Dr Nick Owen MBE PLUS

Working in and on the Business of Cultural Education

Day 35 of the 26 Day Big Shut Up: unsilencing the future.

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The 10th and final globe sculpture on our journey of discovery is “From Roots To Fruit”, created by Jarvis Brookfield (theme: Reimagine the future).

It’s been an eventful journey for us all afternoon and it’s pleasing to know that we have seen all the globes in situ, before they all get moved to their final resting place outside the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery in New Walk.

It’s been a new walk for all of us; if not individually then certainly collectively.  Eventful but silent: we undertook the whole experience muted although it was evident all day that whilst we had adopted a vow of silence, our communications were irrepressible. Whether this be through our sombre genuflections at some of the globes, our facial gestures of concern, of pleasure, or of hilarity; our hunched bodies in the cold autumn air or our physical responses to the questions that members of the public directed towards us, or our imagined conversations between historical and cultural figures, we couldn’t help but communicate what we were experiencing throughout the journey.

We may have been muted, we may have been silenced but nothing can stop our desire and innate hunger to communicate our condition in whatever context.  There’s been lots of learnings on this journey today: but for me, the main one has been that nothing can stop us communicating our histories, dreams and visions.   We may not be heard at first; but time will tell, truth will out and discoveries can never be silenced.

The Mighty Creatives staff team took part in the Mighty (UN)Mute, a day-long vow of silence, on 5th October 2022. You can check out the campaign here or donate your support to it here.

Or if neither of these is possible (and heaven knows we’re all in tough financial times right now), then anything you can do to share and shout about the campaign would be equally welcomed and appreciated.

Author: drnicko

Awarded an MBE for services to arts-based businesses, I am passionate about generating inspiring, socially engaging, creative practice within educational contexts both nationally and internationally.

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