(Originally posted on my usual blog...)
Bit of a late update, this, but a few weeks ago I was accepted onto an AA2A (artists' access to art colleges) residency at Liverpool Community College, along with three others.
Having been at the college for three years as a student, and then completing my second PGCE placement there, it's like being back at home, and I've told them that they're never going to get rid of me because I like it too much here.
Today was the second day I've spent in college, and I think it's going pretty well. I'm working on something inspired by some of the poems of W.H. Auden, and up to this point I've got a lot of drawings of birds (how good did it feel to be able to say "well, I've just spent the morning drawing rooks, really"?) and some planning sketches for a series of triptychs based around three poems, 'The Witnesses', 'The Wanderer' and 'The Watchers'. I thought I might as well go for a bit of alliteration, too.
Probably the strangest thing at the minute is that I've actually got money to spend on materials, thanks to the AA2A's funding. I know that without it, it would be some time before I was able to make this work.