Little blog post I published about Maker Wednesday this week. We’re baking with Emma Chesters. She’s a delightful local baker showcasing her skills, products, and macaroon recipe at the Waiting Room. Let’s learn, cook and eat! I’ll be there to support her and showcase our developing Hack / Maker Space with shared tools and mini artist studios.
Blackwater Polytechnic was established by Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins four years ago as an informal educational establishment to bridge the gap between aesthetic quality, design and practical making in the construction industry.
Blackwater Polytechnic has subsequently broadened it’s activities to promote Essex and Essex creative people not because they need promoting but because they are really good – both the people and the county.
- Blackwater Polytechnic
Me Dad and me cycled from Kelvedon on a super sunny day. I kept letting out a sigh of delight. This weather is far too good at the moment (I know it will end, I don’t care if I jinx it).
The Not Quite Open Studio day was devised by Ben & Freddie to co-inside with Tendring Open Studios:
We wanted to have another exhibition and the timing tied in with the Colchester and Tendring Open Studio month organised by the dynamic and able Peter Jones. However we’re not really doing an Open Studio but rather pressing into service our new gallery area. Like many galleries in studios, it is a space in-between other spaces but nicely coherent.
Freddie doesn’t think her work looks great on the normal Blackwater type walls so we’ve gone a bit White Cube. It’s more a tilting one’s hat at the idea of a white gallery space.
So we have work by me – Ben Coode-Adams, Freddie Robins, Sara Impey, Paula Kane, Leigh Cameron, Simon Emery + the Paint Box, Justin Knopp + Typoretum, Sonia York and maybe some other people
- Ben Coode-Adams
I got to catch up with friends, see some great artwork and stuff that clever people have made, eat cake and drink tea in the sun. Couldn’t ask for much more than that. Here are a few pics of my favourite pieces below.
Keep your eyes peeled for more from the @BlackwaterPoly crew. They’re up to some exciting things.
Last year I joined Roman River Music, the Essex / Suffolk based classical music festival, to support their marketing and social media. This year the festival has taken on showcasing jazz, folk, and world music alongside it’s usual roster of classical offerings. The concerts & events are held in various venues from churches, night clubs to boats, and it’s a really great addition to Colchester’s burgeoning creative scene.
Yesterday I attended Bologna - Birthplace of the ‘cello.
You crunch out of the car park, walk down a winding country path and pop out overlooking the reservoir and this super cute church. It was such an amazing view and the perfect way to start my Saturday morning.
The concert featured Jonathan Manson, the leading cellist & gamba player in the UK today. Orlando - the artistic Director - confessed he’d wanted Jonathan to play for a long time and was super chuffed he could join us this year.
He put together a programme exploring the origins of the cello as a solo instrument. Playing works by Giuseppe Colombi, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Domenico Gabrielli and Johann Sebastian Bach. He talked through how the instrument changed and the accompanying music demonstrated theses developments. I thought he was a superb musician and a wonderful host.
Next I rolled up to Shostakovich 8th Quartet.
Held at the stunning Stoke-by-Nayland church. I popped out and ran in to snap up the scene and listen to Shostakovich’s masterpiece. The piece is dedicated “to the victims of fascism and war” with a musical depiction of bombs falling and the desolation and grief that follows. Not uplifting, but moving work from Benjamin Nabarro & Emma Parker on violins, Yuri Zhislin on viola and Gemma Rosefield on cello.
I then snuck out before Rachmaninov Vespers to head home but captured the church illuminated after the sun had set. Wonderful.
There’s still a load more concerts on this week and at the weekend - until 4th October. So take a peek and join the festival if you can.
The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with ‘man-hating.’ If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism, by definition, is ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle."
— Emma Watson
I’ve got some thoughts on the recent reboot of the Kaiju romance. This summer’s ‘Godzilla’ or ‘Godzilla vs MUTO’ in my opinion, tried to play tribute to the bygone era of the King of Monsters.
Godzilla is metaphor for the revenge nature will cast on the human race for our nuclear war/testing/arrogance. The power of man is foolish to think he can control nature. Godzilla is just that. He is the pure powerful force of nature (Mother earth’s bad ass lizard bitch) and we must respect him/nature. Look at him! Respect him!