The 25th of October was an office day, the task at hand was to create a programme that could be used for ‘Scratch That!’ on the 30th October. This involved individually contacting all of the performing artists to update and confirm the details of their show- their creative teams and the copy text they wished to use. Whilst it was time consuming waiting for replies and sending emails back and forth to be sure of all details, making links with these artists was a great opportunity that I’m hoping to follow up. The work that they are presenting looks really interesting and exciting and I hope to arrange to meet some of them over coffee to talk more about their arts practice. Following those email conversations the document itself could be made, this required considerations of aesthetics and accessibility, this then ran past marketing and got the all clear to print on the Friday.
Working on this event led me to thinking more about the format of scratch sharings and how to make these as useful as possible. I feel as an artist that I have often experienced sharings that feel almost disruptive to my process or where I’ve felt that I’m making work for the sake of meeting the deadline of the sharing rather than moving authentically in the direction the work should really be going in. Alternatively having a sharing at a really critical time and then struggling to get valuable feedback because the format just doesn’t quite draw it out of the audience. How can we frame feedback in a way that brings out really good quality reflections? How can we frame sharings in a way that lets the work grow authentically and doesn’t put pressure on the artist to share a finished cohesive narrative? Who is the ideal audience to present a sharing to ?