UPDATE (6 OCT 21) – This project has reached a milestone. We are delighted to share the collection with you. Please click here for further information. Finally, a massive thank you for sharing with us your wonderful creations.
The Naval Families Federation is currently running a creative project, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, which is looking at the concept of time, as we think it means something different for our serving Royal Navy/ Royal Marines families. This is an opportunity for you to think about how you spend your time. What do you enjoy doing together as a family? What do you miss when someone is away? How have you been filling your days during lockdown?
What you need to do
Don’t worry if you feel that you’re not very creative. We’re not looking for a perfect picture, we just want to give you the chance to say how you feel in a very different way. You might want to write a poem or draw a picture or take a photo of something that you enjoy doing, perhaps while you’re playing with your pet, or the view you love while you’re going for a run in the park. You could even show us what it looks like at home, when you’re trying to home-school and work at the same time. If you already have something made, like a piece of artwork that you spent time making with your family, that’s great – you don’t have to make something new, but you can if you want to.
Once you’re happy with your work, you need to send a photograph of it to us. You can do that by using the link below. We are working with a professional artist, Tim Mann, who is going to create an exhibition using all of the images that you send in, so you will be able to see your work on display as well. You can be really honest about how you’re feeling too as the final exhibition will be anonymous. Take a look at our gallery below to see some of the photos that have already been sent in to us – we’ve had such a wonderful and diverse range of images already and we can’t wait to see what you send in too.
This isn’t a competition so we won’t be judging the photos that you send to us, but everyone who takes part will have their name put into a draw* – please read important details from the ‘further information’ section below.
Entries closed at 23:59 on 31st March, 2021.
Although this is not a competition – there are no winning entries or the like – the names of all those who enter will be put into a draw*, sponsored by Eurest Support Services (ESS). The winner will be able to select a prize from a range of options which includes access to a creative writing course, a Polaroid camera, an electronic tablet or a £100 Amazon gift voucher.
*Please note you will only be entered into the prize draw if you submit at least one piece of work.
Photographic Consent Terms & Conditions
Naval Families Federation – ‘Time, on your watch’ Project
Photographic Consent Terms and Conditions
Thank you for taking part in the Naval Families Federation (NFF) ‘Time, on your watch’ project.
The photographs you have chosen to share with us will be used to form a larger work of art, which will be exhibited either live, virtually or in a printed book.
We may use some of the images from the project to promote our work and our funders may use pictures from this project for promotional purposes.
By giving your consent for us to use these images, you are confirming that:
- You give permission for the Naval Families Federation, Building 25, HMS EXCELLENT, Portsmouth, PO2 8ER, Tim Mann Artist and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to use and disclose your photograph(s) without restriction in any media or format
- You will let the Naval Families Federation know if you wish to withdraw this permission.
- Your permission allows the Naval Families Federation, Tim Mann Artist and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to use your photograph(s) for any publicity or advertising in connection with their work, and they are permitted to share your photograph(s) with other organisations (such as media and advertising agencies) for publicity purposes.
- You have volunteered your photograph(s) and agree that you will not receive or request any payment, royalty or other form of consideration for your images, or participation in any project of the Naval Families Federation.
If the photographs that you choose to share with the Naval Families Federation include images of any individuals under 16 years of age, you must confirm that
- Their parent, legal guardian or authorised legal representative has the lawful authority to give their consent for the image to be used.
- Their parent, legal guardian or authorised legal representative has read, and understood, the terms and conditions and consents to the individual sharing the images with us on these terms and conditions.
Big concepts, but also the universal threads that run through our lives.
The alarm in the morning, the drop-off and pick-up at school, the length of a ship’s deployment.
The book we relax with, the drama, soap or comedy we enjoy on TV, a striking image on Instagram.
We are so immersed in time and art we can easily overlook them in our day-to-day existence.
But your time is valuable, and if you stop for a moment (time!) you might reflect that your time seems to pass quicker than someone else’s. You are always rushing to keep up with your busy schedule while your sailor or Marine is away.
Or maybe the hours stretch out, waiting to be filled, and days crawl by as you wait for someone to return home.
You might doodle while you daydream. Capture a picture on your phone of a dramatic sunset. Pour out your heart in a diary entry. It’s all expressive; it’s all art.
And we would love to gather those thoughts, feelings, doodles, whatever, and create a large-scale work of art that reflects the lives of Royal Navy and Royal Marines families.
The Naval Families Federation has joined with artist Tim Mann to launch a project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
Called Time, On My Watch, the project focuses on the concept of time as we think it has different meanings for serving personnel and families. This is an opportunity for you to show that your time is valuable and that you matter too.
It is a chance to take a moment and realise that you can put yourself first, to reflect on how you feel and to let other people know. You can say what you like, in whatever medium you like, and maybe find that the honesty of the exercise brings some form of release.
Express yourself in a poem, a drawing, a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, a doodle, some craft work, or that diary entry.
Once you’ve finished, all you need to do is send a photograph of it to us. We’re working in this way because we want to make sure that everyone can take part, whatever current restrictions are in place regarding social distancing and lockdowns. By sending us your image via our website, you can participate from the comfort of your own home or unit.
You don’t have to be a Rembrandt, a Shakespeare or a Pepys – and the elements of the final work of art created by Tim will remain anonymous.
Your work will form part of an exhibition that will either be live, virtual or in the form of a printed book.
The project is exclusively for Royal Navy/ Royal Marines serving personnel and their families.
For further details of how to be part of this exciting initiative, see nff.org.uk/timeonmywatch
Meet the artist
Meet the artist
Meet our artist Tim Mann, Tim is an experienced, passionate and exciting artist. He is unremitting in his commitment to ensure that his artistic engagement is innovative, accessible, diverse and sustainable.
In this section:
- Short introduction to the TOMW project by NFF CEO, Anna Wright
- Short introduction to the TOMW project by Artist Tim Mann
- Conversation piece: Capt Gibbons (Captain of HMNB Clyde) & Tim (TOMW artist)