Parliamentary Reception 1st June 2017
I was thrilled to be invited to speak at the Starcatchers reception at the Parliament. It was a wonderful event and I used the opportunity to try and articulate what I do and why. It turned out to be an opportune and interesting moment for me to make time for reflection.
I'm often asked: What do I do?
Firstly I listen to children and the adults who love them and care for them.
Secondly I think really hard about what Arts could be in their lives and dream up ideas.
Thirdly I try and make those ideas happen.
That's involved working with beatboxers, classical musicians, dancers, drummers, performers, pianists, poets, painters, puppeteers, photographers, a knitting group and at one point even a live hedgehog.
I've been an alien, a raccoon, an elf and a chef. I've performed in theatres, nurseries, family centres and gardens.
At one point I became obsessed with circles and everything that spins, another time I orchestrated a Forest installation that changed with the seasons, on one occasion a group of young parents sang somewhere over the rainbow with me and their babies and a guitarist called Zac, under an enormous rainbow that we made together, and I may have been responsible for eyes appearing on fruit in supermarkets and in nurseries across the country.
I'm sometimes asked: Why I do what I do?
I'm fascinated by young families because it's a time full of hope, love, vulnerability and potential.
Like all artists I'm trying to express something that is truthful
I'm questioning. I'm inspiring change.
I also do it because it's fun, and difficult, and if it has been done before I don't really know about it.
The ideas are rich, and growing, and relevant, and becoming more and more interesting.
I do it because it is important- it's important as far as the ripples extend- it's important to me, to the people who experience it and connect with it, and I believe to the wider community.
I really enjoyed working on the voice over for this animation. It's exciting to imagine how it will be while you are recording and the images don't exist yet. Then you have a real treat when you see it come together.
Animation strikes me as a really lovely, thoughtful art form and I would love to work with it some more.