A parting glass / Of all the comrades that e'er I had
As the crowdfunding campaign for Clare's Memorial Residency draws close this week, I want to offer you all a parting glass - something to see you on your way, to fortify you for your travels & to mark the last act of this stage of gathering of support for Clare's project.
Today's update borrows its title from a traditional Irish song, "The Parting Glass", which is often sung at the end of a gathering of friends. While I write this, I'm listening to Freddie White perform the song - if you fancy listening along, you can find it here on youtube.
It has been an honour and a privilege to run this campaign for Clare, to read all of your messages of support and good wishes, and to look after this stage of the process of setting up this new residency opportunity in Clare's memory. I look forward to seeing who is selected for the residency, and to meeting them when they come to Plymouth - extending Clare's legacy of friendship, generosity, critical exchange & support for other artists.
Last few days...
We're in the last few days of the crowdfunder now, so if you know of anyone who would still like to contribute, please do share the campaign page with them. It would be great to give the fund one last boost - and maybe even see if we can get the total fund past £10,000 - who knows, that could happen, couldn't it? There are still some excellent rewards on offer - like copies of Clare's Materials of Resistance & Stairways, Corridors & Corners limited edition publications and some of the exquisite Dandy & the Mute acanthus wax casts - so be sure not to miss out if any of these had caught your eye. I'll be sending these, and all of the other rewards, out in June.
A parting glass...
So, it just leaves me to say thank you all for joining me for this campaign. Your support for Clare's Memorial Residency will be so incredibly valuable to the successful applicant who comes to KARST to develop and resolve new artwork.
I'll keep you posted via these campaign updates when the call-out for applications goes live, and until then I'll leave you with this - one of the verses from "The Parting Glass"
~Of all the comrades that e'er I had
~They're sorry for my going away
~And all the sweethearts that e'er I loved
~They'd wish me one more day to stay
~But since it falls unto my lot
~That I should rise and you should not
~I gently rise and softly call
~Good night and joy be to you all
With all my best wishes,
Rachel Dobbs - on behalf of The Clare Thornton Memorial Residency fund.
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