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21st October Meeting – Creative Image Making
Stewart Bourne will talk about his creative image making, and show a number of examples. This image “Man on bench with squid” is one that Stewart included in our recent Virtual Exhibition. Stewart says “Photography, like most visual art, can be a means for exploring our experience of life and our shifting, and often unreliable, perceptions of the world around us. The images that I attempt to produce are part of my own personal exploration and as such, often fall far short of what I intended to say, but, hopefully, motivate me to keep looking. My images are intended to be “about” things, rather than “of” things and as such may be combined with writing or music.  One of my ideals is that the viewer recognises what they are looking at but remain a little uncertain about what they are seeing, and that this may stimulate a little reflection beyond the immediate and the obvious. I am not a keen photographer as such and would much rather my work be judged as images not photographs. 

Droitwich Arts Network sponsors High School Creative Writing Award
For the last two years, as Chair of DAN, Helen Karakashian has judged a Creative Writing Competition at Droitwich Spa High School together with Karen Moore a recently retired deputy head at the school, who instigated the award. Karen provided an elegant glass trophy and DAN sponsored the competition, giving £100 to the winner. The title this year was ‘ The World Is On Fire’ . This competition is in its infancy but numbers of entries have increased as has the standard.  No boys have entered the competition so far and it is hoped to encourage a wider field of entry in the future. Once Karen and I had read all the entries, written down our comments and shared our views, we choose two essays to send to an external judge.  This year, Ross Armstrong, actor and writer and a former pupil of the High School gave the final judgement.  The winner for 2020, Grace Rogers, wrote an outstanding piece, dramatic, original, beautifully crafted and a real page turner.  She is now in the Upper 6th and plans to read English and become a teacher and a writer.  Martha Frapwell, the runner up, wrote a very sensitive and thoughtful essay and is now at the 6th Form College studying science subjects.  The presentations took place in the grounds of the High School on Thursday 8th October and Rhys Jones took some excellent photos for the local press. Grace was presented with the Karen Moore Trophy together with her cheque for £100, which she plans to save towards her university expenses. Ross Armstrong kindly donate copies of his debut novel, The Watcher, published in 2016 which also contained a personal note from Karen Moore who was disappointed not to be able to attend the presentation.  These were presented to Grace and Martha by the  head Mrs. Natalie Waters.

View our First Virtual Exhibition
30 Members submitted a wide variety of artwork (paintings, sketches, photographs, sculptures, textiles, written work, spoken word, and music). All the submissions were combined into a video that lasts about 20 minutes.
To view the video, click HERE. Having watched the virtual gallery, please add your comments in the REPLY box below the video.