The Gift Horse – on volunteering

The Gift Horse – on volunteering The casualisation of the creative workforce is like the pandemic. It is highly contagious, spreading fast and creating a sub-culture of artists, makers and artist-academics who are not only taken for granted but are being utterly exploited and expected to be grateful for that exploitation. Having several years experience working in sometimes unpaid collaborations …

Disrupted Meadow – Strata June 2021

Disrupted Meadow – Strata June 2021 I am in Charmouth again, on Stonebarrow, again, and it is around the time Matt Hancock gets into a bit of bother. Life is like a meadow and it can get disrupted. Careers get disrupted. Journeys get disrupted. A death is disruptive. I begin my presentation with a poem: Sky is Meadow I am …

Three Months a Councillor

THREE MONTHS A COUNCILLOR I have been a Local Government Councillor for almost three months now. I use this space to integrate my art thinking, the local government activities I do and the politics. It’s a new way of working for me and a new space. A FEW MUSINGS ON FORM, SPACE AND ACTION This time I said I would …

Five on a journey

Labour Councillors in Southport have been a rare breed since 1974. We have added five for Southport in the last two years. I am learning that theatre/performance making and politics is a more fascinating combination than I had thought. New challenges, new learning in a new space and time with different audience/participants. Watch this space for more musings on working …