What do you see in this featured photo of one set of Fiona’s ceramic works? (My answers at bottom of this post). Here’s a brief taster of an article in Craft Scotland – full version here.
she’d like her work to be on show at the new V&A in Dundee, Scotland (currently being built)
she makes freestanding ceramic assemblages
very influenced by medieval art in Florence, Italy
studied fine art at Goldsmiths Art College (sounds like the start of a Pulp pop song!)
as mature student, went on to study ceramics at Glasgow School of Art and Cardiff
happily blends fine art and crafts in her work
there are serious health and safety risks in her artmaking
The 8th fact is that I am instantly drawn to her work, its ins and outs, negative space, simple but cheerful colourways.
I wonder what you see in the shapes on the shelf?
What I notice in the constructions on the shelf are shapes and suggestions of:
elephant, teapot, nougat, pointing, half hoops and a bucket, negative space, a well, a house, a still, a pointing finger, a window, a door, niche, archway, cavity, emptying, filling and visual rhymes (where sometimes the shape is actual and the same shape is in an opening or negative space).
Two days ago, I went to Little Sparta, Scottish home of poet Ian Hamilton Finlay – whose garden contains words set in stone, playful and very often anti-war symbols – a place of imagination with 300 word/art works.
“The garden functions as a political statement…. it suggests that as it is possible to transform this hillside into a garden, so it is possible for man to transform the world or society. It is an example of action and that’s very important to me.”
Ian Hamilton Finlay (in conversation with Melvyn Bragg, 1983
A theme which Ian brings into the conversation is how gardens have become a place for (more…)
The tone of this seminar at Xponorth2017 was very positive – some advice specifically for Scotland but generally useful for UK writers.
Main advice for new writers:
Look at the website BBC Writersroom for writing opportunities in BBC but also theatres
When there’s an open call for submissions, send in your scripts.
Keep sending them your work so they get a sense of your writing style and you are on their database for future reference
Easier to be a writer/performer (you already have your own audience)
If you get your writing onto podcasts or youtube videos or theatre or radio – it will be spotted by these TV producers
“The Break” is a great opportunity for new writers with no writing record
If you want to write for River City get to know the show and its twenty-odd characters so you can write quickly and appropriately for them
Write a sample script of an hour’s length – but make the first 10 pages fantastic – as these are definitely read
make and send videos to the BBC Social programme
find out the names of producers of TV programmes you like and try to contact them (they’re always looking for new content)
an upcoming script editor is a great person to show work to, as they will champion you as a writer if they like your work (there was an example given where this got a writer noticed)
be prepared to begin work in children or continuing drama (e.g. River city) as starting points, learning to write drama – many wellknown writers started out that way
even tiny bits of experience on your c.v. (e.g sold a comedy sketch) will count towards getting you noticed
the BBC Writersroom website has tons of resources – video interviews with writers, blogs, a script library with examples of layout – do use it(Lto R: Audrey, Keiran, Rab, Angela)
What are the BBC looking for in a new writer?
characters seem full and engaging
characters are fresh
you can write domestic (ie the ordinary) scenes well and make them exciting
a unique voice in the writer
you can write a full-length script for 30 mins drama
not derivative, something original
the reader instantly feels s/he cares about the characters
3 new major opportunities for Scotland-based writers:
from October, the Writersroom based in England changed to have separate writersroom in the regions – so more local knowledge and chance to become known
there is an upcoming new TV channel, BBC Scotland, which will need more content (begins broadcasting Autumn 2018) more on this at http://bbc.in/2m70MPf
there is a new scheme coming up in August for 4 writers to become Shadow Writers for River City (ie be given the same brief as the professional writers, and given a chance to do the same work, in a separate stream).
(notes from a panel discussion at #Xponorth2017 in June 2017)