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Our 2020 AGM will take place on Saturday 5th December at 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom.
Our 2020 AGM will take place on Saturday 5th December at 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom.
While most have been perfecting their sourdough making skills I have been collaborating with my womb, staining fabric with my period blood and making a 1950’s Step Ford Wives dress and performing outside the Tate Modern.
Some context. At the turn of this decade my promise to myself was to be guided creatively by my monthly period for a year. My art has gone from hiding at the back of the airing cupboard to a LOCKDOWN secret online exhibition (with my underground cult following) to pricing a selfie titled; We are ALL Salvator Mundi 2020 at $916,000,000 and standing with it at The National Gallery (well outside it for now, but one day I will be inside it).
Now in month 9, the month of BIRTH, it is I who have to birth myself. Writing to you and getting the story out there is like the birth announcements in the paper!
As I walk towards the beginning of the end towards the beginning of this creative communion I will be completing the year with a virtual talk 25.11.20, philosophising about the body of art I have created and birthed and inviting people to collaborate with me for 2021. Let the flow flow as they say.
Before the Bodyform advert I had scripted, filmed, directed, edited and produced a micro documentary; Why did I price a selfie as the highest art work in the world by a mother? Watch; Made in Womb below.
‘Made my vagina tingle’
‘ I am not off to address my patriarchal prejudices’
‘witty, you made me think’
‘I found seeing your blood gross and then I asked myself why.’
My art has been funded and fuelled by women, I have not sought grants or funding, this adventure was about seeing how I can create a community of people to be part of the art journey with me.
In truth I am better at talking about this, if this tickles your arts tastebuds I would love to indulge you further.
Here is the Gallery of my artists journey. Art has been my medicine, helping me process trauma meeting a well of oppressed creativity.
St. George’s Theatre is preparing to open the doors, raise the curtain and turn on the spotlights as live entertainment returns to Great Yarmouth. From top class comedy and amazing musicals to professional plays and community drama – we have everything in place for you to enjoy a safe and thrilling theatre visit.
We’re also taking bookings for events in our fabulous Grade 1 listed building for weddings, conferences, indoor markets, antiques fairs, beer festivals and product launches. Find out more at StGeorgesTheatre.com
I make my jewellery by rewilding silver – letting recycled silver flow and working with the chance natural forms so that pieces look more as if they were grown than made. Land art and nature poetry are important inspirations and I connect each piece of jewellery to lines of poetry that tell a little of its spirit. I am also committed to sustainability, using only certified recycled silver and vintage stones, non-toxic chemicals and renewable electricity in the production processes, and recycled and recyclable packaging. I founded my jewellery brand, Queen’s Wood Studio, in London in 2014, in my living room studio overlooking Queen’s Wood. For the last five years I have been in Brno in the Czech Republic developing my jewellery art, inspired by Czech folk traditions and techniques, amongst some magical designers and artists. Covid gave my partner and I the break from the usual run of things to make the decision to relocate to Wattisfield in Suffolk – to be closer to family and for the chance to build the sustainable home and future we’ve been seeking for a while. Follow @queenswoodstudio on Instagram for beautiful organic-form jewellery and some peeks into the permaculture forest garden we’re making too.
Visit QueenswoodStudio.com to find out more.
Beyond the Image Photographers’ Gallery is a unique place of opportunity in the heart of Suffolk.
Established in 2005, the gallery is a not-for-profit organisation run by a group of like-minded photographers who exhibit their own work through quarterly themed exhibitions. The gallery space also allows the group to give something back to the community in the form of guest exhibitions in any media, photo-shoots and courses.
Situated on the beautiful Thornham Walks estate in Suffolk, a visit to the gallery can be combined with all that the estate has to offer, including 12 miles of woodland walks. Refreshments are available from the Forge tea room and the Coach House restaurant.
Exhibitors in any media are welcomed and have a choice of three exhibition areas to show their work.
Photo shoots are lead by gallery members and offer a day of creativity and inspiration with like-minded photographers.
Beyond the Image gallery is proud to be involved in a number of local community events throughout the year.
‘Friends of the Gallery’ support Beyond the Image and benefit from discounts, discussions and social events.
General enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: Patrick Foster: 07973 688997
Nightingale. It is all about the Nightingale. I have recorded them at Bridge Wood next to the A14, at Aldeburgh next to the main road by the golf course and in the woods near Hatcheston but people, including Alex Bass of Local Birding, kept telling me that if I wanted to hear Nightingales I should go to Westleton Heath.
Of course I have been to Westleton Heath but to walk and to look, and probably not at the right time. Then this year the Waveney Sculpture Trail moved its site to Potton Hall which is right next to Westleton Heath, so I decided to make a piece about the Heath for the Sculpture Trail.
I have been making SoundHide installations since 2015 where I made the original straw bale hut for the Waveney and Blyth Arts Sculpture Trail at Earsham. Last year I created the SoundHide Cinema at Raveningham where the audience could watch the sunrise at Suffolk Wildlife’s Carlton Marshes and hear the incredible dawn chorus there, in a converted caravan lined with sheep’s wool. My plan for the Potton Hall Sculpture Trail was to do a soundscape of Westleton Heath and play it in the caravan as a SoundHide with no visuals but COV-19 put paid to the trail. It also curtailed my recording plans during March and April.
