Offering help with visual strategy, concept modelling, 3D scribing and journey mapping; tools such as a Pop-Up Marketplace, and Plenary Puppets help participants communicate and reflect creatively: colourful, hands-on activities to stimulate memorable development conversations. For small groups to larger-scale events.
1-4: Participant work from 'Altered Ego', a project exploring the creation of alternative personalities; project led by David Sinden, Kate Woodward and drama coach Dick John. Participants made paper avatars which evolve over the course of the project. Funded by Disability Arts Wales and hosted by CSAD and Bath Spa University.
5-6. 'Commonplace Book' pop-up development pages.
7. 'Carnival of Seeing' tent animated by Steffan Glynn.
Visual notes, pop-ups and reportage.
1. Royal Geographical Society annual conference Aug 2018 at Cardiff University - illustrated notes from sessions on ‘Landscape, Becoming and Time’ convened by Prof. Owain Jones and Dr. Daniel Keech, papers by Jenny Hall, Freya Zinovieff and others.
”What extraordinary lecture notes… the most enticing I’ve seen.”
- Robert MacFarlane
2. Triple Children's Laureate event March 2018 with Lauren Child, Casia Wiliam and Sophie McKeand, hosted by Jo Bowers (Cardiff Met School of Education) and Lleucu Siencyn (Literature Wales) bringing together authors, illustrators, students, publishers and educators.
3. Vertical Studio talk at CSAD by Dan Peterson about drawing in challenging settings, March 2018.
4. Round table discussion at the Italian Film Festival, Chapter Arts Cardiff, Nov 2017, bringing together film directors, producers and educators to discuss challenges of distribution and educating young audiences.
”…masterfully executed by Chris Glynn.” - Matera European City of Culture 2019 website.
Images show visual facilitation of a retreat for professional musicians who work in challenging settings. The pilot 5-day 'MOT' is an initiative of Snape Maltings Creative Campus, part of a 10-year programme promoting health and wellbeing through music and for musicians. Sessions explored everyday metaphors through drawing, mapping, pop-up conversations, paper theatre, discussions, creative writing, walking, music, movement and drama work, with Stephen Langridge and Fiona Macbeth.
Feedback from participants:
"A great team who worked really well together… a masterclass in collaborative leadership.”
“It was an incredible few days by all accounts and has surpassed my expectations. Thank you for being so adaptable, and for giving our brave group of participants such an enormous offer.”
- Phillipa Reive, Director, Creative Campus, Snape Maltings, February 2018
See also: 3D facilitation
Cover Image: Amy Leach-Haynes
In 2018 I gave up playing other people's music to make my own. In collaboration with composer and organist Benjamin Teague, singer RM Parry and poet Luca Paci some new work took shape and was performed in ‘Playing for Time’ on 15 Feb 2019 at All Saints Church, Penarth. Singer Claire Gardner and violinist Bethan Frieze joined us, along with artist Ifor Davies who worked the handsaw for a new ensemble piece by Richard Parry.
Brexit Suite (2018)
12 Anteludes (2018-19) texts: Luca Paci
Burning Piano; Solitude ; Self-Help Waltz (2019)
R M Parry
Sgleinio, Sgleinio (2019)
‘Grow Something New’ Pop-up piano theatre with Benjamin Teague, exploring composition in 3D, from Bach to Boulanger, Satie to Schoenberg, with new work by the performers. Tuesday 10 July at All Saints Church, Penarth. Part of a week of events celebrating youth music, during Penarth Summer Festival 2018.
’Poet’s Love’ Parry & Glynn lecture-recital exploring Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann and Heinrich Heine, 3 August at Y Lyric/Maes Fff Cardiff Bay during National Eisteddfod of Wales 2018 and 1st June 2018 at St. Edward’s Penylan, Cardiff.
’Five Easy Pieces’ solo programme with readings celebrating the piano, with music by Bach, Boulanger, Poulenc, Schoenberg, Satie and others, including In Absentia, a newly commissioned piece by Benjamin Teague and works by the performer. St Edward’s Penylan, 8 April 2018.
