Spell Songs Youth Project

by Spell Songs Outreach in Allensmore, England, United Kingdom

£5,176

raised of £14,500 target
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 24th April 2020 at 4:44pm

Help to create new Spell Songs with a diverse group of young people from Birmingham, nurturing confidence, creativity and eco-awarenes

by Spell Songs Outreach in Allensmore, England, United Kingdom

Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 we are rescheduling this project but it will go ahead at a future date.

The Spell Songs Team are taking the proven inspirational qualities of The Lost Words: A Spell Book and The Lost Words: Spell Songs and reaching out to a diverse group of young people from an inner-city environment, offering them the opportunity to be immersed in the nature, music, art and poetry of both the original Lost Words book and subsequent Spell Songs album.

Working closely with local schools, community groups and youth leaders, we will identify a group of 14-16 year olds, specifically those with the potential to gain most from the project, to form a Spell Songs Youth Group. They will collaborate with three top class musicians - percussionist/composer Adriano Adewale, poet/rapper Casey Bailey and accordionist/teacher/workshop leader Amy Thatcher - and participate in inspiring workshops and field trips, to create their own spell songs in a style that feels meaningful to them. 

We will nurture individual talents, cultural influences and viewpoints. We will learn about their urban perspective of the natural world and engage with their understanding of our current environmental issues as well as providing an immersive musical experience, culminating in a live performance at Birmingham Town Hall.

Through this project we aspire to build self-confidence, develop creative expression, expand environmental awareness, nurture talents and create stunning music!

In creating Spell Songs we have been honoured to work closely with so many talented and generous people, and this is reflected in the wonderful rewards we have on offer. 

Prize draw:
Jackie Morris original inked otters
Sumi Ink & River Water
25 cm x 10 cm
First Edition Spell Songs signed by the authors and artists.

18 March - New rewards from Elly Lucas! A set of 5 art prints from the photographer who has documented the Spell Songs journey from the outset.

Robert Macfarlane has generously donated a hardback copy of Underland and Ness (with hagstone) both to be signed with a personalised dedication. 

We have a number of other rewards for smaller donations, see below and right for details, but we are incredibly lucky and thankful to have more original Jackie Morris artwork to offer as rewards for higher level donations.

Goldfinches, was painted by Jackie in her Pembrokeshire studio and the process was filmed to create the video for Charm on, Goldfinch, the Spell Song inspired by the line from Robert Macfarlane's Goldfinch spell: 'Charm on Goldfinch, charm on. Heaven help us when all your gold is gone',

Goldfinches by Jackie Morris
Watercolour
79 cm x 57 cm

This unique watercolour is an important piece of The Lost Words and Spell Songs history and as such we are asking for a donation of £3,000 or more towards our outreach work. We urge you to watch the video below and enjoy the magic of Jackie painting to Charm on, Goldfinch!

During 2019 Spell Songs enjoyed sell-out performances and standing ovations at iconic venues around the UK. During these performances Jackie Morris joined the band to conjure otters with sumi ink and river water, while reciting the Otter spell from The Lost Words. We have 3 of these pieces of Lost Words history available as part of our crowdfunding.

Available for a donation of £1,000:
Otter painted live on stage during the performance of The Lost Words Spell Songs at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 10 February 2019.
Signed by Jackie Morris
Sumi Ink and River Water
75 cm x 56 cm

Available for a donation of £1,500: 
Otters (with tails entwined) painted live on stage during the performance of The Lost Words Spell Songs at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 12 February 2019.
Signed by Jackie Morris
Sumi Ink and River Water
75 cm x 56 cm

 

Available for a donation of £1,500: 
Otters (nose to nose) painted during the rehearsals of Prom 49 - The Lost Words Prom, The Royal Albert Hall, London on 25 August 2019.
Signed by Jackie Morris
Sumi Ink and River Water
75 cm x 57 cm

Spell Songs Rewards:
Folk by the Oak festival team are pleased to donate 20 signed copies of Spell Songs, 5 copies of the limited edition box set vinyl, (which usually retails at £66) and 20 Spell Songs tour posters. Do look out for the Folk by the Oak bundles with festival tickets and goodies too!