Once lockdown was eased and I was able to travel a bit further, I decided I would go to the heath and record in the evening and nighttime because as well as nightingales in the woods, Westleton Heath is home to nightjars. These are amazing birds that you mostly hear. Their song is described as churring and they clap their wings in flight. This is all to establish territory and find a mate – sound is important in the dark.
On my first visit I discovered the woods were seemingly full of nightingales though I suspect it was two males competing for territory and a mate. I also heard blackcap, song thrush, robin, wood pigeon, a family of long tailed tits and a cuckoo. One notable night the cuckoo was joined by motorbikes which seemed to be circling the heath for hours. I didn’t use them in the final piece but you can hear a clip on my SoundCloud account.
I have made a 45 minute video of the sunset and the light sky after sunset. Initially I have split these into 15 minute chunks to highlight different species as they come out. I will release a full 45 minute version eventually but for now the Chapters are being released on Fridays.
Please note, this opportunity is currently only open to W&BA members. Membership is £15 a year, providing many benefits for working artists. It can be purchased via our membership page.
A series of videos will be commissioned by Waveney & Blyth Arts (W&BA) and created by an Ecologist, Artist(s) and Poet taking inspiration from the landscape and species found at the Blythburgh Holy Trinity Church site in Suffolk. The aim of the video series is to creatively engage people within the natural landscape, which is also the organisational aim of Waveney & Blyth Arts.
The project is part of our ‘Bugs & Blossoms’ programme of events, taking a creative look at biodiversity in our patch. See https://waveneyandblytharts.com/bioblitz-arts-may-2020/ for a blog on the project and sample poem from our Vice Chair, Melinda Appleby.
The videos will encourage participants to take notice of nature, learn more about the Blythburgh Church site and surrounding areas in the AONB and encourage (safe) visits.
We are seeking a Poet to record an on-site video for families and adults.
Editing of this video will be done in-house and will not be the responsibility of the Poet. The Poet will provide multiple clips or a longer video for editing. The video will either be edited as one longer piece, or cropped into bite-sized videos, which cover a series of prompts, approaches or methods of taking inspiration from the Blythburgh Church site and surrounding areas to create original poetry. The video will be edited down to c. 20 minutes, so please supply adequate filmed material to work from.
The workshop video will be published on the W&BA YouTube, website and across our social media sites.
The successful poet will be paid a commission of £100 for recording the video inclusive of prep time. There is an additional budget for materials and for travel at £0.25p per mile for research visits to the site, if required – these will need to be pre-agreed with W&BA prior to claiming.
We ask that the selected Poet have the following:
The selected artists will be provided with support to work up a suitable plan with resources from Suffolk Coast AONB.
Applications are welcome from professional and non-professional poets but you must be a member of W&BA to be eligible.
We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups in the arts, including people with disabilities, Black and Minority Ethnic groups and those identifying as LGBTQ+, or other protected characteristics.
To apply, please submit a written proposal (up to 400 words) or a video proposal (maximum 3 minutes).
Please outline in your application:
We would also welcome a short overview of your work and a CV.
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com.
The deadline for this opportunity is Friday 14th August at 5pm. Please make sure you can meet the dates outlined in the timeline above.
I am a socially engaged artist and love to combine arts and nature to improve wellbeing, connection to ourselves and to others. I am also a director at ArtatWork CIC who use the arts to promote good mental health.
After the Prime Minister announced last week that Theatres can reopen with social distancing in place from the beginning of August, W&BA have been wondering what this will mean for some of the local venues we’ve worked with over the years. Like us, many of these venues are very small organisations who rely heavily on ticket sales to stay afloat. They are also vital creative honeypots, responsible for keeping creatives from all areas of the Arts connected both with each other and their audiences.
In June, Conservative MP and former actor Gile Watling shared his thoughts with The Guardian. “People are beginning to understand just how valuable this is, and how much in danger it is. And how historically important it is.” He shared his fears that, without government funding and guidance, many theatres across the UK are facing the prospect of shutting down.
The theatres in the Waveney and Blyth areas have been sharing their own varied experiences and plans recently, with some beginning to explore how they’re hoping to open in the coming months.
At present, The Cut in Halesworth has a series of online events scheduled, though physical events will begin again in September. The Fisher Theatre in Bungay are looking at a soft opening from September onwards too, “with local and in-house activities and events to reconnect with our community and audiences.” In the meantime, they are “planning and implementing procedures and facilities to support our safe opening in accordance with government guidance.” They’re also working with Upshoot Theatre Company who regularly produce work at the Fisher Theatre, to promote their Garden Theatre performances. These will take place in Bungay and Halesworth in mid September, with the aim of “reconnecting our community with the joys of live performance.”
