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Coming Up

Design a Skateboard Deck Competition to support Noyce Gardens…

Design a Deck, Win Prizes & Support Noyce Gardens DIY

You may remember our wallpaper design competition last year, maybe you even entered! We were so impressed with how talented you lot are that we are launching a brand new competition in association with Noyce Gardens DIY, Mind Charity and Moose Skates.

This year we are challenging you to design a skateboard deck to win some great prizes and support a good cause.

The Competition

 

Two categories: Under 18 & Over 18

Theme: 2BHuman

Deadline: 1st June 2021

Prizes

One winning design from each category will be chosen by our expert panel!

Over 18’s:

Judged by Artist/Designer Soy Panday and Artist/Designer Eloise Dör. Winner will have their design printed & sold and receive £150 to spend in Moose Skates.

Under 18’s:

Judged by our Special Guest Youth Champion. Winner will receive £50 to spend at Moose Skates.

All entries will feature in an exhibition during the BEAF Festival, where there will be another chance for you to win a prize!

Support Noyce Gardens DIY

Noyce Gardens

The BCP area hosts some great places for kids to hang out, meet their friends and escape potentially difficult home lives. However, there are some areas which are lacking these safe spaces.

Our new friends Noyce Gardens DIY are working super hard to revive an abandoned skatepark and create a safe hang out space. To benefit the community of Townsend and the surrounding areas. So, we are launching our ‘Design a Deck’ competition to show our support, offer you the chance to do the same and hopefully raise a little bit of cash.

We chatted to the amazing Noyce Garden’s team to find out more about the project and share the important work they are doing.

What inspired you to start the project?

There had always been rumours of a buried skatepark around the Townsend estate, it wasn’t until we took the time to look that we began to see an outline. We pretty much started digging straight away! Within the estate and surrounding areas there aren’t many places for the local kids to hang out, which is why the revival of this skatepark could be great for the local community.

What is the history behind the skatepark?

It was built in the 70s and then filled in with mud sometimes in the 90s. After that, dirt jumps were built by local BMXers. Ever since then it has been pretty much abandoned by the council and left to completely grow over.

What do you want to achieve with the project?

We want it to be a community run DIY skatepark built by locals and paid for by fundraising. We really hope it will change the area for the better, giving the local kids somewhere to skate and hang out.

How do you want to involve the community?

Unfortunately, on a few occasions the site has been vandalised and we’ve had to spend time doing more work than necessary. Once COVID restrictions allow, we would love to gather the community and hold a ‘dig day’ with free food and music. In the hope that we will clear more of the skatepark and raise more awareness of what we are doing.

Group Dig
Revealing the skatepark

How to Enter:

Now we’ve introduced you to Noyce Gardens DIY and our competition here’s what you need to do:

  • * Visit our Just Giving page HERE
  • * Donate whatever you can
  • * Download our skateboard template from the Just Giving page, or HERE
  • * Get creative!
  • * Submit your design to gotbeaf@gmail.com
  • * Follow Noyce Gardens DIY on Instagram

 

Deadline: 1st June 2021

Winner announced: 8th June 2021

Good Luck!

One person standing and one person sitting against a brick wall Coming Up

A Taste of BEAF 2021: Pests Production

A Taste of BEAF

BEAF 2021’s Commissioned Artists

Planning for BEAF 2021 is in full swing, and we are more excited for May 29th than June 21st!  So, over the coming weeks we will be giving you an exclusive taste of BEAF 2021, by introducing our 2021 commissioned artists and what exciting things they have planned for this year’s festival. Each week we will feature chats we’ve had with our artists to find out what you can expect between May 29th – June 6th.

FABruary, Outrageous Outfits & Uncle Simon’s ‘friend’ Mark

One person standing and one person sitting against a brick wall
David & Sophia from Pests Production

 

This week, in honour of LGBTQ+ month we chatted to Sophia from the vibrant world of Pests Production. Run by Sophia Greppi and David Doust Pests Production is not-for-profit producing company grown and based in Dorset. The duo put on drag and theatre shows across the South West, and have worked with local, national, and international artists to bring performances to areas that don’t have much of an established arts scene.

