We are all creative. Perhaps we've grown up hearing messages that have discouraged us - you have to be able to paint to be an artist, or that it's all a waste of time that distracts us from more important things. For others making time or the vulnerability of putting art out there or the fear of exposing our imperfections are barriers. From the casual creator to those who focus on it full-time there are challenges for all of us in finding and expressing our creativity. But the fact remains - we are all creative, whether we choose to accept and embrace it or not. Sometimes we just need to reminded and encouraged. For April's Share Your Story we've bringing an artist, author and graffiti artist together to share their stories of how they have found and expressed their creativity, often against their own tensions and challenges, in their own lives.
Doors will open at 7pm and we expect to hear from the first speaker around 7.20pm, so try to get there on time. Our events are pay-as-you-feel if you let us know you're coming in advance. Pay-as-you-feel tickets can be paid for using credit card online, or you can register now and bring along a cash donation on the night. Pay-as-you-feel will be unavailable on the day of the event and any walk-ups will pay £5 on the door (if there is still space for you!)...
There will be a cash bar available on the evening serving hot and cold drinks. Please also note that One Church Gloucester Place has 10 steps up into the venue, if this is a difficulty for you please get in touch and we can try and make suitable accessibility arrangements.
Becky Blair - Becky's work has always focused on the light and joy of living. Her paintings, filled with colour, aim to bring happiness through beautifully composed imagery. Since graduating in 1994 she has exhibited regularly in the UK and Australia and has work in collections around the globe.
In 2014, Becky was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Lupus. The following months saw her hospitalised, housebound, the impact to her joints leaving her unable to paint, the chronic pain rendering her unable to walk, eat and even sleep. She is now exhibiting her first body of work since that diagnosis, which is a reflection of Becky’s journey back to better health.
“Though this work does not dwell in the suffering, it is imbued with a richer appreciation of happiness. Humbled by the insight of my experience, I feel so fortunate to be in better health. I now know how precious and fragile the balance of our lives actually is."
Dave Nwokedi is a son, child, man, husband, father, gramps amongst many other things...born in Nigeria to Nigerian, English/Irish parents he spends his life dreaming, to paraphrase Seamus Heaney, of the further shore that is reachable from here...being a very bad swimmer, he knows it may take a while and a few treacherous rip-tides to negotiate before he gets there. Dave is a published author who combines his writing with his role as a full-time social worker.
Paul Barlow, better known as Aroe, is a Brighton-based graffiti artist and part of the MSK graffiti crew. You will have seen lots of his work around Brighton but he also operates much further afield - when I bumped into his recently he told me that he was even invited to talk to the Colombian government about their graffiti policies! Paul will be sharing something of his path to what he's up to now, how he's come to be what he's doing and stories from along the way.