“Having a destination creates an archway to look through but as with all creative processes you don’t know how to get there, discusison shapes it. Being involved in the process with the artist gives a sense of ownership and pride; you feel you’ve created it together.”
Ideas for Opening Lines were discussed with a focus group of visually impaired participants and volunteers. Overall there were good responses to the project proposal and the proposed name, Opening Lines. In the discusisons the ideas started to come alive and I was reminded that taking part should be an adventure.
There were some reflections about involvement in collaboration and also a reminder to build in different ways to take part – people may not always be able to get involved but enjoy meeting artists and finding out about projects.
I had also recently attended a theatre festival titled EPIC, which asked us to “find the epic in the intimate and the intimate in the epic.” I suggested that although our projects are small in scale, they can be ambitious in idea. Martin replied that the intimacy comes from being involved.