Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Assorted info and opportunities: singing workshop; Clun Art & Craft Show; LAR Art Summer School; Stage Exhibition; Cow painting competition; Call for

Singing workshop with Abbie Lathe

Singing day at the gorgeous Wandering William barn in Ludlow on July 5th.
10.30am til 4.30pm

....scrumptious home-cooked food and cakes; songs, voice technique and exercises throughout the day....

£35 all-in Contact Abbie Lathe if you'd like to book a place: abbiesingsong@yahoo.co.uk

Clun Art and Craft Show - Saturday 26th July to Sunday 3rd August
Professional arts and crafts demonstrations each week day. The show is held in Hightown community room, Vicarage Road, Clun (Next to St George's Church) from 10am-6pm (Sunday 3rd Aug 10-12 noon). Admission is free.

A showcase for local artists and craftspeople - Free Demonstrations by Professional Artists

Saturday 26th July. 2pm

Monday 28th. 2pm

Tuesday 29th. 2pm

Wednesday 30th. 2pm

Thursday 31st. 2pm

Friday 1st Aug. 2pm

Gordon Yapp


Keith Pointon

Bobby Britnell

Clare Linford

Marietta Alker

Rosie Read
The Secrets of Wood and Lino Cutting

Making the Most of your Digital Camera

Mixed media Effects on Paper and fabric

Card Making

From Fleece to Art : How one of the oldest textiles is made

Water Colours

Throughout the week art materials will be available for both children and adults. So come along and create your own work of art.

Please note that all children are welcome but must be accompanied by adults. Further information from 01588 640401

Ludlow Assembly Rooms' Ninth Art Summer School - August 2008

Three weekends devoted to Art, for all abilities to enjoy and improve their skills. The courses are held at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, please contact the tutors direct for more details.

Portrait - Friday 1, Saturday 2, Sunday 3 August

Tutor: David Donne NDD, ATD (01547-540376)

Life Drawing and painting - Friday 8, Saturday 9 Sunday 10 August

Tutor: Jean Williams NDD, ATD (01584-877020

Still Life - Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 August

Tutor: Angela Gladwell MA, RCA (contact Box Office for more details)

Times for all days 10am – 12.30pm & 1.30 - 4pm

£40 each weekend, or all three weekends for £100

These courses are very popular, early booking recommended.

To book call Box Office 01584 878141

STAGE exhibition by Dorothy Cross
at The Unitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury

Commissioned by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

and mediamaker for the launch of the Shrewsbury Darwin200 celebrations

Dorothy Cross, an artist with an international reputation, was invited by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery to undertake a commission to make new work responding in some way to ‘… the life and ideas of Charles Darwin’

14 June – 26 July 2008

Tuesday – Saturday 12.00 – 4.00pm

For further information please contact:

Adrian Plant, Exhibitions Officer, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Barker Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QH

Tel: 01743 361196,

Email: adrian.plant@shrewsbury.gov.uk





DISTRICT 105 BS - Incorporating Middle Marches Lions Club Charitable Trust Fund Registered No. 1087497

WITH GUARANTEED PRIZES OF £75.00 (Adult’s Class) And £25.00 (Children’s Class). The Lions Club will rent you a stand up cow approx size 4’x3’ for £15 all profits to go to Lions Charity Funds. Decorate it to your choice and bring it along to the Craven Arms Discovery Centre on Saturday 5th July 2008 at 10am where judging will take place. The Lions hope that this activity will also give you the opportunity to raise money for your own charitable causes by encouraging sponsorship for your cow. To order your cow please telephone JOHN VOLLER 01694 722020 OR PATRICIA PRICE 01588 673657



(No Staples Please) - COW PAINTING IS FUN!

Art of Life - Call for artists
WHO: Herefordshire Council Arts Service in partnership with Adult Social Care are seeking three artists from different disciplines to deliver a programme of art sessions at Canal Road Day Centre, Hereford. The artists should be experienced in working with people with learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities to plan and deliver arts sessions for the ART OF LIFE project.

WHAT: The artist’s main role is to motivate people and help them to explore how to be able to deal with change through taking part in stimulating arts activity, which also helps to increase feelings of confidence. Arts sessions will explore the themes of: Identity/Body Image, Self Esteem and Health. Sessions will start and run three times per week for a period of 12 weeks.

WHERE: Canal Road is a day centre in Hereford serving adults with physical and/or learning disabilities from across Herefordshire. Canal Road has an expansive arts room and an adjoining fully equipped woodworking room.

WHEN: Arts sessions are expected to take place between October 2008 and January 2009, with an opportunity to visit Canal Road in August and a final evaluation report and Celebration Event held in February 2009 (date TBC).

FEE: Total fee for each artist is £3650 with a further £350 (maximum amount) allocated to materials. Travel expenses and any other expenses are included in the total fee.

