Let it be known that anything can be done on very little. One of my old lecturers, Darren Scales, recently reached a point in the production of his movie The Drift that is truly astounding. What I remember more than anything from his seminars – and being able to work alongside him – is that budget and scope are not huge concerns for an organisation or individual. He made The Drift on a very much indie-film level of budget, and created most of the wondrous project out of voluntary enthusiasm and cashing in favours that put Hollywood to shame (I assume this is why he released the details whilst in America!) It is this enthusiasm that we here at Creative People want to develop and help blossom. Yes, it is indisputable that financing, red tape and creative politics will always abide in the world of the imagination, but these things should not prevent us from accomplishing everything we can. It didn’t stop Darren Scales, and it will never stop us!
Our first Gallery Event held at The Craft Bar and Kitchen (always thankful!) truly encapsulates the feelings of collaboration and grass-roots, helping-each-other-out-ing that we adore. Hannah, Nathan (your narrator) and Samuel are building this, initially, on no budget. We don’t charge entry. We don’t sneak in hidden costs. We simply place people in a room we think that deserve public attention.
Following this, we bring together a range of artists all with so many skills to show off. Luke Clarke brought his photography, showcasing his talents at capturing the moment of our feline friends all the way to his professional wedding packages. Alongside him, Arron Baxter, with his ongoing project The Dark Chamber, heavily influenced by his photographic endeavours working within power stations. co_Lab brought the work they have been developing recently, from debating apps to their connectivity with Leeuwarden, NL. Stephen Fisher showed off his AR technological experiments that he is currently developing with a variety of clients for use in and around Lincolnshire. Sadly, we had to close shop early, and missed the opportunity to showcase Charlotte Greenley’s Lolita costumery, as she begins to understand the bizarre new world of Japanese culture and, to be blunt, epic cuteness.
And all of this for free? Essentially. Creative People is currently working tirelessly to continue pressing different creative fields into tight little informal corners, in the hopes (nay, we know it will happen) that wonderful, new things will blossom out of it. This can’t happen without you, of course (yes, you!), and we are always thankful of anyone supporting our projects and endeavours. We just hope, as we develop and grow, we can just deliver bigger and better things to you all. Imagine what we could do with some funding (obligatory winky face 😉 ).
At the end of the day, we know we have work to do, especially with our marketing. My personal plan (“my” being Nathan) is to try and utilise as many 3rd year university students, to give them an ongoing dip-in-and-out project to support their careers, portfolios and imaginations. But who knows where we will go next, but I assure you we will keep you posted. We are superbly pleased with our first Gallery Event, and the enthusiasm of all who came to show their work (and definitely those who came to have a gander), and we cannot wait to turn it into something even bigger next time.