Even though Project 7 has initially taken a format which uses the date of the Opening Ceremony to help me focus each month, I am very mindful of and excited by the Paralympic Games. Project 7 will connect and have legacy up to Sunday 9 September, the date of the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony and beyond.
This morning I did not know exactly what Project 7 would inspire me to do. But sharing in words some thoughts connected to INSPIRATION is where I will start.
My interest in both sports and creativity was ignited when I was of primary school age. I played football with the boys in the 'boys' playground and achieved my Personal Survival Level 2 Swimming Badge. I was editor of the 'Primary Spy' and on Saturday's I used to go to Saturday Splash at the Royal Festival Hall - no water involved - it was a cross arts / performing arts Saturday club. The sessions were led by talented and inspirational performers and artists such as Richard Hahlo, Struan Leslie, Kevin Graal and Tony. I have fond memories from the age of 10, of taking part in movement sessions on the carpeted areas in front of bars on level 4 of the Royal Festival Hall, and regularly attending projects up to the age of about 14 years, when I performed as part of an education project on the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the set of The Bacchae - an Opera Factory production.
I took part in visual arts workshops as well, creating my own concrete pavement slab with personal artefacts immersed in it. We had to choose a location on site that inspired us. I chose the ramp that leads down from underneath Hungerford Bridge to the riverside walkway looking towards Big Ben and the House of Parliament. The connection between the arts, politics and society on my mind in my early teens.
Through my studies at university I began to make further connections between sport, arts and politics. I studied Comparative Studies of Sport, Internationalism in Sport and learnt more about Olympism. My dissertation included an analysis related to the Paralympics and I was lucky enough to attend British Olympic Foundation Academy weekends and be further inspired by people such as Don Anthony and others who are passionate about the Olympic and Paralympic values and their role in the Games and for the athletes.
The 7 creatives who I have invited to take part in Project 7 come from various artistic background such as photography, visual arts, music, movement and theatre. I am looking forward to these memories and thought connections to INSPIRATION influencing Project 7 and new connections and discoveries that transpire through bouncing ideas with people. Tonight I will skype with Angela – movement director and who knows what will happen between now and then.