On October 27, 28 and 29 Ruth McCabe is running an Open Studio event in Wenhaston, Coles Hill, IP19 9DS.
Open times 11am to 3pm.
Visit to see and discuss her latest series, including new oils and to pick up bargains in the ongoing retrospective sale.
Ruth has added to her collection of hand made cards, selling at £5 each and there is always a good range of new and older work in the browsers.
Drive along Coles Hill until you find this grey shed on your right and come in through the gate. Ruth looks forward to welcoming you.
Cromer Artspace Autumn Festival runs from 20-30 October and centres on a curated exhibition of contemporary art on the theme Now, Then and What Next, including artists from East Anglia and beyond.
At Cromer Community Hall there will also be a varied programme of workshops, talks, performances and screenings. For further details about the festival programme and to book, visit the website: cromer-artspace.uk.
Play Reading: Better Times by Barrie Keeffe.
Residents of Halesworth may know Lansbury Road opposite the Co-op, but maybe few are aware of the man who gave his name to that road.
George Lansbury, one time leader of the Labour party, grandfather of Angela Lansbury, was a passionate politician who went to prison for his support for women’s suffrage. He went to prison again for helping the poor of East London.
The play is a vibrant and warm-hearted depiction of the Poplar Rates Revolt in 1921, the conditions that led to it and the community who were involved. The themes of poverty, civil disobedience, democracy and representation have a particularly powerful resonance today.
Do join us at 7.00 pm at the Cut, Halesworth on 20th October. Contact the Box Office at the Cut for tickets and enquiries. 0330 303 3211. email@example.com.
Jenny Hand will be giving a talk on the life and work of Sir Alfred Munnings on Wednesday July 6th at the Waveney Centre Beccles, from 7.15 – 9pm. Come and join us- all welcome. Members free, non-members £3.
On SATURDAY 10 JULY a free LIVING-HISTORY EVENT will take place around Harleston Town Centre between 11am – 12.30pm. Actors will bring to life Harleston residents who lived during the early 17th century, including Thomas and Samuel’s elder brother, the local gentry and the town’s brush with the Plague in 1626. At 12.45 there will be a procession around the town centre.
On SATURDAY 17 & SUNDAY 18 JULY at 2.30pm and 7pm there will be outdoor performances of 1620: A NEW WORLD ODYSSEY, a new play about the Fuller brothers and the extraordinary story of the settlers. On Harleston Recreation Ground IP20 9DD. Tickets: Adults £9, 10-18 years £4, under 10s free available from Robinson’s Traditional Stationers and www.harlestonplayers.co.uk
The Yare Gallery, located on South Quay in Great Yarmouth, is a free to enter art gallery, showing local and international art.
This beautiful, light-filled and atmospheric three floor Grade II listed building with walled garden hosts an annual programme of exhibitions, talks and community activities.
Bill Jackson joined as a W&BA member recently and his latest work FLOAT has been selected by the Venice Shorts Film Awards, Osaka in Japan and is through to the semi-final of the London Independent Film Awards.
FLOAT was created during the forced isolation of the Covid-19 lockdown when the issues of being out of control of one’s own daily life and the compulsion to maintain control was a daily struggle.
Exhibited at The Cut in the Malt Room Gallery between various lockdowns Bill explains, FLOAT is a new iteration of my work considering time & space through still, moving images, and soundscapes. My line of vision during the pandemic shifted from eye level to the open skies and the constant movement of clouds. The distant view, towards the horizon and upwards to space, transports us from the close detail of real danger and uncertainty to beauty and a sense of freedom. The physical and emotional connection with the natural world brought a new sense of what it’s like to be a creative individual.’
You can view the trailer here
Bill will be talking to fellow artist, Kasia Posen, as part of The Cut Digital series of artists talks.
Friday 28 May 6pm
You can book tickets and learn more here.
This is a short-term post to assist the W&BA Recovery Group steer the organisation through this uncertain period.
A limited programme of activities is being planned for 2021 – primarily Sculpture in the Valley at Potton Hall near Westleton in April, Spell Songs in the Green, on Halesworth Millennium Green in mid-June, Two Rivers Book Festival in August/September and a number of themed walks. Each of these strands will be overseen by a member of the Recovery Group, assisted by the Coordinator. The future of the organisation will be determined by the Management Committee in October 2021 in the light of the pandemic and resources available.
