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.
We are all shocked by the terribly sad news that Louis died last Friday. Louis was a great inspiration to us all at Roaming, a quiet, gentle, generous man, we will miss him so much. Some of the things we will remember are his presence, his guitar playing, his jam, coleslaw, bread and cakes, his helpfulness, empathy and kindness towards other people, his love of animals (especially Olive the dog) and the natural world. May you rest in peace Louis. We will never forget you.
We are very happy to be able to return to Breadline albeit in reduced numbers and with Covid safety measures in place. We are meeting over 2 floors so as to socially distance and wearing masks to move about the building. It was so lovely to see people returning to paintings they had started back in March.
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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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. "