#GivingTuesday: Gareth Clark
Posted on: 25 Nov 2015 by Gareth Clark
#GivingTuesday (1st December 2015) is a global day of giving. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give.
In 2015 Chapter is taking part and will spend the day encouraging people, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to help us. Here, performer Gareth Clark of Mr and Mrs Clark tells us why he gives his support to Chapter and why you should too!
Add your voice and make sure to take part by sharing your story with us on #GivingTuesday.
There are few places that nurture and develop individual creative voices. There are splendid people who work in the arts, great advocates and supporters of the new and experimental but few with the resources and out reach that is so essential in moving ideas and creative practice forward. That is where Chapter have evolved. As the champion of the individual and independent, as the benevolent benefactor of the curious and explorative artist. You only have to look at the programme, or at the now world respected Experimentica festival, to realise that here is an arts centre that embraces the eclectic and vibrancy of mixed media art, film and performance and blend it into a programme of curiosity and creative depth.
As an artist, a performer, Chapter has been an essential component in my development. In February 2016 Mr and Mrs Clark, the company I started with Marega Palser, returns to Chapter with SMASH IT UP, a show that was short listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at this years Edinburgh Fringe. It's been 14 years since I first performed with Marega at Chapter. Those early performances ranged from sitting in a bath of noodles to performing snapshots of songs in the bar wearing masks, all in the name of art. It was these early flashes of creativity that have since fuelled our work to explore how we as artists reflect on our environment and connect with our audience. You can judge whether this has been successful in February as we head out on our biggest tour to date. Mr and Mrs Clark are now a registered company that employ us and local collaborators and this would not have been the case without somewhere and someone to endorse our early performance experiments. Chapter was that somewhere and the programming team have become people that were essential to us in our growth as artists and as a company.
So... support your local arts centre I say because it will create employment, opportunity and an alternative and essential space to work, play and generate creative thinking. And right now, I think the world needs some creative thinking.
Gareth Clark, Mr and Mrs Clark
To donate to Chapter on #GivingTuesday click here or text ‘Chap15 £2’ to 70070.
Mr and Mrs Clark - Smash It Up runs from 17-27 Feb 2016 and tickets are on sale now - books yours here!