Start-Up Stories 5
by Nici West
Who are you?Hello everyone! I’m Lenni Sanders, co-producer of Curious Things
Who are you?Curious Things is me and the excellent poet Harry Jelley. We make interactive performances, often for museums and heritage organisations, and we also run workshops on topics ranging from event planning to creative writing. We’ve been working together for just over two years (although we only quite recently rebranded to Curious Things this spring so if you’re wondering where any record of us is before then, we used to be called iOrganic!)
Who are you?We started working together when Harry found a call-out for submissions for Sensored, a one-day festival of work about the senses at Contact, programmed by RE:CON the Young Producing Team. We proposed a show called Empty Kitchen in which an audience of up to six people sits around a table, and we create a restaurant experience for them without using any food – using spoken word, a variety of textures and objects to touch, and pre-recorded video and audio to suggest the taste instead.
So, Lenni, what happens behind the scenes?Day to day, we look around for opportunities and communicate with each other if we’ve found something we want to apply for, on the Arts Jobs listings site or elsewhere. We are very eager to take opportunities to do types of work that will give us new experiences. Although we have workshop facilitation experience separately and had run workshops for adults together when Est 1761 invited us to plan and deliver a workshop for groups of Year 5s visiting the Bridgewater Canal we jumped at the chance to run our first workshop for children together at the start of this year. When there’s an opportunity to try something new, we’re excited by challenges. We also contact museums and heritage organisations to ask if we can meet them for a chat about our work – if, in the end, there isn’t space in their programme to book us, we’ve still had an interesting conversation with a new contact.
Any advice for keen start-ups out there?Having your own email address for your business is something that was a revelation to me! When we first got Curious Things email addresses, I immediately felt more validated, professional, and confident. The same goes for our business cards. I would also like to add that the longer Curious Things have been going the surer we are about our USP, I guess because we got going quite spontaneously.
Where can we find you?Where can we find you? Website: www.curiousthingsperform.com Twitter: @_CuriousThings Our email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you want to get in touch with us directly! As I live in Manchester and Harry lives in Newcastle, if you live in the North West or North East, you have one of us relatively nearby to go for a coffee with if you like! START-UP STORIES 4: LONDON ARMY APPAREL
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