Written in haste (other stuff pressing)…
Thank you to @Rosie_Winn who has just posted this on her blog http://rosiewinnart.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/ideas-from-the-norwich-art-fair-meet-up/ listing all the ideas (many and varied) for an international art fair in Norwich and Norfolk, which came up at our first tweetup (at @SirGarnetPub) last Thursday.
And thank you to everyone who came along and contributed their time and enthusiasm – particularly those who volunteered to help build, design and write a new Norwich Art Fair website. We really appreciate your support – particularly since there is so little in the way of reward, save our appreciation.
It’s important to stress, these are very early days – at the moment we are looking to see who might get behind this idea – how do we mobilise forces in Norfolk to support what we already have (from the glorious productions of #NNFest to your local art gallery’s open day) and help build on it to establish Norwich and Norfolk on the international art scene as a centre for creativity and artistic talent.
You can join our growing list of interested tweeters (see here https://twitter.com/HuwSayer/norwich-art-fair/members) by simply tweeting me asking to join #NorwichArtFair list.
There are probably lots of people out there who would love to point out why this won’t, can’t, hasn’t or shouldn’t happen – quite frankly, we’re not interested in the why nots – instead we want to hear from anyone who wants to help raise the profile of Norwich and Norfolk. However, if you think you are already doing this or something like it, then please let us know because we would love to support you.
The realisation of all these ideas may well be a long way off – it might take many years to win over sufficient high profile sponsors and artists to stage a world class event. The final shape of that event is not even clear (although I hope for one that is both elitist, to draw the big crowds and big money, and inclusive, so as to support local artists and encourage more people to become involved in the arts) – and whatever we think today is likely to change as ideas develop. That’s not the point – starting on the journey is the most important thing we can do today.
At the very least, I hope we can build a network of like-minded people on twitter and other social media sites who will get behind all the art events in Norwich and Norfolk – who will help build a list of every artist, workshop, gallery and exhibition in Norfolk and Norwich (you can add your suggestions to this post or Rosie’s – or both) and then will help share that information with the world. We need to convince people from far and wide who love art to #VisitNorwich and #VisitNorfolk.
Elsewhere, I have talked about the power of the Norfolk and Norwich Twitter Network (#NaNTwiNk) – I am convinced that if we all pull together to support all the exciting cultural events going on in our community (from the smallest to the largest) then it will benefit all who live and work in the region.
Thank you for your continued help and support – please follow Rosie’s blog for more updates and look out for the new website.
In haste – @HuwSayer