoke to Lucy, who organises events, and to some of the people who already have a space there. Everybody was really amiable, and kindly gave me the time to ask far too many questions.


The end result is that I will be attending the Summer Makers' Market on the 30th June / 1st July. If you accidentally ( or deliberately ? ) find yourself in Coventry on either / both of these dates why not drop in and say 'Hello' ?!


Speaking of which - I have been mostly focussed on making stuff for the Makers' Market, which means the next music-inspired uber-project

( Pink Floyd ) has been placed on hold for a bit, while I put together a series of smaller ideas. There will still be music-inspired illustrations, but these will be related to specific lyrics, rather than a band's entire back catalogue.


As I said, the past few weeks have been really busy. But a good busy, rather than a 'panicky / where do I start ? / there aren't enough hours in the day !' busy. The usual post-project lull hasn't had a chance to take hold, and that's been a good thing.







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