The Girl did Good!
It's been a busy year for Luigia, working on a whole range of exhibitions and events, including Wayne Hemingway’s Classic Car Boot Sale in King’s Cross. Hemingway, pictured on the left with Luigia said: “we have been closely following and enjoying the transformation of Kings Cross. It is heartening to see Britain doing urban design so well and creating quality public spaces. We are looking forward to animating these spaces, streets and squares with evocative vehicles and giving independent designers, vintage traders, startup street food businesses, crate digging DJs and quirky street entertainers the opportunity to do their thing in front of thousands of people in a new environment for many .”
Symphony of a Thousand
Mike has been working with the Norwich Philharmonic Society, one of the oldest music societies in the UK, to stage an enormous concert at the Norfolk showground in Norwich. The huge arena was transformed into a concert hall for an audience of over 2,200 people. The orchestra performed Mahler’s 8th Symphony as part of the 2016 Norfolk & Norwich Festival, with Mike organising every aspect of the concert from start to finish. An epic accomplishment even if we do say so ourselves, and to quote the region's biggest selling newspaper "The spontaneous standing ovation at the end said it all". Photograph by Keiron Tovell.
Tour de force!
Velo Vercors is a holiday cycling destination based in the town of Saint-Jean-en-Royans in the south of France. It is within the Vercors Regional Natural Park which serves as a training ground for Tour de France riders.
Emma has been working with the cycling destination on a digital marketing campaign in the run-up to the busy summer season. “Emma runs our campaigns with fantastic results. Bookings are up and I am delighted with the response. She is very intuitive when it comes to tone of voice and copywriting and always gets the look and feel of the Velo Vercors brand just right”. Said Teresa Harte, owner of Velo Vercors.
Tim has been collaborating with Tin House on a nature inspired theme for a school library in Norwich. Tin House is a Norwich-based community and participatory arts organisation which engages groups and individuals in one-off and on-going workshops, transforming ideas and imagination into practical, creative reality. Tin House employ a wide range of skills, materials and artists, drawing on the desires, needs and creativity of each project’s participants for inspiration.
Music with a Mission
Over the past 15 months Gary has been working with Medecins Sans Frontieres to raise money to support MSF's work in Syria. So far he and his team have raised over £12,000 through various music events, with the most recent event being held at The Narthex Centre in Norwich. Ticket holders were treated to an evening of Congolese and Cuban bands, dance and percussion workshops and a spicy mix of Caribbean and African food. The event completely sold out and raised over £2,600. With a strong working relationship in place with MSF, plans are already underway to deliver more events in the new year.
Bright sparks fly at the Design Council
Design Council Spark is a product innovation fund designed to fast-track products to market. Luigia is providing Media Relations Management for the scheme which aims to uncover the UK’s next great inventions. Take the history of the humble umbrella, it's full of interesting events that managed to propel it into the future. Previous Spark awardee Ayca Dundar's Pop Umbrella (pictured left), has a very flexible structure, allowing it to bend during strong winds and quickly return to its original shape. Hopefully this signals the beginning of a new spoke free era! Photograph by Oliver Dixon.
Unveiling a new identity
At last we can reveal Johnny Tipler's newly re-branded website. Emma has been working with the international motoring journalist on his long-term business aims, which included a complete overhaul of his brand identity.
The brief was to create a brand which reflects Johnny's well-known personality before launching him into cyberspace and promoting his services.
Dirt Road to Nowhere
For the second year in a row, Tim and Emma have worked together with Miles Johnson, Creative Director at Patagonia on programming the music for Patagonia's biannual fashion show in California to an audience of sales personnel from all over the world. Playlists included tracks by C2C, The Chemical Brothers and Jeff Beck, providing an atmospheric backdrop to the nature and travel inspired theme'Dirt Road to Nowhere'.
1000 Degrees of fire
Together with the late, great Jeremy Theophilus, Emma and Gary were recently awarded R&D funding from North Norfolk District Council and Arts Council England for a project which aims to champion the skills of those who work with temperatures of 1000 Degrees and over. Working with newly-formed charity '1000 Degrees', the project will engage audiences in engineering and STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Significant audience and market research has already been undertaken to support the business plan which Emma and Gary are in the process of writing together.
We are family
Drum Camp is a festival where you're likely to meet musicians from all over the world. It's one big international family, and Gary and Bob are working together on creating a visual identity which pretty much sums that up. In 2015 a ‘world music family’ was born which didn't specify any one particular culture or religion. The image was used on T-shirts, stage side banners and other printed materials. Three new ‘members’ of the family have since been created for the 2016 event.
