8 Oct: TSE Walking Group – ‘Burnt Norton’

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.

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It was not a day conducive for walking but we carried on regardless and the weather did improve as the time went  on.

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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.

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The group walked from the gallery along the seafront and ended up at the Garden Gate Project.

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Keith, a member of the group read one of his poems at the end of the walk.

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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.

April to July: TS Eliot Research Group update

Since the Turner Contemporary TS Eliot Research Group came into being in August 2015, I have been documenting all the meetings and activities.  I have also been part of the Evaluation Team, which has looked at all processes and activities to gather feedback, to enable the group to move forward and progress effectively.

To date although the number of members attending has diminished from the earlier meetings, there is now a strong group who attends and contributes regularly.  The group have collaboratively put forward suggestions for pieces to be included into the final exhibition and is now at the stage of putting these forward to the curators to see whether or not these will be available to exhibit in 2018.  These are some of the suggestions that I put forward for inclusion.

Subway Drawing – Henry Moore 1941

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Night Hawks – Edward Hopper 1942

The group is now on its summer break until September 2016.

19 Apr: TSE Waste Land Research Group – Evaluation with Michele Gregson

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.

20160419-_L0A0181The 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.

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5 Apr: TSE Research Group – Women’s’ voices with Lucy Carlyle

This meeting focussed primarily on the influence of women within the Waste Land.

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Lucy talked about Eliot’s attitude to women  as depicted in the poem, and also the role played by women in society at that time.img011

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17 Mar: TSE Walking Group – Blue plaques

Each walk has adopted a different focus and I put in the suggestion for this one that we go in search of the blue plaques that exist in Margate.  They are all reasonably close to each other and once a route was determine we set off.  It took us to places and made us aware of things we may not have looked at previously.  The plaque showing where Turner went to study was obviously of importance.

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Update to Feb 2016: TSE Waste Land Research Group – Research Feedback

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During the winter months much discussion took place over the steps that needed to be taken as the project moves forward, with the emphasis being very much on any actions being approved by the group.

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This session on 13 January 2016 considered statements that were felt to epitomise the main facets of the project, through a practical activity of moving to an ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’ area.

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At the following meeting held at The Yacht Club on 26 January, the group split into group to cover the main facets of the exhibition such as object research, evaluation and community engagement.

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The next steps that were needed to be taken were discussed further at the meeting on 16 February.

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18 Nov: 1st meeting of the TSE Walking Group

Instigated by Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth emailed the group with a view to setting up a regular walking group.  It was a cold blustery day for those of us who turned up and was very much a walk to meet each other and to see how we felt future walks should be organised.

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Keith was a wealth of knowledge of snippets of local information and kept the group entertained.  We followed the route that Eliot would have travelled on his return to the former Albermarle Hotel, unfortunately now demolished.

It was agreed that we would like to continue meeting possibly fortnightly, weather permitting.

 

 

17 Nov: Pt. 5 ‘What the Thunder Said’ at Cliftonville Library

HARTSDOWN READING HACKERS and Ayisha Lanerolle

A group from Hartsdown Academy performed their interpretation of part 5 of the poem.

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This was followed by a discussion on part 5 with everyone present.  It was very interesting to hear the viewpoints particularly those of the younger people present.

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Copies of the images taken of ‘The Hackers’ were later passed to a member of their staff as evidence of work they have done.

22 Oct: Pt. 4 ‘Death by Water’ at Resort Studios, Margate

ATHLESTON SOUND with Dan Scott 

This was a very innovative meeting which again was well supported by the group.

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It involved improvisations by the group, translating their views on this section of the poem to make self-created sounds.

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Dan then recorded the final pieces created by each group in turn.

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Everyone seemed to enjoy the session and were able to make a positive contribution regardless of any previous musical expertise or a lack of one.