The Emerge Residential took place at the start of September and was the official kick off for #EmergeFest2019. One of this year's artists, Matt Miller, has written a short blog about his experience of the weekend.
The training residential for Emerge was a crucial opportunity and a great chance to get to know people better: I was able to chat to my lab partners, get some dates sorted for workshops, and start thinking big in terms of what we might like to do for the festival. I left with a load of ideas, from venue options from the intimate to palatial, possible artistic content from large-scale collective community projects to individual commissions, and a better sense all round of what we might create.
Added to this was some fantastic training by external providers: Open Theatre’s workshop on non-verbal drama workshop techniques was particularly interesting, opening up a new way of working.
We also got the chance to hear from some of last year’s artists and see snippets of what they’d created, which gave a great sense of what we were aiming for.
And of course, we were all able to go out together on the Friday evening. After several day-long training days over the last few months, having got to know people at those events, it was nice to be able to socialise a bit outside of the seminar room over a few drinks.
All in all, the residential has left me with some great ideas of where to go next and a real sense of the exciting scope of the project! I’m looking forward to meeting the participants and getting stuck into their ideas too.
About Matt Miller
Matt Miller is a poet and theatre maker originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne.
He has written for Live Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre, New Writing North and BBC Radio 3, often with themes of place, identity and belonging.
He was the 2017 Nottingham Poetry Society Slam Champion.
‘A writer and performer of considerable promise’ – Scotsgay Fringe
‘dramatic powers of urban storytelling’ – Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3
Emerge is an arts festival model which is commissioned and delivered by young people across multiple sites on the same day.
The Mighty Creatives have run Emerge Programmes for several years and will be delivering the third Emerge Festival Day in April 2019 across 8 Midland locations.
Emerge is funded by Spirit of 2012, which enables the programme to deliver 24 festivals over 3 years. Since
2016/17, these festivals have been directed by commissioned
emerging young artists. Each artist works with local community and school organisation partners to make the festivals come to life in each location.