Last Friday I sent our application to Companies House.
Today, just 8 days later, I received our certificate declaring us a CIC (Community Interest Company) with a company number. This seems to be cause for celebration but as yet I'm not sure quite what it means, or how it will unfold. Maybe if the day arrives when it all comes clear that will be the day we fold since roaming is defined as 'moving about or travelling aimlessly or unsystematically, especially over a wide area'.
In April 2007 I began a blog followed by a website that documented my PhD research practice. A new blog has become necessary to describe the process of setting up 'Roaming', a not-for-profit arts company through which I will explore, in collaboration with a number of people in different settings, an art practice that can deliberately exist beyond the nucleus of the mainstream art world. We are exploring the possibility that by dissenting from competitive approaches to arts practice we can discover peaceful means to interaction. Our focus is therefore on our working process more than our output.
Happily, we've been able to meet a few times in September -- outdoors. Even when we couldn't meet, though, Roamers stayed in touch by way of our post card project (details here) -- we've posted most the them here. There are also paintings and drawings and photographs from Toby, Suzi, Jon and Not Just Any Girl. Look under the "Film" tab above for three new videos!
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Laura Wild is Roaming's Lead Facilitator and one of its directors. "Click" about us to find out more about who we are and what we do, or read about...
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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