“That stand just has personality!” said one passer-by and “wow, how refreshing to see something so creative!”
Other comments were perhaps less welcome than others but definitely entertaining; “it looks like an elephant drew it” has to be a highlight!
We wanted to present an interactive space where people could really appreciate from a practical level the essence of collaborative practice that is core to our work. A blank canvas was positioned with numerous arts materials next to our stand as a space where people could get involved and learn about the relationships between colour, texture, gesture and musical composition.
For the first half of the day, the canvas begged to be drawn on but people were too shy to make that first mark! A few braver characters later and we had managed to engage people in the process as we improvised musically to their direction.
What a masterpiece!
After a marathon day of discussing, selling and chatting with fellow Expo exhibitors we made our way across to the cafe (only a mere few steps) to enjoy an after work drink with other stand holders. We spent an enjoyable hour or so discussing workshops and lifestyle with the two marine army exhibitors who had travelled up for the Expo from Southampton and rather unkindly been stationed in Greenwich! Vanessa’s two weeks ‘work experience’ with the Royal Corps of Signals in Blandford came up in conversation naturally!
The following day we set to preparing for the onslaught of potential customers and interested musicians and although the second day was perhaps more subdued than the initial flurry of activity that came with the first, there was no less interest and plenty of enquiries to keep us on our toes!
Luckily we had one of our collaborators, movement specialist Niamh McKernon to help us out! We are currently working very closely with Niamh to discover further territory for the Education Branch of MOC, looking at the benefits and values of collaborative practice and how we can share those with others.