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Roma Oral Storyteller Open Call (January 2023)

Open Call! Apply Now!

Open call for an English speaking Roma oral storyteller, ideally of Slovak or Czech background (not essential), to deliver two storytelling sessions in person as part of a forthcoming community outreach, participatory artmaking project in southeast Kent. Roma storytellers from all backgrounds, including performers, writers and musicians who use storytelling in their practice, are welcome to apply. This is a paid opportunity.

Painting by Jarmila Petrašova (2022)

About the Project

Mother Trees Connect The Forest


Mother Trees Connect the Forest will launch in February 2023 (Arts Council England grant funding depending). The participants will be Slovak and Czech Roma mums and their children who attend a community support group in Dover. Through conversation, story and paint, a series of artist-led artmaking workshops will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own lived experiences. We will draw inspiration from Slovak and Czech Roma literature to explore telling our own stories and a Roma oral storyteller will join a workshop to deliver a storytelling session. The emphasis will be on promoting wellbeing and opening up a dialogue through spending time being creative together. We will share our discoveries with a public audience through a presentation, in conjunction with a further storytelling session for a community audience, at a public art gallery in Margate.

Project Theme

Mother Trees Connect the Forest is inspired by the work of ecologist, Suzanne Simard, whose work shows mother trees play a critical role in the survival of forests by channeling resources to seedlings. These trees are able to recognise and channel more resources to their own offspring when they are sick. Project outcomes will be shaped by the parallels that can be drawn between the life of the forest and the project’s themes, i.e. motherhood, collaboration between mother and child, harnessing talent, nurturing the creativity of the next generation, and exchanges of knowledge through art, writing and storytelling.

Project Aims

  • Increase representation of Roma voices in the arts
  • Celebrate the richness of Roma culture and specifically oral culture through storytelling and the portal of literature in translation
  • Challenge negative stereotypes and attitudes towards Roma in the UK
  • Highlight we are all citizens of the world and migration is central to human existence and life on Earth.

Timeline

Spring/early summer of 2023 (dates to be confirmed). It is expected that the first session in Dover will take place on a Wednesday afternoon (4-6pm) in March and the second session, in Margate, will be in May or June.

Fee

Total Fee for each session: £192 (based on 3 hrs planning + 3hrs workshop delivery at £32 per hour) plus up to £100 contribution to travel expenses.

How To Apply


Interested applicants are invited to submit a 1 page CV (including a personal statement + links to websites/social media/ workshop recordings etc) and a statement of application (300 words max) by 26th January.
Your statement should include your narrative strategy and show how your ideas for the sessions connect with the project’s themes. Your application should also demonstrate your ability to provide an empowering, engaging and inspiring experience and involve the active participation of the audience groups. If your application is successful, you will be working in collaboration with the lead artist in the project to develop your proposal, and plan and deliver the sessions. Please specify whether you have an enhanced DBS check certificate.

Email contact for submissions and enquiries: joycmartindale@hotmail.com

Application Deadline

26/01/2023 11:59pm (UK time)

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Birds Are The Opposite of Time

Birds Are The Opposite of Time (2022) by Joy C Martindale, Acrylic on Paper, 28x38cm

This is the companion piece to the work I showed in Material Presence Part 1 at Fitzrovia Gallery last week.  

It is part of a larger body of work called Birds Are The Opposite of Time  – a project I developed whilst listening to Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps (Quartet for The End of Time) by Olivier Messiaen. The work was composed in a prisoner of war camp in 1940 and was inspired by the Apocalypse as it is described in the Book of Revelation. The title, Birds are the Opposite of Time, is taken from Messiaen’s notes on part III of the work – Abyss of the Birds: ‘The Abyss, which is Time, with its sadness and weariness. The birds are the opposite of Time: they represent our desire for light, for stars, for rainbows and for jubilant song.’ Messiaen was a passionate ornithologist and in the same way he saw music and birds as being the opposite of time as it marks out the finiteness of life, I see artmaking as being the opposite. Painting is an expression of my inner life, which feels infinite in its formless constancy to my sense of being. 
I am seeking to create a feeling of vitality  and performance when I make a painting and I am driven by a sense of compulsion and necessity. Aspiring to develop new language I work in an exploratory way, learning as much from failures and mistakes as discoveries. 

The Finissage of Material Presence Part 2 is today, 26th November, 12-5pm at Fitzrovia Gallery and the last day of the exhibition is tomorrow (10am-3pm)  

The exhibition features paintings and sculpture by talented artists from the Turps Correspondence Course of 2021-2022

Material Presence
Fitzrovia Gallery
139 Whitfield St, 
London 
W1T 5EN

Birds Are The Opposite of Time (2022) by Joy C Martindale, Acrylic on paper

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Material Presence

I’m really excited to be exhibiting in Material Presence, which opens today at Fitzrovia Gallery!

The exhibition features contemporary paintings and sculpture by talented artists from the Turps Correspondence Course of 2021-2022.

Material Presence

Fitzrovia Gallery
139 Whitfield St, London W1T 5EN

Part 1: 15th-20th November
Finissage 19th November 12-5pm

Part 2: 22nd-27th November
Finissage 26th November 12-5pm

For more exhibition information: www.instagram.com/materialpresence

Birds Are The Opposite of Time by Joy C Martindale, Acrylic on Paper, 28x38cm
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Help Ukraine: Without Reserve

Buy this artwork and help raise money for humanitarian relief in Ukraine!

Go Where The Love Is (2021), acrylic on canvas, 3 pieces, each: 50.8 x40.8cm

Go Where The Love Is (2021) by Joy C Martindale

🇺🇦Go Where The Love Is is my entry to Help Ukraine: Without Reserve. Proceeds go to Disasters Emergency Committee.

