​Arts & Culture

Published: July 13, 2022 | Updated: July 15, 2022

Jason Ward’s brilliant monthly round-up with forthcoming events, reviews and interviews

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Arts and Culture Matters is throwing open the doors and celebrating our English summer with some truly wonderful events, experiences and shows in the open air, writes Jason Ward.

This month we profile an incredibly talented young local visual artist, Georgia Tunesi, in Six Degrees of Inspiration, and look back at the Shakespeare’s Globe open air production of Julius Caesar. It took place on the top floor of the Sovereign Centre car park in Boscombe and was presented by BEAF.

In Creating Atmosphere we follow movie director Baz Luhrman’s advice and look at the creative benefits of taking a walk!

What to keep an eye on this month.

29th – 31st July: The Bournemouth Reggae Weekender is back in Kings Park, Bournemouth featuring a great line up of reggae stars, amazing food and a laid back vibe. For tickets and special offers, please click here.

27th July -12th August: Brownsea Island Open Air Theatre returns with Shakespeare’s 12th Night. This volunteer run venue is one of the Top Ten open air theatres in the UK and, let’s be honest, how many theatre shows start with a boat ride across Poole Harbour? To book tickets or support the theatre go to: brownsea-theatre.co.uk.

Picture: LucanArt.

Until 30th July: Lighthouse Outside is back for its third year of live events, arts and culture including reggae, opera, comedy and theatre. Take a deck chair, a picnic and some friends! More info at: lighthousepoole.co.uk.

Various Dates: SISATA will be bringing their outstanding version of Wuthering Heights to venues around Dorset this summer. They include Swanage, Weymouth, Wimborne, Dorchester and Christchurch. This new adaptation features original live music and uplifting songs. Dates and tickets at: sisata.co.uk.

25th – 30th July: The Dorset Opera Festival. Dubbed ‘the Glyndebourne of the South West’ this year it’s presenting a choice of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Mozart’s The Magic Flute with options of glorious opera dinners or lavish picnics in the grounds of Bryanston. Book tickets at: dorsetopera.com.

Review: Julius Caesar – Sovereign Centre Car Park, Boscombe.

Shakespeare’s Globe presenting Julius Caesar on the top floor of a car park in Boscombe? The folks at Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF) did an amazing job presenting this outstanding piece of theatre earlier this month. As our government started to disintegrate this piece about political plotting and intrigue was incredibly prescient. The Shakespeare’s Globe company are a wonderful group of actors who made Shakespeare real for the audience, they transported us into their world while the sounds of sirens and boy racers tried to intrude from ours.

The audience of 250 on the night I saw the show loved the performance and BEAF have certainly demonstrated that there is an audience for high quality theatre in Bournemouth. Let’s hope others are taking note!

The full version of this review is available on The Theatre Review Podcast here.

Georgia Tunesi, Visual Artist.

Georgia Tunesi is a Bournemouth-based figurative painter who is intrigued by the human body. Her work focuses on what it means to be human and is also beautiful, and accessible. As well as winning several awards, Georgia regularly exhibits locally and in some of London’s most important galleries.

What inspires your best creative ideas?

Having breaks and getting out in nature, seeing friends and letting my mind wander without the stress of coming up with something new is always the best thing for me. I need to get out of my studio and experience different things. Having a phone full of reference photos is so helpful for me as I don’t always know why something inspires me, so taking a photo that I can reference back to later on is something I find very useful.

Why are arts and culture important to everyone?

Arts and culture influence everything we do, whether we are aware of it or not. I believe that they improve everyone’s lives and we need them to fully express ourselves. Art is everywhere, and the funding of the arts is essential for this reason. Without art or culture, there is no expression of self or individuality to give the things in our daily life a personal touch.

What advice would you give to a business to help them become more creative?

Collaboration with artists and hiring creative professionals can really help expand your business in a new and exciting way that companies may have not considered. Post pandemic, the push to help small businesses is larger than ever and having a creative flair that makes your business stand out can really help it to thrive.

Who is your creative hero?

There are far too many to name, but a few are Henrik Uldalen, Tracy Emin and Jenny Saville. I love how they handle paint and texture in their work. They are so expressive with their mark making and they are a constant source of inspiration.

Local creative heroes have been Emma Rowland from Pen Gallery in Poole, and the lovely people that run TOSH over in Boscombe. They are bringing something really special to the creative community and have helped my creative practice hugely and always provide a wonderful support system.

My Sunflower series of paintings have been a big challenge and I am extremely proud of them. The paintings are exploring our connection with nature and how important it was to get us through these past few years stuck inside during the different lockdowns. The paintings really pushed my creative practice, pushing my painting technique, level of detail and precision. I think sometimes painting something outside of my comfort zone and something a little different really helps.

What are you working on right now?

My new body of work is exploring themes of climate change and the human experience. I always start with a concept and I create work around that idea. These pieces aim to explore the personal side of the matter on an individual’s level and provide a relatable visual on the thoughts and feelings going through our heads. Connection and relationships have always been an underlying theme in all of my work.  Our lives and nature change with the current state of the world, and I aim to express this through paint.

To see more of Georgia’s work go to: georgiatunesi.co.uk/

Find more details about supporting Georgia’s work or to experience personal tutorials at: patreon.com/georgiatunesi

World renowned movie director Baz Luhrman says “Walking is fundamental to my creative process” while this week’s creative guest, painter Georgia Tunesi, also says that getting outside helps to ignite her creativity.

A study by Stanford University supports the idea that walking boosts creative inspiration. Their research found that a person walking produces twice as many creative responses as a person sitting down. Researchers discovered that subjects were still more creative once they had sat down after walking too!

So if you feel short of ideas then stand up and go for a walk – you’ll be doing a power of good for your body and your mind.

Have a creative month and enjoy the summer!

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