Time, On My Watch
This creative project, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, is focused 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. We are looking for honest feedback as to how time affects you, whether it drags through a deployment or rushes past for a weekending family.
Why take part?
- You can put yourself first
- You can reflect and say how you feel
- You can be the most important person
- You can say what you want
- You can be honest with yourself
- You can get a release
- Plus, you will be entered into our prize draw – please see ‘further information’ for more details
What you need to do
It’s all about how you spend time, on your watch. Put your thoughts down, using whatever tools you want. (e.g., poem, favourite tattoo, drawing, sculpture). If you already have something that says how you feel, use that.
Once you’ve finished, all you need to do is send a photograph of it to us (click here). We’re working 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, you can participate from the comfort of your own home or unit.
Artist Tim Mann will use those images to create a large scale piece of art. Your work will form part of an exhibition, which will either be live, virtual or in a printed book. Don’t worry, the final art work will be anonymous. This is a project for RN/RM serving personnel and your families.
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.
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
- Conversation piece: Capt Gibbons (Captain of HMNB Clyde) & Tim (TOMW artist)