Pecha Kucha Barnsley – Try It You Might Like It

Artist Lee Gascoyne speaking at Pecha Kucha Barnsley about his painting Grab Your Eyes in November 2012

Speaking at Pecha Kucha Barnsley about my painting Grab Your Eyes in November 2012.

On Wednesday 28th November I participated in my first Pecha Kucha in Barnsley. I’d done a little research on what Pecha Kucha was and blogged about it previously (click here to read my blog post) but there’s nothing like the actual experience. I intentionally avoided watching any examples of previous Pecha Kucha’s so as not to be too influenced by a certain expectation. The evening was  lighthearted and relaxed. The small group of volunteer organisers were enthusiastic and encouraging, particularly towards newcomers. The driving force behind Pecha Kucha Barnsley is Steph Pollard who contacted me to speak (but I could be wrong about that as I can’t see behind the scenes!), with lots of help from Tracey Johnson of Cr8tveBarnsley (Developing Barnsley’s arts, digital, creative & cultural sectors) and a couple of guys from the digital agency Genius Division, Craig Burgess and James Shepherd.

I enjoyed the experience that coincided with the completion of my latest painting Grab Your Eyes so I had lots of recent content to include in my talk. I’m used to speaking in a variety situations and there’s no set rule that it’s always going to go well. The good thing about the Pecha Kucha format is that you’re limited by time so that if it goes well then fair enough, but if not it’ll not be long before your last slide makes its appearance. If you want to do something a bit different and have an interest you’d like to share then I’d recommend getting involved and be a speaker, which you can do by clicking here.

The other speakers on the night were: Paul Davies – “How I Met Wil Wheaton’s Cat”; Heather Siverns – “Not So Glamorous Side of TV”; Steph Pollard – “Pecha Kucha”; Julia Pearson – “Me and My Ukulele”. Also worth a note is Julia’s film project called Time Will Tell (“A realistic portrayal of a family living with dementia”).

Apologies to anyone I have missed out!

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