Kickstarter Mini Commissions - Round 1
In early 2019, eight local creatives were successful in applying for one of our Kickstarter Mini Commissions — investments of up to £400 to help them kick start a creative project.
These are the eight successful creatives and their projects.
Yva was born in Seoul and is currently based in London and Hertfordshire. Her work encompasses sculpture, drawing, video and improvised encounters.
Project: Sample Sale
Sculptures for stories in the Mall (event)
Yva offered sculptures made with dew collected on Monday mornings in exchange for people’s stories in The Mall shopping centre. No money changed hands.
Yva recorded the stories she collected and used them to create illustrated booklets that appeared in her exhibition at the Departure Lounge/Storefront (30 May to 13 July 2019) and were given away to visitors at the show’s closing event.
Yva’s aim with this project was to build relationships with the public in a non-art location and use those encounters to draw people into the gallery to see her new work inspired by the stories they have given.
Jakub is mostly self-taught and has been making art in various forms for almost 20 years. He began working in street art and analogue photography before turning to audiovisual performances.
Project: In Transit
Beauty on the Busway (stop frame animation)
Jakub created an animation, In Transit, based on photographs taken on his regular cycle journey along the Luton–Dunstable Busway. Quirky, colourful and abstract, it takes its colours from Luton and Bedfordshire's coat of arms, crest and branding.
Hatiq Mohammed aka Teakster offers a refreshing new take on Islamic art. His work fuses Islamic artistic traditions with modern techniques inspired by his British upbringing.
Project: The Art of Pattern
Connecting cultures through calligraphy and graphic art (mural/artwork)
Teakster’s project explores the power of art to engage and inspire communities by giving them a deeper connection to their identity. His project explored this through working with people from different cultural heritages to create a mural.
Teakster worked with children and young people to create murals using techniques such as stencil making, drawing and spray painting. The pieces represent their experiences, explore the importance of understanding different cultures and the future of integration and multiculturalism. The young people's artworks were combined to create a large portable mural.
Project: Porn Pain
Paint range and marketing materials based on colours found in pornography
Abbie’s project explores the question of whether pornography is stealthily creeping into all areas of life by creating a range of paint colours and photographic marketing materials based on colours found on websites thrown up by the top ten searches for pornography.
Project: Knowledge Itself
Countering negative messages in music (music video)
Gary’s project aimed to counter negative messages in some music genres by creating a music video using local young people as performers.
Sonder Dance Theatre
Sonder Dance Theatre (aka Lauren Segal and Sophie O’Brien) is a dance theatre company in Luton created in 2018.
Project: Sonder Stories
Meeting and parting stories (dance)
Sonder Dance’s project explored people’s significant meeting and parting moments through the medium of dance.
Sonder Dance Theatre put out an online request for people’s stories of these significant life moments and selected some of these stories to recreate as a series of dance duets.
Samantha N Fox
Samantha is currently studying towards her Masters degree at Luton's School of Art & Design and is also the Global Streets Ambassador for Luton's 'Creative People and Places' project.
Project: Transient Lives
Portraits and stories from homeless people in Luton (photography and sound recordings)
Samantha’s project aimed to give a face and voice to local people who are who underrepresented — those who do not have permanent or secured accommodation.
The project began with the documentation of a wonderful local lady called Louise who has chosen an alternative lifestyle and living arrangements.
Having lived in Luton all her life, Louise loves the fact that she has the freedom to roam around while working every other week as a live-in carer; the other weeks she spends her time in her much loved and humble home, her van.
Samantha created photographic portraits of local people and the surroundings they live in, whilst also interviewing them and documenting their stories and opinions.
Project: Love Jam
Women-only art happening (event)
Kerrie created an art experience/event for women only. The Love Jam paint and party night featured an artist-led T-shirt workshop and live DJ.