Monday, 15 May 2017

Peace Painting ACE funding application

After some final queries, feedback and checking, the Peace Painting funding application has been finished and sent.
I can't believe it's taken so long!
It was started back in March!

So now is the wait to find out if it's successful....

I will be shifting my focus back onto illustration work and commissions in the mean time.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

And Our Heroes Have Misplaced Their Map (cont)

My initial Peace Paintings of Bana Alabed etc have been made on cardboard - the use of cardboard reflects the cardboard boxes used by homeless and displaced people.
I imagine that all the pieces of cardboard will be assembled into a sort of shelter made out of many Peace Paintings, so I'm in the process of making various Peace Paintings.
I asked Greg Garry if I could use his photos of Chromeo, and he was kind enough to oblige, said to have fun, so I've been staring at Dave1 for a very long time.... (I aint with it!) and I still have the box my keytar came in, so it seemed obvious to use that.

I decided that rather than paint the images of Syrian children / refugees onto Dave's suit, it should remain pristine white, and other images projected onto it.
So I've cut out the suit shape and printed out the still image from Nik Kershaw's Wouldn't It Be Good video.
The scale of Dave's suit has been deliberately scaled to both fit the box, and an old TV/DVD player upon which I can experiment with images of Syrian ruins.

After checking up on Jean Baudrillard's writings, I'm thinking of painting this photorealistically. I've never been much of a fan of photorealistic painting, but for the purpose of this, this will work as a Peace Painting, and as a piece of digital work.
Because I only have one keytar box, this will be painted onto a separate piece of cardboard to fit on top.

Funding application

I was getting pretty stressed out about the prospect of Universal Credit, it was starting to make me ill.
I've spoken to the Carer's Team, and although they've done nothing to sort out some respite, they found out that Universal Credit is only being imposed for new claims, so if we have a current claim, it won't be affected.

The snap election has also given me hope that for once, everyone will get rid of the Evil Tories, by whatever means necessary, then I can get back on with making this work more amazing.

I've been in contact with the Arts Council to clarify the criteria for Grantium, and which sets of figures need to match up, and it's now hopefully ready to submit, and I hope to have it submitted around the middle of May.