All images copyright Michele Allen
We Are Sanguine
Over the last six months I have been working on a project in Cobalt studios, documenting events in the pop up space and art studios. In this short time I have photographed a remarkable series of events ranging from live art performances and open studios to community cookery, film screenings, a treasure hunt in fancy dress and dancing toddlers. As anyone who has visited Cobalt will know the space has a very distinctive style and colour scheme which, despite it’s name, is predominantly pink, not blue. At times I began to wonder if I’d end up producing a series of photos lit entirely by pink neon, so I began to think about this colour as a way of titling the project. Searching for something evocative, I happened across the word sanguine, which describes both a blood red pink and also a mood of happiness and optimism (often in the face of adversity). At a time when the arts are increasingly marginalized in our education system and independent spaces are pressured by commercial developments it seems a fitting description for the positivity and determination of artists who continue to make work and build creative spaces in our city.