This is the second publication by the Aldeburgh Arts Club Artists’ Collective, our previous book was called 'Look Out Locked In.’ The idea for this book came from a conversation some of the Aldeburgh Arts Club members had during one of our Zoom meetings as we continued through the second national lockdown. I threw in the word Hope and how important it was for us to stay positive and continue as artists to create. What bounced back from Caroline Way was that Hope was the last thing that remained in Pandora’s box. And from there we started discussing what was in the box and the mythology surrounding it, wondering why it was always the women’s fault and why the contents of the box had to be negative, and Mireille came up with the idea of re-visiting the myth of Pandora in a more positive way and creating artworks that reversed this myth. And so a new project began and over the last nine months we have continued to have lively discussions, to discuss hope and renewal, and to cultivate creatively a positive outlook. The topics I chose were Trees, Birds, Water, Change, Hope and Heritage. All essential to our well-being as humans living on this extraordinarily beautiful, rich and diverse shared planet. It will culminate in an exhibition of some of the artwork produced, at the Aldeburgh South Lookout Tower in August 2021. Price £10.00 (plus postage and packing).
Look Out Locked In' is a beautifully illustrated A5 book of artworks with 119 colour pages. It is a collaboration between sixteen members of the Aldeburgh Arts Club luncheon group. Artists, poets, writers, bookmakers, potters, herbologist and makers, who came together in the spring of 2020 on zoom. They were set a subject matter for a period of eight weeks in which they could express in whatever creative form they might be inspired to use, story, photography, painting,drawing, journaling,poetry, exploring what it feels like to be in Lockdown and self isolating during this strangest of times.
A limited edition of 90. Price £10.00 (plus postage and packing).
A sense of place has always been crucial to my writing. I was born in Pakefield, Suffolk, a coastal village at the southern end of the then thriving fishing port of Lowestoft - Norse names and on-shore fisher folk - in a house as close to the sea as could be, on a marly, sandy shifting cliffside, which is now a slope of a walk, to a shingle shift, seakale and no fisherfolk in sight, of the ever raging sometime calm, pigeon blue grey, chilly north sea.
My earliest memory is of the sun rising from an unusually calm blue summer's dead calm sea, my playground one of light, air and pebbles, the shingles shifting sound, ozone and bird call and salty seawater stinging and stimulating, or buoyant, uplfiting, when immersed in it's sandy softness. An unsure, on shore sort of world, certainly one of beauty. Water, nature, art, love and loss, family, to immerse within, to contemplate, to be balmed by - and that which still informs my writing. Kneeling In Dust was published 15th October 2020.
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Click here to listen to Gillie performing 'Kneeling In Dust'
Click here to listen to Gillie performing 'Restaurante Avero Porto'