PECT GREEN FESTIVAL 2018: CLARE CURRIE
PECT Green Festival, returns on Saturday 11th August at Peterborough’s Nene Park – Ferry Meadows. This year, the festival will include exciting artwork with an environment theme created by artists who have been commissioned to produce pieces that highlight sustainability issues in fun, innovative and engaging ways.
In lead up to the Peterborough Green Festival Idea1 will release short interviews with some of the commissioned artists. A chance to get a taster of what to expect at this years Green Fest and get to know the artists. Introducing Clare Currie!
A. I’m Clare Currie. I’m a writer – the Poet Laureate for Peterborough. I also dabble in a bit of play writing. I previously worked as a teacher; I’m a sportswoman and a mother.
Q. Could you describe your art practice?
A. At the moment I have a pretty disparate brief. My task is to respond to a variety of events in the life of the city. However, my personal work touches on philosophical strands, such as phenomenology. This includes how we relate to the world through our bodies. I’m particularly interested in the body’s connection with the world through sport.
Q. What will you be creating as part of your Green Festival Commission?
A. Kate Genever and Steve Pool of the Poly-Technic have commissioned me along with other artists to work on ‘The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things’. We have been communicating and meeting together to discuss how our various practices can feed into this. Current plans for me include contributing to the audio sound piece, writing some ‘dissolvable’ poetry and putting together a piece to be spoken at the festival
Q. What is your art piece about? How does it tie in with the themes of Green Festival?
A. The Best Thing’s in Life Aren’t Things. It’s about simplicity – thinking about what’s left, when other things are stripped away, especially the material things. I think this is critical now more than ever. A good old consumerist detox could do the world of good on so many levels.
Q. What has been your favourite part about this commission?
A. Being still and quiet – carving out time to work to the theme. It’s so helpful to have that, when the usual pace of life doesn’t allow. I’ve also enjoyed the collaborative aspect of the project – bouncing ideas off each other and learning from others.
Q. Are there any specific ways that you would like the public to interact with your piece?
A. I’d like people to take the time to listen, read and engage with the work. It would be great if they were stirred to reflect on the themes to a greater degree. Being involved in the festival has certainly helped me do that.
Q. Do you think it is important that art is integrated into The Green Festival and what benefit do you think it has?
A. Art isn’t a pleasant add on to life, it’s vital. Without endorsing creativity – emboldening us to reflect and make sense of ourselves and the environment, we are reduced to automata – survival, money-making machines. I could talk about this all day, but I won’t!