We were so pleased to be able to re-open our studios this month and welcome back our creative community of tenants. Many have adapted what they do and are offering online and bespoke services as we all re-adjusting to a new way of life. Some of our artists, composers, photographers, actors and musicians tell us what they’ve been doing in lockdown and what they can offer from their studios at Chapter.
Actors Workshop is returning to Chapter and we’re busy making arrangements for physical face-to-face classes and workshops this autumn.
In the meantime we have a new online acting course for adults starting on 1 August.
If you’ve missed being creative or you would like to start your acting journey then this new course - called ‘Dramatic Pause’ - could be just for you! You will work with professional performance coaches on a new script from the comfort of your own home with the opportunity to perform in an online premiere later in the summer.
For more information contact Jamie Lee on firstname.lastname@example.org
CCVG MUSIC SERVICE
During lockdown, CCVG Music Service, has as not let anything get in the way of making music! We’ve had virtual meets every week to keep the spirits up and maintain that important connection between us all. This week we have hosted our first ever 'Virtually Brilliant Summer Music Festival' which can be found on our Facebook page: CCVG Music Service. The Festival ends tonight with 'Thank you for the Music', a streamed event, with videos, pictures and words giving our responses and showing our resilience and optimism.
JOHN HARDY MUSIC
All of us at John Hardy Music took so long to get sorted out in March - with bits of equipment and tasks shared out around the team in Cardiff and beyond. We are only moving back into Chapter very gradually - like the Cheshire Cat’s Smile!
Probably the first public outcome will be the release of the soundtrack, on multiple platforms, of the album of music extracted and polished from the highly successful second series of Hidden::Craith - the terrifying and engaging series set in and around a fictional secondary school in Blaenau Ffestiniog, plus nearby forests and lakes. I would estimate 1 September as the release date.
Other film and TV projects will be resuming soon, and our collaborations with theatre, dance, opera and concert performance will continue, as ever.
Maybe see some of you at the BAFTA Cymru Awards in October!
KIRSTEN MCTERNAN PHOTOGRAPHY
I am pleased to let you know that my new photography studios in Market House will be opening at the beginning of August. The health, safety and welfare of my clients is of paramount importance to me and so all necessary social distancing, cleaning and health and safety measures will be in place.
I am currently taking bookings for Actors Headshots. To contact me and to book a session please go to my website www.kirstenmcternan.co.uk
RIC BOWER: Tattooing, Robotics and Drones: Easy Asylum Booth ‘Bundu Edition
I am working with Amir Karimi, an Iranian roboticist, to develop and build a ‘tattoo drone’. The resulting contraption will form part of a project in which artist Nástio Mosquito posits a provocative vision for the fictitious nation of Botrovia’s asylum policies. This forms part of Another Leader/ Transitory Suppository, a rolling artwork that was initiated for Artes Mundi at Chapter in 2016
The project is centred around Fagot Koroviev (Bower), the Botrovian Minister of Security’s proposal that refugee status in Botrovia is freely available to any non-Botrovian-born volunteer who is willing to sign over a portion of their skin for Koroviev to draw on, with his tattoo gun. To meet the anticipated high demand for asylum claims to Botrovia however, and because of the difficulty maintaining social distance whilst tattooing, the Botrovian Ministry of Immigration (trading as SooS®️ (Skin of our Skin)) are working to automate the process with drones.
To demonstrate his confidence in Botrovian technological prowess, Koroviev has volunteered his own back to be the site for the first drone tattoo. This groundbreaking technological feat (and certain PR coup for the Botrovian Ministry of Immigration) will be realised as a 360, live streamed on Axisweb, along with a short film, created in collaboration with the Welsh filmmaker Pete Telfer, towards the end of 2020.
The project is supported by Arts Council Wales.