So, we’ve come to the end of the 2015 GCF Summer School and have met some amazing young artists on the project. Thanks are due to the lead artists, Khadijah Ibrahiim, David Hamilton and Christella Litras and to all the participants for their energy and commitment. We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be programming weekly workshops in the autumn to support emerging artists in the region. Keep an eye on the website and our social media for further details or register your interest online.
I’m writing my final post as Director of the Geraldine Connor Foundation. I’m moving on to a new job in Devon as General Manager of the Arts at the Dartington Hall Trust.
I’ve had a fantastic year at GCF. It’s been great to meet so many artists who worked with Geraldine and were inspired by her. Highlights for me were the 2014 Summer Gala at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which brought together artists from different disciplines alongside exciting young talent. I got to dance (badly!) on stage at the end of Tell Me What Yo’ Singin’ For to the calypso rhythms of Sheldon Blackman and the Breakfast Band, which is something I won’t forget, nor the incredible rendition of Redeemer from Carnival Messiah performed at the Royal Hall, Harrogate by the magnificent Ronald Samm as part of Sweet Chariot – Thomas Rutling and the Road to Freedom.
I have been impressed and inspired by the young talented individuals I’ve met through the projects we’ve delivered in Bradford and Leeds, and I hope you will continue to explore your creativity and skills with the Geraldine Connor Foundation.
I’ll continue to follow the work of GCF with great interest. Thank you to the trustees, staff and artists for all your hard work, help and support. Stay in touch!