Among the many generous beings we have had the pleasure of working with during the course of Spell Songs are the team at Graffeg Publishing. We asked for their support for our outreach work and they didn’t disappoint! 

Graffeg have kindly donated a limited edition signed print ‘First Flight’ by Jackie Morris, and a copy of Geiriau Diflanedig, the Welsh language version of The Lost Words, signed by all three authors: Mererid Hopwood, Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane. In addition, we have a range of beautiful Lost Words and Jackie Morris postcard and gift card sets


We are also incredibly grateful to our friends at Songlines Magazine, who have donated 10 digital subscriptions worth £55 each, available for donations of £50 or more. 

 

And for the jigsaw lovers among you, we have the support of Galileo, who have donated 2 of these beautiful jigsaws.

There's more rewards to be enjoyed than we have space to list here, including signed CDs by our amazing Spell Singers, so be sure to check them all out, and follow us on social media to hear when new rewards are added!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Jackie Morris Otters and Spell Songs Prize Draw

All donations of £10 or more will be entered into a draw to win an original Jackie Morris inked otter and a copy of Spell Songs signed by all the artists. (See our project overview for images)

£10 or more

28 of 30 claimed

Spell Songs Tour Poster

This bespoke poster has been carefully designed for The Lost Words: Spell Songs, featuring otters, kingfisher and goldfinch, capturing the wildness and wonder inherent in The Lost Words, the inspiration behind Spell Songs. (See our project overview for image)

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

The Lost Words Postcard Pack

A box of 20 A5 postcards featuring the stunning artwork and moving extracts of poetry from The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. (See our project overview for images. Geiriau Diflanedig: Welsh language version also available)

£10 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Pecyn Cardiau Post Geiriau Diflanedig

20 o gardiau post A5 yn cynnwys gwaith celf syfrdanol a dyfyniadau allan o gerddi swynol y llyfr Geiriau Diflanedig gan Mererid Hopwood, Robert Macfarlane a Jackie Morris, sef addasiad Cymraeg o The Lost Words (gweler trosolwg y prosiect am lun) / 20 A5 postcards featuring the stunning artwork and moving extracts of poetry from the Geiriau Diflanedig by Mererid Hopwood, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, Welsh language version of The Lost Words

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

The Lost Words Jigsaw

Galileo has kindly donated 2 stunning 1000 piece jigsaws featuring the Jackie's iconic otter illustration, with the Otter spell that accompanies the image in The Lost Words on the back of the box. (See our project overview for image)

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Jackie Morris Queen of the Sky (pack 1) card set

A 'Charm and the Flight' concertina card and 5 cards featuring 5 breathtaking paintings created by Jackie Morris for her tale of nature, courage and love: Queen of the Sky. As well as a unique cover image, each card bears a caption from Jackie on the back and is blank on the inside for your own message. Pack contains five cards and envelopes. Card size 157 x 157mm. (See our project overview for images)

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Jackie Morris Queen of the Sky (pack 2) card set

A 'Charm and the Flight' concertina card & 5 greetings cards featuring 5 different scraper-board illustrations from Jackie Morris’ Queen of the Sky. As well as a unique cover image, each card bears a caption from Jackie on the back and is blank on the inside for your own message. Pack contains five cards and envelopes. Card size 157 x 157mm. (See our project overview for images)

£25 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Set of Elly Lucas Art Prints

Elly Lucas Set of 5 Signed Prints: all A5, the perfect size for you to pop on the wall or to post to a pal. Signed and packaged with a handwritten thank you note by Elly, who has photographed the Spell Songs journey since the beginning. Please note - these will not be sent out until September.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Songlines Magazine - 12 Month Digital Subscription

Discover the best music from around the world with a 12 month digital subscription to Songlines Magazine worth £55 (See our project overview for image)

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Spell Songs Limited Edition Double Box Set Vinyl

