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Pitch up for Pitch!

This sounds like a really interesting event and I would like to attend to meet up with artists and potential speakers who might feed into our work at the British Council... (Carole McFadden, British Council)

a painting of an artists pallette running away from a circular saw symbolising the arts cuts

As you can see we are gaining interest in Pitch! (15th June, The Stables in Milton Keynes) from both inside and outside of the region - and things are really hotting up!

Everyone in Sync SE is busy preparing their pitches, their presentations, their products and behind the scenes we are working with The Stables to make sure everyone can be showcase in the way that suits them best - no mean feat when you consider we have one day, 30 artists and artsworkers and ten projects and organisations - good job we have The Stables to ourselves for the day!

Numbers are building nicely, but we still have space for more - so please do help us spread the word and make sure we increase the impact of the event, of Sync South East and of Accentuate as a whole. It takes all of us to create a cultural shift - and Pitch! is one way of making that shift concrete.

You can get hard copies of fliers, or an email version from to help us saturate the region and beyond.

And do let us know you are coming - we need names and numbers to confirm catering, access and support levels!

To find The Stables

So what's on...

being me being

We don't have space here to cover everything (when you register to attend you'll be sent the full programme at the end of the month with all the details) so here are just a few tasters to whet your appetite...

In the morning, Sarah Scott is presenting Being Me Being as an installation ( This is her Go Public commission, from Dada-South, funded through Accentuate. Sarah explains how she developed the piece:

I invited people with hidden impairments and long-term health issues to join in this dynamic new exploration using the expressive nature of yoga and visual arts as a creative means for unraveling the layers of self. We took this journey onto a labyrinth, to assist our enquiry, and we then took it onto the beach nearby.

The work is rich, layered and of resonance to both the arts and disability and arts and health fields. The work includes visual images from Rachel Gadsden, who will also be at Pitch! in her own right, creating a capture piece on the day and talking in the afternoon about her London 2012 Unlimited Commission - Global Alchemy.

This piece brings together South African artist and activist Nondumiso Hlwele and the Bambanani Women's Group in Cape Town (who are all living with HIV/Aids) to make a fantastic new work that celebrates their 'shared' survival.

Speaking out...

Jayne Earnscliffe

And you can't miss Jayne Earnscliffe, branching out into spoken word performances for the first time at Pitch! - let her entice you in with the following, written for our programme:

Words once spun inside my head

Now they’re out here instead

Tell the tale Youth to now

From Essex girl

To more high brow.

Twisted spine half corrected

Disabled, enabled, self-elected

Leader? Loser? I choose art

To tout my wares, words impart

Scarring, starving, on the line

Redemption, words anodyne.

Rupert Bear my inspiration

Dum dee dum my inclination.

Ham it up, play it down

Play on words, unfunny clown.

Pantomime, farce, in no doubt

I’m acting up and spouting out!

You know what you have to do to hear her spout more... just email and book a place at Pitch!

Oh, and Jayne isn't our only spoken word performer - we have Monika Akila Richards - performing as the dancing poet, and Liz Porter who will be telling tales, pitching her work as a storyteller and creating an interactive story-tree focusing on Telling Differences for the day.

In the dressing rooms...

a still from the filming of The Dog and The Palace

We are using every inch of space at the Stables - we are even taking over the dressing rooms so that two of our artists can have installations running all day.

In one dressing room we have Gary Thomas who will be showing exclusive previews of his new film The Dog & the Palace, and also his first feature film, 2 Weddings.

The Dog And The Palace is an ambitious film set after the 2012 London Olympics. A young boy decides to send a parcel to the Queen to say ‘Thank You’ for everything that he’s seen. Presented here as a work in progress, which sees the young boy, Darren, reminisce about what he’s seen during the two-week ceremony.

Want to know more about 2 Weddings? – Well, Sharon is getting married this weekend, when her brother Dave tells her he wants to marry his boyfriend on the same day…

The other dressing room will have Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq with images from her solo exhibition, including the "Unheard Until Marriage' installation we reported on in the last bulletin, funded by the Arts Council, which has recently been shown in London.

And so much more...

goblin created by michaela bayley

This is just the tip of the iceberg!

We've a creative effects artist - Michalea Bayley, performances by Mark Barber from Anjali and Freewheelers, music compositions from Anya Ustaszewski, phototgraphy from Sylvia Bernat and so much, so much more.... even 101 things to do with an archive by Nicola Waddington!

From more established to newly emerging, we cover a range of artists, a range of artforms and a range of interests - truly something for everyone!

We've set up a Facebook site for the event, so you can find out more about the programme as each element is finalised and added to the mix - just search for Pitch! and join in online.

Thats it for now, so check that 15th June is in your diaries and email me to let me know you are coming!

Jo Verrent (Sync South East Project Manager)

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