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Be critical, curious, creative, tolerant, open minded and inventive

Vikki Heywood, Director of RSA: Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth

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Flow was set up by Carolyn Black, in 2012. Carolyn has been fortunate to have delivered some amazing projects – ExLab on behalf of Big Picture in Dorset for London2012Aeolus with Luke Jerram to Eden Project, Salford Quays and Lyme Park (National Trust); various for Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust; Dialogue in Bristol for Independent Artists Network and many others. Flow has come out of that practice and commissions artworks that respond to place, yet may also adapt to other contexts.

Near the end of 2016, Flow Contemporary Arts was incorporated, ready to deliver bigger, self-initiated projects. Watch this space – it takes time to build up momentum – but there are exciting things ahead.

Having moved to The Forest of Dean over ten years ago, things are getting exciting on a local level. Creative Canopy is a collective involving artists and arts organisations and is an exciting initiative that is gradually finding a shape for itself. Likewise, farOpen is another local collective that has evolved from Forest and Valleys Open Studios. So there’s a lot of strategic work going on in the background.

2017 sees Carolyn also returning to practice, in a modest way. You can see some drawings here, but expect to see more complex installation works coming from her studio as she regains some traction in her making. Writing and drawings will come together in a publication, hopefully by the end of this year.

Flow devises and delivers arts projects for organisations and artists on varying scales, from one-to-one support for an artist to large, multiple-site projects with many partners. Carolyn’s broad portfolio enables her to take a fresh, outsider perspective and identify innovative approaches suitable to individual needs – whether it is finding new solutions or applying tried-and-true methods that have evolved through experience. She is also an award-winning writer and has a penchant for technology.


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