TO APPLY: Artists should send a C.V. including contacts for 2 referees, state availability from September 2008 – January 2009 if possible, 10 images of work including any which relate to this type of project, press releases if applicable and a short statement (max 100 words) about why they are interested in the project. Evidence of enhanced disclosure will be required from selected artists. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 30 July.

CONTACT: To receive a full copy of the brief please contact Deborah Allison (dallison@herefordshire.gov.uk, tel: 01432 260614) or Melanie Potter (details below).

Please contact either Melanie Potter or Jane Suffield if you wish to informally discuss the role.

Melanie Potter, Principal Arts Officer Tel: 01432 261818

email: mpotter@herefordshire.gov.uk

Jane Suffield, Manager, Canal Road day Centre Tel: 01432 266881

Email: jsuffield@herefordshire.gov.uk

DEADLINE: Deadline for submissions Wednesday 16 July.

The new Big Dance 2008 website is now live!

Big Dance 2008 takes place from 5-13 July and celebrates an extraordinary range of dance across England.

Visit www.bigdance.org.uk to:
- find listings of what is on in your area,
- get the latest Big Dance news,
- create your own Big Dance event and register it on the website,
- get guidance on organising and promoting your event,
- upload your dance photos and video - show us your moves by posting your videos to the site!

Coming up in Big Dance week:
- a world record-breaking salsa dance attempt on Baltic Square, Gateshead,
- Rise and Shine, a world record attempt that will see hundreds of children from primary schools from all over Liverpool perform a dance sequence together in Liverpool City Centre,
- public performances of excerpts from Hofesh Shechter's acclaimed work Uprising,
- and much more! www.bigdance.org.uk

Big Dance is a project that was developed by the Mayor's Office at the GLA in partnership with Arts Council England.




18TH - 20TH JULY 2008


Festival at the Edge needs volunteer stewards for this 3-day weekend event 18th - 20th July near Much Wenlock, Shropshire. This is a great opportunity to get involved in one of the best storytelling festivals in the country.
To apply simply fill out the attached application form (deadline now 1st July not June). All successful applicants will receive a ticket of entry for themselves (family/friends accompanying will need to buy their own ticket unless they apply to steward too!). Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and you will also be provided with free on-site camping, programme and site map etc. Be part of a great, friendly team and enjoy yourself. No experience necessary, all training will be given on site.

If you've never heard of a "Storytelling Festival", we have artists from all round the world attending this one, telling their stories, singing, dancing or playing music. There are many event marquees on site and a "village" of stalls selling crafts, clothing and food. People either attend on a daily basis or stay and camp on-site for the whole weekend. Showering and all the usual facilities are available.

You would need to be available or on duty for a maximum of 8 hours over the whole weekend, which means 2-4 hours each day, though some flexibility is needed (hence the application form says up to "12" hours). There's no need to be experienced, as training will be given on site.

Actual stewarding duties include directing traffic/parking, helping people find areas they want to go to (marquees/refreshments/loos), checking wristbands and helping people find seats in the marquees, looking out for safety hazards and just generally being nice and supportive to people!! We have teams of stewards, so if you're not experienced, we'd put you in a team with some experienced people and use radio contact whilst on duty. There's also a helpers' party on the Sunday evening to say thank you.

This is a great opportunity to gain some experience in the festival field (in both senses!) and enjoy yourself at the same time, so the sooner you get your form sent off, the more chance you have of being included. Good luck!

For more information go to www.festivalattheedge.org Tel: 01939 236626 or email: info@festivalattheedge.org

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

June Exhibition @ Sandford

June Exhibition @ Sandford

Jenny Jones is this month’s Guest painter at Sandford Gallery. In this exhibition, Jenny’s rural colourful countryside folk and animals rub shoulders with humorous dog portrait paintings, in the style of the great masters from art history. The exhibition includes watercolours, oils and drawings. The selection reflects Jenny’s talent as a draftswoman using the surrounding flora and fauna as inspiration, especially her own disposition and reputation for rescuing and caring for injured animals and wildlife. Hens, geese, ducks, wild-birds and sheep, cats and dogs feature along side pastoral characters. Her light-hearted approach creates a gentle picture of life in the countryside. This simple handling shows her dexterity and flair for the subject. Her skill and popularity makes her currently one of the most successful Shropshire artists working today. She is very talented and very collectable.

Bishops Castle artist Alan Sidney is Sandford Gallery’s guest Ceramist throughout June. His quirky ceramic figures remind one of childhood visits to the circus or fairs with a good dollop of the fantastical. Clouds on wheels and clowns with amazing headdresses beautifully sculpted look like over the top designs from Cirque Du Soleil.
Alan studied at Liverpool School of Art in the 1960s, and worked as a book illustrator and graphic designer, before turning his talents to clay. This may explain the fantasy element of his work, which is always intriguing and even psychedelic. Working from his studio at home he regularly raiding his kitchen for objects that he can use as moulds. He also models forms directly. His works reflect his passion for architecture, machines and ancient civilizations, incorporating frogs, snakes, turtles, horses, even elephants. To Sidney it represents an enchanted world where animals live together happily, something which he contrasts with the way people live in the real world.
A new show of paintings and prints by resident gallery artists, Ros Burns, Di Purser, David Mace, Tony Purser and Steve Vicary also run along side Jenny and Alan’s work.

