A once in a lifetime opportunity for artists of all abilities

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you’ll know that guest Susi Wright unfortunately wasn’t able to join June on air last weekend.

Plans are already being made to get her into the studio as soon as possible but in the meantime here’s the information she was going to share about two events she’s bringing to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum next month, aimed at artists of all abilities, whether professional or leisure painters.

Art promoter Susi of Meander and Mooch Gallery has joined forces with local artist and art teacher Lynne Whitfield to work with the Centre in the run up to Come Back To Colour

An exciting exhibition which takes its name from this year’s Big Draw Festival involving more than 28 participating countries, highlighting the rediscovery of mental and physical health, vitality and vibrancy, and cherishing joy, freedom and survival.

Totally original and inspirational in their content, the two special events hosted by Lynne and Susi at the Holocaust Centre will form part of a major exhibition and potentially a national tour later this year.

Taking place on Sunday 24 July, the first event starts with a tour of the Centre, its beautiful rose and sculpture gardens, the museum and exhibitions.  

The tour will be followed by a talk by professional artist and holocaust survivor Ruth Schweining, who decided to show her parents’ lives through her art. She does this through all mediums from paint and charcoal to fused glass, the latter because, in her own words, “it is fragile and can shatter easily, as did their lives”.

After a break for lunch, Lynne and Susi will be running a workshop aimed at further inspiring those taking part in the event to plan out their art for the forthcoming exhibition.

Then on Tuesday 26 July the second event is en plein air, set among the 1,000 scented roses and the sculpture gardens, giving participants chance to absorb and be inspired by the wonderful and peaceful memorial gardens.

There is a small fee of just £20 for each event, which includes free entry to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and all its events for one year, together with submission into the art exhibition.

To book a place or find out more, just click on either of their names here to email Susi Wright or Jill Robinson

It’s good to grow

Just a few weeks now till the Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show is back…

And organiser Andy Tudbury is back too, on Girls Around Town this weekend, with details of what to expect from a event that’s been growing bigger and better since its debut four years ago almost to the day!

Andy will be live in the studio with June in the first hour of the show to share the latest news about this year’s festival, which takes place in the grounds of Belvoir Castle on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July,

Perhaps you’re already a keen gardener searching for inspiration from some of the stunning show borders and gardens brought to Lincolnshire by award-winning designers who will once again be battling it out to win the coveted Duchess of Rutland Trophy?

Maybe you’re new to gardening and want ideas on how to turn a neglected space into a flower-filled spot to enjoy with family and friends?

Or you’ve a question for one of the well-known specialists and experts on the talks stage?

You’ll find all this and more in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle, along with garden sculptures, furniture and tools among the items on sale, together with live music and a range of food and refreshments to enjoy too.

Make sure you’re listening on 107.8FM, on the apps or online from just after 10.20am to hear what Andy has to say about this year’s show…

And in the meantime, if you want to book your tickets for a great day out, you can follow this link to do just that!

An easy way to curry favour with family and friends!

If you were listening to Girls Around Town this morning, you’ll have heard Amanda Whitehead sharing her Easy Chicken Curry recipe…

Want to give it a go yourself but didn’t manage to jot down the details?

No problem – here they are, ready for you to download so you can put it on the menu next time you want to curry favour with your family and friends!

Easy Chicken Curry

  • Servings: Serves 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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    Ingredients

      3 tbs coconut oil
      2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
      2 green chillies, seeded and chopped (optional)
      3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
      3-4 chicken breasts, skinned and chopped into bite sized pieces
      ½ tsp sea salt
      ½ tsp turmeric
      1 tsp ground cumin seeds
      ½ tsp ground coriander seeds
      2 tbs tomato puree
      ½ tsp garam masala

Method

    1. Heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan, then fry the onion, chilli and garlic for a few minutes, add chicken pieces and continue to fry for about 5 minutes.
    2. When the mixture begins to brown add salt, turmeric, cumin and coriander to the chicken mixture.
    3. Stir well and continue to fry.
    4. Add the tomato puree and garam masala.
    5. If you like you could add some other vegetables to the chicken.
    6. This recipe feeds 4 people so you can cut down on ingredients or have left-overs the next day.