The past few months have been somewhat busy so apologies for the lack of recent updates. After the success of this year’s event we wanted to ensure that Making A Mark in 2020 could be bigger and better than ever, so almost as soon as this year’s was complete we started planning ahead for next. We wanted to get an early bid in to the Arts Council for funding so that if successful, it would allow us more time for actual planning.
We took the time to look back at previous events, at what worked well and what not so well and the outcome was a decision to radically change the way this event would work. We decided to do away with a stage and performance area and instead concentrate on activities that encouraged engagement. We also wanted to open up participation to a broader range with an open call to artists and performers working locally and change the format previously used. This allowed us more scope for ideas and so our biggest funding bid yet was finally agreed, completed and submitted.
We are delighted to announce we have now heard that this bid has been successful and are thrilled that we can start working on these ideas. Look out for our Open Call which will go out soon. And be sure to put July 11th 2020 in your diaries – it is slightly later than past years.
Alongside the planning, our artists have also been busy on their own projects and with other activities:
Robin curated and has work featured in the exhibition Concomitant at UCLan Hanover Building in Preston. Denise has continued developing the project for which she received a CVAN Bursary, investigating what happens to the plastic we recycle. Bernie has been busy with various ArtFull events and activities, Caroline has been busy making, whilst Tim and Denise have been making a lot of noise with the Worldwise Samba Drummers at various events in and around Preston. We also continue to run the monthly Life Drawing sessions at the Harris Museum and have a number of other projects on the go!
We’ll also be a the Harris Christmas Fair this weekend, Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December on the first floor – do come along and see us. We’ll have a variety of hand-made Christmas decorations and cards for sale as well as some lovely unique items that make ideal gifts.
Hope to see you soon!