"TARTULLIAS" was an initiative I created in 2010 with the support of my colleague, the Theatre-maker, Sara Ashford Hart. These were open evenings of 'Art in a quotidian space', a very informal event to remind us that we can make and enjoy Art anywhere.
The name is a twist on the Spanish word “Tertulias”, traditional social meetings between artists and/or intellectuals that started around 1900 and remain today in Spanish speaking countries; in the “tertulias” there's usually poetry or music plus political discussions, together with socialising and sharing drinks. In this case I played with the word, to use ART as the main theme - tARTullias.
The Tartullias happened in the warm living room of a house where anyone could pop in. We shared work in different disciplines of about 5-10 minutes each. We managed to have poetry, contact sessions, music, theatre performances, short films, photography, and paintings. Then we shared snacks and drinks, feedback with the artist and chatted informally about what we had seen. And we read poems from our favourite authors too!
The initiative stopped at the end of the year to focus on other projects but the experiences inspired people to share more of their art work :)