Today I handed in all of my paintings and accompanying sketchbooks for marking, then Joe and I went to EA where I was interviewed by the lovely Fenella Kernebone from Sunday Arts. That show (and most excellent podcast) is featuring Renew Newcastle, so Fenella and crew were shooting footage of the spaces and chatting with their occupants.
Have to admit that I was completely terrified of the prospect that being in front of a camera afforded. I failed Drama in year 11 for goodnesssakes, I'm a ghost at parties, disappearing as soon as one emerges. It's not that I fear it will capture a part of my soul or anything, more that I will have to maintain the one pose for more than a millisecond, that just feels wierd. Everybody knows I suck at standing still.
Never fear however, I didn't pass out or freak out or do anything silly. Fenella kept me at ease with excellent conversation and Joe was there too. Things went well (I think).
It seemed it only took a minute to do the whole interview... and wierdly the words coming out of my mouth were not gibberish but how I feel about Renew, Emerald Arts and my beloved Newcastle.
It's so exciting to be a part of something like this, I really hope I convey that enough. Newcastle is My City. I grew up here, my family built a great deal of it and I have longed for something like the Renew Newcastle project to work is magic on our struggling city centre for a very long time. I didn't dream that I would be a part of it.
I'm very lucky.