Polarities for harmonium and voices - collaboration with Benjamin Teague, with 3D score, exploring mining landscapes of the Rhondda Valley.
The 'Tunnel Under the Venn Diagram' featured in an international exhibition of surrealist art curated by poet David Greenslade at Cardiff Metropolitan University's B Block Gallery, Cyncoed Campus from Feb-April 2018. 'Gogoneddus Ych-a-Fi / Glorious Disgust' included work by 30 artists including Hervé Constant, Desmond Morris, Sarah Rhys, Dagmar Štěpánková and John Welson. Parry and Glynn's model of the tunnel was first installed at Newport Cathedral in 2017 as part of 'In Their Footsteps', a celebration of the Chartists' legacy. The under-drawing led to the discovery of a large network of conversational pathways and the founding of The University of Wednesdays.
The Tunnel has since appeared in ‘Remix the Cinema’ with Italian Action 30 artists Luca Acito and Alberto Casati at Penarth Pier Pavilion on 20 May as part of a Parry & Glynn ‘avanspettacolo’, by invitation of the Italian Film Festival Cardiff team.
A pamphlet about the University of Wednesdays idea is available.
Any excuse to draw from life, especially live music and theatre.
Shown here: Harry Christophers conducting The Sixteen; composers Tic Ashfield, Luciano Williamson and Connor Fogel at RWCMD Atmospheres 2018; cellist Nic Bilham, pianists Benjamin Frith and Alison Dite; listeners and people on trains.
Commemorative pieces for In Their Footsteps, a community engagement project in Newport South Wales celebrating the legacy of the Chartists, with RM Parry in collaboration with Ned Heywood Studios.
Clergyman in a Pond is a limited edition of soup bowls showing a member of the established church hiding from the Newport Rising in 1839, contrasting with the generous welcome given by Newport Cathedral to the 2017 project.
Chartist Boots offers glimpses of the march down Stow Hill and massacre of 22 demonstrators, alongside 21st century ballot-counters. Based on working boots of the period, enlarged to Size 15.
Lady Rhondda's Shoes tell the story of South Wales suffragette Margaret Mackworth, an aristocrat who set fire to a Newport post box in 1913 and went on hunger strike in prison. Modelled by Julia Land, the shoes travel to London in 2018.
Now Look Here and Souvenir of Now bring the world of commemorative ceramics up to the minute.
If you need a map or diagram do get in touch. No cartographic conundrum or diagrammatic dilemma too small. Body schemas welcome.
Notes from a Commonplace Book. 'Map of the Artist's Mind' is based on the shape of peeling floor paint in Tiree Rural Centre, inspired by Tiree TechWave14 in Nov 2017. An island narrative evolves from an overspill of characters and aquatic inventions.
‘Modular Dog’ - curriculum planning diagram from 2010, when I was developing the BA Hons Illustration course in Cardiff School of Art & Design.
Through 2018 I am creating new drawings and prints reflecting on themes of learning, memory and play, and making some archive prints available. Starting point: 'Dreaming Awake'.
Opus 1: Glynn's Smelodic Ideas Generator was premiered at an evening of new music in Little Man Coffee in Cardiff, 19 Jan 2018, with help from students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The verdict: it would be good to make trials in different materials. Hats off to Connor McLean for organising this 'Drink Coffee and Listen' event.
'Twenty-first Century Education - a Retrospective' introduces the University of Wednesdays. This university-between-all-the-others was announced by Parry & Glynn on discovery of a tunnel underneath the Venn diagram which led in turn to the declaration of a conversational excursion on 19th and 20th century British attitudes to the philosophy of relationship and the nature of being human.
The University of Wednesdays suggests that people participate in each other, in society and in the world at a very deep level, beneath pragmatic and material concerns, and that the middle of the week is an ideal starting place. Institutions, bodies and individuals can benefit from thinking about the University of Wednesdays and the Tunnel Under the Venn Diagram when communicating.
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Exploring where the mind's eye goes between thought and action, in meetings, waiting rooms, downtime.
1. Listen hear
2. Variation on an Ear
3. Doodlescape from a long meeting
4. Museum of Complexity
5. Back in the Box