Signature collaborative event, Interpretive Art & Photography have been cooked up so far as we contemplate a busy year, hopefully enough to hit some main targets...
Diversity spoke for itself as we enter into 2019 with an Arts & Community Engagement event called Hamilton House Vibes, through a welcome partnership between UWC, DMAC UK, and supported/sponsored by Hamilton House and Forward Space. Javis had been taking old pro-photos (as we await his exhibition), also at Hamilton House (HH), in March. As usual we must mention some of the line up, and once again we had Kalila and Sinairie, who also represented as part of promoting new Old Vic play The Princess & the Hustler, Vanessa Melody (launching her solo writing project), Nell Lewis, and Angharad Iris. Brook, and Omer and co supplied sweet and unique sounds, Annchal (based at HH) danced her heart out, re-energizing the place, and we were blessed by Capoeira Angola, with guests on the open Mic - John Ralls - and (Mayor's Race Producer) Rob Mitchel.
Kalila & Sinairie prepare to do their thing Priness & the Hustler event - Bristol Old Vic - March 2019.
Yet more Arts based collaborative spirit...
We'd also planted some seeds back in 2018 via a collaboration with UWE (Bower Ashton Campus) which we seemed to work well and we hope will reap accordingly, in order to help a good cause - looking forward to the Online Auction.
Some of us also participated in an intriguing PHOTOGRAPHY project also based at Hamilton House (Bristol), for an exhibition due to start in the Gallery Space from 14th March and last two weeks only. This guy uses some old but not quite obsolete techniques to produce some authentic work. Javis also offers a free photo for volunteers.
Talking past/present/future, based on the inevitable and in the name of development we're re-establishing ourselves at urbanwordcollective.co.uk, where you can now exclusively buy Lyrically Justified 1 & 2. We'll also provide various word related services, building upwards, forming new relationships with professional media producers, BOV, the police (proposing project work with young people at risk), The Radical Herbal Gathering, UWE, PEAK entertainment, The Disability Forum, Bahati Books, Kamitan Arts, Paper Arts, and others, which will help elevate UWC to the next level. Our end of year report might say "Well done, considering the barriers faced, but the learning can be crucial."
The lyricallyjustified.co.uk site remains active but focused on the how, who, where and when in relation to the anthologies.
Mainly due to persistence and tenacity we thank goodness we're finishing the year on the up, with continual prospects to help develop both established and emerging writers, and a real possibility of becoming a publisher. So lucrative looking offers and proposals are welcome. We're out to prove that with networking, interconnectivity and mutual support we can become another household brand but with credibility and authentic clout.
Other BIG NEWS involves the consideration of a 3rd Lyrically Justified anthology, and with lessons we remain ambitious as we head to a future which should see us working with old and new allies. The wonderful and conscientious Michele Curtis will feature with illustrations, enriching the product. And we now provide poetry and other creative writing workshops. Once again we thank all supporters who have helped to bring us here, and the not so helpful who have shown us light.