As well as putting on a variety of shows, including an Arts Council funded programme of theatre, they also offer producing services, application guidance, script editing, and general artsy chats for people feeling a bit lost about their next step.

‘It’s basically a party, it’s a celebration, and it’s definitely a gay old time’

What new piece are you creating for BEAF Festival 2021?

We were delighted to be asked to organise BEAF’s closing party! We’ll be joined by two solo performance artist, Grace Thompson and James Watkins, both putting on previously toured shows. They’re weird, they’re funny, and they’re definitely not anything you’ve seen before! And following this, we’re bringing you a fabulous night of drag with our ever brilliant hostess, Cilly Black. Cilly and her cast will be bringing a whole night of live performances, lipsync battles, and outrageous outfits, all under the theme of ‘Coming out of the Closet; Best Outfit Edition’.

People have been stuck in trackies and pjs most of this past year, so we thought it’d be super fun to encourage all of our audience to wear their favourite outfits, whether that’s a floor length gown or your newest football shirt. It’s basically a party, it’s a celebration, and it’s definitely a gay old time.

 

Lipsyncing drag performer with arms in the air
Lipsyncing performance during BEAF 2019 festival.

We love making people happy’

Tell us all about FABruary

FABrurary was our little project this month to bring some happiness onto people’s socials. Everyday, myself, David, Josh (aka Cilly), or Emily, our social media guru, would nominate a person we thought were fab and write about them! We picked athletes, humanitarians, artists, friends, relatives, all sorts! It’s been amazing to see the response, and how many people have messaged us privately to say they’ve really been cheered up by the posts. Getting that kind of feedback is what we strive for; we love making people happy and sharing positive vibes.

Check out Pests Production socials to see their nominations for FABruary:

Pests Production Facebook

Pests Production Instagram

Pests Production Twitter

‘Openly queer characters on children’s TV shows helps a lot more kids than most people realise’

Who is your biggest motivator or inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community?

I think my biggest inspiration growing up had to be my uncles. I remember being really young when my uncle Simon would come round with his ‘friend’ Mark. Being a very small person at the time, I just thought it was cool that my uncle got to hang out with his best friend all the time! Both my uncles have been incredible rocks in my life, and a shining example of what a successful marriage looks like.

I also have a passionate love for Rebecca Sugar; she’s an out and proud bisexual woman, and her work as a writer and cartoon creator gives younger audiences clear examples of queer relationships and the fluidity of gender. I would have loved to have had something like Steven Universe when I was younger, it helps explain a lot of what I was feeling growing up but didn’t know how to put into words. Having openly queer characters on a children’s TV show helps a lot more kids than most people realise I think; even with the progress today, there’s still a loneliness in figuring out queer sexuality in a hetero-normative world.

 

Drag Perfomer smiling during a performance
Scarlett Fever performing – follow her on the ‘gram @scarlettfeverdrag

‘We’re curious, we can’t help ourselves, we’re only human.’

What does it mean to you to be human?

A lot of being human to me is all about exploring! Bonding with other people and learning more about them, more about the world, that’s what it means to be human. You get born one day onto this weird little watery rock in space and there’s SO MUCH to discover on it! Since lockdown, I’ve had the chance to try out a lot of stuff, and even the stuff I’ve failed miserably at, I’ve really enjoyed trying.

I think humans are curious little creatures through and through, we love to learn, we love to try new things. I get so excited about any space mission, because isn’t it just brilliant that these little specs in the universe are sending their robots off to other planets to explore even more? We’re curious, we can’t help ourselves, we’re only human.

Share your FAB People!

A big thank you to Sophia for chatting with us and sharing more about Pests Production, her inspirations and what it means to be human! Sign up to the Pests Production newsletter to see all the icons their followers have submitted as their own FAB people. Sophia and David are also still taking submissions for anyone else interested in taking part! Find all details pinned to the top of their fab Facebook page: HERE