SELF/s PORTRAIT by Thomas John Bacon Round-up
There is so much to say about SELF/s PORTRAIT by Thomas John Bacon! We had more than one photographer due to the size and scale of this performance so we have had to be ruthless in our selection from the photos we received.
All have kindly allowed us to use there images from the day.
We also received documentation from volunteers Nikki Whittingham and Christopher Laelaps (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org). All use of these images must be done so with their permission so contact them if you intend on doing so.
The day began with participants meeting with Co-Directors Kate and Aleks, and artist Thomas John Bacon at the Cathedral. The skies were clear! The participants then found there own space within the grounds that they felt a connection to before heading to Margaret Street School of Art to engage in a workshop with Thomas accompanied by Aleks.
Meanwhile Kate met with the volunteers and photographers to brief all involved and then began setting up the space.
We waited eagerly for the performers to arrive! The first performers began entering the space at 1pm. What followed was a build up of individual actions, energy bouncing round the space as the public realised something altogether different was happening that day! As it built, as more performers began their action, the energy rose higher and the grounds were filled with this collaborative act of self expression. There was a real feel of intrigue and excitement from the public.
Each performer, although taking on the SELF/s PORTRAIT of Thomas John Bacon,felt completely unique in mannerism, energy and idenity. Each performer had on them an item that was special to them, that they felt was representative to their identity.
As the performers finished their actions and left the space, they seemed transformed, awake and empowered. As if they had just declared themselves to the world in this silent, subtle and yet very powerful action. It was electric to watch.
Some of us went for coffee afterwards, the consensus was that this had been a highly intense and rewarding experience for all.
Later that day, walking back through the Cathedral grounds (a regular occasion) shivers were felt as this space, long known and with so many memories, was transformed. Something changed!
Feedback from participants:
‘I really enjoyed the workshop before the performance and felt the event was organized very well…… I found the experience to be a spiritually uplifting one reflecting on it has inspired me to return to doing more time based performance but more on a collaborative level. The energy you get from working with others is much more fruitful an experience than working solo on a project.’ Suze de Lee
‘The experience for me highlighted the importance of collaboration … It showed the power of the arts to embrace, learn and challenge our own ‘self/s’ and when those ‘self/s’ come together, the change we can create.’ Tom Newton
‘In the few hours we were together as a group the journey i went on stretched further than i could have imagined and will continue into the future with those i connected with. ‘ Loretta Hope
‘When i had the ribbon completely on it was strange, and in a way i felt uncomfortable. However, the longer i had the ribbon on the more comfortable it got …. When it came to cutting the ribbon i felt a sense of relief and i suppose in a way refreshed…. Overall the experience was very moving emotionally and physically for me.’ Nadine Paige Jones
Huge thank you goes to;
Catherine Ogle, the Dean of Birmingham Cathedral, and all in the congregation who kindly allowed us to use this wonderful space, a space that is so well used by the people of Birmingham. Thank you for letting us bring this work there.
Margaret Street School of Art for letting us hold the workshop in their historic building, many thanks.
Thomas John Bacon for bringing this fantastic work to Birmingham. We wish you well in all you do, and are thrilled to have been able to bring this piece into fruition at the Catheral grounds. It has been magical.
Loretta Hope, Sarah Fortes Mayer, Helena Sands, Andy Miller, Hannah Millest, Jodie Laura Ollis, Kimvi Nguyen, Khembi Maynard, Alastair Flindall, Alvin Tran, Tom Newton, John Kadens, Rachel Parry, Suze de Lee, Nadine Paige Riley, Jade Williams, Samantha Williams, Rebecca Homer and Emilia Moniszko.
YOU WERE EPIC!!!!!!!!! xxx
Nikki Whittingham, Christopher Laelaps, Jack Marder, Janette Harris, Mark (@cybrum), Becky Hadfield, Michael Clulee, and Mikey Wheeler.
You were truly integral, we couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you so much and thank you especially to Chris and Nikki! We are so excited that you are joining HFWAS. Thank you for your images, too!
Ray Spence, Nick Hynan, Timothy James Pratt, Ranis Virk, Tom Smith and Zan Dani.