In January 2013 I started researching arts organisations that I wanted to work for, I came across this small unique collective of live art producers that originated in bringing emerging and established artists into the home as an intimate venue. I immediately felt that this was something special.
The first event I assisted at was Ida Barr’s Mash Up- A Right Song and Dance. This character had the whole community, people that wouldn’t normally be in the same space, singing and laughing which really moved me. This was the first of many incredible events I was involved in during the summer.
I found out that my initial instincts about Home Live Art were nearly right: unique yes, small yes, as there are only a few of them, but certainly massive judging by the number of festivals and events we were involved in and the impact they are having not only within the live art world but also the wider community.
I don’t think there is any other internship where I could be shopping for taxidermy one day, hoola hooping the next, updating social media, losing my voice after shouting at Latitude, designing signs and having a good old sing along, just to name a few!
So, the taxidermy search was memorable to say the least. It was for Worktable by Kate McIntosh, an interactive installation for Coastal Currents Festival, and it wasn’t just taxidermy, I had to find over 100 different items for people to ‘take apart’ and ‘put back together’: easy!
During this search I encountered the strange world of car boot sales and the kindness of strangers.
One particular ‘searching’ day I had been in an antique shop in Bexhill for 3 hours. On the mention I hadn’t eaten lunch, the shop assistant brought out a tin of broken biscuits and I had 2 thoughts, first being I can get a bag of broken biscuits for a £1 if I’m ever in the area again, secondly, in what ways could I put these ‘taken apart’ biscuits ‘back together’? Maybe an exhibition for the next Coastal Currents Jane?!
Not the end
As an intern, I wanted to learn as much as I could. This team bring a lot to the table (including a competitive contribution of ever-increasing edible treats to each meeting.) They’re diverse in their skills, working methods and personalities and this ensures the events are varied and appeal to the arts community but also beyond that, making live art more accessible and expansive. They have individually taught me a great deal about the industry (and life in general!) and I think what they do is incredibly inspiring and important.
Home Live Art doesn’t see ‘the intern’ as just cheap labour- they take the responsibility seriously, expanding your mind, skills, and often your waistline.