Images copyright Tom Cross, 2021
Share Your Stories this Summer
This Summer, we are inviting residents to share and celebrate their personal stories, and those of Buckinghamshire itself. There will be lots of opportunities to share stories in creative ways, through an artist-led Story Project throughout the Summer, and the Open Weekend event taking place over a long weekend, 22-25 July.
The Story Project will see artists touring a pop-up Story Stall – think artist-designed market stall – to locations across Buckinghamshire and encouraging people to share their stories of happiness. Our lead artist, Tom Cross, will design the Story Stall, which will collect stories using postcards, and through conversations with the public. Starting at Whizzfizzfest (26 June), and touring the county over the summer, the Stall will visit events, markets and high streets – engaging lots of different people. The artists will then respond to all of the stories they hear over Summer and create a pop-up storytelling structure that will visit town centres across Bucks in early Autumn.
Lead artist, Tom Cross says: I am excited to be working in Buckinghamshire, and looking forward to the moments of wonder, joy and sadness that I know I will experience, hearing and sharing stories of residents. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Buckinghamshire and the people that live here – especially now things are re-opening after lockdown.
Share your stories on Instagram and Twitter using #SummerOfStories.
Check back here for updates from our artists and to find out where you can visit the Story Stall, and how you can share your stories.
Find the Story Stall
The Story Stall will tour Buckinghamshire this Summer, starting from 26 June. We’ll share more the dates and locations when we can.
- Story Stall will be at Whizzfizzfest on 26th June – find it at the Exchange. For more information about Whizzfizzfest, see their website: https://www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk/
- Story Stall will visit Bands in the Park at Lowndes Park, Chesham on 11th July, 2-4pm
Story Stall will feature at events and locations across Buckinghamshire during Open Weekend – details to be confirmed very soon.
Share a Story
In July, we will be distributing Story Postcard displays and ‘post boxes’ around the county, so if you can’t get to one of our live events, you can still share your story of happiness in Buckinghamshire by filling in and ‘posting’ one of our Story Postcards.
Meet the Artists
Tom Cross is our Lead Artist for this project:
Tom Cross is a visual artist whose work is about story – the importance of all of our stories to help us make sense of the world. He uses a mixture of print-making, animation and drawing to reflect the conversations and stories he gathers from people he meets. Tom’s work Soap and Porridge has recently been touring libraries around Buckinghamshire and he has also delivered creative projects for lots of different places, from local community centres to international artist organisations.
Natasha Khamjani is one of 3 Project Artists:
Natasha Khamjani trained at the prestigious London Studio Centre and worked as a versatile performer before deciding to concentrate on being a creative from behind the scenes, although she still finds herself making cameos on various projects! She mainly works as freelance choreographer across the industry including theatre commissions as well as commercial and corporate jobs. Her signature is to fuse a variety of styles together with a strong and sometimes humorous narrative to create something spectacular. Natasha is also Co Artistic Director of Folk Dance Remixed, a successful company who fuse folk and hip hop dance and music to produce quirky, magical and highly entertaining shows. They also host Ceilidh Jams and Street Dance the Maypole workshops. They tour the UK and appear at outdoor festivals and events up and down the country and are commissioned to create bespoke pieces with various organisations and events. There work connects people from different cultures and generations and brings an instant feeling of joy! www.folkdanceremixed.com
Desree is one of our Project Artists:
Desree is a spoken word artist, writer and facilitator based in London and Slough.
Having graduated with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Drama Studies from De Montfort University, Desree is no stranger to the stage. An advocate for community arts and youth projects, she began a night called #OMN in 2014 in her hometown, Slough. It was started with the aim of giving individuals of all ages and skills, opportunities and essentially encouragement. It was at #OMN that Desree performed spoken word on stage for the first time. Currently Artist in Residence for poetry collective EMPOWORD, and an Ambassador for MQ; Mental Health Research Charity, Desree explores intersectionality, justice and social commentary, occasionally throwing in a f*ckboy poem. Producer for both Word Up and Word Of Mouth, finalist in 2018’s Hammer & Tongue national final and TEDx speaker, she has featured at events around the UK and internationally, including Glastonbury Festival 2019, Royal Albert Hall and Bowery Poetry New York. Burning Eye Publishers will be republishing Desree’s first pamphlet, I Find My Strength In Simple Things in May 2020. www.iamdesree.co.uk
Updates from our Artists
Tom Cross has been inspired by Bucks objects and elements that residents love. He has been creating illustrations inspired by these things:
Social Media Updates
We’ll have some updates to share soon!