Job at the end of the earth
In a couple of months Adele will be taking a break from her role as Arts Officer for Kirklees Council to spend five months in the Antarctic Peninsula. Each year, the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust search for four dedicated individuals to spend five months at its flagship site, Port Lockroy – a museum, Post Office and visitor centre. After a rigorous selection process, Adele was appointed as Base Leader. Not bad considering there were over 2,400 applications from more than 75 countries! She certainly knows how to set the bar high.
Creating a worldwide music brand
Music Worldwide aims to connect people to the highest quality music from all corners of the globe. For the past six months, Gary and Emma have been working together on shaping this powerful and engaging new music brand, laying down it's core ideology, researching markets and audiences, developing long-term strategic direction and scoping it's services. If you're a world music fan or a company interested in how music can enhance your brand, contact Gary via the Music Worldwide website.
Nice ice baby!
Adele has been working as Antarctic expedition photographer on the Norwegian polar ship MS Fram. Her first assignment was in 2014 and a second assignment follows in February 2015 where she'll be following in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton to mark the centenary of the epic Endurance expedition. She'll be documenting the last Antarctic voyage of the season, capturing places and wildlife encountered in the most pristine and protected continent on earth. Stay in touch by following Adele's blog here.
Punk Rock n Roll Art Show
Punk fans and musicians turned out in full force to view the works of over twenty musicians who provided artwork, sculptures, film, clothing and even a sound structure for a recent pop-up art show at the Underdog Art Gallery in Central London. The Project Network's queen of publicity, Luigia Minichiello not only provided press and PR coverage but also helped plan, organise and curate the exhibition. The event was a huge success and is likely to become an annual show. So for all you non-conformists out there keeping it real, stay tuned, we'll be back! Read more here.
Emma is delighted to be working with a brand new charity the Restoration Trust which helps people who have become isolated regain confidence and get involved in engaging, collaborative arts projects. The Restoration Trust sets up, funds and runs partnerships between art and culture organisations and organisations that work with marginalised people on wellbeing, mental health, homelessness, poverty, abuse and drug and alcohol misuse.
Supporting UK Carnivals
Grab a whistle and take a look at our UK carnival film to brighten up the last wintry month of 2014! Julian was recently commissioned to make this film on behalf of the Arts Council funded Carnival Arts Advocacy project. The aim of the project is to promote and develop the UK wide carnival arts sector. By telling individual stories and highlighting community benefits, this film will positively engage viewers with the aim of securing more funding and support from friends both old and new.
Glastonbury, WOMAD and Drum Camp 2014
Together they will coordinate and run the programming of festival venue stages at WOMAD and organise the 18th Drum Camp festival which has since been given approval to run an Artsmark Award scheme. Each event presents a stunning line-up of artists from the African Continent, Latin America, the Indian Sub Continent, Middle East, Europe, USA and Australia. Nice work if you can get it!
Planes, trains and auto-journalists
Hold on to your hats... Emma just picked up project planning and PR work with international motor journalist and photographer Johnny Tipler. So far she's brokered a partnership with KLM for a drive story in the US. Next on the list is developing a brand which captures Johnny's character. Watch this space for updates but remember to look both ways and don't forget to keep an eye out for pedestrians..!
Pacific Island Cultural Festival
Gary has recently been contracted to event manage a brand new festival due to take place this summer. The first-ever Pacific Island Cultural Festival in the UK expects to attract up to 4000 people and will be held in Suffolk. The event aims to promote and celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of the Pacific Islands’ culture within the UK and bring together Pacific Islanders now settled in this country and those interested in Pacific culture. The Pacific Island High Commissions, the Commonwealth, Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways amongst others are sponsoring the event, which will focus on music, dance, fashion, climate change and rugby.
Aisle and Air
Emma had an exciting and rare opportunity this summer to work alongside Isabel Vasseur, Director of ArtOffice on an ambitious project along the North Norfolk Coast. Working in partnership with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the North Norfolk Exhibition Project (NNEP), the exhibition was curated by Isabel who invited artists and architects to create site specific works with an emphasis on three dimensional work using reeds, wood and other materials provided by the North Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Emma worked as Assistant Curator and Associate Editor for the exhibition catalogue.
Adele has been working with educational projects inspired by Scandinavian early years education. Forest Schools involve practical and creative woodland-based activities and free play to develop confidence, self esteem and respect for one-another and the environment. It's a fun way for nature reserves and woodland spaces to engage and inspire young people from an early age. You can see more of Adeles work here and get in touch if you want to know more.
Emma has been working in a marketing and communications role with Fairfax Galleries. Her work has included maintaining design continuity for brand touchpoints as well as copywriting, direct mail campaigns and digital marketing. She ensures the brand maintains its powerful identity and reaches audiences with style and frequency. Fairfax Galleries have established a reputation for exhibiting the highest quality contemporary art ranging from award-winning and established artists to emerging talent in three seperate galleries. Emma delivers marketing activity for Fairfax Gallery participation at major art fairs in London and overseas including recently: New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.
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