The ArtBomb idea grew from a conversation on how we could broaden perceptions of what art can be and come together to make a series of disruptions in space. The first Artbomb was a take over of artists studios in Cleveland street in 2019, demonstrating collaboration between artists in Doncaster. Continuing the desire for creative opportunities and increased visibility of art, the The New Fringe were able to deliver ArtBomb #2 in the midst of Covid 19, this time in conjunction with Doncaster Creates as part of FilmClub. The participants mutual support each other’s creative projects led to a great shared learning experience and then on the evening where the works were shown and discussed together, a collective experience of watching and comparing experiences under lock down was both moving and palpable. We may look back at this evening and realise how this moment was rare and important as we felt our way through unknown waters and how it developed further momentum for arts in Doncaster and dialogue through the crisis.
You are invited to take part in a playful experiment called Text Art.
This is a new way for artists and the public to collaborate. The result will be a short film or animation made with letters and words, which you can film using your phone. Use any medium you like - icing, mud, paper, embroidery - whatever you can think of!
To source your words, we want you to ask a local friend or family member who wouldn’t normally get involved in art. They need to give you a sentence or two, which they can choose from a book, film, poem, quote, or just their own thoughts. Once they’ve come up with the words, ask them to send you an audio recording of themselves speaking the words. Later, you’ll include this as a soundtrack to your final piece of imagery.
(If this sounds too technical for you, don't worry! We are here to help)
Crucially, we want your work to involve plenty of movement. There are lots of ways you can do this:
The finished video length should be 1-2 mins, and ideally in landscape format. The final works will be shown on New Fringe, Right Up Our Street and Doncaster Creates websites. A modest budget is set aside for any special materials needed on request.
You don't need to use all of the words of the sentence in your art work; you could just use key words.
Could you collaborate with local tradespeople? eg cake decorators, hairdressers, mechanics?
The easiest way to get the audio recording from the non-artist is to use the microphone button in Whatsapp. Or if they don’t have a smartphone, they can simply leave you a voicemail.
Examples to get you thinking:
Help and advice
Ideas help: Contact Sacha by email: Sachagray78@gmail.com
Group support: Here’s the Text Art Whatsapp group
Email tech support: Contact Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Editing SOS: Editing your video can be part of the fun of the process, but if you feel it's beyond you, Anton is happy to do the editing for you. You can email him your instructions at email@example.com
Telephone numbers and a tech support sheet are available on request.
This is a research and development project supported by Right Up Our Street in response to the COVID-19 crisis, funded by Arts Council England and DMBC.
On 15th May we held our first ever online version of Artbomb! It was a great event with lots of people taking part and coming along to watch. The videos shared by the artists are available as a playlist below.
Film Club #6 ArtBomb
8pm, Friday May 15 Via Zoom
Continuing the collaboration between The New Fringe, Doncaster Creates and Doncaster Brewery, Film Club will focus on a new Initiative in Doncaster, ArtBomb !
Shining a light on some of Doncaster’s hottest artists and filmmakers, who will present short experiments and films made under Covid19 on the Zoom internet group platform - Zoom link to be distributed nearer the day.
Responding to living under lockdown, this group of over 20 artists have shared ideas, images and jokes to keep spirits up and in the process made a series of intriguing short films responding to living in this strange period of physical distancing.
With the Brewery Tap (our usual venue), temporarily closed, the films will be shown accompanied with live short introductions by the filmmakers over Zoom and the recording of the Zoom and complete reel of films will be on a YouTube Channel hosted on the websites of New Fringe http://newfringe.art and Doncaster Creates https://doncastercreates.org
Michael Hart, CEO, DCLT, “Collaboration is going to be key for the resilience of many arts organisations and the growth of Doncaster’s reputation for creativity and this demonstrates Doncaster’s power to innovate”.
Sacha Gray, New Fringe: "The New Fringe is really happy to bring ArtBomb back to Doncaster again. Through ArtBomb, last year, we gained lots of new members who have joined our community, found and given valuable support to the group.”
Because this event, will be held in the comfort of your own home, its bring your own beer or soft drinks ! Brewery Tap are providing home deliveries on request https://www.facebook.com/donnybrewery/
The New Fringe/Doncaster Creates