By William Blakesley-Herbert – Natural Flow Society
Natural Flow was created with the dream of having a creative space for all students to express their inner artistic visions.
Natural Flow is a termly zine, setting broad, yet evocative themes encouraging students to be as abstract or literal with their creative works as possible. We ask students to interpret the terms theme in their own unique way and to submit pieces of photography, paintings, poetry, prose, graphic designs or whatever medium they revel in. Once we reach the submission deadline, the team here at Natural Flow select our favourite pieces and publish them in the termly zine publication. We also have a website where we post all submissions, published or not, or whether they are theme related or not. We also give guidelines on how to submit. Why not have a look?
However, we have greater intentions beyond a zine. We want Natural Flow to stimulate and lead a new art culture movement at ARU. We hope that through our society we can generate more extracurricular creativity from students across all courses and congregate them in a university-wide creative movement. We also want to add much more to our creative output roster, including guest speakers, music and DJ events from university based, local (and maybe even more well-known) groups and individuals as well as exhibits, competitions, collaborations and launch events.
We believe our society could also help students to relieve some pandemic-induced stress by expressing their creative side, regardless of whether it’s course-related or purely as a hobby.
Starting this society as a group of third-year students during a pandemic has not been the easiest thing. We would have loved to do more in-person events, allowing us to connect with our audience. However, that has not stopped us! We have pushed our ideas and ambitions to as many people as possible. As a committee of third years, we are also looking to pass on our society to a new group of confident, creatively minded and ambitious students in the future.
The zines theme for this term is Positives and Negatives. We want students to explore the positives and negatives of life under the current conditions. Be as fanciful or politically driven as you want!
Whether you have got a point to get across or just want to share your work with like-minded people in a diverse and accepting creative community, we want to hear from you!