Bringing artists into view

Their studios may be closed to the public right now but artists across Nottinghamshire will still be welcoming ‘visitors’ throughout May and June, thanks to a special initiative designed to bring Open Studios 2020 to the county ‘virtually’.

“Of course it is no longer possible to run Open Studios in its usual format this year,” said Michael Trueman, co-ordinator of the initiative. “However, the creative community is the best at keeping morale high when times are rough, not only for the wider public but for ourselves too.

“Hence we have decided to use the online and digital opportunities available to continue to fulfil our mission of ‘bringing artists into view’.”

OS Notts will be sharing virtual studio tours and videos of artists’ work in progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and on a dedicated YouTube channel. There will also be opportunities to meet participating artists on social media and a new Meet the Artist section on the OS website.

Linked photographic exhibitions showing artists and makers at work that would normally be held in libraries across the county courtesy of  Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries will also take place online.

Links to the exhibition, which launches on Friday 24 April, will be posted on social media and on the OS website. For the third year running, the photographs have been taken by Neil Pledger and curated by Lucianna Gallucci.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Girls Around Town social media feeds for regular updates about this year’s Open Studios…

Photographs by Neil Pledger

All that jazz at Christmas

 

Who doesn’t love a Christmas carol?

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit, it’s singing along to your favourite seasonal hymns and songs.

And if you’re doing it for a good cause, so much the better…

Help raise money for The Sam White Legacy by joining in the fun between 3pm and 5.30pm (doors open from 2.30pm) on Sunday 15 December, when Wendy Kirkland, Pat Sprakes, Si Potts, Mat Short and Neil C Young take to the microphones for the ninth annual Jazzy Carols at Stray’s Coffee in Newark.

From small beginnings in 2010, the event’s grown to a full-on jazz gig with Christmas at its heart – and with the obligatory mince pies thrown in of course!

There’ll be a raffle too, with prizes generously provided by local shops and businesses, and as always printed song sheets will be provided so you can join vocalist Wendy in raising the roof in true jazzy style.

Tickets are on sale online now, priced £12 each to include a complimentary mince pie with tea, coffee or cold drink and, with the musicians travelling and performing for free, all proceeds go to this much-loved local charity.

In conversation with Billy Ivory

 

Born in Southwell and known as one of Britain’s leading TV and theatre writers, Billy Ivory returns to his home county next month to entertain guests at Castle House in Newark, the new home of Newark & Sherwood District Council.

Presented by The Wolfit FoundationIn Conversation With Billy Ivory takes place on Sunday 8 September when he will be talking about his career and some of his best known work, which includes Common as Muck, Made in DagenhamChefBoonThe Invisibles and A Thing Called Love.

His TV credits include episodes of All Creatures Great and Small, Emmerdale and Coronation Street, while viewers may also have seen the recent programme he wrote about local skating stars Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 3pm, are on sale now, priced £12 each and including afternoon tea.

For bookings, contact Carolyn Drury on 01636 658555 or Carol Wilkinson on 01636 672295 ( email carolwilkinson2012@gmail.com).