I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on this project. The visitors to the museum on the evening of May 18 2013 impressed me with their attentiveness, genuine interest in the subject matter and their creativity.
For me, it was interesting to talk to some of the other artists exhibiting on the night about where their work came from. There was a brilliant projection piece which allowed visitors to see their own silhouette cast in a flurry of moving snowflakes, and, unsurprisingly, a lot of melting ice. I even had my first encounter with a Victorian Magic Lantern, a primitive slide projector which must have kept people entertained for hours.
I’m very grateful to the handful of audience members who approached me after my readings to talk about my poems. I’d put a lot of work and research into the project, and it’s been difficult trying to find the balance between poems which sufficiently explore the subject matter and which still pack an artistic punch. Ultimately, I think I came in somewhere along the spectrum a little closer to the subject matter / research end, but I know I’ve dwelled a lot of images which will appear in my more personal work in the future.
The ice wells and the ice trade did make for a fascinating subject to explore, and I’ve discovered a brilliant chunk of history, a whole host of images, and some very special poems in the process. My thanks again to Celia Halsey, the ICE Project Manager and everyone at the London Canal Museum. I’ll certainly continue to follow the Museums at Night initiative, and keep a look out for future events.
This blog will remain as a record of the project (if you’ve just stumbled across it, you might like to scroll down to the first post and start from there – there’s also more information on the About The Project page). Thanks for reading!