Proud East MArshian magazine:
Hello and welcome to your November edition of The Proud East Marshian.
2020 is going to be playing us up right until its end, but we’ve coped, we’ve adapted as best we can and, in November, there’s much joy to be had in the world around us – just think of those colourful trees and the crunch of an autumn walk through crispy leaves, kicking them up as we go.
Sarah, our talented local artist, has been out and about with her sketch book and she’s shared her musings and artwork. Sarah has also given us a drawing prompt, so get the pencils out and get busy!
Maria takes us through the pagan festival of Samhain and explains that we as a species need exactly what the Earth needs at this time of year: rest and understanding.
And we say hello to Frankie, who’s now working with us. Welcome to the East Marsh, Frankie. We can’t wait to hear what projects you have planned for the area and for us.
Frankie has a bit of a thing for buildings, so we’ve got a building themed writing prompt for you, too. There’s lots to keep you busy here.
As always, stay safe and stay proud.
With love from the Sun and Moon Team x
REMAKe is our name for our community arts group and it stands for
Revolutionary East Marsh Arts Kollective.
‘Revolutionary’, eh? Big claim! But, the word is important to us because it means ‘involving or causing a complete or dramatic change’ and it is that kind of change that is needed on our East Marsh – we want to change ways of thinking, ways of Being, ways of doing. We want people to look around at their lives here and say ‘This is Home’, I’m proud to live here,
I’m a Proud East Marshian!
So, what’s the ‘Festival’ about? First of all, it’s part of a new,
£4million national funding programme called
‘Creative Civic Change’ (more here). Fourteen communities
across England are set to transform their local areas as part of
the programme. Over the next three years, these communities will
take the lead and use creativity to generate meaningful
civic change in their area.
Representing Grimsby and the East Marsh, REMAKe will use our grant to run four big celebratory events that will showcase local artists, crafters and makers. We will build local networks through taster courses and creative visits focusing on arts and crafts, performing arts, words and multimedia.
It’s telling stories about you and about the East Marsh. And it’s learning to use cameras and videos to truly see and show our East Marsh and share with the whole world – because we are proud of our neighbourhood.
For three years we will be setting up and guiding independent and cooperative art, craft, writing, performance, media and maker groups that will make positive change happen around our East Marsh. Above all we are challenging people to stop being used to the way things are, to not accept it, to imagine a different, a better world.
Whatever your relationship with the East Marsh: resident, worker, visitor, friend or family, you are welcome to come and share in this unique festival.
The festival plan works backwards from four big events in Year 3, evenly spaced through the year along equinox and solstice markers, intended to offer a big splash showcase for the community groups of artists, crafters and makers. Above all, we want people to look around at the East Marsh and their lives here and say
I’m a Proud East Marshian!