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Enchanted Encounters Evaluation Exercise

Today I completed a  reflective exercise  for Intobodmin as part of their “Enchanted Encounter project .The project started in July 2021 and is due to end in July 2022

Unfortunately I ended up having to suspend my contract end of January due to physical ill health leading to hospitalisation.

One thing that falling ill has really bought to the forefront is how little people working in community arts are paid. I’ve never earned enough to save a penny and as a freelancer i can only apply for universal credit of £75 a week . So i’m wondering a lot if I can really afford to go on being a creative working in community arts?

I am not yet able to share the outcomes of the task yet . I will do once the team have agreed what to share in the public domain. So for now I can just say There were days on this job I felt ” I’m being paid to do what I love” and there are things that I look back on and wish I had done better and an opportunity was missed by trying to do too much.

But there are some nice moment capture on our project instagram feed.

This phase started here.

I dug a hole and took the earth back to my studio . The pile of earth inspired various other ideas.  Steven Mackay  filmed me digging the hole.  It felt like an important moment. Digging into the Cornish earth making friends with it in preparation for the next stage of my life. There is a short film of it’s entirety .  The following video includes  some shots .

Call centre one week later. 2nd day of my attendance


Can’t say call centres are my kind of   place. I thought perhaps I would use the sterility to catch up with Admin. But I have a pressing need to animate the man digging, I overhear conversations about technology and creative research. Call me old fashioned  but there is a dryness about the place. where is the creative mess?

I met another AIR resident said hello to a few passers but descided wanted to get on with some work.  Sure the chemistry will happen despite my adversity to the …shall we call it  ” Complex ”