Hurry, bidding closes in less than 24 hrs.

Bid at https://theauctioncollective.com/auctions/help-ukraine-without-reserve/ and scroll down to Go Where The Love Is (2021) by Joy C Martindale

Thank you and Good Luck!

About the Artwork

The title of this work is a quote from the writer Salena Godden whose mother always told her to go where the love is. By this she meant surround yourself with positivity and spend time with people who believe in you and what you are trying to do.

When I heard these words I took them into my heart – I thought these words can help me as I try to find my way as an artist and a painter.

I think the advice is particularly good because it is also saying in life there will be many moments when you might not be understood or valued and when this happens don’t waste time, move on and seek others who will help you to be your best self.

Instagram links:

@disastersemergencycommittee
@rabotarussianart
@theauctioncollective

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Nice To Meet You / Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom

Exhibition flyer for Nice To Meet You

My exhibition, Nice To Meet You – Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom is on show now at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Nice To Meet You – Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom

Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent

16 March – 24 April 2022

Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and Tuesdays from 5th April

Read more about the project

This project has been made possible by National Lottery supported Arts Council England grant funding and a grant from Counterpoints Arts.

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Nice To Meet You

📣 I am delighted to announce the launch of my new community outreach project: Nice To Meet You / Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom.

For this project I will be working with Roma women living in Dover. We will collaborate over a series of workshops to create artworks that will be exhibited at Turner Contemporary in March 2022. 

I can’t wait to meet the participants and learn more about Roma culture and heritage.

🦋Follow #nicetomeetyou to join us on our creative journey.🦋

This project has been made possible by National Lottery supported Arts Council England grant funding and a grant from Counterpoint Arts.

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Group Show at Nunnery Gallery

Save The Date!

Coming very soon: I will be showing new work in a group show at Nunnery Gallery 🦜

In Response 

31/08/2021 – 05/09/2021

Nunnery Gallery
181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

Private View: Thursday 2nd September 6-9pm

🦜In Response is the first group show of new paintings by 29 London artists from the 2020/21 Turps Correspondence Course.🦜

See gallery website for exhibition opening times http://www.bowarts.org

@bowarts

#contemporaryart#contemporarypainting#contemporarybritishpainting
#newwork#londonartshow#paintingshow#arte#galerie#gallery#artcollector#artintheUK#londonart#freeentrylondon#firstthursday#newexhibition#paintingtoday#Nunnery

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Plumb Line

Image 1: Untitled by Joy C Martindale (April 2021), acrylic on paper, 36x26cm

Looking at this painting sketch I am reminded of Joan Mitchell. In many of her works you will find a central trunk like form and growing out from this limbs of paint that are comparable to the boughs of a tree. 

Consider for example Bracket (by Joan Mitchell, 1989). Prudence Peiffer describes this set of relationships and their effect aptly as ‘like a top, these vertical lines centre the work’s spin’* and Joan Mitchell herself talks of a plumb line. ‘I want them to hold one image ‘ she said, ‘despite all the activity. It’s a kind of plumb line dancers have’**

Image 2

Image 3
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Image 5
Image 6

Image 1: Untitled by Joy C Martindale (April 2021), 36x26cm

Image 2: Brackett (1989) Oil on canvas by Joan Mitchell, Image sourced from joanmitchellfoundation.org

Images 3,4,5 and 6 pages from Joan Mitchell, Selected Paintings, The Presence of an Absence, Essay by Nathan Kernan, Cheim and Read, New York 2002

*http://www.artforum.com/print/reviews/201701/joan-mitchell-65439

**Marcia Tucker, Joan Mitchell, (exhibition catalogue) New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974), p9

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SAVAGE Postcard Exhibition

SAVAGE Journal have released their SAVAGE postcard exhibition! Posted is a set of 15 postcards featuring the work of UCL artists, spanning photography, painting, collage, sculpture, drawing and performance.

☀️Included in the set is my painting Sing To Me.☀️

The postcards are available to buy from the UCL Student Union shop, with half of proceeds donated to Mind.

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Sensation In Print

What helped you get through the most recent lockdown?

I turned to music and had the radio on for most of the day, every day! I found music provided a much needed form of escapism.

In my current practice I am exploring the act of making art as a liberating gesture.  The various positive sensations of pleasure, calm, elation and catharsis that listening to music gives me, as I paint and draw in my studio, collide and combine with all the other sensations I am experiencing at that moment and are translated directly into my painting. From music – to my body and mind’s response – to the painting, to the viewer experiencing the work, is a chain of sensations. These chains of sensations connect us to each other and help us make sense of our realities, as Haruki Murakami explains so eloquently here:

“Because memory and sensations are so uncertain, so biased, we always rely on a certain reality-call it an alternate reality-to prove the reality of events. To what extent facts we recognize as such really are as they seem, and to what extent these are facts merely because we label them as such, is an impossible distinction to draw. Therefore, in order to pin down reality as reality, we need another reality to relativize the first. Yet that other reality requires a third reality to serve as its grounding. An endless chain is created within our consciousness, and it is the very maintenance of this chain that produces the sensation that we are actually here, that we ourselves exist.”

Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

You can see a painting I made about this on the cover of the latest issue of Savage Journal, Issue #13 Sensation. Savage Journal is UCL’s Arts and Culture Journal – Read it online or pick up a copy for free from the UCL campus.

Cover Art: Sing To Me I (January 2021) by Joy C Martindale, oil pencil, watercolour, acrylic and gouache on gesso on wood panel, 30.5cm x 41 x 2.2cm
Sing To Me II (January 2021) by Joy C Martindale, oil pencil, watercolour, acrylic and gouache on gesso on wood panel, 30.5cm x 41 x 2.2cm
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