Back to Berwick
For a small town, Berwick is doing quite well on the art front.
The Maltings, thanks to an increase in their funding, will soon be appointing a ‘Head of Visual Arts’ to run the Gymnasium Gallery, the Granary Gallery and other visual art throughout the town. We’ve seen an increase in performances and films at the Maltings, and there is the annual ‘Film and Media Festival’ taking place in September.
But there could be so much more, and I don’t just mean more paintings on walls, more big name comedians. I mean art work, performances, installations that really engage with the town and the community, work that provokes and excites.
Having lived in Berwick until I was 18 I couldn’t wait to leave and I certainly didn’t anticipate coming back , but now I’m 22, newly graduated from a choreography and visual art degree, and finding myself planning performances to take place in the town. I want to work with the community and make a performance that celebrates the unique town I grew up in, and the people who live there. Most importantly though, I want to give something back.
Often my work is site-specific based, i.e. it takes place away from the stage, and the project I am currently planning is for a well-known place in the town (I’m going to keep it under wraps for now though, there is still a lot of planning to be done!). Berwick has several fantastic sites and there is huge potential, it just takes a vision and some enthusiasm.
Although I know I’ll never move back to Berwick for good, it’s exciting to want to make work for the place I know so well and to (hopefully) bring something new to the art scene.