Despite a very rainy morning we gathered again in the bandstand and made music together. Several people stopped to talk with us as they enjoyed what we were doing. It felt like an outdoor open day!
It was a very happy day yesterday. The weather was sunny, a bit chilly with the sea breeze but we managed to gather again out of doors, the first time since Christmas. I sent out a message to everyone saying bring musical instruments if you wish. As you see from the photos this was welcomed and we had a variety of more conventional instruments as well as found objects such as a CD rack an antique bed-warmer!
I also took along paper and charcoal so we also had some drawing taking place.
It was so good to be together again. keeping in touch by phone has just about kept us going but there's nothing like being re-united as a group.
We are surviving! We've been unable to meet of course since Christmas but we still keep in touch every Thursday when Laura phones or texts everyone. We also have some projects on the go. Janet has invited us to submit a piece of work for a mail art project in Germany called "Send Me Your Light". She also asked if any Roamers would like to do some growing and she delivered seeds, plant pots and compost to the people who said they would. Janet also sent a card from us to everyone last week and this has been much appreciated.
We are very much looking forward to being all together again and will return to our base at Breadline as soon as possible, in limited numbers at first, as made possible by our wonderful funders the National Lottery Community Fund.
Our very own Laura Wild is a contributor to this book, just out from Bloomsbury (click here for details from the publisher). Her essay registers Roaming in a constellation of ideas, movements and practices that recognize the radical potential of art.
We are grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund and Lottery players for continuing to fund Roaming and for providing an uplift grant for 6 months that has made it possible to accommodate all our regulars in a socially distanced manner over 2 days a week instead of the usual one. Thank you NLCF!
Since we are now using 2 rooms with 2 facilitators it has also made it possible for us to provide different weekly activities for those who wish to take part - this week was marbling. Thanks to Janet McEwan for organising and delivering these new processes.
Now that lockdown is at last gradually lifting, we're looking back on the past year with a sense of achievement and a committment to a future together. Even when we couldn't meet, Roamers stayed in touch by way of our post card project (details here) -- we've posted most the them here. We shared paintings and drawings and photographs from Toby, Suzi, Jon and Not Just Any Girl. Keep an eye out for a new video soon with more details.
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Roaming's official goal is "to carry on creative activities that benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) people who find themselves in some way disadvantaged, excluded or vulnerable." Our values are really our common ground: confidentiality, integrity, fairness, respect for the values and culture of others, the withholding of judgement, inclusivity, flexibility, and equity in relationships. "
We are grateful to the newly-renamed National Lottery Community Fund for their recognition, generosity and encouragement. For information about the funding Roaming received before 2019, please see Support for Roaming.
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