Limited First Edition Box Set Vinyl double album packaged in a high quality presentation box (Usually costs £60 +£6 P&P) The presentation box also contains the mixed media presentation CD, featuring exclusive new Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris with accompanying new artwork. (See our project overview for image)

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Geiriau Diflanedig wedi'i lofnodi / signed copy

Copi o Geiriau Diflanedig wedi’i lofnodi gan Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris a Mererid Hopwood (gweler trosolwg y prosiect am lun) / A copy of Geiriau Diflanedig, the Welsh Language edition of The Lost Words, signed by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris and Mererid Hopwood. (See our project overview for image)

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hardback signed copy of Underland

Signed by Robert Macfarlane with a personalised dedication: Ten years in the making, Underland is Macfarlane’s enthralling record of journeys deep into the worlds beneath our feet. From the burial grounds of the Mendip Hills to the hidden catacombs of Paris, and further, to the deep blue, ancient ice of Greenland, Macfarlane explores - through myth, memory and experience – our most feared and venerated spaces of loss, discovery and deep time.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hardback signed copy of Ness (with hagstone)

Signed by Robert Macfarlane with a personalised dedication: a melting pot of experimental thought and imagination, incorporating strands of ancient myth and Middle English storytelling and told in a combination of prose-poetry and image that demands to be spoken, read-aloud and shared.

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

The Lost Words: Spell Songs signed album

The album CD is presented a beautiful mixed media format featuring exclusive new Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris with accompanying new artwork. These copies are signed by Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux. (See our project overview for images)

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Folk by the Oak Festival Bundle

A family pass to Folk by the Oak, Sunday 19 July, Hatfield House, Herts plus a Folk by the Oak tote bag and 3 CDs (Elizabethan Session, Sweet Liberties, Shake the Chains) Family pass is for 2 adults and 2 children. Line-up includes Seasick Steve, Richard Thompson, Kate Rusby plus many more artists

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Spell Singers Signed CD bundles

A range of incredible music in the form of signed CDs from Spell Singers. Each bundle will contain at least one signed CDs from each of these artists: Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter, Jim Molyneux.

£120 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Double LP Box Set with Signed 1st Edition

Limited First Edition Box Set Vinyl double album packaged in a high quality presentation box. Also contains the mixed media presentation CD, featuring exclusive new Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris with accompanying new artwork. The CD has been SIGNED by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris and the Spell Songs artists.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

First Flights by Jackie Morris

From an illustration produced for the book Queen of the Sky, a limited edition signed & numbered print & mount in an edition of 250. Produced with fade-resistant archival inks on high quality acid free, natural white 315gsm paper with incredibly fine detail. Print size 350 x 350mm, image size 150 x 150mm. Mount made in conservation grade Arqadia Minuet Board 2500 micron and 75mm wide around all edges. https://www.graffeg.com/product/first-flights

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Otter (Manchester) by Jackie Morris

Painted live on stage during the performance of The Lost Words Spell Songs at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 10 February 2019. Medium: Sumi Ink and River Water Dimensions: 75 cm x 56 cm (See our project overview for image)

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Otters (Southbank, London) by Jackie Morris

Painted live on stage during the performance of The Lost Words Spell Songs at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 12 February 2019. Medium: Sumi Ink and River Water Dimensions: 75 cm x 56 cm (See our project overview for image)

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Otters (Prom49/Royal Albert Hall) by Jackie Morris

Painted during rehearsals for Spell Songs performance at the BBC Lost Words Prom, Royal Albert Hall, London on 25 August 2019. Medium: Sumi Ink and River Water Dimensions: 75 cm x 57 cm. (See our project overview for image)

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Goldfinches by Jackie Morris

Painted by Jackie in her Pembrokeshire studio, the creation of this piece was filmed for the video 'Charm on, Goldinch', making this a unique piece of Lost Words and Spell Songs history. See our project overview for image and video Signed by Jackie Morris Medium: Watercolour Dimensions: 79 cm x 57cm

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