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Healthy Selfish / 27 June 2014

Coming out of participatory mode is sort of healthy selfish.  We reckon we are so much more than participatory people and that making new artwork in this way will inform a more interesting way for us to be able to engage with subjects in the future.

So with two lots of taster sessions delivered, it has felt mighty peculiar to stipulate that only five subjects will be chosen from our young pool of enthusiasts.  So that equates up  to ¾ of those young carers taking part would not be asked to join the project.  Usually we would adapt and have a place or space for everyone. We had to select.  It was hard but we were careful and clear.   

This isn’t how we normally work but this selection was dicated by our ambition for the exhibition and its complexity.  Honesty as artists about what we want to do.   An interesting learning curve - yes.  This element of discomfort is the ‘price we pay’ for pursuing our artistic journey together.

Coming out of participatory mode is sort of healthy selfish.  We reckon we are so much more than participatory people and that making new artwork in this way will inform a more interesting way for us to be able to engage  with people in the future.