creative conversations with Martyn Mullender of Portland Rocks part2

17 Feb

Welcome to episode fourteen of creative conversations. This week I conclude my conversation with Martyn Mullender of Portland Rocks.

We hear about the b-side encounters that Portland Rocks were involved with last year and how they are hoping to be involved with b-side again this year.

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Portland Rocks are hoping to bring in more local people involved in a big cultural Olympiad project, details of this to be announced soon we hope.

Martyn has found the Olympics to be of benefit to the area. He has had more arts organizations approach him, where as before he felt that they did not want to work in Weymouth & Portland. Once people work with Portland Rocks they usually want to come back and work again with the group.

We talk about the difficulty of securing long term funding. How once you might have secured funding and projects are successful you cannot just go and get the same funding again to do the same thing. You have to think of something different, a new slant.

Where is the Olympic legacy?

Its great to hear Martyn talk about how they are planning ahead, no one in the group wants the project to just fold. They have a number of ideas they are pursuing and hope to secure further funding to support this project along with some commercial ideas.

It had been great to get two year funding. In that it allowed a continuity of staffing and has allowed young people to find security in always seeing the same faces.

We discuss how surprised we are about how little Portland has changed once you get onto the island, pass the sailing academy. That there is still a big empty block of flats overlooking the harbour. As if everyone will be looking out to sea all the time and no one will drive to Portland Bill.

Martyn talks about the b-side encounter we covered in a previous creative conversation. The young people really got into it and recorded many unusual items such as fluorescent lights flicking on and off, or microwaves. The project made the young people more critical listeners and Martyn has found it to be beneficial to the young people’s sensitivity to sound. The project definitely helped them develop listening skills.

We finish up discussing the difficulties of getting young people blogging, getting them to take charge of writing up their work. A difficulty for Portland Rocks at the moment is that they are officially attached to Royal Manor Arts College. This has many administrative benefits, but also means that any public announcements need to be monitored. So young people can’t therefore be in charge of Portland Rocks Facebook page as Martyn has to OK any posts before they go live and this puts a stumbling block to the instantaneousness of Facebook as posts don’t go live instantly. Portland Rocks are currently reviewing their status and might become a Community Interest Company.

To find out more about Portland Rocks; www.portlandrocks.co.uk

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