I'm a bit late to the party but after seeing my friend Doug Shaws post about #MarchMeetTheMaker I thought I'd try and join in.
Today the prompt is HELP and this is somewhere I have been lucky. Over the years I have been surrounded by people that have helped me grow into a full time artist and none more so than the poet Keely Mills from Eastern Angles.
A couple of years ago I was losing my studio space and about to call time on what, at that point, had been a fairly short career as a "full time" artist. Keely and I had been casual acquaintances for many years crossing paths at different cultural events in the city and it was during one of these events that she invited me to take a look at some large retail units being used as a pop up theatre called the Undercroft. Despite being focused on poetry and theatre Keely was critical in securing a 3 month trial for me to set up my studio, Studio 4, inside the Undercroft. Since then Keely and Eastern Angles have helped me to set up a successful art school with over 50 registered students, an established live art event in Korpest that has seen over 60 artists painting live in Peterborough including My Dog Sighs, Nyces and Irony and helped me to continue to be a full time artist.