A mother-daughter team are appealing for help to fund a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of putting on a large-scale poetry and art exhibition at Hanse House in September.
Taking place as part of National Heritage Weekend, September 11-14, Transformations is being organised by ArtiPeeps, a collaborative scheme for emerging creatives from all disciplines to pool their talents and resources.
Originally formed as a women’s creativity group in 2012 by Nicky Mortlock, with help from her mother, Karin Heyer, and a team of artistic types, ArtiPeeps has grown into an organisation that provides opportunities for anyone to create.
Karin said: “The exhibition will involve 29 poets and artists of all ages from around the world, who will be creating a contemporary re-working of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.”
Nicky added: “It is one of the most significant sources of all our stories and myths since antiquity. Its 15 books contain a rich vein of tales that allow us to explore our relationship to nature, power, sexuality and change, and often sidelined by Shakespeare’s use of the same tales.
“Our exhibition hopes to reinvigorate and contemporise these stories for everyone. Making them relevant to our modern times.”
The artists are in the process of creating 15 new artworks and the poets over 60 poems. ArtiPeeps has also commissioned a cartoon from some artists in Florida to act as a entry point for children, schools and adults.
The exhibition will feature poetry readings and both an exhibition book and an e-book of the Transformations poetry and artwork, wich will be available through Amazon.
There will also be opportunities for schools to visit the exhibition on the Friday to give the students access to the creative works, particularly those who are studying classical civilisation.
Karin said: “It also marks what we hope will be a long-term creative relationship with Hanse House, and fits in with the tradition of internationalism in Lynn.
“We hope to celebrate the virtual collaboration over Twitter with some of our poets through the real exhibition, where as many of us as possible will meet for the first time, and to bring some exciting new pieces of art and poetry to the town.”
The project has received a provisional grant of £200 from Norfolk County Council towards the £375 hiring cost of Hanse House, but the team are running a Kickstarter campaign for the final £4,413 needed to stage the exhibition.
The money is needed to pay for the marketing of the exhibition, the mounting of the poems and pictures, the hiring of the exhibition stands and the creation of the cartoon.
Karin said: “We would like to reach out to the people of Lynn to let them know about what we are doing and to ask them to help us achieve our goal. We have some great rewards.”
Incentives to pledge to support the project include copies of the books, the chance to be turned into a caricature of a Greek god or goddess of choice, an original poem written for you, a portrait painted of yourself, or a painting from the exhibition.
The campaign ends on May 21 and still needs just under £4,000.
For more information about ArtiPeeps, head to www.artipeeps.wordpress.com
To sponsor the project, go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/1153901492/transformations-making-the-virtual-real