We are looking for someone with a proven track record in planning and promoting arts events, and in using web-based and social media tools to communicate with audiences. An understanding of strategic arts marketing issues and a network of relevant local contacts are also essential. Knowledge of the W&BA area is assumed.
W&BA will issue a freelance contract for this work and the actual hours will be determined by the contractor within the fee agreed. Initially this will be for 7 months (December 2020 to June 2021) with an intention of extending it to October if sufficient resources are available. They will be responsible for their own tax. A travel budget will be available.
- Coordinating the effective delivery of Sculpture in the Valley/SITV (1 April – 3 May 2021), and Spell Songs in the Green/SSIG (12 June) including:
- With Project Leads and site managers undertake a risk assessment of all aspects of the events and put in place measures to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with current government guidance
- Take necessary steps to ensure maximum accessibility within resources available
- Liaise with exhibiting artists regarding the installation and take-down of SITV and with the curator regarding siting of artworks
- Liaise with SITV site manager and volunteer coordinator about day-to-day running and briefing box-office volunteers to ensure they are properly informed, supported and suitably skilled
- Liaise with book-keeper to ensure agreed record-keeping and money-handling procedures for SITV are followed
- Liaise with SSIG Project Lead and creative team to ensure public performances are managed smoothly and that communications with volunteers and audience are clear and effective
- Develop and lead on a marketing strategy for 2021 to promote these and other agreed events, and to increase WBA’s profile, visibility and sustainability
- Deliver this strategy through use of press and media outlets, social media platforms, printed publicity, website listings, production of W&BA newsletter (frequency to be agreed) and regular updating of W&BA website
- Extend WBA’s reach through networking and existing contacts and connections
- Lead on production of project-specific promotional material by agreed deadlines, including briefing designer/printers about design and print for posters, flyers and Trail Guide, for SITV, Spell Songs and Two Rivers Book Festival
- Coordinate distribution of printed publicity material
- Other activities deemed to fall within the remit of this contract, as agreed in advance, including reporting to Recovery Group meetings, as agreed.
December 2020 to June 2021 at £850pm (equivalent of 55hrs pm @ £15.45ph). The contract may be extended on similar terms to October 2021 to cover Two Rivers Book Festival and walks programme, if sufficient resources have become available through the Recovery Group’s fundraising efforts and net income from SITV.
Payments will be paid monthly on presentation of an invoice and with a note of hours worked.
The contractor will be expected to work from home or their own office, and have access to private transport to enable travel around this rural area.
A travel budget will be agreed, to be claimed using an expenses claim form with a breakdown of journeys.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) will be agreed with the contractor once a budget has been finalised. These will include number of visitors/audience members for SITV and SSIG, number of existing and new members signed up for 2021, extent of press and media coverage.
A DBS check of the appointed contractor may be required.
Application will be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than one A4 page, including contact details and setting out relevant experience and track record and how this work would fit with any other current work commitments, plus an up to date CV. Send as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications 5pm on Monday 16 November.
Please be available for a Zoom interview on the morning of Wednesday 18th November – let us know when applying if this is not possible.
The position will be confirmed on Friday 20th November and the start date will be after 1st December, to be agreed through negotiation.
Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund supported video project based at Blythburgh Church, Suffolk
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:
- Access to a suitable video recording device to record on-site
- Poetry facilitating skills with a clear and engaging communication approach
- Take into consideration the limited materials that people will have access to at home to take part – keep it simple but imaginative
- Create a poetry workshop with easy to follow approaches which will respond to the Blythburgh Holy Trinity Church and surrounding landscape
- Be familiar with the Suffolk Coast AONB area
The selected artists will be provided with support to work up a suitable plan with resources from Suffolk Coast AONB.
- Deadline for proposals: Friday 14th August at 5pm
- Poet notified of selection and arrange an informal phone/Zoom meeting to discuss project plan: 17th – 19th August (tbc)
- Plan presented to W&BA committee for confirmation: 20th – 21st August
- Filming by Poet: 22nd August – 4th September
- Deadline for filmed material: Friday 4th September at 5pm
- Broadcast via W&BA: w/c 14th September (tbc)
Submit an application
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:
- Your relevant experience – poetry engagement or workshops; family and intergeneration projects; writing projects inspired by place, nature and environment
- Your workshop idea – how you will make this clear, accessible and enjoyable for people to take part in
- If you are an existing member of W&BA, Suffolk Poetry society or other local poetry based in Norfolk/Suffolk
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.