January passed quickly at AMP, with our new project Creative Action 2020-2023 giving us lots to do and even more to share. First, we take a look back and reflect on 2020, and the project which informed our latest model of practice - a company and project response to a new and challenging landscape that formed unexpectedly last year.
Our main priority during the past year was to remain connected with our two core groups The Women’s Creative Company and Shared Space. Unable to meet any of them in person, we recognised that many of our community collaborators were simultaneously very isolated, very bored, very busy and very stressed.
In April 2020, following the COVID 19 Pandemic, Scotland was in lockdown.
From April to October 2020, Under the project banner At A Distance Together, we shared creative tasks from invited Guest Artists. These tasks were gentle, reflective and enjoyable, in video image and text form. Through their tasks, the artists provided a sense of connection as well as multi-art-form explorations of spaces, places, feelings, emotions, objects, world views and social events. Under the artists' guidance, participants were encouraged to craft their own responses in text, images, videos, drawings, movement & sound.
We complemented these with 11 online creative sessions, where the groups shared their responses and experiences, got creative and remained connected with one another.
This beautiful archive of creative responses from: The Women's Creative Company,
Shared Space and our newest partner group, Social Bite Women's Group have been compiled into a digital gallery of works. We have stored these online as a resource open to all:
With much love, thanks, and solidarity to The Women's Creative Company, Shared Space. Social Bite group and team, AADT associate artists, community collaborators, partners, team and board.
We hope you enjoy!