Crayon Circle © Deborah Henry-Pollard
On several occasions recently, I have been asked not only what I do under the Catching Fireworks banner, but why I have come to do this work. The “what” I hope is explained on my webpages. So why am I working with people in the creative industries?
I am sure I am not alone in having a lottery dream, you know, that fantasy of all those things you are going to do when you win several million pounds. My lottery dream is quite simple – I would become a patron of the arts and I am quite clear how I would go about it.
I would identify 5 or 6 creative practitioners working across the arts. These could include a visual artist, a poet, a composer, a filmmaker, a choreographer... These would be people whose work moves me, who have an interesting approach and, most importantly, passion and commitment to their craft. They don’t need to be potential “big names” or possible investment opportunities, just people whose work adds something to creative life.
I would fund each of them for 3 years and send them away to create. Unlike most of the funding available, there would be no formal outcomes – you know the type of thing, “By the end of 3 years I will have produced a play involving 100 members of the community”, “a triptych on modern life displayed to 5,000 visitors”... The funding would be as much about the process as the outcomes, allowing the artists the time and space to produce work, try out ideas, develop their practice and explore the process.
Whilst they are busy being creative and experimenting, they will have the backup of Catching Fireworks and for work produced, my team would find a gallery or performance space, promotional opportunities and provide all the other backup.
Well, that’s the dream but as I haven’t won the lottery (yet!), I have decided that I would use the skills and experience I have gained over 30 years of working life to support creative practitioners in their practice. Alas, my bank manager insists that I have to earn a living so I can’t give away all my expertise for free. However, as a coach I am absolutely committed to the arts and their creators.
And if you want to work with me, but can't wait until I win the lottery, check out how we could work together and get in touch.