Lullaby is one of three poetry films made as part of the Snow Q collaborative project that re-imagines Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen story along contemporary themes. Another film was this project is Have You Seen Kai.
Wendy Pye was commissioned to make three short filmpoems in response to Maria Jastrzębska’s poetry Peter Copley’s composed the music.
Lullaby also includes amazing bird sculptures created by Dagmara Rudkin.
Poet, editor and translator Maria Jastrzębska co-edited Queer in Brighton (New Writing South 2014) and has recently been the writer for Arts Council England awarded cross-arts project Snow Q. The Subsongs of Crow from Snow Q was Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize 2019. Her selected poems, The Cedars of Walpole Park, are translated into Polish (Stowarzyszenie Żywych Poetów 2015). She translated Justyna Bargielska’s The Great Plan B (Smokestack 2017). Her poems explore the crossing of borders – from everyday ones to those of upheaval or insurrection, queering and reimagining the past, questioning present and future. Her fifth collection Small Odysseys will be published this autumn (Waterloo Press 2022).
Wendy Pye is a photographic/video artist. She graduated with an M.A in Photographic Arts from The London College of Communication, London in 2009. She has an interest in using photography and video to create visual narratives, inspired by real and mythical stories that are connected to the land. One of her personal lens based projects titled Beachy Head (2008- ) which she began to produce during her MA course, focuses on the stunning but deadly landscape on the South East Coast. Images from this project have been selected and exhibited nationally and internationally and works have also featured in publications such as BJP, Hotshoe, Source Magazines and in the Guardian Newspaper. In August 2017 she participated in a research/artists based residency on the remote island of Soroya, in the Norwegian Arctic circle. She also founded Tri-Pod with Miranda Gavin, an initiative to support emerging and established artists and photographers create a personal project in the context of an on-going, closed research and development group, using an informal peer group structure. Wendy has also produced various moving image works.
Dagmara Rudkin is a Polish visual artist who has been living and working in the UK for over 25 years. For the last 15 years she has been based at her studio at the Phoenix Brighton-the largest artists-led organization in the South East. She recently graduated with distinction from MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from the University of Brighton. Her work deals with the narrative nature of objects and materials and she merges fine art practice with craft to create animations, paintings, installations and performance to retell stories for adults and children. She has widely exhibited in the UK and has an established history of collaborating with other artists including Wendy Pye and musician Simon Yapp.
Peter Copley composed and recorded all original music for the project. Peter is an experienced composer who has previously collaborated with writers and artists in a variety of projects, including ‘Scrublands’ and ‘Expiry TBC’, both of which were Arts Council funded and ‘Dementia Diaries’, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Most recently, he worked with the BBC Singers on two carols which were broadcast on Radio Three. Peter studied composition in Krakow, Poland, funded by a Polish Government Scholarship and has since maintained this connection with subsequent performances and broadcasts.
Lullaby was selected for the IAFFEST 2020 international film festival, Helios Sun Poetry Festival in Mexico, Video Bardo/Argentina 2021, REELpoetry/HoustonTX USA 2021, and Versi di Luce Festival in Italy.