Sadly, by contrast, the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft published an announcement last week, stating that, as a result of lockdown and a ‘catastrophic’ drop in their income, “we have reached the conclusion that we have no choice but to reduce our overheads and scale back our operation. We have had to make the incredibly hard decision to begin a period of redundancy consultation with our staff.” In the announcement they thanked all their supporters, including Lowestoft Town Council and the Arts Council, and assured us that “The Marina Theatre Trust remains committed to playing a key role in the cultural life of Lowestoft. We will be a different organisation when we emerge into a very different landscape, but we want to be able to offer our audiences the very best entertainment we can. As soon as we can re-open safely and economically, we will welcome back our community.” You can read the statement in full here.
Meanwhile, The Seagull Theatre have started to take small steps toward opening with their much loved ‘Memory Cafe’ for anymore living with dementia and their carers. After the first cafe event on Wednesday 15th July they wrote, “Today felt….normal and it was good. We were so pleased to welcome back our lovely families for memory cafe.” The next session will be on 29th July from 10.30am until midday. The Seagull has also been changing and updating their website, so take a look at the improvements they’ve made.
Across the opposite side of our area, The Bank in Eye have given us an uplifting update on their plans: “We are working hard in the background to come back fitter and stronger!” They’ve been running online events on Thursday evenings and have been making the most of lockdown by working out plans to become “a carbon-neutral building and influence others in our community to follow suit.” They have also partnered with Suffolk Mind to “address unmet needs in our community for those whose situation was poor before Covid-19 but worsened during shut down.”
Our ‘friendly Bank Manager’ Peter said The Bank plans to reopen on 9th Sept for their Art group and Knit & Natter Craft group. “Before then we plan to reconfigure the Main Hall to provide more flexible space by replacing the stage with a lower demountable version. The coffee station will be moved to allow one large exhibition wall. Our meeting room and office will be upgraded to accommodate private hire and space a possible resident artist.” He added “As ever, we are always seeking more participation particularly from Artists who have organisational skills, perhaps someone reading this fancies a Residency or Art Director role?” We’re excited to see all these exciting plans come to life in the future.
Further uplifting news has reached us from The Corn Hall in Diss, which has just celebrated its 10th birthday. In their newsletter, they expressed thanks to all their supporters for making donations, renewing memberships and sending messages of support.
During lockdown The Corn Hall has installed safety elements including perspex screens in the Box Office and Cafe, and multiple hand sanitiser stations. They said “We are initially planning to run many events in cabaret-style which will allow for family and household bubble groups. We’ll give more details on this soon.” Meanwhile, on 24th July until the end of August the Corn Hall is hosting a ‘Welcome Back’ exhibition. Curator David Case said “Although the Corn Hall is not fully up and running yet, we thought we would welcome our audience back with a ‘taster’ of the rescheduled shows we have coming up.” Thankfully many of the live shows which had to be cancelled have now been rescheduled. You can view their programme of events here.
We’ll be keeping an eye on how all these venues and others fair over the coming months and will continue to keep our members and our newsletter subscribers up to date.
If you are part of a local theatre venue in our area, please consider signing up as a Member Organisation. With the support of your membership, we can share your reopening plans and direct your message to our culture-interested audience in the locality. We’ll promote your events across our social media platforms and in our fortnightly newsletter.
In earlier periods of my life I have painted, drawn and also sculpted, but not in the formal sense. When I had small children, (before Jane Asher and her famous cakes!) I ran a novelty cake business designing and making sculptural cakes. I enjoyed putting together a unique and personal edible fantasy, for whoever was the recipient! From the band members of Showaddywaddy to the Bay City Rollers and the Queen’s cousin.
I have lived most of my life in the countryside. Married to a farmer with 3, now grown up children, I spend a lot of my time in the rural environment, observing both domesticated and non domesticated animals. I often find that something quirky, amusing, or characterful strikes me and I wish to capture it in form. I find I can express myself most freely with the three dimensional image. I work mainly in clay and sometimes in wax and will often do “sketch pieces” to see what seems to work from all angles, as essentially sculpture should work in the round.
I aim to develop a portfolio of work of individual pieces .Although animals are my primary subject I am not an animal or pet portraitist. I try to capture the spirit of the subject without always portraying it in a totally literal sense. I hope that my work conveys a mixture of the essence of the subject and a little bit of me! It often has an element of humour in it, but this can often reflect a deeper meaning .I am concentrating now on making larger pieces for outside display in ceramic stoneware.
I have no formal art school training, (except O level art) but have been on many courses with ceramic artists including Brendan Hesmondhalgh, David Cook, and James Oughtibridge. I also did over several years a number of courses in portraiture, life etc at Wensum lodge in Norwich.
I have exhibited for many years at the Royal Norfolk Show in the art exhibition (it is a selected exhibition) I have mostly put in the invited maximum of 6 pieces and usually sell about half of them. I have also exhibited in the past at the wildlife gallery in Lavenham, the Aldeburgh Gallery, Picturecraft in Holt and Cork Bricks gallery in Bungay. where I have often sold my work. I exhibited at the WBA sculpture trails at the Otter Trust at Earsham for 3 years , selling my work in 2 of those 3 years .I am a member of HWAT, exhibiting at their group exhibitions and open my studio to the public each year. This year I am in a hub doing Suffolk Open Studios.
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