Sandford Gallery is Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
from 11am to 5pm and is manned by the Gallery owners.

Sandford Gallery, Sandford Place, Church Stretton, Shropshire.
T: 01743 233 085

Exhibition runs from 6 to 30 June 2008

info@sandfordgallery.co.uk www.sandfordgallery.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 June 2008



Building local voluntary and amateur arts participation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council
England and Voluntary Arts England invite you to take part in a major national conference on local arts participation and voluntary and amateur groups.

Participation in the arts makes a powerful contribution to local communities. This year marks the introduction of National Indicator 11 on engagement in the arts and for the first time levels of arts engagement will be measured at local authority level across England.

The conference will launch landmark new research, commissioned by DCMS and Arts Council, looking in detail for the first time at the size, make-up and impact of the voluntary arts sector and its potential for growth. It will also look at the role local voluntary and amateur arts groups can play in building local arts engagement and how to create effective partnerships for delivery.

Keynote speakers include:

Alan Davey
Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP
Minister for Culture

David Lammy MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills,
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Feargal Sharkey
Chief Executive, British Music Rights

Robin Simpson
Chief Executive, Voluntary Arts Network

Breakout sessions will look at how local arts groups can take part in the Cultural Olympiad, how to engage new participants in the arts and new data on patterns of local participation.

The event will be of key interest to policy formers, decision makers and senior personnel from local authorities, voluntary, community and charitable organisations.

There will be a reception at the Barbican, hosted by the Carnegie (UK) Trust, on the evening of 1 July. This event will include the launch of the Voluntary Arts England publication Edutainment and all conference delegates are invited to attend.

Attendance at the conference and evening reception is free, but spaces are limited.

For more information and to reserve your place, please click below:


STAGE - Dorothy Cross

Dorothy Cross

The Unitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury

Commissioned by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
and mediamaker for the launch of the Shrewsbury Darwin200 celebrations

14 June – 26 July 2008
Tuesday – Saturday 12.00 – 4.00pm

Dorothy Cross, an artist with an international reputation, was invited by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery to undertake a commission to make new work responding in some way to ‘… the life and ideas of Charles Darwin’

After visiting Shrewsbury and embarking on a period of research Cross decided to make a return visit to the Galapagos Islands[1] (a place she had visited some 12 years previously) to gather footage and sound recordings from which to create a number of new video works. She invited actor Fiona Shaw (a childhood friend and occasional collaborator) to accompany her and to join in the process of exploring current conditions on the Islands and to reflect, in that context, on the evolution of art itself and the role for artists within a world facing increasing environmental and cultural changes.[2]
Cross describes their experience of the Galapagos Islands:

‘It is a place that existed in harmony without human history .The arrival of man is accelerating change and threatening the balance of its ecosystem. Our time there led to us discussing the evolution of ones own practice as visual artist and actor and the location of art in such a place…’

As an integral part of the commission, Cross was invited to consider a range of Darwin related non-gallery spaces in Shrewsbury in which to create an exhibition of the new video works. Her chosen venue was the small Unitarian Church in the town-centre, which Darwin attended regularly as a child along with his mother. A further influence on the mind of the young Darwin came through the Unitarian Minister at that time, Reverend G. Case, who, from 1817-18, was his first schoolmaster.

STAGE marks the launch of the Shrewsbury Darwin200 celebrations, which from June 2008 and throughout 2009, commemorate the bi-centenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of
The Origin of Species.

For further information please contact:

Adrian Plant
Exhibitions Officer
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Barker Street
Shrewsbury SY1 1QH

Tel: 01743 361196
Email: adrian.plant@shrewsbury.gov.uk


Dorothy Cross is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London

[1] Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution were greatly informed by his experience of visiting the Galapagos Islands during his voyage on The Beagle, 1831-36

[2] Cross’ research and development trip to the Galapagos Islands was as the first artist in residence funded by the Gulbenkian Galapagos Artists' Residency Programme, run by the Galapagos Conservation Trust. She travelled there with actor Fiona Shaw in April 2007.

Private View @ Sandford Gallery

Meet The Artist - Day Time Private View @ Sandford Gallery

There will be a chance to meet our guest painter Jenny Jones on
Saturday 14 June 2008 between 11am to 2pm

Refreshments are available

Exhibition runs from 6 to 30 June 2008

Normal Gallery Opening Times : Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am to 5pm and is manned by the Gallery owners.

1, Sandford Place, Church Stretton, Shropshire.