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Artichoke: a new community arts magazine
Roger Davison and Lisa Stewart
(poster detail right, contents page below)
is a 'shout' which aims to provide a platform in Cornwall to promote
equity of access to all, by supporting adults of all abilities. We hope
to support a particular genre of creative practice, which operates on
the boundaries of mainstream art. Unlike the artists who paint the
Cornish landscape the creatives included in our publication may or may
not be influenced by those outer forms. In general they create singular
realities for themselves in work that expresses raw, intuitive
emotional energy and departs from the cultural norm, manifesting in all
kinds of arts, which include theatre, dance, music, creative writing and
The Spontaneous Combustion
projects set out to examine how those who feel excluded can be supported
and presented to a wider audience, and included in new exhibitions
alongside recognised artists. We sincerely believe that this widening
participation needs to continue and provide an ongoing level of support
for these creatives - particularly the more vulnerable - whose vision
often contributes a fresh look at the worlds we live in and enriches
society’s evolving consciousness.
The arts administrative structure within the county provides very well for those artists with the relevant social skills to engage in the networks provided. We feel that there are a significant number of creatives who feel themselves excluded from this funded assistance due to a range of reasons. Artichoke aims to address this and give a voice to celebrate the contributions of many who deserve to be placed in the spotlight.
We have no previous
journalistic experience, nor can we do the academic art-speak, we have
our own voice.
Artichoke is currently for sale at Falmouth Art Gallery, and New St. Gallery PZ. or by post £6.00 inc.p&p cheques made out to Lisa Stewart, c/o R.Davison, Green Hedges,Raginnis Hill, Mousehole TR19 6SR.