Sally was invited to speak to the group as being a possible contributor to the 2018 exhibition. Her work on ‘The Wasteland’ is the culmination of a five-year PhD project and has resulted in 12 photographic and video installations which have resulted from TS Eliot’s 1922 poem.
This was the first time that the group had met at the studio in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate. It was chance for us to discuss the progress so far together with some members of the curating team from Turner Contemporary.
The lighting was extremely challenging and ideally the venue was not equipped to deal with so many people. So I was not able to move around freely to take images. However it was good to have a change of scene and to see some members of the group who are only able to come occasionally.
The group met for an introduction at Turner Contemporary, and aim of the session was of walking together and stopping for readings at stages along the route.
It was not a day conducive for walking but we carried on regardless and the weather did improve as the time went on.
Alongside reading from the poem, Elspeth had also arranged for some of the visitors to set up ‘Walking Books’ sessions and various people signed up for a session beforehand.
The group walked from the gallery along the seafront and ended up at the Garden Gate Project.
Keith, a member of the group read one of his poems at the end of the walk.
It is now nearly a year (17 November) since the group formed and we went on the first walk. It has gone from strength to strength with Elspeth ensuring that each walk has a main focus. Alongside the main aims, friendships have emerged and the parameters have been extended as to how the group has developed offering a positive prospect for the future.
My initial readings have shown up links with events in history at the time e.g. The Suffragette Movement. In turn I requested copies of papers held in the Archives & Local History Department at Manchester Central Library. The Fawcett Papers contains articles by Millicent Garrett Fawcett (President of The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies) including one entitled ‘Women’s Work at the front’ (10.03.1915). They also suggested that The Women’s Library at LSE could provide access to copy microfilms, so this will be investigated. Through this I also discovered that her daughter Phillippa had made a great contribution to education at that time, and had given her name to the College of Education I attended from 1966-69.
I have read and taken notes on all books produced by Florence Farmbrough and obtained copies of the original documents held by the Royal Geographical Society, following her being invited to become a member. These also provided a family address which is a valuable contact for further in-depth information.
I began by looking at various study guides which were helpful as background to what is involved and steps that will need to be taken from start to finish.
I reread ‘Critical Thinking Skills’ as I realised that I especially needed to improve my note-taking, so as to work more efficiently and effectively.
I obtained and read two self-help books in connection with public speaking as this is one area I also need to improve.
I now need to introduce an efficient filing system for information both physically and online, to enable ease of retrieval. The study guides suggested various referencing systems which will now be investigated.
Once these have been instigated I need to take out membership of the Imperial War Museum and investigate (with visits) relevant information which is held in their archives.
Contact Florence Farmborough‘s family for background information particularly in connection with her photography work.
Renew contact with Dawn Cole in connection with Clarice Spratling to arrange, if possible to see the diary and find out about any photography connections.
Once all the initial induction sessions have taken place at Christ Church University I will be better placed to start my work as I will know who to see or contact for what and where to go. The library (and the main campus) I envisage to be extremely useful particularly as it is close to home, so I can make good use of all available facilities.
A few years ago I had visited the private zoo for a photo day. This was a fund-raising Open Day for the public so an opportunity to take some more images. However it was very overcrowded and so was difficult at times to get near to take good images.
The following are some of the ones are which I took:
This was organised by Red Cloud Experience days and given to me as a Christmas present. It was an opportunity to try things not generally covered at university although it was principally aimed at beginners and those with little experience. So I was able my own devices to experiment and to capture images within the safety of working in a group setting.
The following are some of the images that were taken:
This meeting focussed in the main on the reasons and importance of evaluation and explored creative ways that this could be undertaken. Michele led the meeting in her capacity as the consultant professional evaluator for the project, and followed on from the initial introduction to the process that Trish and I had introduced at the last meeting on 5 April.
The meetings are now following the format where a topic is covered in the first part, and then a discussion is held to consider images which the members have submitted online for possible inclusion into the final exhibition. The images considered at this meeting related to journeys, migration and myth.