Friday, 18 May 2007

Artists wanted for participatory public art project in

Artists wanted for participatory public art project in
Church Stretton, South Shropshire.

Artists are invited to put in a proposal to create two large murals at Church Stretton Railway Station through workshops with the Mayfair Community Centre Youth Club.

This project aims to involve young people in the local community in making a positive contribution to their local environment and having the opportunity to learn new creative skills. The murals will be a lasting legacy of the project, improving the appearance of the station shelters, and making a positive first impression for any visitors arriving to Church Stretton by train. Therefore the proposed theme for the murals will be the surrounding Shropshire Hills.

This project is being led by the Church Stretton Area Tourism Group.

* Applicants are required to write a short proposal on how they would approach the project (no more than one side of A4) with a draft budget - indicating artist’s fees and likely material costs where possible.
* The budget for this project is expected to be £1,200 for the artist fees, and a total of around £3,000 inclusive of materials.
* Young artists expect to be able to work during afternoons / early the Mayfair art studio
* Young people from the youth club will be involved in the selection of the artist.
* Applicants must also submit a portfolio CD or folder of work, which will be returned to you. Should you wish to e-mail your portfolio, please send to

Short listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview on
WEDNESDAY 13th JUNE 2007 at the Mayfair Centre.
Deadline for applications is noon on FRIDAY 1st JUNE 2007.

Send completed applications to Mrs Ella Charles, Mayfair Community Centre, Easthope Road, Church Stretton. Shropshire. SY6 6BL.

Please contact John Woolmer, Church Stretton Area Tourism Group for more details on 01694 751245 or email

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Marketing op for you

I’m writing to let you know that we are organizing a German Style Beer and Food Festival with continental and arts &crafts markets in Shrewsbury this weekend. We are currently inviting local arts and crafts traders to take part. Having been directed towards your web site, perhaps you could let people know who would be interested in taking part in such an event about it.

More info re: Folks Fest can be found by following the links below or you can call me using the contact details.

I hope our event will be of interest to you

Best regards,

Stephen Maggio
Triebwerk Events
7th Floor
Gostin Building
32-36 Hanover
L1 4LN

T: 0151 703 9100
M: 07904 678 019

Sunday, 13 May 2007

VAN Website in need of updating

The VAN website needs to be updated and at the last VAN meeting it was suggested that a VAN member may have the programming skills to create secure ellements to the site and provide a content management system to allow more folk to be involved in updating info and expand its inclusiveness.
I understand this may be a time consuming process but I am up for it with support from others more tallented. Anyone understand what I am talking about? Anybody want a site that is a complete Shropshire artists resource - this is whats being talked about - Get along to the VAN AGM Tuesday May 19th 7pm at the English Bridge Workshop to find out more.

Shropshire Open Studios needs to be discussed

Comments have started so I want to keep Open Studios top of the agenda so I will make a new post every month to keep it high on the list.
Shrewsbury Open Studios in July

Borderland Visual Arts In June

Any more out there in Shropshire? Who wants to be involved?

Click on the label Shropshire Open Studios to see all posts and click on comments to view comments.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

‘Pushing Boundaries’

‘Pushing Boundaries’

A one-day symposium providing a forum for professional and aspiring makers to reflect on and discuss new ideas within national and international crafts practice.

The morning will consist of presentations by five speakers. Themes for discussion will include; approaches to practice, new markets for work, connecting to other modes and ideas of practice through exchange and collaboration. Particular emphasis will be placed on international working and perspectives.

The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions lead by one of the morning speakers in partnership with a guest critic. Delegates will be invited to engage in discussion with the panel. Themes from the sessions will be fed back for a wider panel discussion during the plenary at the end of the day. In addition, the Symposium will provide an ideal networking day for makers and other professionals within the Craft sector.

James Evans, jeweller, writer and critic, will chair the day.
The speakers are:

Lin Cheung, jeweller
Neil Brownsword, ceramicist.
Maxine Bristow, textile practitioner.
Schnuppe von Gwinner, curator and Director Craft 2eu, Germany.
Niels van Eijk/Miriam van der Lubbe, Dutch design team.

Breakout sessions will be supported by: maker Helen Carnac, curator Lesley Millar and writer Kate McIntyre.

The Symposium will be held at Staffordshire University, Leek Road Campus, Stoke-on-Trent.
On Saturday 16th June 2007.

How do I become a delegate and what does it cost.
The fee for the day is £30 and includes lunch and delegate pack. There is a subsidised fee of £15 for 50 designer makers based in the West Midlands (subject to eligibility and availability). For a booking form please contact Lennie Ashwell 01782 294828 or Email or see

Who are the partners?
Staffordshire University, Faculty of Arts, Media and Design in partnership with Craftspace and Designer Maker West Midlands are organising the event to accompany the ‘Made in the Middle’ national touring exhibition. It also forms part of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design’s continuing involvement in projects that stimulate design and creativity in the Staffordshire region.

Further Information?
For more information in the first instance contact the Symposium organiser, John Grayson Tel: 01782 294815 Email: or Lennie Ashwell Tel: 01782 294828 or Email:

NEV (New Entertainment Venue) - Theatre Severn

Communication with Dom Wallis with Chris Dean on behalf of VAN

Hello Christopher
> The NEV is now called Theatre Severn. I don't know the exact m2, but I
> believe there will be a large amount of wall space for visual art
> display. Thank you for you comments. They will be most useful to the
> Project Team as the building starts to take shape.
> Best
> D
>>>> "christopher dean" 05/09/07 11:35 am >>>
> I have two questions regarding the NEV
> 1 How is a name going to be chosen (I'm assuming, or rather hoping that
> the horrible "NEV" as a title will be soon scrapped); will there be a
> public role?
> 2 I don't see any reference to display space for visual arts. All the
> new theatres I have visited in the region (e.g. Theatr Clwyd, Worcester,
> Brecon, even the revamped Oakengates) have dedicated display areas for
> paintings. The gallery at Mold is a particularly good example.
> As there are NO plans visible on the website, only computer generated
> images, could you please tell me what provision for hanging exhibitions
> has been made.
> Chris Dean

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Call for info from Maggie Love - new SABC arts person

Hi Casper
Good to hear from you.
I am preparing an Arts Cafe for Friday June 15 at Belmont.
If there is an Artist that has a project on that they want to share at this event please can you put them in touch with me - I'd like to get the mail out done by the end of this week
Also - I need to update the database which is lacking in email addresses - if all your artists could please email with their full details - address, phone and email I'd appreciate it
When will you be moving on ?
All the best Maggie

Public Art Sculpture Commission

Public Art Sculpture Commission
Worcestershire County Council and Sidemoor First School are seeking expressions of interest from artists wishing to undertake a sculpture commission for the main external entrance to Sidemoor First School.
The theme is 'The Forest School'.The commission will commence in June 07 and be completed in October 07
£15,000 Incl. Fees, production & installation.
Deadline 18th May 2007
For full brief visit