Location: Manchester Arts Museum
Arriving at the museum and being unable to find the room at first, I managed to find the room where my group were. We were introduced to one of the guides of the museum and she took us on a tour of the museum and showed us a selection of paintings within the museum. The paintings were fascinating, one painting was a black and white portrait of what appeared to be an outline of a Rhino but yet was titled Death. Another painting was a rare 17th century portrait which depicted a woman in her death bed and surrounded by an Earl and their child. However in the painting also had also included a ghostly figure in the background, appearing to be the ghost of the Earl's wife who has died and who is watching her family above.
Our guide told us that although a painting or portrait may appear and appeal to us and we can have our perspective on what the artist is trying to portray, it can also be translated in many different forms whether it be what we think the artist is trying to depict or what another person's view is.
A CAREER IN THE ARTS
Speakers: James Baker, Laura Lindsay, Laura Sharp, Grant and Hannah
After a short break we were introduced to five guest speaker.
James Baker: A known theatre director and member of Assembled Junk Theatre Company. Laura Lindsay: An actress and writer and stage designer and member of Assembled Junk.
Laura Sharp: A rising actress
Grant: a photographer and filmmaker
Hannah: Art Marketing
One by one they would each explain to us their background and challenges they each experienced and how it has been a building block towards their selected career path. Whether it be James starting as a drama teacher or Grant jumping from job to job trying to support himself and to gain funding for his projects. Laura starting as an actor before finding a creative side in stage design. Hannah finding new methods of art marketing and how to raise money for certain projects. To Laura Sharp starting using network skills to build her career. We would ask them questions and they would answer with some helpful information.
One person asked James how he approaches a directing job, in which he replied that a directors job is to build a team and sharing the stage with right people that inspire.
I asked a question for Grant about film making, since I was starting directing a short film I asked what was required for a film shoot. He replied by saying that a strong team, basic equipment and the motivation to go forward with the project, no matter what issue occurs. Always keep going forward and make it happen.
This truly inspired me and I have kept this in mind during the pre-production of my project.
I had to leave early due to a performance I was involved performing that day.