Fantastical blitz day

A one-day event organised by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI) – a creative organisation that works to inspire and enrich communities, to support them ‘to believe in themselves and find their own voice.

The Fantastical Cambridgeshire project begins in schools – CCI artists in residence creatively adventure with young children and their teachers to share discovery of real, local spaces in extraordinary, enchanting and intriguing ways. They then involve their families and the wider community, including artists and other specialists to add to the children’s discoveries at a Fantastical Blitz Day – 24 hours of looking, noting, drawing, modelling, and recording in different and playful ways, the fantastical life of a single location.

Neotists and members from local art organisation, Vir2oso and St Neots Museum teamed up with Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination for their first Fantastical Blitz Day, held in Eynesbury Primary School in September 2016 to help build upon what the children had already created.

The day was made possible by the brilliant energy of the children, families and local residents who joined in. The next blitz is planned for June 2017 in Offord Primary School.

 

Neotists involved in the project

  • Clair Slade
    Clair Slade
    Radio broadcaster and social media
  • Dave Fleet
    Dave Fleet
    Field recordist and musician
  • Maciek Platek
    Maciek Platek
    Food and interior photographer
  • Melina La Firenze
    Melina La Firenze
    Artist
  • Richard Slade
    Richard Slade
    Graphic and web designer
Clair Slade
Radio broadcaster and social media

Clair Slade has a background in radio, sound engineering, marketing, graphic design, health and childcare and is fired-up by learning new skills. She currently volunteers with local charities and is working as a marketing coordinator for an international telecoms company.

Dave Fleet
Field recordist and musician

Dave Fleet is a field recordist, electronic musician and photographer in so much as that he can point a camera at something that catches his eye in the same way as he point’s a microphone at something that catches his ear.

Maciek Platek
Food and interior photographer

Maciek Platek is creating a name for himself in the local area as young and upcoming food and interior photographer. He has several large commissions with well established companies including Wyboston Lakes and La Maison Chic successfully promoting their businesses through his photography. His passion is not only for food and interior photography, but also for architecture, examples of which can be seen in his portfolio.

Maciek is actively seeking new commissions and will be more than happy to discuss any photographic requirements.

Melina La Firenze
Artist

Melina La Firenze is an artist living and working in St Neots. Born in Italy and brought up in London. She is self-taught and has been a painter all her life. She has been making jewellery since 2000. Her paintings have been exhibited in London and Barcelona and are now available as prints.

Her work is inspired by nature and the forms found in nature. The use of colour echoes a Mediterranean vibrancy and warmth such as in the deep blue skies and earthy tones. This passion for combining colours and textures is carried forth into the jewellery, hand-selecting semi-precious and precious stones and metals.

Richard Slade
Graphic and web designer

Richard Slade has over 20 years experience in the design industry working in the public, private and charity sectors with some of the top names in design.

He produces highly creative work for brands and organisations across the UK and his work covers a wide range of disciplines, including web, print and corporate identity. As well as extending his skills in to both marketing and project management, Richard is also a highly capable photographer and illustrator.

A huge advocate of design and creativity Richard formed Neotists in 2013 as a way to promote local freelance talent and community engagement. How he finds time to also row nationally with St Neots Rowing Club we don’t know.